In July 2018, we covered the arrival of The Poets, the documentary of the Sierra Leonean poet Syl Cheney-Coker and the Nigerian poet Niyi Osundare’s friendship. The film will now screen in New York City on 13 May, as part of the DCTV screening and event series, “DCTV Presents Spring 2019.” DCTV is a nonprofit media arts center in Chinatown, New York City.

In an email to Brittle Paper, DCTV organiser Dara Messinger explained that the screening, “DCTV Presents The Poets, with Director Chivas DeVinck,” will see the 99-minute documentary followed by a Q&A with its director.

Here is a synopsis of The Poets on YouTube.

The Poets is a documentary that 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 Poetsis an exploration of how art is shaped by life experiences, and of the power and urgency of art in the face of political adversity.


Title: DCTV Presents The Poets, with Director Chivas DeVinck

Date: Monday, 13 May 2019

Time: Doors 6:30 pm | Screening 7:00 pm | No admittance after 7:15 pm

Tickets for the event can be gotten on DCTV’s website.

The event can be joined on Facebook, or on Twitter and Instagram at @DCTVny, with the hastag #DCTVPresents.