The 1st Afiba Festival of Abidjan dedicated to the 7th African art has chosen to peer into the future and recall the work of the Ivorian director Henri Duparc.
Bal poussière, Caramel, Rue Princesse, Les Aventures de Moussa le taximan, all these movies, these characters that tell the everyday life of the Ivory Coast in the 1990s, with humor and uproar made the director Henri Duparck’s trademark. It was ten years ago, he disappeared, leaving a huge legacy to his family, but also to filmmakers of Africa. Today, a festival pays him homage, in Abidjan a city strongly influenced by his works. Let us remember that after the great success of the movie Rue Princesse, one of the main streets of the economic capital was so named in 1993!
What can we learn from these rich and plural works?
More than thirty years after his first films, the themes are still as relevant. Polygamy, gender equality, but also the most taboo subjects such as sexuality. Henri Duparc loved to treat serious subjects. He loved to put them in funny situations. But Afiba is not only about memories. The organizers, mainly Duparc Family (Henrietta, the widow of Henri Duparc, and daughters) wanted to place this edition under the sign of the construction of an African film that looks to the future, a cinema that interrogates itsself and offers solutions. Professional meetings have already started on 18 April. They will be extended in the Ivorian economic capital until April 23, 2016.