Mathieu Kleyebe Abonnenc | France and Senegal 2015, 42 minutes |
3pm, Saturday 9 July
Abonnenc depicts the museum space as a kind of Apichatpongian living forest of desire. – Michael Sicinski, Cinema Scope
Taking inspiration from L’Afrique fantôme — the controversial diary by French surrealist writer Michel Leiris recounting his participation in the ambitious Dakar-Djibouti ethnographic expedition of the 1930s — Mathieu Kleyebe Abonnenc’s arresting first feature reflects on identity, cultural appropriation, and the transference of memory through objects.
Betty (Betty Tchomanga) is a young anthropologist working on the Dakar-Djibouti mission, with her research taking her from the IFAN Museum in Dakar to the Musée de l’Homme in Paris. Seeking to push the limits of her discipline, she reconstructs the medical prescription box given to the original expedition members and takes the drugs herself. In the grip of the narcotics’ psychedelic side effects, Betty becomes haunted by a recently discovered family archive. Reflecting on cultural appropriation and the transference of memory though objects, Sector IX B evokes the surrealist undertones of Leiris’ groundbreaking book in its moody, anxiety-charged atmosphere, which is bolstered by an intense and startling soundtrack.
Sector IX B is preceded by A Distant Episode (Rivers 2015) and Towards the Possible Film (Dawood 2014).
The screening will be introduced by Professor Susan Best, author of the forthcoming book Reparative Aesthetics (2016).
This is a free screening taking place at the IMA at 3pm on the 9th of July.
D Mathieu Kleyebe Abonnenc S Mathieu Kleyebe Abonnenc C Paul Victor Zébo E Vincent Tricon P Clément le Penven and Olga Rozenblum
Language: French with English Subtitles
Distribution: red shoes DCP