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.