New York University’s
Institute of African American Affairs
Department of Film and Television
Cinema Studies, Africana Studies Program,
and The Asian/Pacific/American Institute

a screening of

“Indochina, Traces of a Mother ”

Indochina film poster

(Benin, France, Vietnam / 2010 / 71 min.)

and a talk with director Idrissou Mora-Kpai

Time: 6:30 pm

Location: Cinema Studies Dept-Tisch-NYU
721 Broadway, 6th floor Michelson Theater
(Free and open to the public. Space is limited.)


Between 1946 and 1954, over 60,000 African soldiers were enlisted to fight the Viet Minh. Pitted against one another by circumstances, these two colonised peoples came into contact and a number of African soldiers took Vietnamese women as wives. Out of these unions, numerous mixed-race children were born. At the end of the war, the colonial army ordered that all the black children be repatriated to Africa, officially to protect them from the Viet Minh. While some children left with their mothers and fathers, others were simply taken away by their fathers, leaving their mothers behind. Abandoned in orphanages, those that had neither mother nor father were put up for mass adoption by African officers, as was the case with Christophe. Christophe long avoided facing the scars and identity complexes left by this abrupt separation from his mother and homeland. By encouraging him to undertake a journey into his own past, the film opens a little-known chapter of the Indochina war. “Indochina: Traces of a Mother” received the Documentary Film Award at FESPACO, the Pan-African film festival in Burkina Faso, a Documentary Film Award at the Festival International du Cinéma d’Alger dédié au film engagé, in Algeria and has screened among others at International Film Festivals in Busan (South Korea), Namur (Belgium), and Cannes (French Institute Screening).

“New Directions in African Cinema” – Screenings for Spring 2014

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● April 11th

Film titles/locations to be announced on-line at

New York University’s Institute of African American Affairs, the Department of Film and Television, Cinema Studies and the Africana Studies Program have partnered to devote a year-long exploration of the new directions in African cinema, with a particular emphasis on film form and the representation of the female gender. This past Fall 2013 semester the films screened were: Tey, Mère-Bi, Moi Zaphira, and All Is Well with the directors present. The idea is to give students, faculty, as well as the larger New York metropolitan communities, a rare opportunity to view and discuss with the films’ directors the works that stand out, not only through the contemporary social issues they address, but also in the innovative and cutting edge manners they engage the medium in the fields of documentary, experimental and narrative. Directors for this fall semester include Alain Gomis, Pocas Pascoal, Ousmane William Mbaye, and Apolline Traoré. Space is limited and will be given on first come first serve basis. More films will be added to this series in this spring semester. Subject to change. Please check for updates at: