FUTURE OF MUD, THE: A TALE OF HOUSES AND LIVES IN DJENNE

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FUTURE OF MUD, THE: A TALE OF HOUSES AND LIVES IN DJENNE

(c) Photo Courtesy of Icarus Films

MARCH
21
5:30 PM

Directed by: Susan Vogel

Presented with:

Earth Matters

Venue: Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection
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THE FUTURE OF MUD: A TALE OF HOUSES AND LIVES IN DJENNE (USA, 2007, 58 min.) 

Presented in conjunction with the upcoming exhibition, “Earth Matters: Land as Material and Metaphor in the Arts of Africa” and the National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution.

Through the story of a mason in Djenné, Komusa Tenapo, and his family, this documentary examines an African tradition of mud architecture in Mali.  The environmental genius of these ancient construction techniques, such as walls with tiny windows that keep the interiors cool despite the stifling heat, is expressed in strikingly beautiful designs that have won the town of Djenné designation as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Directed by Susan Vogel. 

Introduced by John Beardsley, Director, Garden and Landscape Studies, Dumbarton Oaks.  Followed by a discussion with filmmaker Susan Vogel

Ticket/Reservation Info:

Screening is fully booked. FREE. Reservations required.

Dumbarton Oaks

Main House, Music Room

1703 32nd St., NW

(Metrobuses: 31, 32, 36) 

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