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Fowler Museum Film Series Presentation of Africa: Desert Odyssey

The Fowler Museum at UCLA presents a film series in conjunction with the exhibition of Art of Being Tuareg: Sahara Nomads in a Modern World.

Wednesday, January 24, 2007
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Fowler Museum of Cultural History
UCLA campus
Los Angeles, CA 90095

ART OF BEING TUAREG: SAHARA NOMADS IN A MODERN WORLD is on view through February 25, 2007.

Film Series Events:

Wednesday, January 24, 6 PM   (Gallery hours extend until 6 pm this evening.)
Africa: Desert Odyssey
Salt, once worth its weight in gold and considered just as precious, has been the cargo of choice for the Tuareg who call the Sahara home and who have for centuries led camel caravans across its forbidding landscape. Desert Odyssey (from the eight-part series Africa, a joint production of National Geographic Television and Thirteen/WNET New York’s Nature), follows Adam Ilius, a nine-year-old Tuareg boy, as he embarks on his first trans-Saharan trek to trade salt for food and clothing. Adam’s voyage of discovery provides a look at the endurance of an age-old Tuareg tradition against the backdrop of the modern world.  (2001, 60 minutes, color, English)
- Screening courtesy of the National Geographic Television Film Library.

Wednesday, January 31, 6 PM  (Gallery hours extend until 6 pm this evening.)
Festival in the Desert
Since 2001, the Festival in the Desert has provided a showcase for the music and culture of the Tuareg, welcoming performers from other parts of Mali, Africa, and the world, and includes dance, poetry, camel races, and ritual sword fighting. Lionel Brouet’s film features performance footage from the 2003 festival and interviews with participating artists including Tinariwen, Blackfire, Justin Adams, and Robert Plant.  (2004, 52 minutes, color and b&w, French with English subtitles)
-  Screening courtesy of Camera Lucida Productions and Triban Union; screening copy courtesy of Harmonia Mundi, USA.

Sunday, February 11, 2 PM
Middle of the Moment
This poetic film by Nicolas Humbert and Werner Penzel explores the rhythms and structures of nomadic life, intercutting the journeys of two Tuareg groups with that of a European circus troupe Cirque O, highlighting existing parallels and yet allowing differences to come to light. Set against a soundtrack composed by noted musician Fred Frith, the film examines nomadic
existence as an experience of total freedom and living in the moment.  (1995, 80 minutes, black & white).

Come early and enjoy the excellent exhibitions currently at the Fowler:

Intersections:  World Arts, Local Lives
Now on display -- The first-ever, long-term exhibition of highlights from the Fowler’s world-renowned collections of art from Africa, Asia, the Pacific, and the Americas.

Dress Up Against AIDS:  Condom Couture by Adriana Bertini
through Mar. 11, 2007
See fourteen astonishingly gorgeous dresses made of condoms.

Art of Being Tuareg: Sahara Nomads in a Modern World
through Feb. 25, 2007
See exquisite silver jewelry, leather works, and much more in this first major U.S. exhibition on Tuareg art and culture.

The Kieskamma Altarpiece:  Transcending AIDS in South Africa
Jan. 10 - Mar. 11, 2007
View this extraordinary, collaborative artwork, on display adjacent to the Fowler in Kaufman Hall, room 208.

Cost : Free and open to the public; convenient parking is available in Lot 4, accessible from Sunset Blvd at Westwood. Parking is $8; automated pay stations in the lot accept $1 and $5 bills and credit/debit cards.

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