The French Area of Modern Languages, Linguistics, and Intercultural Communication presents:

Join us this year for an exploration of this important region, virtually absent from US media and education. Events are in English, except where noted; films have English subtitles.

Introduction to Central Africa. A lively introduction to the eight contemporary nations in Central Africa that have colonial connections to France and Belgium: politics, history, film, music and more. September 11, 12:00 PM, UC 310


La Victoire en chantant (Black and White in Color), dir. Jean-Jacques Annaud (1977). A satirical look at colonialism. It’s World War I: how do the French get their African subjects to go out and kill their neighbors, who happen to be subjects of the German Empire?
September 28, 7:00 PM; place TBA


AFST 212 Introduction to African History: TuTh 10:00-11:15

AFST 213 Africa: Culture and Development: MoWe 5:30-6:45

MLL 230 World Language Communities: TuTh 11:30-12:45


Bilingualism in Gabon, Renée Lambert-Brétière (UMBC). September 21, 11:30 AM, Sherman 150

The Trouble with the Congo, Severine Autesserre (Columbia U.). A prize-winning expert on peacebuilding and humanitarian aid explains why international efforts to end the Great War of Africa, the deadliest international conflict since World War II, necessarily failed.
October 11, 4:00 PM, Center for Art, Design and Visual Culture

Language Choice in Post-Colonial Cameroon, Renée Lambert-Brétière (UMBC).
October 19, 11:30 AM, Sherman 150


Lumumba, dir. Raoul Peck (2000). A gripping biography of the rise and fall of the most striking personality in the Congo’s struggle against Belgian colonialism. October 24, 7:00 PM; place TBA

Tsofa, dir. Rufin Mbou Mikima (2012). A prize-winning film on the destiny of a group of Central Africans who are recruited as taxi drivers and transported to Romania: their relationships with the locals, their problems with the authorities, and their difficult return to Africa unfold in surprising ways.  November 8, 7:00 PM; place TBA


Linguistic Issues in the Congo Basin: the Role of the Lingala Language, Jean-Michel Mabeko-Tali (Howard U.)

Calixthe Beyala: A Prototype of Female Rebellion in Cameroon, Zakaria Fatih (UMBC)

Language and Politics in Rwanda, Tania Lizarazo Moreno (UMBC)


AFST 211 Introduction to Modern Africa

AFST 213 Africa: Culture and Development

AFST 439 Women in Africa and the Diaspora

MLL 230 World Language Communities

MLL 250 Introduction to the French-Speaking World


Munyurangabo, dir. Lee Isaac Chung (2009). Two boys from opposite sides of the Rwandan genocide start out on a quest to kill a man. This film won numerous awards and is the first ever to be shot in the Kinyarwanda language. 


Daratt (Dry Season), dir. Mahamat Saleh Haroun (2007). In the aftermath of civil war in Chad, a boy is sent on a mission to kill the person responsible for his father's death. A prize-winning film from a remarkable African director.



Born This Way, dir. Shaun Kadlec and Deb Tullman (2013).  An award-winning documentary on the challenges that face gays in Cameroon, where they are more likely to be arrested than nearly anywhere else.


Refugees and Immigrants: Central Africans Speak (in English and French). First-hand accounts of life in Central Africa. Date TBA


Series co-sponsored by:

The Department of Africana Studies
The Department of Global Studies
The Department of Political Science
The Social Sciences Forum

For more information, contact Thomas Field,