JUL 24 - 25, 2015
South Africa’s world-renowned Isango Ensemble returns to Boston this fall, but in advance of their stage productions, ArtsEmerson is proud to screen two of their critically acclaimed films.

U-Carmen eKhayelitsha is an artistic triumph, transporting us to a modern South African township to follow the story of a strong, independent woman who will not be tamed. Packed with transcendent music, passion and romance, U-Carmen vividly recreates Bizet’s opera in a way that can only be described as “pure Isango," leading The Village Voice to declare: "This was basically the best idea ever."

Isango Ensemble Film Festival In advance of South Africa’s world-renowned Isango Ensemble’s return visit to Boston for two new stage productions (uCarmen and A Midsummer Night’s Dream), ArtsEmerson and the Bay State Banner are partnering with community organizations throughout Boston’s neighborhoods to present free screenings of Isango’s Son of Man followed by special screenings of U-Carmen eKhayelitsha , (the film adaptation of uCarmen) in the Bright Family Screening Room of the Emerson/Paramount Center.

Show Time

  • FRI, JUL 24 @ 8PM
  • SAT, JUL 25 @ 2PM 

Film Info

  • Location: Bright Family Screening Room
  • Director: Mark Dornford-May
  • Cast: Pauline Malefane, Andile Tshoni, Lungelwa Blou, Zweilungile Sidloyi, Andries Mbali, Zamile Gantana, Andiswa Kedama, Ruby Mthethwa
  • Running time: 2 hrs 2 mins
  • Format: Blu-ray
  • Presented in partnership with the Bay State Banner as part of the Isango Film Festival