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Part documentary and part African tale, this film tells the story of a brand new cinema seat arriving in the Bamako cinema, which has been closed for years like hundreds of other cinemas in Africa. Co-produced by the 'Cinemas for Africa' Association, this poetic and musical film aims to promote the renovation of African cinemas at a time when many countries only have one cinema in operation.
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Segment 1

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Cinemas for Africa presents
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A Seat's Journey
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A film by Marion Stalens
WOMAN
How much for a ticket?
TEACHER
Electrons carry a negative charge. So there is an attraction. Electrons on the first layer don't have the same energy level as on ... ? As on the second layer.
VOICE
Come and see! There is a seat on a car.
SCHOOLCHILDREN
It's true. Come on!
HAIRDRESSER 1
Can you love two women the same way? Don't you have only one heart?
HAIRDRESSER 2
If you know that you can't bear polygamy, just leave him! Because polygamy has a bad smell anyway.
WOMAN
You become someone's second wife, or third wife. Seize your heart, you stay because of your children!
VOICE
Have you seen the car?
MAN 1
A seat on a car! Ali, what is it?
MAN 2
Haven't you listened to the radio this morning? It's the first seat of the Soudan Ciné. It's going to be renovated.
ACTOR [on television]
I am the hunter that prevents the bird from flying away. You will pay for this, I guarantee you! I never lose out, you know. I will get you back very soon. I love you.
ACTRESS
No, it's impossible. It's a sin. How can you say that to me?
VOICE
The seat!
MAN
Follow this seat!
WOMAN
So, how much for a ticket?
TICKET SELLER
1,000 CFA francs, my dear.
WOMAN
Great!
TICKET SELLER
Here you are. Enjoy your movie!
WOMAN
Thank you.
TICKET SELLER
Thank you.
ABDERRAHMANE SISSAKO
Dear friend, I'm so happy that you came. Thirty years ago, in this theater, I saw my first pictures. It remained closed for 15 years now. It suffered from being closed. You were lucky, because you're brave, you're strong, and beautiful too. When you go to the movies, and sit down, you want to see someone who resembles you. Someone you like because of the strength he has and you don't have. Or someone you like for his weakness, because you're weak too. You like to recognize yourself in this. Cinema simply is life. So opening a theater is multiplying life, everyday, thousands of times. Thank you again for being here.
WOMAN
Thank you.
JULIETTE BINOCHE
Hello. I am happy to meet you thanks to the magic of cinema. I hope that soon you won't be sitting alone in this theater. We will unite our forces to bring this place back to life. And to bring other theaters in Africa back to life as well. See you soon.
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Today, many African countries don't have operating movie-theaters anymore. To enable more seats to arrive, please send you donations to the association: Cinemas for Africa, 154, rue Oberkampf, 75011 Paris - France. www.cinemasforafrica.com
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[end credits]
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www.cinemasforafrica.com