*Le Retour d’un aventurier (The Return of an Adventurer)*. 1966. Niger. Directed by Moustapha Alassane

Bon Voyage Sim. 1966. Niger. Directed by Moustapha Alassane. In French, Hausa; English subtitles. 5 min.

Monsieur Sim, the president of the Republic of Toads, receives a scoundrel’s welcome from his citizenry after returning from a luxury holiday abroad (disguised as a diplomatic mission).

Le Retour d’un aventurier (The Return of an Adventurer). 1966. Niger. Directed by Moustapha Alassane. In French, Hausa; English subtitles. 34 min.

With Ibrahim Yacouba, Zalika Souley, Abdou Nani, Djingarey Maiga. One of Alassane’s most celebrated films, this homage to the American Western follows a band of wannabe outlaws who ransack a Nigerien village.

Les Cowboys sont noirs (The Cowboys Are Black). 1966. France. Directed by Serge Moati. In French, Hausa; English subtitles. 15 min.

Scenes from the production of Alassane’s The Return of an Adventurer, the first African Western. On weekdays, the cowboys are taxi drivers and mechanics; on weekends, they’re hipster cowboys enacting fantasies of tearing up the town.

Accompanied by Bon Voyage Sim. 1966. Directed by Moustapha Alassane and Les Cowboys sont noirs (The Cowboys Are Black). 1966. Directed by Serge Moati

  1. Sunday, May 14,
    1:00 p.m.

    T2, Theater 2
    The Museum of Modern Art
  2. Friday, May 12,
    6:45 p.m.

    T2, Theater 2
    The Museum of Modern Art
    Introduced by Jamie Berthe, Associate Faculty at The Gallatin School (NYU)