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First screening of “Histoires de Twarab à Marseille” at the Tropikal Palace in Marseille

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We are excited to announce that on 24 November 2016, we present our documentary “Histoires de Twarab à Marseille” (“Twarab Stories from Marseilles”) for the very first time.

The documentary is an international project by the Colombian visual anthropologist and film editor Andrés Carvajal, the Comorian artist Mounir Hamada Hamza and the Austrian researcher Katharina Fritsch. This audiovisual work is the visual part of the research project “Popular Culture in Transnational Spaces” run at the Department of African Studies, University of Vienna.

The main aspect of the documentary portrays the social situation of Comorian artists based in Marseilles, France, within the milieu of Twarab, a musical genre that is very popular in East Africa, as well as on the Comorian Islands. As the presence of Twarab music is a strong red line connected to the migration of Comorians to Marseilles, the documentary attempts to trace the history and the development of this music genre from its origins on the Comoros and in Marseilles, from the perspectives and musical trajectories of the artists themselves. Stretching as far back as the mid-1990s, this music has come to dominate events organised by Grand-Comorian associations, mainly based in Marseilles.

We have attempted to place particular emphasis on the role of Twarab as a “cultural work”, to depict the difficulties faced by the artists in terms of the recurring issue of art not being recognised as work on the Comoros, on their position as migrants in Marseilles, as well as the role of Twarab as a means of raising money in a diasporic context. In this regard, the film not only depicts the challenges that the artists face, but also examines strategies and possibilities for change.

Documentary in HD; 74 minutes;

Original in Comorian/French with subtitles in English

 

More screenings to follow!

 

Film “Creating Comoria” gets its own blog!

“CREATING COMORIA – a documentary on the Franco-Comorian music group Afropa in Marseilles” – the film which resulted from our audiovisual fieldwork conducted before the official start of research project POCUTRAS has been shown in Bayreuth in June 2014, in Vienna in October 2014, at various occasions in Marseille in winter 2014/15 and recently parts of the film have been shown as part of a presentation at a conference in Innsbruck (March 2015).

Each screening provided us with lots of feedback and numerous changes were made in reaction to these. The changes are probably most visible in the continuous shortening of the film which was first shown with a length of 96 minutes, later with 86 minutes and is now down to 76 minutes… And even the title of the film changed as a result of this process… :-)

Our most recent achievement is the blog where the film is presented, at present a password is still required – please don’t hesitate to contact us in case you want to watch it!

So please have a look at http://creatingcomoria.com/

First screening of “Creating Comoria” in Vienna

Afropa_at_BrickCity01Screening of the Documentary

“CREATING COMORIA. Popular Culture and the Comorian Diaspora in Marseilles”

(88 Minutes, HD, French with English subtitles)

by Birgit Englert and Andres Carvajal

Featuring the group AFROPA

Popular culture among Franco-Comorians in Marseilles is viewed through the lens of artists who are on the one hand outsiders with regard to the “Comorian community”, and on the other hand contributing to the creation of “Comoria” in the sense of a translocal and transcultural space. Two musicians, Cheikh and Chaharani, who founded the group „Afropa“ which plays Afro-folk in Shingazidja and French, are at the center of this music documentary which stars also slam artist Ahamada Smis and others.

When: October 30, 2014, 6 pm

Where: Seminar room 1 in the Department of African Studies, UniCampus Hof 5, Spitalgasse 2-4, 1090 Vienna

The screening will be followed by a discussion with the filmmakers.

Free entrance – all welcome!

Film-Preview: “Creating Comoria” in Bayreuth

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Pre-view of the Documentary

“CREATING COMORIA. Popular Culture and the Comorian Diaspora in Marseilles”

by Birgit Englert and Andres Carvajal

95 Minuten, HD, French with English subtitles

Featuring the group AFROPA

9. Juni 2014, 7 pm,

Bayreuth University, Venue: AI, H33

Popular culture among Franco-Comorians in Marseilles is viewed through the lense of artists who are on the one hand outsiders with regard to the “Comorian community”, but on the other hand contributing to the creation of “Comoria” in the sense of a translocal and transcultural space.

Two musicians Cheikh and Chaharani, who form the group „Afropa“ and their Afro-folk in Shingazidja and French are at the centre of this music documentary which stars also slam artist Ahamada Smis and others.

The screening is part of the Swahili Kolloquium and Afrikanistentag.

Free entrance – all welcome!