An Adventurer’s Homecoming + Touki-Bouki (18*) Returning the Colonial Gaze

30 May 2018, 20:45 ,Barbican Cinema 3

A hilarious double-bill parodying the Western and Easy Rider, these
two films dramatise the impact of Western culture on the African continent.

Where is home when colonialism is your inheritance? These two films feature alienated young African protagonists in thrall to Western pop culture. In An Adventurer’s Homecoming, a young Nigerien man returns from a trip to the US with suitcase full of cowboy outfits for himself and his friends, and in their new get-up, they transform into a gang of swaggering bandits. Barroom brawls and shoot-em-ups ensue.

In Touki-Bouki, two Senegalese young lovers, Mory and Anta, wander the streets of Dakar hatching wild schemes to raise money for their escape to Paris, the city of their dreams. Mory’s motorbike has a cow’s skull pinned to the front, symbol of his roots as a herdsman. In the same way, the film itself is a fascinating hybrid: at the level of form and content, it sits astride Western youth and traditional Senegalese cultures.

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