The film “Lost in Africa” will get its U.S. premiere at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, May 21, in the Vanderhoef Studio Theatre at UC Davis’ Mondavi Center. Free tickets are available by calling (530) 754-2787 or online at http://mondaviarts.org with the promotion code KIBERA.
The film stars Connie Nielsen, who co-starred in the Academy Award-winning film “Gladiator.”
” (‘Lost in Africa’) humanizes the lives of people in the slums and makes them real to us, not blankly apathetic the way victims are often portrayed in the press and in films,” she said in a news release. “Of that I am really proud.”
The evening will begin at 6:30 p.m. with Nielsen being interviewed by Steven C. Currall, dean of the UCD Graduate School of Management, followed by the screening at 7 p.m. The evening will conclude with a discussion panel and Q&A session moderated by Jim Wunderman of the Bay Area Council that will include Nielsen and other guests.
When Nielsen was filming “Lost in Africa” she was exposed to the giant slum Kibera, near Nairobi, Kenya, which is filled with hundreds of thousands of people living in squalid conditions. She was moved by the experience and subsequently founded the Human Needs Project to provide assistance to the residents. More information on the Human Needs Project can be found at http://www.humanneedsproject.org.
Currall said the screening fits with UCD’s mission.
“UC Davis has a long-standing commitment to social and economic progress in developing communities around the world,” he said. “The film will promote an important dialogue among those who examine economic development, cultural studies and sociology, and matters concerning infrastructure such as water, sanitation and electricity. We must identify and promote healthy developing communities through improvement plans that are environmentally and economically sustainable.”
“Lost in Africa” is a Danish film with English subtitles. A trailer of the film is on YouTube at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W-xsb-Q0AJw.
Nielsen, who is Danish, has been seen in numerous films and TV series, including “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit,” “Basic” with John Travolta, “The Ice Harvest” with John Cusack and “Gladiator” with Russell Crowe. She lives with her husband in Tiburon, north of San Francisco.