Romance Languages and Literatures
Location: 2435 North Quad, 105 South Street
Both films were directed by Pascale Obolo. La femme invisible is a six-minute poetic tale about how African women are invisible in the city of Paris. Calypso is the soul of Trinidad. For the past three centuries, Calypso storytellers have been the “Chantwell” of the Creole world. While improvising and resisting any kind of censorship, the calypsonians tell stories of slavery, freedom, war and everyday life through their poetry. Calypso emphasizes love, along with a high dose of humor and sex. With captivating melodies and timeless hits, their rhythms free the bodies of the audience who sing with them the joy and drama of the journey of these Caribbean nations. Calypso at Dirty Jim’s tells the story of with a gathering of this generation of artists in the heart of the Calypso City and on stage at the infamous ‘Dirty Jim’s Swizzle Club’ in Trinidad. Showing is FREE and open to the public. Q &A with filmmaker follows the showing.
This series is sponsored by the Department of Afroamerican and African Studies (DAAS), the Department of Comparative Literature (Year of Anachronism), African Studies Center, Institute for the Humanities, International Institute (II), Institute for Research on Women and Gender ((IRWG), Rackham School of Graduate Studies, the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures (RLL), Center of Education on Women(CEW), Center for Middle Eastern and North African Studies (CMENAS), Office of the Vice President for Research (OVPR), the College of Literature, Science and the Arts (LSA), and the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (LACS).