2013 Films

U.S. Premiere


(c) Courtesy of Sand Fishers

7:00 PM

Directed by: Samouté Andrey Diarra

Presented with: Dumbarton Oaks, Harvard University Garden and Landscape Studies Program, and Earth Matters

Venue: Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden

SAND FISHERS (Mali/France, 2012, 72 min.)

NOTE: The printed program has an incorrect screening date, this program will be 3/18

Shown as part of the Rivers Program 

Presented with Dumbarton Oaks, Harvard University Garden and Landscape Studies Program, and in conjunction with “Earth Matters: Land as Material and Metaphor in the Arts of Africa,” the upcoming exhibition at the National Museum of African Art.

The Bozos in the West African nation of Mali have been renowned for many generations for their skill in the art of fishing. They know the waters of the Niger River better than anyone else, and they are on good terms with the water spirits. In recent years, however, their lives have become increasingly difficult, as fish stocks are declining dramatically due to climate change and drought. Gala is one of many young Bozo men who must leave their village and family and go upriver to make some money as a "sand fisher." He fills his pirogue, a traditional wooden boat, with sand and gravel from the river. On arrival in the capital of Bamako, he trades the sand for use in the construction industry. The film follows Gala as he goes about his exhausting work, returns to his village and talks to his young sons. He urges them not to forget where their roots are, but it’s painfully clear that the Bozos’ traditional way of life is destined to disappear. Directed and produced by Samouté Andrey Diarra and D’S Productions.

Introduced by John Beardsley, Director, Garden and Landscape Studies, Dumbarton Oaks.  

Ticket/Reservation Info:

FREE. No Reservations Required. 

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden

Independence Ave. & Seventh St., SW

(Metro: L’Enfant Plaza)

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