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In collaboration with the South African non-profit incubator Electric South, Afrikamera 2021: Urban Africa, Urban Movies will present a total of five VR productions that deal with life in the metropolises of Nairobi, Accra, Lagos, Dakar and Johannesburg in very different artistic ways. At the intersection of film, visual art, fashion and gaming, expanded forms of cinematographic experience are thus made possible.
Where does the real Lagos begin and where does it end? Lagos from 5.20 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Guided by the words of spoken word artist Njideka Iroh, director Jumoke Sanwo’s camera moves through various urban spaces of the mega-metropolis on foot, by bus, by car, past marketplaces, public monuments, places of leisure. In this way, a narrative unfolds that addresses issues of class division, international development, economic policy, and the differences between those who have returned from the diaspora and those who have never left Lagos – a foray through the imaginary as well as the material space of Lagos in which autobiographical and critical engagement intermingle.
“Nairobi, | love you most”. With her VR work “Nairobi Berries”, director and photographer Ng’endo Mukii from Kenya presents a poetic exploration of her hometown Nairobi in expressive, surreal images between real film and animation – carried by her voice, poetry meets VR art in this production.
D Senegalese fashion designer Selly Raby Kane presents a fascinating 360° work in which a little girl is chosen to discover the invisible Dakar. Senegalese mythology meets fashion designs that have already inspired artists* such as Beyoncé, Nai Palm (Hiatus Kaiyote) and DaaraJ.
The VR work of the science fiction author and founder of the website Afrocyberpunk Jonathan Dotse from Ghana gives insight into the Chale Wote Street Art Festival with images and quotes from participating artists*, which has been taking place in the Ghanaian capital Accra since 2011 and aims to give the local urban art scene visibility in public space. The festival defines itself as a space for collaboration and social development.
In front of the Johannesburg-Hillbrow skyline, various artists* with disabilities perform their vision of inclusion and empowerment in post-apartheid South Africa.
The VR production by multi-award-winning South African director Shelley Berry, who is herself in a wheelchair after an assault, celebrated its world premiere at the 2019 National Arts Festival in Grahamstown, South Africa.
With English sign language interpretation.
AFRIKAMERA closes with a production from the African diaspora. Freda lives with her family in a popular neighborhood in increasingly troubled Port-au-Prince. She worries about her education and the future of her crumbling homeland. Freda, her materialistic brother Moïse, and her younger sister Esther make ends meet by working alongside their devout evangelical mother Jeanette in the small store in their home. Amid the growing chaos, each of the siblings pursues their own idea of happiness. One by one, they are given the chance to leave dangerous Port-au-Prince behind. But Freda wants to stay, while at the same time fighting at school against the progressive erasure of Haitian culture by white influences.
The impressive family drama, at the same time a political film against patriarchal oppression in Haiti, celebrated its premiere at this year’s Cannes Film Festival in the series “Un certain regard”.
The feature film debut of Moroccan director Tawfik Baba tells the story of young Vendredi, who crosses the desert alone to realize his dream of working for a circus in Morocco. On the way, he meets “White Man”, an old man, on his way to his granddaughter’s wedding. They develop a special relationship and help each other in several life-threatening situations. At that point, however, Vendredi has no idea that he has fallen in with a human trafficker…
In his long-term documentary made over a period of twelve years, Tunisian director Hamza Ouni follows the eccentric Mehrez in his hometown of El Mohammedia. At the age of 25, Mehrez decides to enlighten and challenge a community of unemployed, frustrated youth with the means of theater. With heart and soul, as well as all the financial resources at his disposal, he throws himself into teaching and his troupe begins to flourish. Suddenly, however, Mehrez finds himself in prison, and his plans are on the verge of collapse …
THE DISQUALIFIED lets the audience* participate in the contradictory life of a gifted dancer and actor who struggles daily with himself and the contradictions of his country.
“Petit Jo, Enfant des Rues” tells the story of a mixed-race boy in Cameroon who, despite a few strokes of fate, refuses to be diverted from his path.
When Father Moussima finds an abandoned infant in the corridor of the hospital in Bonabéri, his decision is immediately clear: he wants to take care of the boy as a single father. No matter what the neighbors say – he masters the challenges of being a parent with calm and bravura and officially adopts Jo despite all the bureaucratic hurdles. At 12, Moussima sends him to a Lutheran boarding school. When Jo’s foster father dies and he wants to transfer to middle school, he is finally caught up with the past – his birth certificate is missing …
Daniel Kamwa’s film adaptation of the book of the same name by Evelyne Mpoudi Ngollé shows the realities of life for children and young people who, due to the circumstances into which they were born, have to take uncertain and risky paths in life and are left to their own devices, and at the same time the necessity of community in these realities. Kamwa opens up the question of morality, the complexity of good and evil in terms of survival, and highlights the cultural as well as socio-political context of Cameroon.
An interactive contextualization of Cameroon will introduce the film screening. The two-hour film will be shown with an intermission. During the intermission, director Daniel Kamwa will be asked questions about the film, which will serve as reference points for the young audience to continue watching the film. There will be a Q&A after the screening.
The screening will be moderated by Rebecca Pokua Korang. She has been working with AFRIKAMERA since 2017. Rebecca is a performative artist, empowerment trainer and works in mobile youth work in Berlin. Her artistic research focuses on identity, migration and German colonial history in Ghana.
At the center of Atef Ben Bouzid’s documentary is the charismatic Egyptian pianist Amr Salah. With few resources but all the more dedication, he has been organizing the Cairo Jazz Festival since 2009. The film, set to shimmering jazz sounds, provides rare insights behind the scenes of the festival and at the same time offers an unusual view of the Egyptian megacity Cairo and a young generation that longs for a cultural and political awakening and advocates for liberality and openness.
La Maca (“Maison d’Arrêt et de Correction d’Abidjan”), the prison of Abidjan, located in the middle of the forest on the outskirts of the city, is one of the most overcrowded in West Africa. One of the inmates, the aging and ailing prisoner Blackbeard is an increasingly controversial “dangoro.” To maintain his power, he resumes the tradition of the “novel,” a ritual that consists of forcing a prisoner to tell stories throughout the night.
In a griot role, the young street criminal Zama must tell a story by sunrise if he wants to save his life and prevent the prison from descending into chaos. He chooses the story of notorious gang leader Zama King … In a fascinating way, oscillating between griot story and fantasy tale, this visually stunning epic from the Ivory Coast was submitted as an entry for the 2021 Academy Awards in the Best International Film cate-gory and was one of 15 films shortlisted by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
Nearly 100 years old, Margaret Kamango is a gentle, ironic woman – and is threatened with death. When a Facebook message is leaked to her grandson Karisa, who lives in Mombasa, accusing his grandmother of witchcraft, he decides to return to his home village to get to the bottom of it. During the research, it comes to light that his grandmother is not the only one branded as a witch … Without prejudice, the two directors Maia Lekow and Christopher King deal with the phenomenon of witchcraft in today’s Kenya and draw a portrait of a society undergoing radical change.
Recommended for young people 14 years and older.
Ennock is one of three hundred orphans from rural Malawi who have been placed in a Buddhist Chinese orphanage. The children and teenagers here must speak Mandarin, maintain Buddhist traditions, and are trained to master the difficult art of Shaolin Kung Fu.
The documentary by South African director Nicole Schafer offers intense insights into the lives of the children caught between the conflicting worlds of traditional village life and the strict discipline of the Chinese Confucian-Buddhist value system. Against the backdrop of China’s growing influence on the continent, Schafer’s film poses highly topical questions about education as indoctrination and about the right balance between seizing educational opportunities and surrendering one’s identity.