Manthia Diawara

Manthia Diawara (* 1953 in Mali) lives and works in New York, where he is professor of Comparative Literature and Film at New York University. As a filmmaker, he has directed Négritude—A Dialogue between Soyinka and Senghor (2015), Édouard Glissant: One World in Relation (2009), Maison Tropicale (2008), Who’s Afraid of Ngugi? (2006), Bamako Sigi-kan (2002), Conakry Kas (2003), Diaspora Conversations: from Gorée to Dogon (2000), In Search of Africa (1997), Rouch in Reverse (1995) and, together with Ngugi wa Thiong’o, Sembène: The Making of African Cinema (1994), among others. His publications include African Cinema—New Aesthetic Forms and Policies (with Lydie Diakhate, 2011), We Will not Budge: An African Exile in the World (2003), Black-American Cinema: Aesthetics and spectatorship (1993), African Cinema: Politics and Culture (1992) and In Search of Africa (1998), in addition to many essays produced about film and literature of the African diaspora. In 2008 he curated the film festival African Screens at HKW. Diawara founded the bilingual magazine Black Renaissance / Renaissance Noire, for which he still works as an editor.

As of May 2016


Minor Cosmopolitan Weekend

Lectures, films, performances

Dec 06–08, 2018

Dictionary of Now

Wole Soyinka & Manthia Diawara – TRUTH

Film and discussion

May 4, 2016

Algeria after 1954

Algerian Cinema Sixty Years Later

with: Ahmed Bedjaoui, Safinez Bousbia, Manthia Diawara, Amor Hakkar, Said Ould Khalifa, Karim Moussaoui

Panel discussion

Mar 29, 2014

Alle Veranstaltungen

Former West

Former West: Day 3

Felix Stalder, Irit Rogoff, Stefano Harney, Adrian Heathfield, Louis Moreno, Daniel Baker and many others

Lectures, discussions and screenings

Mar 20, 2013

Wassermusik: South_South

Édouard Glissant – Un Monde en Relation (One World in Relation)

Film and Discussion

Jul 26, 2012

Cup of Cultures

Book Launch with Manthia Diawara

"African Film: New Forms of Aesthetics and Politics"

Jun 16, 2010

1989 – Global Histories

A global break with the past

Discussion with Saskia Sassen and Vladimir Sorokin

Feb 22, 2009

1989 – Global Histories

Angola, Namibia, South Africa: The Dawning of Independence and Democracy


Feb 21, 2009

African Screens - New Cinemas from Africa

Conakry Kas, the People of Conakry


Nov 7, 2008

African Screens - New Cinemas from Africa

A very very Short Story of Nollywood + Nollywood. Just Doing it + Mission Nollywood - Peace Mission


Oct 30, 2008

African Screens - New Cinemas from Africa



Oct 26, 2008

African Screens - New Cinemas from Africa

African Cinema and the unfinished history of Pan-Africanism: Africanican Cinema in the ARTE era


Oct 11, 2008

African Screens - New Cinemas from Africa

Clouds over Conakry

Opening by Manthia Diawara
In presence of Federal President Horst Köhler

Opening of the film festival AFRICAN SCREENS

Oct 9, 2008