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The Poets

A film by Chivas DeVinck

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The Poets is a documentary that follows two acclaimed West African poets, and lifelong friends, Syl Cheney-Coker and Niyi Osundare as they travel through their home countries of Sierra Leone and Nigeria to explore what has shaped their art. As the film unfurls, they find answers all around them; in the stunning landscapes, the culture, the history, political strife, terrible tragedies, their family homes, and their friendship. Weaved with the poetry of Cheney-Coker and Osundare, The Poets is an exploration of how art is shaped by life experiences, and of the power and urgency of art in the face of political adversity.

"A captivating and inspiring dual portrait on friendship and the lasting impact of home." —Kassahun Checole, Africa World Press

“Wonderful! Viewers will be held captive by the passionate, vivid accounts of the bold, trailblazing poets.” —Tambay A. Obenson, Shadow and Act

2018 Encounters Documentary Film Festival South Africa
2018 Pan-African Film Festival
2018 Visions du Reel Film Festival
2017 International Filmfestival Mannheim-Heidelberg  

99 minutes / Color/B&W
English; Krio; Yoruba / English subtitles
Closed Captioned
Release: 2018
Copyright: 2017

For colleges, universities, government agencies, hospitals and corporations

This DVD is sold with a license for institutional use and Public Performance rights.

Subject areas:
African Studies, Africa, Human Rights, Sierra Leone, Nigeria, War and Peace

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