AFRICAMERA PRESENTS: TALKING ABOUT SAHEL
AFRIKAMERA has presented the diversity of African film landscapes for 10 years now. In our anniversary edition, we turn to the cinematic culture of the Sahel, a region that has been shaped in recent years by a dangerous entanglement of fundamentalist religion, terrorism and politics. Against this socio-political background, we present current feature films and documentary films that deal with the political and social challenges of the Sahel – and thereby tell exciting stories from the everyday life of people.
As in WÙLU. The gangster movie by Daouda Coulibaly (13.11. and 17.11.) is
compared by critics with Brian de Palma’s SCAREFACE. The main character Ibrahim Koma will be present for screening. Previously, the Senegalese rapper Xuman will open the festival with a Live performance of the TV format JOURNAL RAPPÉ.
With the program OUAGADOUGOU SHORTS (14.11.) AFRIKAMERA presents a selection of current short films from the Burkinabe (cinema) capital, including PLACENTA from Bède Modeste Gnafe-Mofedog. CEDDO (14.11.) by Ousmane Sembène, is a classic one of the Sahel cinema of the 1970s, which has lost none of its topicality. The feature film reflects on the Christianization and Islamization of West Africa in the 17th century and its aftermath until the 20th century.
As part of a special event in the Heinrich Böll Stiftung (15.11.) in Berlin-Mitte, AFRIKAMERA presents the moving love drama ZIN’NAARYA – L’ALLIANCE D’OR of the Nigerien Director Rahmatou Keïta. Keïta will not only be there for a film talk, but first discuss with the sociologist and director Aicha Macky about female identity, filmmaking and strategies of self-assertion in patriarchal structures of the Sahel. The latest work by Macky, L’ABRE SANS FRUIT, will be shown on Friday (17.11.) at Kino Arsenal. The raid by Islamist rebel groups on the Malian cultural capital of Timbuktu five years ago caused a worldwide sensation. Two films deal with the events from different perspectives: DEVOIR DE MÉMOIRE by Mamadou Cissé (15.11.) and SUR LA PISTE DES MANUSCRITS DE TOMBOUCTOU by Jean Crépu (16.11.).
Andrey Samoute Diarras, HAMOU BEYA (16.11.) is concerned with the everyday life outside of war and terror. The film documents the tedious everyday life of the Bozo, who leave their villages in order to make their way to the capital Bamako as a “sandfisher”. The SAHEL SHORTS program (16.11.) presents a selection of current short films from the region, including LE MARABOUT on a group of street children in Dakar. The director Alassane Sy will be available for a film discussion afterwards. Rare insights into the Libya of the Post-Gaddafi era is the program LIBYA IN MOTION (17.11.) With a selection of short films from the years 2012-15. With Naziha Arebi and Muhannad Lamin, two of the film directors involved in the project are guest performers.
WALLAY (18.11.) by Bernie Goldblat already celebrated great successes at this year’s Berlinale. His feature film tells about everyday life in Burkina Faso seen by a 13-year-old. In addition to the director, his main actor is also available for a film talk. Since the beginning AFRIKAMERA has worked together with international festivals of the African continent. As part of its 10th anniversary, the festival presents as a special program a BEST OF selection of short films from this year’s edition of the FESPACO and the JCC Karthargo (18.11.).
Licínio Azevedo’s neo-western THE TRAIN OF SALT AND SUGAR (18.11.) was last viewed at the Film Festival in Locarno celebrated with audiences and critics alike. In Mozambique in the 1980s, a military-guarded transport train set out on a multi-day train journey to Malawi, loaded with people and goods, with uncertain course and exit. With TANT QU’ON VIT (19.11.) the festival presents the current work of the burkinabe director Dani Kouyaté as a Germany premiere. Kandia, who lives since 30 years in Sweden, decides to return to Gambia. Her son Ibbe dreams of a hip-hop career and is about to make a breakthrough.
But the encounter with their country of origin does not turn out as they imagined. The director will be present for the premiere. THE REVOLUTION WON’T BE TELEVISED (19.11.) by Rama Thiaw delivers one over several years of “inner view” of the Senegalese protest movement “Y’en a marre” at the interface between hip-hop culture and politics. The festival closes with the feature film I AM NOT A WITCH (19.11.) by Rungano Nyoni about a girl who is accused of witchcraft and banished in a camp in the Zambian Desert.