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Lili and the Baobab
Duke's Griffin Theater—Screen/Society's "French & Francophone" film series continues with this 2005 feature from Chantal Richard that gently explores ideas of both friendship and cultural differences. When freelance photographer Lili (Romane Bohringer) arrives in a small village in the African Republic of Sengal on assignment, the young woman from Normandy finds herself both a welcome guest and an object of curiosity. As she strikes up a friendship with Aminata (Aminata Zaaria), a woman in a similar cultural position, she finds a new connection to the village. The film has been acclaimed for its gentle and subtle look at a woman's journey between two worlds. Incidentally, a baobab is a distinct type of tree found in Africa that appears to be growing upside-down; it often seems to stand alone from other trees. The free screening is at 8 p.m. in the Griffin Film Theater in the Bryan Center on Duke's West Campus. Visit fvd.aas.duke.edu/screensociety. —Zack Smith

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