ENTERRES (BURIED)

FR 19 NOV
22.30 ARSENAL
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von Françoise Ellong
Cameroon | 2019 | 88 min | OV with Engl. Subs

 

In this abuse drama, four people dressed in black get out of a cab in the opening scene. Although friends since childhood, they have not met for many years since their time together in a church orphanage. They are all hiding something from each other. On a soccer field in the middle of nowhere, they dare to play a game that brings demons they thought forgotten back to life …

Director Françoise Ellong
Director Françoise Ellong

Françoise Ellong was born in Douala, Cameroon in 1988. After studying information and communication technology in Paris, she completed a master’s degree in film and post-production at Greenwich University in London in 2006. Until 2012, she realized a total of nine short and experimental films as a screenwriter and director. Some received awards at international festivals, including the short film “Nek”(2010), which deals with the theme of guilt and atonement. While she had previously produced her short films in England and France, she shot her first feature film “W.A.K.A” entirely in Cameroon.

 

Souad

SOUAD

FR 19 NOV
20.00 ARSENAL
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by Ayten Amin
Egypt, Tunisia, Germany | 2021 | 96 min | OV with Engl. Subs

 

Mansoura, a town in the northern Nile Delta. Souad, a 19-year-old medical student, leads a double life. While she appears conformed and wearing a veil in the circle of her family and society, Souad develops a completely different image of herself on Facebook and Instagram. Gradually reality intrudes into her dream world – until a series of small incidents leads to a tragic event…

With her latest feature film, Egyptian director Ayten Amin has created a drama whose story is representative of the challenge of the search for identity among millions of young people in post-revolutionary Egypt, caught between upheaval and Islamic conservatism.

 

Ayten Amin was born in Alexandria, Egypt in 1978. She studied film criticism at the Egyptian Cinema Writers and Critics Association and then film at the Art Lab of the American University in Cairo. Her graduation film “Her Man” (2006) is based on a short story by Egyptian writer Ahdaf Soueif and was presented at several festivals. The film “Tahrir 2011: The Good, the Bad, and the Politician”, which she co-directed, premiered in Venice. Her feature film debut “Villa 69” (2013) was screened at the Abu Dhabi Film Festival, Malmö and Cannes.

 

African Shorts – African pop cultures

FR 19 NOV
18.00 ARSENAL
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Short Film Program
Ghana and others 2021
followed by panel discussion with Pamela Owusu-Brenyah & Fatou Kandé Senghor

 

The short film reel AFRICAN SHORTS – AFRICAN POP CULTURES (Ghana and others 2021) focuses on short formats that deal with current trends in African pop cultures, including ADIKORO – WOMEN IN MUSIC: GHANA (Ghana, Germany 2021), a short documentary by German-Ghanaian director and curator Pamela Owusu-Brenyah that deals with female empowerment in the pop music scene of Ghana. ADIKORO means something like “equal” in Twi and thus also formulates in the title the claim that Owusu-Brenyah’s debut pursues: The grievance documented in it is to be remedied and female artists encouraged to follow their dreams of a music career. An event in cooperation with the Pop-Kultur Festival Berlin.

Pamela Owusu-Brenyah is committed to the visibility of contemporary Afro-pop culture and people of African descent in Germany. The Berlin-based music consultant, festival organiser and DJ is currently a programme curator at Pop-Kultur and worked in the past as an A&R for Universal Music Central Europe & Africa. As a freelance consultant, she has curated programming for Pop-Kultur Festival, Reeperbahn Festival, Federal Ministry for Development and Cooperation and GIZ, among others, since 2019.

With the foundation of her own community platform and festival AFRO x POP in 2018, she aims to give a stage to talented female artists of the Afro-German scene. Pamela is also a jury member of Musicboard Berlin’s Artist and Residency Funding Program and a board member of Music Women* Germany, a nationwide network and digital database that promotes gender equality and women’s participation in music.

In summer 2021, the Afropop expert shot her first documentary film project. For “ADIKORO”, she travelled to Ghana, interviewed female artists and actors from the music business to get to the bottom of the socio-economic conditions that block women’s access and visibility in the local and global pop business.

Fatou Kandé Senghor

Fatou Kandé Senghor is an award-winning writer, visual artist, documentary filmmaker and educator, living in Dakar. Her most recent film, “Donner Naissance” (“Giving Birth”), was selected for the 56th Venice Biennale.

Senghor has written widely on gender, culture, history and African cinema and is the founder of Waru Studio, a space for young artists and filmmakers to explore the intersections of art, science, technology and politics in Africa. Her most important collaborations include working with Ousmane Sembène on “Faat Kiné” (2000) and with Wim Wenders on “The Invisible” (2007), a documentary about sexual violence against women in Congo.

 

Zinder

Zinder

THU 18 NOV
22.00h ARSENAL
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by Aïcha Macky
Niger, France, Germany | 2021 | 82 min | OV with Engl. Subs

Zinder is the second largest city in Niger and the setting for this impressive documentary about violent gang and youth culture in the town.
In her second feature film, director Aïcha Macky, herself born in Zinder, follows the three protagonists Siniya, Bawo and Ramsess, members of the gang “Hitler”, through their everyday lives in the Kara-Kara district. The neighborhood, formerly built as a ghetto for lepers, is characterized by unemployment, poverty and lack of access to education. The camera follows the gang members
in a reserved manner, without judging or commenting. In the struggle for survival between gang, bodybuilding, red light district and family, there is always hope of breaking the cycle of violence.

 

Director Aicha Macky
Director Aicha Macky

Aïcha Macky was born in 1982 in the Republic of Niger and earned a master’s degree in sociology and documentary film at Gaston Berger University in Senegal. Her first short film was “Moi et ma maigreur / Me and My Thinness” about the perception of the thin body by the inhabitants of Niger. She continued her training at Contrechamps and Maggia Images (Niger) and worked as an assistant for numerous feature films and documentaries. “The Fruitless Tree / L’Arbre sans fruit” (2016, also presented at AFRIKAMERA) was her first documentary film, which was screened worldwide and won several awards.

 

#LANDoftheBRAVEfilm

land of the brave

THU 18 NOV
20.15h HUMBOLDT FORUM
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by Tim Huebschle
Namibia | 2019 | 95 min | OV with German Subs
Followed by digital Q+A with Tim Huebschle

Meisie Willemse works as an investigator in the red light district of Windhoek. While trying to help a drunken prostitute, she is knocked down and robbed of her service weapon. When the torso of the prostitute is found in a riverbed, she and her partner Shivute get caught in a whirlpool of unforeseen events. A cynical Yellow Press reporter named Piet Potgieter begins tailing her as she investigates and blackmails her in connection with a dark secret that dates back to just before Namibia gained independence in 1990. And does the mysterious forensic scientist Dr. Schneider have anything to do with the dead women?

The German-Namibian director Tim Huebschle has created with #LANDoftheBRAVEfilm
a dark thriller. Launched in 2014 as a transmedia project, Huebschle’s suspenseful crime story reveals the wounds caused by the abysses of the recent colonial past. Shot with a Namibian cast in Afrikaans and English, the film also features appearances by well-known Namibian artists such as Kwaito artist Gazza Cameo.

Tim Huebschle is a Namibian producer and director. Focusing on compelling stories,
rooted in the real world, has shaped Tim’s filmmaking career since 2000,
culminating in several acclaimed documentaries, fictional films and music videos.
Since co-founding Collective Productions in 2009, he has shot Namibian stories
for the international market, including several episodes for a German documentary series, documentaries for a Chinese news channel, and #LANDoftheBRAVEfilm – which was released in Namibia and screened at international film festivals.

 

Juju Stories

THU 18 NOV
20.00h ARSENAL
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by Abba T. Makama, C.J. ‘Fiery’ Obasi & Michael Omonua
Nigeria, France | 2021 | 84 min | OV with Engl. Subs
German premiere

In JUJU STORIES, the Nigerian film collective Surreal 16, consisting of directors Abba T. Makama, C.J. ‘Fiery’ Obasi and Michael Omonua, ironically deals with the supernatural powers of Juju in a three-part anthology film – beyond common witch doctor clichés. In all three films, life is disrupted – intentionally or unintentionally – by juju’s supernatural powers.
In LOVE POTION, an unhappy young woman in love brews a potion from menstrual blood and corpse water on the advice of a colleague in order to charm the man of her dreams – but the potion has a different effect than expected…

In YAM, Abba T. Makama tells of the consequences when a street urchin picks up money seemingly at random from the roadside. In SUFFER THE WITCH by C.J. ‘Fiery’ Obasi, love and friendship turn into obsession when a young student catches the interest of her crush.

 

Abba T. Makama is a visual artist and filmmaker. He is the founder and creative director of OSIRIS FILM & ENTERTAINMENT, a creative group that develops ideas and strategies for digital and traditional media. Abba holds a degree in Business Administration from State University New York, Fredonia and studied film at the prestigious New York University (N.Y.U). In 2015, he directed a documentary on the Nigerian film industry titled “NOLLYWOOD – something from nothing” for Al Jazeera. He also produced and directed a number of award-winning short films.
His debut film “Green White Green” had its world premiere at the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival, and his second film, “The Lost Okoroshi,” also premiered at TIFF. Makama is also a painter, art lover and has a keen interest in Freudian and Jungian psychology.

 

C.J. ‘Fiery’ Obasi grew up watching Hammer House horror movies and reading Stephen King novels. As a child, he developed an aptitude for drawing comics. Much later, C.J. hung up his computer science degree at the University of Nigeria (UNN) to devote himself full time to filmmaking.
Obasi, who is also known as “Fiery” or “The Fiery One,” made his feature film debut “OJUJU” – a zero-budget film that premiered at the Africa International Film Festival (AFRIFF) in November 2014 and won the award for “Best Nigerian Film.” OJUJU has been screened at over 30 film festivals. It was followed by the feature film “O-Town”, an arthouse crime thriller and the short film “Hello, Rain”, based on “Hello, Moto” by world-renowned author Nnedi Okorafor. He is currently in post-production on his third feature film, “Mami Wata” – a female-driven black and white fantasy film.

 

Michael Omonua graduated from the UCA Film School in Farnham and has since directed more than ten short films and one feature film. His films have screened at many film festivals including IFFR, London Short Film Festival, Encounters and AFRIFF. In 2016, Omonua co-founded a collective of filmmakers known as The Surreall6. Their goal, inspired by the Dogme 95 movement, was to set Nigerian cinema on a new course.
The collective established 16 rules and guidelines for making their films. The first anthology short film, “Visions,” was nominated for Best Short Film at the 2018 African Movie Academy Awards.
Omonua served as Director of Photography on Abba T. Makama’s second feature film, “The Lost Okoroshi,” which had its world premiere at TIFF 2019. Omonua’s debut feature “The Man Who.
Cuts Tattoos” had its world premiere at the BFI London Film Festival 2019.

 

Afrikamera Shorts

DO 18 NOV
18.00 HUMBOLDT FORUM
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Short Film Program
Egypt / Ethiopia, Kenya, Sudan / Burkina Faso 2019-21 | 69 min

 

With the AFRIKAMERA SHORTS program, compiled by Alex Moussa Sawadogo, the festival presents a selection of outstanding, recent short film productions from Burkina Faso, Sudan as well as Egypt:

Bablinga
Fabien Dao | France, Burkina Faso | 2019 | 14 min | OV with Engl. Subs

Moktar had always sworn that he would return to Burkina Faso as soon as his bar closed. But as the day of decision approaches, he hesitates. That’s when his spirits visit him to celebrate with him one last time….

Fabien Dao was born in Paris to a French teacher and a filmmaker from Burkina Faso. After studying natural sciences, his passion for music and cinema led him to study at the sound department of the École nationale supérieure des métiers de l’image et du son in Paris. There, he directed “The Boromo’s Caïman.” In 2017, he shot “It Rains on Ouaga” and in 2019 he completed the trilogy about his father with “Bablinga.”

 

 

Journey to Kenya
Ibrahim Ahmad | Ethiopia, Kenya, Sudan | 2020 | 29 min | OV with Engl. Subs

This stirring short documentary follows a Sudanese Ju-Jutsu team as they travel in a mini-van from Khartoum to Nairobi to compete in a competition, buoyed by the spirit of the Sudanese revolution.

Ibrahim Ahmad is an international award-winning young Sudanese filmmaker. Born and raised in Lebanon, he migrated to Sudan as a teenager after the 2006 war. Although there
no film school in his home country, he discovered his passion for a career as a filmmaker. Although self-taught, he built an extensive network with fellow filmmakers and festival programmers. The film “You Will Die at 20” received the “Golden Lion of the future” at the 2020 Venice Film Festival and is considered the first Sudanese feature film in over a decade to be screened in Europe, the Middle East and Africa.
During the recent Sudanese revolution, Ahmad played a leading role in documenting and addressing the atrocities and crimes of the old regime to help bring justice and shape his country’s new era.

 

 

Tuk-tuk
Mohamed Kheidr | Egypt | 2021 | 26 min | OV with Engl. Subs
In the presence of Mohamed Kheidr – Q+A

Tuk-tuk tells the story of Walaa, who is forced to support her family alone after her husband leaves her to emigrate. To put her children through school and pay for her mother’s medicines, Walaa gets behind the wheel and drives a tuk-tuk.
To pay the rent, however, she had to sign a series of promissory bills and agree to repay the money in installments. The film highlights the difficulties of women taking on traditional male roles and sheds light on the problem of Egyptian female debtors who are jailed for failing to repay borrowed money.

Mohamed Kheidr

Mohamed Kheidr began his career as an artist at the young age of 14 by creating storyboards and went on to study graphic design, only to attend the Film Academy in New York in 2007.
In his artistry, his goal is to change the way the industry looks at productions with limited budgets by creating top-notch graphics and designs. He founded his own production house where he realized a variety of projects – as director, cinematographer, screenwriter, producer, photographer and musician.

 

Downstream to Kinshasa

THU 18 NOV
18.00h ARSENAL
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by Dieudo Hamadi
DR Congo, France, Belgium I 2020 I 90 min I OV with Engl. Subs
Digital Q+A with the director

Congolese director Dieudo Hamadi’s award-winning documentary depicts the struggle for justice by victims of the six-day war between the Ugandan and Rwandan armies in the Congolese town of Kisangani. Uganda was found guilty of war crimes by the International Court of Justice, but the victims were not compensated.
Twenty years later, a group of nine women and men set out on a multi-week journey downriver to the capital, Kinshasa, to finally seek redress.
Dieudo Hamadi’s powerful documentary was the first Congolese film selected to compete at the 2020 Cannes Film Festival, including winning the top prize at last year’s DOKFest Leipzig.

Dieudo Hamadi
Dieudo Hamadi

Congolese director Dieudo Hamadi’s award-winning documentary depicts the struggle for justice by victims of the six-day war between the Ugandan and Rwandan armies in the Congolese town of Kisangani. Uganda was found guilty of war crimes by the International Court of Justice, but the victims were not compensated.
Twenty years later, a group of nine women and men set out on a multi-week journey downriver to the capital, Kinshasa, to finally seek redress.
Dieudo Hamadi’s powerful documentary was the first Congolese film selected to compete at the 2020 Cannes Film Festival, including winning the top prize at last year’s DOKFest Leipzig.

 

RUMBA RULES, NEW GENEALOGIES

RUMBA RULES, NEW GENEALOGIES

WED  17 NOV
20.30 HUMBOLDT FORUM
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by Sammy Baloji and David N. Bernatchez
DR Congo, Canada, Belgium, France I 2020 I 108 min I OV with Engl. Subs
German premiere
In the presence of David N. Bernatchez – Q+A

The nightly rumba parties in the Congolese metropolis of Kinshasa may seem improvised, but behind the scenes is hard work. “Rumba Rules, New Genealogies” portrays the work of the
the work of the Brigade Sarbati Orchestra, which consists of more than 30 musicians. When
When the orchestra performs its Congolese rumba on stage, the melange of Cuban rhythms, local song and dance develops a passionate pull that no one can escape.
The documentary offers an entertaining and unvarnished look behind the scenes of the music scene in music scene in Kinshasa, with improvised footage of the audience at jam sessions and the
and in the pursuit of perfection in studio work.

The film follows some of the artists, telling of their lives in the Congo and the years of musical training that form the basis of the orchestra’s success, and bringing to life the unifying power of rumba music, born of creativity and raw energy.

With “Rumba Rules, New Genealogies,” filmmakers Sammy Baloji, David N. Bernatchez and Kiripi Katembo Siku, who died shortly before filming, have succeeded in creating an impressive, polyphonic cinematic essay on the rumba scene, which at the same time is a stirring portrait of the metropolis of Kinshasa.

Sammy Baloji studied humanities at the University of Lubumbashi and works as a visual artist, filmmaker and photographer. He is co-founder of Les Rencontres Picha, a biennial photo and video festival in Lubumbashi. Since 2005 he has been working
with the memory and history of the DR Congo, his videos and photo series show how identities are shaped, transformed, perverted and reinvented. As a visual artist, he has been a guest of the Lyon Biennale, Venice Biennale (2015), Dakar Biennale (2016), documenta 14 (2017), among others. His works have been exhibited at the Tate Modern in London and the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art in Washington DC, among others. Filmography: Kasala: The Slaughterhouse of Dreams or the First Human, Bende’s Error (2020), Tales of the Copper Crosses Garden : Episode 1 (2018), The Tower (2017), Pungulume (2016), Bare-faced (2011), Mémoire (2007).

David Nadeau-Bernatchez is a Quebec artist and scholar. An anthropologist and filmmaker, he has been involved with the Congolese music scene since 2004. Whether they focus on music (Rumba Rules (2020)), sports (Temps temps (2009)), or more broadly on history and memory (e.g., Ludovica (2018), Joseph Samuel Jacques Julien (2015), Solo Kinshasa (2013)), Bernatchez’s films question social and narrative structures. His images, performances, and lectures have been presented in various contexts and countries. Addressing the dynamics of rootedness and uprootedness are central to his work.

Kiripi Katembo Siku, born in Goma, worked as a producer, photographer and painter after his art studies and as such realized numerous exhibitions in the DR Congo. His works have been exhibited internationally, including at the Venice Biennale, the Berlinale and the Rencontres
de Bamako. He also participated in several films, including ATALAKU by Dieudo Hamadi. He died of malaria in 2015 at the age of only 36.

 

CINE SLAM (LIVE) / DOUESLIK / YELCOUNI / OUSSOU / ZAMPALIGRE

WED 17 NOV
18.00 HUMBOLDT FORUM
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Burkina Faso is one of the most innovative film nations on the African continent. Filmmakers such as Gaston Kaboré, Idrissa Ouedraogo and Dani Kouyaté are internationally renowned for their cinematographic work and continue to shape contemporary African cinema today. Since 1969, the Burkinabe capital Ouagadougou has also hosted FESPACO, the continent’s largest and most important film festival, which since 2020 has been directed by Alex Moussa Sawadogo, also artistic director of AFRIKAMERA.

At the opening of the AFRIKAMERA program at the Humboldt Forum, Burkinabe slammer, poet and actor Doueslik, together with musicians Erick Yelcouni and Oussou, will interpret film sequences from 50 years of film history of Burkinabe cinema from the 1970s to the present day with live music and poetry, thus presenting the diversity and the most important actors* of Burkinabe film art in a new guise.

Ali ‘Doueslik’ OUEDRAOGO was born in 1984 in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire and is a writer, slammer and actor. He began his artistic career in 2002 at the theater in Burkina Faso. He worked in workshops with theater directors such as Aristide Tarnagda and Moïse Touré and participated in the Laboratoire ELAN of the Festival Récréâtrales, where he created “Les sans…” in November 2016.

Erick YELKOUNI (b. 1987 in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso) learned to play the guitar self-taught, his favorite musical genres include jazz, Afropop, blues and mandingo.
He has toured with renowned artists such as Alif Naaba, Fatoumata Diawara, Smarty and KPG and has played at many festivals throughout Europe and Africa. In 2020, he founded the recording studio “Perfect Sound Records”.

Kiswendsida Ousmane OUEDRAOGO aka ‘Oussou’ is a professional drummer, in the music business for more than 20 years and member of the band “La dernière trompette” with which he performs in Burkina Faso and internationally in Europe and Africa. Oussou has several important artistic collaborations, including with choreographers Salia Sanou, Irène Tassembedo and Serge Aimé Coulibaly, and musicians Samsk le Jah, Smockey, Didier Awadi and Ismaël Isaac.

Salam ZAMPALIGRE has worked in film for more than ten years and is a member of the collective Génération Films. He is a graduate of the Institut Supérieur de l’Image et du Son (ISIS) in Ouagadougou and also studied in Germany, France and the Netherlands.
Salam has directed several successful short films and is currently working on the documentary “Le cab, le cinéma et moi”.