SUN 22 NOV 21:30

Christiaan Olwagen
South Africa 2019 | Original version with subtitles | 106 min

Q & A Christiaan Olwagen

Cape Town at the time of apartheid, mid-1970s. Poppie Nongena works as a housekeeper for a rich white family. When her husband loses his job, an apartheid law takes effect to exclude the black majority population: Poppie is now considered an illegal in her own country and is to be forcibly resettled with her children into her husband’s homeland in northern South Africa. At the same time, when the student uprising in Soweto against the regime broke out in 1976, Poppie had to fear not only for her own life, but also for that of her son…

The film is based on the novel The long way of Poppie Nongena by the South African writer Elsa Joubert, a huge success with the public. Alone in South Africa, the book received four literary awards.
The film adaptation received a total of 12 awards at the Silwerskerm Festival 2020 in Camps Bay, including Best Film.

Christiaan Olwagen (*1987) is one of South Africa’s most active directors. He began his career in the theater and was awarded the Rosalie Van der Gucht and Standard Bank Young Artist Award as a director. With Poppie Nongena Olwagen realized his fourth feature film.

Nasser (Egypt’s Modern Pharaohs)

SUN 22 NOV 19:00

Jihan El-Tahri
Egypt / South Africa / France 2015 | Original version with subtitles | 97 min

20:40 Q & A Jihan El-Tahri

On January 25, 1952, the inner city of Cairo burned to the ground, the mob demanded the withdrawal of British colonial rule and demanded “bread, freedom and social justice. 59 years later, in Tahir Square, on the very same day, the same rage was revealed and the same slogans were uttered. Was Egypt’s hope for true independence thwarted?

In EGYPT’S MODERN PHARAOHS the French-Egyptian director Jihan El-Tahri traces the political development of her home country Egypt since 1952. As the result of several years of archive work, El-Tahri dedicates her film to the three central figures of Egyptian politics: Gamal Abdel Nasser, Anwar As-Sadat and Hosni Mubarak. She explains why the structures laid down by President Nasser have remained intact over the decades and why the course set by successive power regimes for consolidated independence culminated in the 2011 revolution in Tahir Square.

The French-Egyptian director and producer Jihan El Tahri began her career as a foreign correspondent for Middle East politics and has produced documentaries for the BBC, PBS, Arte and other international broadcasters since 1990. Her documentary film Nasser (Egypt’s Modern Pharaoh) was part of the official selection at the Toronto International Film Festival 2017. El Tahri has produced and directed the renowned documentaries Behind the Rainbow, Cuba, an African Odyssey and House of Saud. In addition to being a member of the documentary section of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS), she is a member of various associations and institutions working with African cinema, such as the Guild of African Filmmakers in the Diaspora, the Federation of Pan African Cinema (FEPACI), Focus Feature’s Africa first Program, and is a mentor at the Documentary Campus. Since March 2019, she has also been managing director of the NGO DoxBox.


SUN  22 NOV 17:30

Short film program
Algeria / Egypt / Kenya / Madagascar / South Africa / Canada 2017-19 /
75 min

In cooperation with the FESTIVAL CINÉMAS D’AFRIQUE LAUSANNE, AFRIKAMERA presents a selection of outstanding current short films from the African continent.

Michael Matthews
South Africa / Canada 2017  | Original version with subtitles | 8 min

Baxter, a sixteen-year-old high school student, has built a thriving business in pornography that shows sex with fantastic creatures. And he is in love with the enchanting kleptomaniac Esmé. When she is kidnapped by an insane serial killer, things get out of hand. Soon Baxter is on a monster hunt with the run-down bounty hunter Ronin, who introduces him to the secrets of Cape Town’s fantastic underworld…. The 7-minute concept film APOCALYPSE NOW NOW is based on the urban fantasy novel of the same name by South African author Charlie Human. The production, which is managed by the production studios Redlab Digital and XYZ Films, is designed as a teaser for a planned long version of the film.

ZANAKA (Ainsi parlait Félix)
Lova Nantenaina
Madagascar 2019 | Original version with subtitles | 29 min

Q & A Lova Nantenaina

Like so many others, Felix Robson fought for Madagascar’s freedom during the March 29, 1947 uprising against the French colonial regime. Fortunately, the goal of killing all resistance fighters after the uprising was crushed could not be achieved by the French oppressors. Felix also survived and returned to Antananarivo around 1949, where he has since worked as a glazier, married, and had many children. Despite the injustice Felix had to suffer, he does not hold a grudge, but continues to look ahead with a critical spirit to criticize the neo-colonization of Madagascar, which even after independence continues today in the form of exploitation of the country through mining projects and agribusiness supported by Western companies. “If some people want to continue colonization, the Malagasy people must oppose it with a strong ‘no’ vote, regardless of who the colonists are,” said Felix.
With ZANAKA (AINSI PARLAIT FÉLIX) the Malagasy director Lova Nantenaina tells the story of the (neo)colonization of the country in the form of a moving biographical portrait.

Karanja Ng’endo
Kenya 2018 | Original version with subtitles | 5 min

“When color becomes a crisis. Too black to be white. Too white to be black.” In his poetic short film MISFIT, Kenyan filmmaker Karanja Ng’endo takes an experimental look at the effects of albinism and colorism in the black community.

Noha Adel
Egypt 2019 | Original version with subtitles | 16 min

A hot summer in 2018, Bassem, a wealthy, respected university student and soccer madman, goes to a store in one of Cairo’s old slums to close a deal that coincides with the start of Egypt vs. Russia. He watches the game on a sports channel in a street café there, and the craziest of nights begins!

Noureddine Zerrouki
Algeria 2019 | OV | 17 min

In the short film SYNAPSE by Algerian director Noureddine Zerrouki, two men with different handicaps meet during a bus ride – one with a broken leg, the other blind. Two worlds meet, conflicts break out – and in the end a peaceful truth is revealed.


SUN 22 NOV 15:00

ALL films rented on November 22nd, 2020 can only be streamed until November 22nd, 2020 11:59 pm (CET). 

Med Hondo
Mauritania / Burkina Faso / France 1986 | Original version with subtitles | 120 min

On January 2, 1899, a column led by the French generals Voulet and Chanoine was sent out from French Sudan to fight the black Sultan Rabah in what is now southern Niger. The colonialists left a trail of destruction on their way south. While neighboring peoples either show no willingness to fight or even collaborate with colonialists, Sarrounia, the legendary Queen of the Azna, opposes the colonial terror mission…
Inspired by the novel of the same name by the Nigerian writer Abdoulaye Mamani, AFRIKAMERA is showing SARRAOUNIA, a classic by the French-Mauritanian filmmaker Med Hondo, who died in 2019.

The Battle of the Black Queen was presented at the 1986 FESPACO film festival, where it was enthusiastically received by the African audience and awarded with the main prize. In France, the film was shown in only five cinemas instead of 14, as originally agreed with the film distributor, and was withdrawn from the program after only two weeks. Several French artists and intellectuals, including the director Costa-Gavras, felt this was censorship because of the unwelcome subject matter and protested against it, but without success. In other countries, the film was only shown at festivals, including the Berlinale Forum in 1987. For Med Hondo, who was also the producer of the film, the lack of cinema revenues meant personal financial bankruptcy.

Med Hondo, Med Hondo, born in 1936 in Atar, Mauritania, emigrated to France in the late 1950s, where he founded a theater group in Paris and turned to film. In the mid-1960s he began shooting his first feature film Soleil Ô, which attracted international attention. In his subsequent films Hondo dealt with the history of the African continent and its diaspora. He died in Paris in 2019.


SAT 21 NOV 21:30

Sam Soko
Kenya 2020 | Original version with subtitles | 96 min

Q & A Sam Soko

At the center of Sam Soko’s first documentary film is the political activist Boniface “Softie” Mwangi. After a long struggle as a political activist and photographer against the injustices in his native Kenya, he decides to run for parliament in 2017 in a regional election in his old Starehe district in Nairobi. Shot over a period of five years under adverse conditions in a political climate marked by street protests against corruption, police brutality and extrajudicial killings, the film accompanies Softie in his attempts to lead a clean campaign against his corrupt opponents. A story about politics, family and what it means to be Kenyan.

SOFTIE celebrated its premiere at the Sundance Festival 2020 where it was awarded with a World Cinema Documentary Special Jury Award.

Sam Soko made a name for himself primarily as a screenwriter and director of music videos before turning to documentary film. Soko is co-founder of Lightbox Africa, a film production company based in Nairobi. As a filmmaker he works mainly with political activists in Sudan and Zimbabwe as well as international artists such as Aloe Blacc. SOFTIE is his feature film debut.


SAT 21 NOV 19:30

Parfait Kaboré
Burkina Faso / France 2019 | Original version with subtitles | 90 min

Q & A Parfait Kaboré

After a popular uprising in October 2014, Burkina Faso committed itself to a historic vote: the first change of government through democratic elections. The movement “Le Balai Citoyen” (the broom of the citizens), founded by the musicians Smockey and SamsK le Jah, is the driving force behind the uprisings and at the same time a protest symbol to clean the country’s streets from corruption. The documentary by Kiswendsida Parfait Kaboré accompanies the movement in building a new political system.

Kiswendsida Parfait Kaboré, born in 1984 in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, completed a master’s degree in documentary film in Saint Louis, Senegal. He produced documentary short films, including Demain l’Afrique and A Double Tranchant, which were shot during the summer school of La Fémis. With Place à la revolution, which was awarded the Grand Jury Prize at the “Festival du film documentaire de Saint-Louis du Sénégal”, his first feature-length documentary film initiates a trilogy about political and social changes in Burkina Faso. Après ta révolte, ton vote is the second chapter of this trilogy, which will be released in November 2019 celebrated its world premiere at the IDFA.


SAT 21 NOV 17:15

Teboho Edkins
South Africa / France / Netherlands 2020 | Original version with subtitles | 80 min

Q & A  Teboho Edkins

The South African director Tebeho Edkins explores the genres of cinema in his hybrid documentary films. With GANGSTER PROJECT (2011) and MY NAME IS SHERIFF NOW (2016), Edkins has already appeared twice in AFRIKAMERA’s program.
His current film DAYS OF CANNIBALISM is set in the sparsely populated eastern part of Lesotho in the Thaba-Tseka district. Globalization in the form of Chinese economic migrants has meanwhile also penetrated into the harsh hinterland of the enclave in the Republic of South Africa and challenges traditional value systems.
Edkins thereby portrays the parallel societies that have emerged – Chinese traders on the one hand, the Basotho, traditional cattle breeders, on the other, without falling into simple dualism. He thus succeeds in an impressive study of social power differentials and latent violence.

Teboho Edkins, born 1980 in Tennessee, USA, grew up in Lesotho and South Africa, and now lives in Cape Town and Berlin. He studied photography and visual arts at the Michaelis School of Fine Art in Cape Town and at Le Fresnoy in Tourcoing, France. He then attended the German Film and Television Academy in Berlin (DFFB). His films have been shown at over 400 festivals and in group and solo exhibitions, including at the Centre Pompidou, the Tate Modern and the House of World Cultures.


SAT 21 NOV 15.00

Short film program
DR Congo / Senegal / France / Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic 2018-19 | Original version with subtitles | 85 min

The program REVOLUTIONARY SHORTS presents a selection of outstanding short films on this year’s festival focus.

Q & A Nelson Makengo (E’ville ) & Laurence Attali (Tabaski)

Joel Haikali
Namibia 2019 | OV | 16 min

In INVISIBLES (KAUNAPAWA) by Joel Haikali, a couple embarks on a journey through the Namibian outback to reflect on themselves and their place in post-apartheid society.

Nelson Makengo
Demokratische Republik Kongo 2018 | OmE | 10 min

E’VILLE stands for Elisabethville, as the Congolese metropolis Lubumbashi was called by the Belgian colonial masters until 1966. Nelson Makengo takes the audience* on an introspective journey through the abandoned ruins of a mine belonging to the state-owned mining company Gécamines, accompanied by the words from one of Patrice Lumumba’s last letters to his wife Pauline, which he had written shortly before his murder in E’ville. A journey into the collective
memory of the country.

Laurence Attali
Senegal / Frankreich | 2019 I OmE | 26 min

Dakar, a few days before the feast of Tabaski, a painter is shut away in his studio, working on the theme of the ritual sacrifice of the ram. The red paint drips from the sketches hanging on clotheslines. An inscription on the wall: “Tabaski, who’s next?”. Three characters and a sheep revolve around him and reconnect him with reality.

Blending fiction, art and politics, this movie is freely inspired by the major work of the painter Iba Ndiaye (1928-2008) “The Tabaski round, who’s next?”, painting between the 1960s and 1980s. A sort of allegory in which the sheep is presented as the symbol of all victims. Indeed, Iba Ndiaye was not thinking directly about the sacrifice of sheep for Tabaski in Senegal, but rather of the victims of colonization, segregation, and apartheid.

“Painting is remembering,” he said.

Brahim Chagaf
Demokratische Arabische Republik Sahara 2019 | OmE I 30 min

In the mid-1970s, when Spanish troops left the Western Sahara, the Saharauis were at a crossroads. The impressive short film TOUFA by Brahim Chagaf reflects the fate of the people, who have been denied an independent nation state until today, from three different perspectives.

Yoro Mbaye
Senegal 2019 | OmE | 13 min

In JOURNÉE NOIRE, the current short film by Senegalese director Yoro Mbaye, 23-year-old Ngor, a brilliant law student, joins his comrades at the front – and is killed by police bullets.


FRI 20 NOV 21.00

Angola 2020 | OV (English) | 72 min

Q & A Fradique & Ery Claver

The first feature-length film by Angolan director and producer Mário Bastos a.k.a. Fradique is a surreal trip through the Angolan metropolis of Luanda. For no apparent reason, the air conditioners attached to the facades fall out of their anchors en masse, killing people in the open street. The government is at a loss. Matacedo, a security guard, sets off at his boss’s behest to have his air conditioning system repaired. On the way he meets the maid Zezinha and ends up in an electrical store run by an enigmatic man named Mr. Mino…

Carried by the jazz soundtrack of the Angolan musician Aline Frazão, AIR CONDITIONER was critically acclaimed at its premiere at the Rotterdam Film Festival 2020. Produced by the Angolan collective Geração 80’s, the film is an expression of the power of young independent Angolan auteur cinema.
Co-author and cameraman Ery Claver was already a guest at AFRIKAMERA last year with his short film LÚCIA NO CÉU COM SEMÁFOROS.

Fradique is considered one of the most talented and expressive voices in contemporary Angolan cinema.
He completed his film studies in the USA and is one of the founders of the production company Geração 80. Among the few films he has directed are the short film Alambamento (2010) and the documentary Independence (2015). The film has been shown at several international film festivals and won the Angolan National Prize for Culture and Arts for the film section. He has also directed art house music videos for Angolan artists such as Nástio Mosquito and Aline Frazão. Fradique is a Berlinale Talent Alumnus and a former graduate of the Realness Screenwriting Residency.
He is currently working on his next feature film The Kingdom of Casuarinas which is scheduled for release in 2022.


FRI 20 NOV 18.30

Marie-Clémence Andriamonta-Paes
Madagascar / France 2018 | Original version with subtitles | 91 min

Q & A Marie-Clémence Andriamonta-Paes

The so-called “Madagascar Uprising” (Insurrection malgache) against the French colonial occupation is still a central event in Madagascar’s collective memory, which celebrates the 60th anniversary of its independence this year. After Charles de Gaulle had broken his promise to release the island state into independence in gratitude for the support of the Allies, an uprising broke out in March 1947.
The documentary FAHAVALO, MADAGASCAR 1947 traces the background with the help of archive material and eyewitness accounts. The guerilla fight of the local “Fahavalo” (“enemies of France”), who fought against the French occupiers armed only with spears and talismans, could only be put down in December 1948.

FAHAVALO, MADAGASCAR 1947 received a special mention at the JCC Carthage Film Festival in Tunisia and was awarded with the “Documentaries of the world award” at the 42nd World Film Festival in Montréal / Canada.

Marie-Clémence Andriamonta-Paes was born and raised in Madagascar. She founded the production company Laterit together with Cesar Paes in 1988.
Her projects include Angano… angano… Tales from Madagascar (1989), Songs and Tears of Nature (1992), Saudade do Futuro (2001), Mahaleo (2005), An opera from the Indian Ocean (2012), Ady Gasy (2015) and Songs for Madagascar (2016). Fahavalo is her first work as a director.