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Bamako Chic: A Quest for Alternative Visions of Africa

Maureen Gosling
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Friday, February 17, 2017 - 10:00am
Thomson Hall 317

In a seminar style conversation, Gosling will share a 15 minute trailer of a new film still in production. A collaboration with anthropologist Maxine Downs, Bamako Chic examines the daily lives of Malian cloth dyers and the power of Malian women's artistry and entrepreneurial skills. 

Maureen Gosling, a filmmaker for more than 40 years, has worked as a director, producer, editor, sound recordist and distributor. Gosling produced and directed, with Chris Simon, the feature documentary, THIS AIN’T NO MOUSE MUSIC!, on the life of American roots music record producer, Chris Strachwitz. Gosling directed, produced and edited BLOSSOMS OF FIRE (2000), feature-length, on the Zapotecs of Oaxaca, Mexico. Gosling is best known for her 20-year collaboration, as co-filmmaker, editor and sound recordist, with the late director Les Blank on more than two-dozen documentaries. Their best-known film is the British Academy Award winning “making of” classic, BURDEN OF DREAMS, on Werner Herzog’s filming of FITZCARRALDO in the Peruvian Amazon. Gosling is also a sought-after editor. Her current projects as editor include: A DANGEROUS IDEA, directed by Stephanie Welch; THE LONG SHADOW, directed by Frances Causey. She is also co-filmmaker with Maxine Downs on BAMAKO CHIC: THREADS OF POWER, COLOR AND CULTURE.

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