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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/

“Afrikaforschung in Österreich: Zugänge und Einordnungen”, Innsbruck, March 2015

The conference “Afrikaforschung in Österreich: Zugänge und Einordnungen” took place in Innsbruck, Tyrol, on March 19-20 and was the second meeting of researchers working on Africa at Austrian Universities or other institutions.

Birgit presented parts of the film “Creating Comoria. A documentary on the Franco-Comorian music group AFROPA in Marseilles” and a paper on “Forschen mit der Kamera im postkolonialen Kontext. Afrikanische Diaspora im Fokus” (“Doing research with the camera in postcolonial contexts. Focus on African Diasporas”)

The methodological reflections on researching with the camera are going to be continued within the framework of our project and a symposium is scheduled for autumn 2015 which will deal in depth with the questions relating to research with visual means in postcolonial contexts. More information on this event will follow soon!

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

Afropa_at_BrickCity01

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!