In the launch event for the
University of Sheffield's Festival of Arts and Humanities, author Ben Okri introduces
the 2014 film, N - The Madness of Reason, for which he wrote the script.
A twisting poetic narrative, N takes in Raymond Borremans’ journey
through Africa to complete an encyclopaedia for the continent. Only reaching
the letter N by the time of his death, his spirit drifts between past
and present, helped by an African woman who tries to lead him towards his
destiny. In Okri’s own words, ‘The film is not a straight line - it is a river
with twists and bends.’
Hovering between dream and reality,
this magical film plays on the confrontation between Western mind and African
The screening is hosted by Professor
Julia Dobson, and followed by a short Q&A session and a book signing.
Books will be available to purchase from Rhyme and Reason on the night.
A joint event between The Showroom,
Off the Shelf Festival of Words and the Festival of Arts and Humanities. For
more details of other Festival events, see www.sheffield.ac.uk/festivalah