Kemtiyu - Cheikh Anta Diop

85 mins.
Directed by Ousmane Mbaye
NR
French
2017
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Mon, 10/23

"The Universal Man." "The Giant of Knowledge." "The Last Pharaoh." These were the headlines,the day after Cheikh Anta Diop's death on February 7, 1986. Thirty years later, KEMTIYU paints a portrait of Diop, a trail-blazing scholar with an insatiable thirst for science and knowledge as well as an honest, enlightened political figure, venerated by some, decried by others, and unknown to most.

This film tells the story of a man who fought his whole life for truth and justice in order to restore historical awareness and dignity to Africa.

Presented in collaboration with the W.E.B. Du Bois Department of Afro-American Studies, UMass Amherst.  The film will be followed by a discussion with Dr. Patrick Mensah, French and Francophone Studies, UMass Amherst.