The Film Study Center at Harvard University announces the 2017-18 McMillan-Stewart Fellowship in Distinguished Filmmaking to Alain Gomis.
The films of Alain Gomis define a richly cinematic mode of narrative portraiture. Each of his four features centers around willful characters overwhelmed by difficult circumstances which force them to question their place within a world that seems indifferent and even hostile to their plight. Born in France into a Senegalese and Guinea-Bissauan family, Alain Gomis has divided his films between Africa and France, offering a unique vista over the sharp differences and deep bonds that continue to define the relationship between francophone Africa and its diaspora. Winner of the Film Study Center’s 2018-19 Geneviève McMillan-Reba Stewart Fellowship in Distinguished Filmmaking, Gomis will be present for discussions about his vibrant work.
The McMillan-Stewart Fellowship in Distinguished Filmmaking was established at the Film Study Center in 1997 with a generous gift from Genevieve McMillan in memory of her late friend, Reba Stewart, in support of outstanding filmmakers, especially of francophone African origin. The endowment provides both a fellowship for the laureate, while they visit Harvard and share their work with the University community, and also for the purchase of a representative example of the fellow’s oeuvre for preservation in the Harvard Film Archive.
Gomis will present his films at The Harvard Film Archive from February 16-23, 2018