New York State Writers Institute - Classic Film Series

Le Grand Blanc de Lambaréné
(The Great White of Lambarene)

February 20, 1998 (Friday) at 7:30 p.m.

Page Hall, 135 Western Avenue
(Free and Open to the Public)

(Gabon/Cameroon, 1994, 94 minutes, color, 35 mm)
Directed by Ba Kobhio Bassek
Starring Andre Wilms, Marisa Berenson, Alex Descas
In French with English subtitles

The film begins to rewrite the history of colonialism from the point of view of the colonized. Shot on the site of Albert Schweitzer's hospital in Gabon and focusing on Schweitzer's life in Africa, Ba Kobhio Bassek reveals a missed opportunity for a cross-cultural encounter between Africa and Europe.

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