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dossier My learning is affected by the condition of my life

Interview with Amadou Hampâté Bâ (from 1969)

The great Malian writer, historian and ethnologist

03 March 2021

This video is a documentary by Ange Casta aired on Channel 1 for the first time on September 7, 1969, on the program "Un Certain Regard". It is an interview by Enrico Fulchignoni with the great Amadou Hampâté Bâ (1900/1901 - 1991), a Malian writer, historian and ethnologist and one of the most authentic interpreters of the genius of African oral tradition.

Amadou Hampâté Bâ is the author of the famous quote: "In Africa, when an old man dies, it is a library that blazes up." This program dedicated to him aimed to highlight the important and valuable knowledge of the African continent and its universal heritage of culture. In this interview Amadou Hampâté Bâ shows how colonization, literacy, and at a different level, ethnological work, have broken the springs which allowed this culture to perpetuate and develop.

The content of this video is important to share with the public as it describes our vision of education. To expand its reach Renée Akitelek Mboya and Aude Mgba worked on English subtitles which is an ongoing project on translation and language.

Amadou Hampâté Bâ in Un certain regard is part of My learning is affected by the condition of my life, a symposium spread over time by Aude Christel Mgba, which is an experiment of various forms of learning, listening, touching, transmitting and producing knowledge.

« Amadou Hampâté Bâ », Un certain regard [CPF86655123]
Rights provided by " Ina" ("Institut National de l'Audiovisuel") in Paris
Extracts from the record "LES DOGONS" (musical phonogram) OCR

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