This event will take place on Friday, May 12 at 7:30pm in the Francesca Beale Theater. To attend, RSVP here.

One of the living greats of cinema, Souleymane Cissé is known for catapulting African film to the world stage with Yeelen, which won the Grand Jury Prize at Cannes in 1987 and became the first African movie to be awarded at the festival. Over a long career, the Malian filmmaker, now 82, has pioneered an original, uncompromising style of realism and incisive social critique through films like Den Muso (1975), the first feature to made in the Malian language of Bambara; Baara (1977) which won the Etalon de Yennenga at FESPACO; and Waati, which was screened in Competition at Cannes in 1995. A beacon of inspiration for artists worldwide, Cissé has also dedicated his career to supporting African filmmaking through initiatives such as the Union of West African Cinema and Audiovisual Designers, which he founded. NYAFF30 is pleased to welcome Cissé to this year’s festival for retrospective screenings of Yeelen and Den Muso, and a special keynote talk about his career and legacy.