AFRIKAMERA 2019 – In its twelfth edition, AFRIKAMERA presents a selection of current feature and documentary films from Angola, Guinea-Bissau and Mozambique. Especially the latest productions by filmmakers from lusophone Africa deal with other topics besides their own history, such as gender, religion or urbanity and reflect on cultural, social, social and political developments in their films.
In addition, outstanding productions from other regions of Africa are part of the program, which aims to provide festival visitors with new perspectives on the African continent.
The festival opens with the comedy KETEKE by Peter Kofi Sedufia (Ghana 2017 I 7.11.). Located in Ghana in the 1980s, the film tells the story of the involuntary odyssey of the highly pregnant Atswei and her husband Bio. The couple wants to travel by train to the hometown of Akete, but then stranded by a chain of unfortunate circumstances in the outback. A crazy trip starts against time. The director is present for the Berlin premiere.
In cooperation with the Heinrich Böll Foundation, AFRIKAMERA will be presenting a special program on friday of the Festival on the consequences of gold mining in Western and Southern Africa. In the shattering documentary DYING FOR GOLD (8.11.), which will be presented as a European premiere, Catherine Meyburgh and Richard Pakleppa will address the 120-year history of gold mining and the ongoing effects of the associated racist-capitalist exploitation practices in South Africa. The Burkinabe director Michel K. Zongo documents in PAS D’OR POUR KALSAKA (8.11.) The consequences of the exploitation of gold from the perspective of the inhabitants of the village of Kalsaka. Following the two screenings, Michel K. Zongo and Asanda Benya (South Africa) discuss the background, consequences and political demands in the context of gold exploitation. Admission to all Böll events is free.
Since 2002, the association Weltfilme e.V. has supported the work of local African filmmakers. The program WELTFILME SPECIAL: ON THE MOVE / ALL ON BOARD (Sierra Leone / Ghana 2017-18 I 9.11.) presents three medium-length West African productions, including DANSA. In the film by Mohamed Janneh & Nana Osei Kyei Mensah the young Morris tries to live his dream of a professional dance career against all odds.
In BETWEEN GOD AND I (Mozambique 2018 I 9.11.) the Mozambican director Yara Costa examines religious fundamentalism at the Ilha de Moçambique, which jeopardizes the peaceful coexistence of religions on the island increasingly by using the example of the young Muslim Karen.
Central setting of OUR MADNESS (Mozambique / Guinea-Bissau / Qatar / Portugal / France 2018 I 9.11.) is a psychiatric clinic in Maputo. From here, the patient Ernania sets out to rejoin her son and husband. Shot in black and white, Viana has created an intoxicating cinematic reflection on the nature of the delusion, the mysticism and the impact of colonial history in modern-day Mozambique, which lingers on for a long time.
In the fast-paced thriller RESGATE (Mozambique 2019 I 9.11.) by Mickey Fonseca, Bruno sets after four years in the jail of Maputo on a fresh start. With the support of his friends, he finds work in a junkyard. But then a mysterious loan from his deceased mother appears and Bruno gets in touch with his old gang again … In the presence of the director.
The program BEST OF AFRICAN SHORTS (DR Congo / Tunisia / Rwanda 2018-19 I 10.11.) presents a selection of new, outstanding short films, including ZOMBIES (2019) a music-thriller by Belgian-Congolese rapper and filmmaker Baloji on digital zombification in the Congolese metropolis Kinshasa. Director Baloji will be present for the screening.
O GRANDE KILAPY by Zézé Gamboa (Angola / Brazil 2012 I 10.11.) is set in Lisbon in the mid-1960s, during the dictatorship of Salazar. Joãozinho, son of a wealthy banker from Luanda, enjoys his student life in Portugal. As his contacts with Angolan freedom fighters seat on, he is expelled from the country. Back in Angola he does not give up: by craft he manages to use funds of the colonial rulers for his purposes – and he becomes a folk hero.
In the socio-critical satire DUGA, LES CHAROGNARDS (Burkina Faso 2019 I 10.11.) by Abdoulaye Dao and Hervé Eric Lengani, Rasmané tries to organize the funeral of his surprisingly deceased friend Pierre in his native village. But the village elder refuses a funeral since Pierre was not baptized and belonged to no religious community. For Rasmané begins an odyssey across Burkina Faso …
MABATA BATA (Mozambique / Portugal 2017 I 10.11.) by Sol de Carvalho is set in a Mozambican village in the times of the civil war. A few years after the death of the young Azariah, the residents gather for a ceremony to see if his spirit is wandering around in the village and will bless the uncle’s upcoming wedding. But instead the question arises why the boy had to die at all …
The short film program LUSOPHONE SHORTS (Angola / Guinea-Bissau / Mozambique 2018-19 I 11.11.) presents a selection of current short films from Lusophone Africa, including LÚCIA NO CÉU COM SEMÁFOROS (Angola 2019) by Ery Claver & Gretel Marín, on the outbreak of a young woman from the constraints of a society characterized by sexism and non-freedom through the medium of film. Director Ery Claver will b epresent for the screening.
The festival closes with the German premiere of the Senegalese director Mamadou Dia, BAAMUN NAFI – NAFIS FATHER (Senegal 2019 I 11.11.). His first film, celebrated at the Locarno Film Festival, tells the story of two brothers’ arguments about the imminent wedding of their children. While young Nafi and her cousin Tokala wish to get marry and make plans for the future of moving to Dakar, their father, a local religious leader, strongly opposes them because his brother Ousmane is a follower of a fundamentalist Islamic sect. The main actor Alassane Sy will be present for the premiere.
Parallel to the film program and following the festival, a series of workshops and network events will be realized. These activities should be further expanded in the future. For the second time, AFRIKAMERA will be hosting a resident artist in Berlin, this year with Joël M’Maka Tchedre.