For Personal Reasons

Madubuko Diakité

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Festival Forum: CinemAfrica Retrospective Edition 2022 For Personal Reasons
Madubuko Diakité

27 Minutes
USA, English

Festival Forum

April 4–18, 2022

Focusing on the Civil Rights Movement and a 1970 protest in New York, For Personal Reasons was inspired by the Black Panthers and Malcolm X. An innovative mix of fact and fiction—a kind of critical fabulation—it juxtaposes militant speech with avant-garde jazz. The film won an Honorable Mention at the Grenoble Film Festival in 1973.

For Personal Reasons (1973) streams from April 4–18 alongside The Invisible People (1972), two short films by Madubuko Diakité presented under the title “To Dig Where You Stand,” e-flux Video & Film’s special feature of CinemAfrica Retrospective Edition 2022, and accompanied by a recorded conversation between curator and CinemAfrica Program Group member Mmabatho Thobejane, CinemAfrica programmer Christian Rossipal, and e-flux’s Lukas Brasiskis​.

See the full program here.

The program is part of the series Festival Forum on e-flux Video & Film, presenting collaborations with established and emerging moving-image festivals from around the world.

For more information, contact program [​at​] e-flux.com.

Film, Human and Civil Rights
Black Power, Africa, Black Studies, Racism, USA
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Madubuko Diakité is a Human Rights lawyer, researcher, writer, and documentary filmmaker born in Harlem in 1940. Diakité studied at the New York Institute of Photography but moved from the USA to Sweden in 1968 to study filmmaking and pursue a PhD in Cinema Studies. At this time he traveled frequently between Sweden, USA, and Nigeria, where he had partly grown up and would later found a film school. In 1992, he also earned a Licentiate in Law at Lund University, Sweden. Since then, Diakité has practiced law and researched Human Rights at the Raoul Wallenberg Institute in Lund and has been active in anti-discrimination organizations in Sweden. He has published several books, among them Film, Culture, and the Black Filmmaker and the autobiographical Not Even in Your Dreams. He continues to practice law and to research migration as a senior researcher emeritus in Sweden.


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