Past Event

In the Company of Men

December 1, 2020
2:15 PM - 3:30 PM
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Event Description

Drawing on real accounts of the Ebola outbreak that devastated West Africa, Véronique Tadjo's poignant, timely fable reflects on both the strength and the fragility of life and of humanity’s place in the natural world. Acutely relevant to our times in light of the coronavirus pandemic, In the Company of Men explores critical questions about how we cope with a global crisis and how we can combat fear and prejudice. Véronique Tadjo illustrates the terrible extent of the Ebola epidemic, through the eyes of those affected in myriad ways: the doctor who tirelessly treats patients day after day in a sweltering tent, protected from the virus only by a plastic suit; the student who volunteers to work as a gravedigger while universities are closed, helping the teams overwhelmed by the sheer number of bodies; the grandmother who agrees to take in an orphaned boy cast out of his village for fear of infection. And watching over them all is the ancient and wise Baobab tree, mourning the dire state of the earth yet providing a sense of hope for the future.

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Free and open to the public; registration is required. For more information, please visit the event webpage

Hosted by Maison Française and sponsored by: