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Notes for an African Oresteia – Screening


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Notes for an African Oresteia (65 min) presents Pier Paolo Pasolini’s lyrical reflections on myth, colonialism and modernity. Pasolini films in Uganda and Tanzania, considering possible parallels between Aeschylus’ Orestes trilogy (in essence a cycle of revenge murders, sparked by Agamemnon’s sacrifice of his daughter) and African politics in the 1970s. The feature film was never made in the end, but this film of visual notes and thoughts was first screened at Cannes Film Festival in 1976.

Italian director, writer and critic Pier Paolo Pasolini is best known outside Italy for his films, many of which were based on literary sources. Pasolini referred himself as a ‘Catholic Marxist’ and often used shocking juxtapositions of imagery to expose the vapidity of values in modern society. He was considered by many critics as one of the great Italian filmmakers of the late twentieth century.

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