August 25, 2011, 7:00 P.M.

The Ray Stark Family Theatre, SCA 108, George Lucas Building, USC School of Cinematic Arts Complex, 900 W. 34th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007

Cinematheque108 and l’Institut Gabonais de l’Image et du Son invite you and a guest to a special screening of

Les Nouvelles Ecritures de Soi (The New Writings of the Self)

Written & Directed by Alice Aterianus-Owanga
Produced by Imunga Ivanga
Introduced by Critical Studies MA student  Manouchka Kelly Labouba

7:00 P.M. on Thursday, August 25th, 2011

The Ray Stark Family Theatre

George Lucas Building, SCA 108
900 W. 34th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007

Official Selection at the 2011 Panafricran Film Festival of Montreal.

About Les Nouvelles Ecritures de Soi (The New Writings of the Self)

Gabon - Central Africa. Through alleys of neighborhoods in Libreville (the country’s capital) and a workshop in Slam Poetry, the film presents the daily lives of four representatives of contemporary urban poetry. Larry, Princio, Hurricane and Le Wise invite the camera into their worlds. With their words, their attitudes and their performances, the four slammers highlight the patterns, the demands and the new paradigms guiding the construction of identity and artistic style of the Gabonese youth.

The film takes a look at the social and cultural realities of the slam movement in Libreville. This form of oral poetry has become popular in urban Gabon since 2004. Inspired by the cinéma du réél, Les Nouvelles Ecritures de Soi explores the environment of Libreville's slammers: their social backgrounds, their lifestyles, their opinions. The viewer is invited to make a proper reading of these "new writings of the self", and the identity issues they raise.

Provided courtesy of l’Institut Gabonais de l’Image et du Son. Not Rated. Running time: 53 minutes. In French, with English subtitles.


About the Director

Alice Aterianus-Owanga is a PhD candidate in Anthropology at the University of Lyon II (France). Concurrently, she also works as a lecturer at the University of Libreville. Her research interests focus on the cultural and artistic activities of young people in rural areas. Les Nouvelles Ecritures de Soi is her directorial debut. The screenplay was the winner of a call for projects during the 2009 edition of the Libreville Documentary Film Festival (Escales Documentaires). Alice Aterianus-Owanga used it as an opportunity to conduct her research in a cinematic form.

About Manouchka Kelly Labouba

Manouchka Kelly Labouba is a 2nd year MA student from Gabon. Her research interests include Black African cinema, its aesthetics and its relationships with dominant cinemas. Manouchka is also an independent director/screenwriter/producer. In the history of Gabonese cinema, she became both the youngest filmmaker and the first woman to direct a fictional work. She  intends to pursue a dual carreer as a filmmaker and as a scholar.

About Cinematheque108

Cinematheque108 is an alternative screening series sponsored by the Critical Studies Department at the University of Southern California's School of Cinematic Arts. The series offers a rare selection of events that highlight noteworthy experimental, documentary, and/or foreign films, many of which can not be seen anywhere else. Cinematheque108 is an educational forum that aims to expand understanding of alternative film and media. All screenings are free of charge and open to the pubic.

About Parking

The USC School of Cinematic Arts is located at 900 W. 34th St., Los Angeles, CA 90007. Parking passes may be purchased for $8.00 at USC Entrance Gate #5, located at the intersection of W. Jefferson Blvd. & McClintock Avenue. We recommend parking in outdoor Lot M or V, or Parking Structure D, at the far end of 34th Street. Please note that Parking Structure D cannot accommodate tall vehicles such as SUVs. Metered parking is also available along Jefferson Blvd.

Contact Information

Name: Alessandro Ago
Email: aago@cinema.usc.edu
Phone: 213.740.2330