The Eastman House in Rochester will show “Duma,” a film by director Carroll Ballard, at 8 p.m. Saturday, March 11 and at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 12.
Mary Hess of the HWS English faculty, will introduce both screenings, and recommends the film to all.
Duma has been called a film very much in the tradition of his masterpiece, “The Black Stallion.”
“Duma” is Swahili for cheetah, and the film is loosely based on a beloved South African children's book, “How It Was With Dooms,” about a family who raised an orphaned cheetah cub.
Lovely and acclaimed as this film is, it has received little or no distribution, testimony to the incredible stupidity of the major studios. Roger Ebert has been particularly active in trying to save the film from oblivion, as have other critics who were lucky enough to see it.
Hess advises that “those of us who experienced 'Born Free' as children will know why you'll want to see this, but I'll just say I will never forget the pleasure of seeing that film with my grandparents, who little suspected they were shaping a cineaste.”