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African Futurism: The World of Jean-Pierre Bekolo

Film, Talk

Naked Reality by Jean-Pierre Bekolo

Billy Wilder Theater
10899 Wilshire Blvd
Los Angeles, CA

May 11-12, 2024


From May 11 to 12, don’t miss double features from Cameroonian writer and director Jean-Pierre Bekolo at the Billy Wilder Theater, including an in-person Q&A with the filmmaker, moderated by Associate Professor at UCLA School of Theater, Film, and Television Shelleen Greene.

May 11, 2024 | 7:30pm | Double Feature
The Bloodettes (Les Saignantes)  
Described by Jean-Pierre Bekolo as a “trance object,” this futuristic action-horror fusion film reflects his lo-fi world building through precisely orchestrated music cues, bold visual compositions, and ethereal voiceover as a form of incantation.
Whipsmart and wildly entertaining, Bloodettes mobilizes myth and genre to satirize patriarchy, masculine posing, and political corruption.

Naked Reality
150 years in the future, Wanita (Weza Da Silva) is a young African media professional who becomes aware of a race of immortal beings who secretly control reality after she herself becomes dislodged from the linear flow of time. The title of Bekolo’s vivid experimental feature reflects Wanita’s galvanizing revelation as well as his larger meta-commentary on the media’s production of meaning and images of Africa, specifically.

May 12, 2024 | 7:00pm | Double Feature
Quartier Mozart
Domestic discord is inevitable when a police chief brings home a second wife but it’s nothing compared to the delirious trouble that results when his daughter falls in love with a newcomer in town who’s actually a woman living as a man with help from a witch. Around this already intriguing central storyline, Jean-Pierre Bekolo crafts a playful, loving portrait of the quirky and complicated residents of a neighborhood in Cameroon’s capital Yaoundé in his internationally acclaimed debut feature. 

Aristotle’s Plot
The first African film to screen at Sundance, Bekolo’s second feature was commissioned by the British Film Institute as part of a project to mark cinema’s centennial. The only African filmmaker invited to participate, Bekolo challenges the Institute’s motives — ”Was this an act of Christian charity or political correctness” — before launching a full tilt, satirical interrogation of the colonial framing of Africa and African cinema.

Admission is free!
African Futurism: The World of Jean-Pierre Bekolo | UCLA Film & Television Archive

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