Saturday, October 17 at 7:00pm
This film will be viewable for 24 hours from showtime above.
Arrested for pickpocketing, a young man is sent to the infamous “La Maca”, a large and overcrowded prison in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire. The prison is ruled not by guards, but by its inmates led by “Lord Blackbeard”, whose health and power are in steep decline. It’s also run by deeply rooted superstitions. As tradition goes, with the rising of the “red moon,” Blackbeard must designate a prisoner to be the “Roman,” tasked with telling a story to the other prisoners. Blackbeard chooses the newly arrived inmate as the new “Roman.” Reminiscent of Scheherazade, the young man gathers his composure and courage and begins to weave a fantastic tale about his childhood friend, a legendary outlaw named “Zama King”. He must make his story last until dawn if he hopes to survive the night. The other prisoners join in the dramatic storytelling as they sing and dance, creating a mystical and visually mesmerizing experience. Written and Directed by Philippe Lacôte’s, Night of the Kings is Ivory Coast’s Oscar submission for Best International Feature.
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