The Poets

Mon, 05/13/2019 - 7:00pm
DCTV, 87 Lafayette St, NYC

Doors 6:30pm | Screening 7pm | No admittance after 7:15pm

Official Selection, Visions du Reel Film Festival 2018

"Viewers will be held captive by the passionate, vivid accounts of these bold, trailblazing poets.”
—Tambay A. Obenson, Shadow and Act

The Film

Directed by Chivas DeVinck / 2018 / 99 min

The Poets follows two acclaimed West African poets, and lifelong friends, Syl Cheney-Coker and Niyi Osundare as they travel through their home countries of Sierra Leone and Nigeria to explore what has shaped their art. As the film unfurls, they find answers all around them; in the stunning landscapes, the culture, the history, political strife, terrible tragedies, their family homes, and their friendship. Weaved with the poetry of Cheney-Coker and Osundare, The Poets is an exploration of how art is shaped by life experiences, and of the power and urgency of art in the face of political adversity.

Post-Screening Q&A

Chivas DeVinck (Director) is a New York-based filmmaker and Executive Director and Founder of Dialogue Talk, an arts and culture nonprofit. His work has screened at international festivals, including South by Southwest (Austin, US), International Filmfestival Mannheim-Heidelberg (Mannheim, DE) and Pan African Film Festival (Los Angeles, U.S.). The Poets is his feature film debut.


Eventbrite - DCTV Presents: Winter 2019


Please arrive 15 minutes early for guaranteed admittance. No-show tickets will be released at start time.
Doors 6:30pm | Screening 7pm | No admittance after 7:15pm


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This event is part of the Spring 2019 season of DCTV Presents, DCTV’s signature screening and event series that champions groundbreaking nonfiction film. It includes a discussion with filmmakers or specials guests, and time to engage with the makers and our community over drinks and popcorn.

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