Spring 2012 Foreign Film Series: “Youssou N'Dour: I Bring What I Love”

Posted on 2/8/2012 8:27:02 AM
Youssou N'Dour: I Bring What I Love

The movie Youssou N'Dour: I Bring What I Love, part of the International Foreign Film Series sponsored by the Office of International Education, will be shown on Sunday, February 19, 2012, in McVitty Auditorium, Sprowls Hall, at 5:30 and 8:00 p.m.

Both showings are free. I Bring What I Love will be in its original language, with English subtitles. Musicians will perform before the film.

  • Date: Sunday, February 19
  • Country: Senegal
  • Language: Arabic and French


As one of two major documentaries on hotly debated Senegalese world musician Youssou N'Dour to emerge within a year of one another (see also Youssou N'Dour: Return to Gorée), this particular chronicle was produced and shot over a period of several years. Helmed by director Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi, it witnesses the evolution and production of N'Dour's June 2004 album Egypt on the Nonesuch label—the recording that details N'Dour fully expressing his newfound Muslim faith. A veritable bedrock of controversy, the album courted objections from multiple countries: Americans objected because of their post-9/11 tendencies to attribute Islam to violent extremism; Senegalese DJs and radio-station proprietors objected given the odd discomfiture associated with playing religious music about Allah alongside often-racy selections by other acts. Even more significantly, N'Dour inadvertently carried this controversy a step further by performing live during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan—thus infuriating Senegalese religious conservatives. The film witnesses N'Dour confronting these challenges head-on and, incredibly, surmounting them with great ease and finesse. —Nathan Southern, Rovi

Musical Guest

Youssou N'Dour: Best known in the West for his collaborations with Bono and Peter Gabriel

Pengfei Yi, Vocals

Yuxiang Qiu, Guitar

For more than fifteen years, the Office of International Education has organized and sponsored the Foreign Film and Music Series during the Spring semester. The festival shows six recent foreign films, in their original language with English subtitles. Most evenings, local musicians perform before the film. All showings are free.

This year, films will be shown in McVitty Auditorium, Sprowls Hall. Shows begin at 5:30 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.