Wole Soyinka, Nigerian playwright and novelist, won international acclaim in 1958 when his play, The Swampdwellers, was first produced in London. This adaptation of the play was directed and performed by Africans and is an authentic and personal drama about their changing continent. A young man returns to his village from the city and discovers he has grown too sophisticated to accept his parents’ beliefs blindly. He becomes aware of the corruption, ignorance and superstition in their lives. Disillusioned also by urban life, he is caught between two conflicting cultures, unable to identify with either. The Swampdwellers is an African interpretation of African life, and has more dramatic impact than any Western production ever
could. Produced by Wole Soyinka.
40 minutes • Black & White