Foyer at Humboldt Forum
10.11. – 13.11., 10am – 8pm
Free of Charge

AFRIKAMERA 2022: Urban Africa, Urban Movies – Migration & Diaspora is part of a four-year festival focus on contemporary urban cinema from Africa.
Flight and migration are among the dominant themes of the present. European perspectives dominate the political and artistic discourse, while African perspectives are largely ignored.

The question of “cultural identity”, the debate about the relationship between the “own” and the “foreign” is no longer dealt with only from the perspective of immigrants. It is being rebalanced, as it were, by those returning to the African continent from the diaspora or from the perspective of filmmakers living in both the global South and the global North. Many productions focus not only on migratory movements from Europe to Africa and back, but also on intra-African migratory movements.

Accompanying the AFRIKAMERA programme, four 360° productions will be presented that deal with themes of migration & diaspora in very different artistic ways.

Curation: Florian Wachinger



By Nyasha Kadandara
Kenya 2019, Documentary, OV, ca. 9 min

Located in the border region between Nigeria, Cameroon, Niger and Chad, Lake Chad is one of the world’s largest inland water bodies and also one of the most endangered biotopes on the African continent. On the one hand, the water level of the lake is constantly sinking due to climate change, on the other hand, the region is shaken by political unrest and the terror of the Islamist group, Boko Haram, 2.7 million people are fleeing around Lake Chad and live as internally displaced persons in UNHCR camps.

The 360° production LE LAC by Nigerian filmmaker Nyasha Kadandara provides insights into the everyday life of Mahamat, a once prosperous cattle farmer who had to leave his home for fear of the terror of Boko Haram, and Nassuri, an internally displaced person turned fisherman who lives with his family in one of the refugee camps. With disturbingly beautiful images, LE LAC sharpens our view of the vulnerability of people and nature.

NYASHA KADANDARA is an award-winning Pan-African director and filmmaker. She is a graduate of the Columbia Journalism School. Her first film, Through the Fire, about a drug addict facing the demons of his past, won the Audience Choice Award at the Atlanta Docufest in 2015. Her short documentary Queens & Knights, about a queer and inclusive rugby team, won first prize at the 2016 NBC Sports Film Competition Cptr’d and premiered at South by SouthWest. In 2019, she wrote, filmed and produced Sex and the Sugar Daddy, a comprehensive multimedia reportage about transnational sexual relationships in Kenya, which was a finalist in the Popular Feature and Digital Media categories at the One World Media Awards. Her latest production, the investigative documentary Imported for my Body about cross-continental sex trafficking was shortlisted for the 2020 Amnesty Media Awards and selected for the Human Rights Watch Festival in Kenya. She is currently developing her first independent documentary, Matabeleland, and a narrative feature Come Sunrise, We Shall Rule.



by Sélim Harbi
Germany 2021, / Three 360°- Videos, each approx. 15.Min.
Production: INVR.SPACE GmbH
Executive Producer: Sönke Kirchhof
Postproduction Supervisor: Jessica Zippel
Prototype Tunisia: Med Arbi Soualhia
World Premiere

From Salvador da Bahia (Brazil) to Gujarat (India) to Tangier (Morocco): Afroroutes moves in the footsteps of the three great slavery routes – the trans-Saharan, the trans-Atlantic and the trans-Pacific – asking questions about Afrodiasporic identity: what happened to the millions of displaced African men and women? Where do their descendants live today? Have their original cultures and languages disappeared? How did their heritage contribute to the building of their new countries?

The project uses three different music and sound based rituals and ceremonies to make these questions tangible as lived cultural memories, as testimonies of cultural resilience and altered and transcendental heritage in 360° videos: In ceremonies of Candomblé, an Afro-Brazilian religion from Bahia, the centre of Black culture in Brazil and a central axis for the development of Afro-Brazilian identity; in Dhamal- rituals of the African Sidi community practiced in the Gujarat region of northern India; and in rituals of the Gnawa, an ethnic minority in Morocco, with reference to sub-Saharan myths, colour codes and healing practices.

SELIM HARBI (*1982 in Tunis) is a multimedia author, director and producer. He studied audiovisual media at the Beuth University of Applied Sciences in Berlin and worked, among other things, as an assistant director for THE ENEMY, gained journalistic VR experience in West Africa and regularly gave workshops in media and storytelling. He was also a World Press Photo multimedia fellow focusing on current issues in the African diaspora. Harbi develops and produces mixed media concepts. He lives and works in Berlin.



by Nirma Madhoo
South Africa/ Australia 2019, experimental film, OV, 9 min

Azimuth is a 360° experimental film that presents contemporary fashion in a 3D digital asset inspired by exposed concrete breakwater architecture at Durban Harbour, the architecture of the brutalist building complexes of the Durban University of Technology and the Ponte Tower in Hillbrow (Johannesburg). Azimuth celebrates concrete as an omnipresent material in three elemental states: liquid, solid and ethereal. Carried by a spherical Ambisonics sorround sound score, the fashion presentations simultaneously question and subvert stereotypical notions and attributions of African identities as the “ethnic other”.

NIRMA MADHOO is a fashion filmmaker and researcher based in Durban and Melbourne. She began her career as a fashion designer and then turned to contemporary fashion filmmaking. Her work juxtaposes videographic work with CGI, 3D printing, virtual reality and augmented reality techniques. Madhoo’s work is presented internationally at short film festivals, fashion film festivals and digital art festivals.



by Ainslee Robson
United States/ Ethiopia 2020, 360°- Video, Languages: English, Amharic, Subtitles: English, 9 min.
German premiere

The immersive graphic memoir by American-Ethiopian director Ainslee Robson, is a visual dialogue between memory, reality and the sphere of the digital.
Based on reconstructed autobiographical memories and accompanied by Ethiopian tezeta music, Robson creates an Afrosensual dreamscape that leads in fragmented form from the Ethiopian restaurant Empress Taytu in Cleveland, Ohio, to the director’s childhood home and the streets of Addis Ababa. Punctuated by a speculative conversation between the narrator and former Ethiopian Empress Taytu, FERENJI questions the meaning of home and identity from the experiential perspective of Ethiopian-American diaspora.

Ainslee Alem Robson is an award-winning Ethiopian-American director, writer, and media artist. In her work, Robson deconstructs identity, hierarchies, and colonial heritage using the medium of film and new technologies in digital art.
Her nonfiction has been published by eFlux, Guggenheim, Art Africa, Vogue Italy, and Offramp Academic Journal. Directorial debut FRENJI – A GRAPHIC MEMOIR IN VR premiered at Tribeca Film Festival 20and has since been presented at numerous other festivals, including SXSW’s 2020 Virtual Cinema and New Images Festival 2020, where it was awarded the Special Jury Prize.



by Jean Luc Herbulot
Senegal 2021 I Feature film I OmeU I 84 min

In 2003, amid the chaos of a military coup in Guinea-Bissau, three notorious mercenaries, locally known as the “Bangui Hyenas,” make off by plane with a Mexican drug lord and his gold bars.
But on the way to Dakar, their plane crashes, forcing them to make an emergency landing in a remote region of Senegal, in the middle of the Saloum Delta. The men pose as ordinary travelers and end up staying at a shabby coastal resort run by the suspiciously magnanimous Omar, who entrusts his guests with farming duties in the area instead of charging rent.
The guests are somewhat bizarre: in addition to a police captain, the mysterious Awa lives there, who can neither hear nor speak, but seems to know more about the past of the “Bangui Hyenas” than they would like.
Quarrels break out in the group, but soon they are confronted with an inexplicable power that has apparently been lurking in the cursed land for ages. It quickly becomes clear to the “Banguie Hyenas” that they will only get out of this alive if they stick together.

With Saloum, Jean Luc Herbulot has succeeded in creating a work that defies any genre categorization, oscillating between the genres of action, mystery thriller and Italo-Western. Saloum celebrated its world premiere in the section “Midnight Madness” at the Toronto International Film Festival 2021.

JEAN LUC HERBULOT, was born and raised in Brazzaville (Congo). After studying in Paris, he first worked for the French TV station TF1 as a graphic designer and founded his own production company for music videos. After moving to Los Angeles, he shot his first feature film Dealer (2014). In 2017, he returned to the African continent and was the writer, director and showrunner of Sakho & Mangane, the first French-language African television series to be acquired by Netflix.


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by Elvis Sabin Ngaïbino
Central African Republic/ Argentina/ Italy 2020 I Documentary I OmeU I 73 min


André and Albert, two young Aka Pygmies, live in Mongoumba (Central African Republic), in the middle of the Congo Basin. Despite financial difficulties and the stigmatization at school due to their ethnicity, André and Albert also struggle to reach the learning level of the other students. But at the same time, they have a dream: to provide education for the other Aka Pygmies children. Every afternoon after their class, they walk along winding paths, with a blackboard on their shoulder and slates in their pockets, to their “forest students,” children of all ages who do not attend school, to teach them how to read and write. They intend to finance this project by selling caterpillars (makongo), the main source of income for the pygmies, and so they set off for the market in the main town of Makongo…

ELVIS SABIN NGAIBINO, born in 1985 in Bangui in the Central African Republic, has a degree in geology and has always dreamed of working in the field of cinema. In 2012, he and his friends founded the Académie du Cinéma Centrafricain, an association that brings together cinema lovers. With limited means, he produced and shot small films for Central African television, until the day his path crossed with that of Ateliers Varan, which trained him in documentary filmmaking and allowed him to shoot Docta Jefferson, the portrait of a pharmacist from his neighborhood that was shown at several international film festivals. Makongo (Caterpillars) is his first feature-length documentary; it won an award at the Cinéma du Réel festival in Paris.




AFRICA RIDING: Youth Program
Liz Gomis and Aurélien Biette
France 2018 I OmU I ca. 60 min
in the presence of Liz Gomis and with street dance interludes by Berlin dancers
Admission free!


With AFRICA RIDING AFRIKAMERA presents a youth program with guests. The documentary series, from which a selection of five episodes will be shown, accompanies different communities of riders – skateboarders, roller skaters, bikers – in Accra (Ghana), Kigali (Rwanda), Dakar (Senegal) and Kampala (Uganda) who create their playgrounds out of the sidewalks, squares and slopes of the continent and thus participate in the creation of a new cultural and social order.
Also, there will be street-dance performances by Berlin dancers.

LIZ GOMIS is a journalist and filmmaker. She studied cultural mediation, communication and audiovisual journalism at the Sorbonne in Paris. She works as a columnist for the French broadcaster “Radio Nova” and is a member of an advisory board on African-French relations convened by President Emmanuel Macron. In this capacity, she also works on the restoration and digitization of African films and develops workshop and film programs for students.




Guinea/ Kenya/ Germany a.o. 2018-2020 I Short Film Program I OmU I 64 min



by Christoph Mushayija Rath
Guinea/ Germany a.o. 2020 I Digital I OmU I 15 min

Ouakam and Semah want to go play soccer, which is easier said than done. When they do make it to the beach, the two get into an argument because Ouakam plays too selfishly for Semah’s liking and doesn’t pass the ball. While resting after the game, the team comes across the Germans who live in the neighborhood. Rumor has it that they have a beautiful swimming pool. It doesn’t take long to think about it and the gang sets off for supposed happiness. When, after a series of obstacles, only two are finally allowed to go to the pool, it is up to Ouakam to decide whether or not to take his best friend Semah with him.

CHRISTOPH MUSHAYIJA RATH was born in Gatagara (Rwanda) in 1985. After graduating from high school and doing his community service, he spent one and a half years in Guinea, where he worked as a freelance photographer and filmmaker. Back in Germany, he worked at the advertising agency Saatchi & Saatchi. Another year and a half in West Africa – this time in Senegal – he worked again as a filmmaker and photographer. Several short films and documentaries were made with CinéBanlieue, an association of young filmmakers in Dakar, presented by FilmInitiativ at AFFK 2017. Since 2011 Rath has been studying directing at the German Film and Television Academy Berlin (DFFB).



Miss Black Germany

by Elisha Smith-Leverock
Germany 2018 I Digital I OmeU I 12 min

As they prepare to compete in the Miss Black Germany pageant in Berlin, four women share their personal experiences with the predominantly white beauty ideals they grew up with.

ELISHA SMITH-LEVEROCK studied photography in Berlin and moved to London in 2005. She is half English and half German. After graduating, she worked as a freelance photographer and contributor for several international fashion magazines such as Bon, 032.c, Another and Dazed & Confused. Parallel to her career as a photographer, Elisha began experimenting with moving images, and in 2009 she moved into the world of fashion films and music videos. Her short film I Want Muscle won the MK2 Grand Prix at Diane Pernet’s prestigious ASVOFF festival and was nominated for the London Design Museum’s Designs Of The Year Award alongside other nominees such as Commes Des Garçons, Louis Vuitton and Prada.



by Rebecca Achieng Ajulu-Bushell
Great Britain/ Kenya/ South Africa 2019 I OmeU I 37 min

Rok Ajulu (1950-2016) was a prominent Kenyan scholar and activist involved in the struggle against apartheid in South Africa. Breakfast In Kisumu is his daughter Rebecca’s tribute to her father. The film’s leitmotif is an intimate conversation between father and daughter, recorded just before Ajulu learned he was terminally ill. He talks about the many twists and turns in his life, in which he fought for freedom but repeatedly ended up in prison or exile. They cover his time as an activist student in 1970s Kenya, his studies in Bulgaria, his first academic position in England, and his close ties to South Africa. Shot in six countries in a variety of formats, the film traces key stages of Ajulu’s life while also being a personal attempt by the director to recreate the life of her father, who was only able to be sporadically present in her life.

REBECCA ACHIENG AJULU-BUSHELL grew up in various African countries before moving to the UK to pursue her athletic career. After competing in the 2010 Commonwealth Games, she left the British Olympic team to focus on her education, graduating from Brasenose College, Oxford with a BFA Hons in Art History. There she founded the Peerless Women’s Network, had several solo exhibitions and worked in the education department of the Saatchi Gallery, among others.


Neptune Frost



by Saul Williams and Anisia Uzeyman
Rwanda/ USA 2021 I Feature film I OmeU I 105 min




In an inhospitable mountainous region in an unnamed state in central Africa, a group of escaped coltan miners join forces with hackers to form an anti-colonialist resistance group. From their camp in an otherworldly electronic waste dump, they seek to overthrow the authoritarian dictatorial regime that exploits the region’s natural resources – and its people. When transidene runaway Neptune and escaped coltan miner Matalosa find each other through cosmic forces, the collective manages to shake the seemingly overbearing system….

Shot under difficult pandemic conditions in Rwanda in 2020 in less than a month, Neptune Frost is a sweeping Afrofuturist fantasy, oscillating between musical, science fiction parable, and ecofeminist hacking manifesto. Neptune Frost premiered at the 2021 Cannes Film Festival and has since been nominated for numerous awards.

SAUL WILLIAMS is an American poet, musician and actor. He made his acting debut in the film Slam by Marc Levin, which he co-wrote. The film won the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance and the Camera D’Or at Cannes in 1998. Saul was featured in the series Girlfriends and has appeared in various films including K-Pax, Lackawanna Blues, New York, I Love You, Akilla’s Escape and Aujourd’hui-TEY (Alain Gomis), which won the L’Etalon D’Or at FESPACO in 2013. Saul was the first African American to win Best Actor at the festival. In 2014, Saul made his Broadway debut as the lead in Holler If Ya Hear Me, based on the lyrics of Tupac Shakur. Saul has published five books of poetry that have been translated into several languages. As a musician, he has released six albums and toured with artists such as Kanye West, Nas, Janet and Keith.



ANISIA UZEYMAN, born in Rwanda, is an actress, playwright and director. Her directorial debut Dreamstates was shot entirely with iPhones and stars Saul Williams, William Nadylam and Beau Sia. The film premiered at the Lausanne Afro Fusion Festival in 2016. Uzeyman has also directed numerous music videos. As an actress, Uzeyman participated in Aujourd’hui-TEY, in which she met Saul Williams, and Ayiti Mon Amour by Guetty Felin, which premiered at the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival, among others. Her first book, a poetic adaptation of her original screenplay Saolomea, Saolomea is due out in December 2021.



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by Ike Nnaebue
Nigeria/ South Africa/ France/ Germany 2022 I Documentary I OmeU I 93 min
in presence of the director


With his documentary debut, Nigerian director Ike Nnaebue embarks on a journey into his own past. More than 20 years ago, he tried to reach Europe from Nigeria via Benin, Mali, Mauritania and Morocco. But because the journey across the Mediterranean seemed too risky, Nnaebue eventually returned to Nigeria to begin studying film.

In his film, Nnaebue impressively traces what drives young men and women to embark on this dangerous journey into an uncertain future. In intimate interviews, the experiences of young women on their way north are also illuminated and insights into their dreams and hardships are given.

With NO U-TURN, Nnaebue has created an essayistic as well as self-reflexive cinematic travelogue that shows the longings of young people in West Africa for a better life in a different light.

IKE NNAEBUE was born in 1975 in Ojoto, Nigeria and works as a director, screenwriter and producer. He made several successful feature films, including Sink or Swim about illegal migration and human trafficking, which won the Best Feature Film Award at the Newark International Film Festival. No U-Turn is his first documentary film. With various training programs and workshops, he is committed to promoting young talent in the field of film and, in particular, passes on his know-how in smartphone filmmaking to young Africans.




by Salah Issaad
Algeria/ France/ Saudi Arabia/ Qatar 2021 I Feature film I OmeU I 91 min
German premiere


Soula, a young single mother, is disowned by her family in the name of honor. She doesn’t know where to go when her father throws her out of the house, so she asks friends and relatives for help. To save her young daughter, she embarks on a 14-hour dystopian road trip from Batna to Annaba in eastern Algeria, heading toward her inevitable fate.

Lead actress Soula Bahri not only co-wrote the film script, but also embodies herself in this semi-autobiographical story.

Salah Issaad’s feature film debut has won awards at numerous festivals, including the Beirut International Women Film Festival and Arab Film Festival in Malmö. AFRIKAMERA presents Soula as a German premiere.

SALAH ISSAAD, born in Arris (Algeria) in 1989, moved to France after graduating from Batna Law School in Algeria to complete his two-year film studies at the University of Paris VIII. He then attended the ARFIS School of Audiovisual Media in Lyon and eventually moved to the Factory School in Villeurbanne, where he earned his diploma as a film director. Issaad directed several short films. Soula is his feature film debut.


Bal poussière


by Henri Duparc

Ivory Coast 1988 I Feature film I OmeU I 93 min
in the presence of Henriette Duparc (film producer/ Fondation Henri Duparc)



Demi-dieu (demigod) is a wealthy farmer and village chief with five wives. When he decides to marry a sixth wife, young Binta, in order to have a spouse for every day of the week (except Sunday, the day of rest), his five other wives become dissatisfied. Binta, a modern, self-confident woman, does not want to submit. Soon there are conflicts with her husband and the other wives, which provide comedy.
AFRIKAMERA presents a classic of the genre with the polygamy comedy Bal Poussière. With humor and slapstick, the film by Ivorian director Henri Duparc invites the viewers* to reflect on ingrained habits and social change and to practice a reflection in self-criticism.

HENRI DUPARC, born 1941 in Guinea, died 2006 in Paris, studied film business at the “Ecole de Cinématographie de Belgrade” and at the “Institut des Hautes Etudes Cinématographiques (IDHEC) de Paris”. He then settled in Ivory Coast and founded “Focale 13”, his film production and broadcasting company. An emblematic figure of African cinema, he devoted most of his work to comedies in which he addressed the social problems of modern Africa. His best-known films include Abusuan (1972), Une Couleur Café (1997), Rue Princesse (1993) and Caramel (2004).



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by Ousmane Samassékou
Mali/ South Africa/ France 2021 I Documentary I OmeU I 85 min
in presence of the director Ousmane Samassékou


The Caritas-run House of Migrants, located near the Malian city of Gao at the transition from the Sahel to the Sahara desert, offers refuge to weary and stranded travelers on their way north, for whom there is no return to their homes.

The young Malian director Ousmane Samassékou lets the audience dive deep into the daily life and dreams of the people in the “House of Migrants” – like those of Esther, a 16-year-old girl from Burkina Faso, who dreams of going to Algeria with her companion Kadi; Mariko, who has visions of a woman at his window whom he wants to marry and take to Europe; or Natacha, a quiet and devout middle-aged woman who has spent her days playing solitary games of chess and dice for five years.

Inspired by the story of his uncle, who left for Germany more than 30 years ago and disappeared along the way, Ousmane Samassékou has succeeded in creating a human, deeply moving documentary that – infused with lyrical images of the sunlit desert – lingers long afterward. The director will be on hand for the screening.

OUSMANE SAMASSEKOU studied business administration and then at the Conservatory of Multimedia Arts and Crafts in Bamako. Together with others, he founded DS Production, where he works as a producer, director, cameraman and film editor.