(Paris, July 5, 2016) From June 27 to July 3, 2016 , the Euro-Africa week at the Cinema, a film festival dedicated to Africa, was held in Paris. The African film production is little known and distributed in the West. To overcome this situation, initiatives like this are taken here and there, to give visibility to the African 7th art.
Under the patronage of the Vues d’Afrique festival of Montreal, the week which is in search of African identities, was punctuated with 18 film screenings, all followed by discussions. Fiction, documentaries, animation films, the range of genres allowed the public to have a meaningful look at a booming Africa. One Africa, according to Jacques Bosc, coordinator of the week, made up of countries that, “as in the world, produce the filmmakers who watch the society with their sensitivity, their culture and their imagination.”
These are the Les Ursulines studios in the 5th arrondissement of Paris that served as backdrop for this cultural event which hopes to be registered in the diary of events of the African Diaspora in France.
Burkina Faso has been honoured at the Euro-Africa Week 2016. The last day was dedicated to the screening of productions from the country hosting the world’s largest event dedicated to African cinema, FESPACO. Movies, Burkina songs and dances were among the offerings the evening, which attracted a sympathetic public.
“L’Espoir du Lampadaire”, by Seydou Samba Traoré flagged off the evening followed by “Ciné Guimbi, Souvenirs” by Berni Goldblat, by “Peuple intègre” by Ishmael Geni Massa Tall and “Twaaga” by Cédric N’Do.
Following the screenings, a call was made to volunteers of goodwill to support the rehabilitation of the Guimbi cinema in Bobo-Dioulasso, and the construction and equipment of houses of knowledge for the students.
Speaking at the end of this week, Mamadou Sangare, Chargé d’Affaires of the Embassy of Burkina Faso in Paris thanked the organisers for honouring Burkina Faso as well as the goodwill that have manifested on hand to lead projects in Burkina Faso.
N. A. Traore / R. A. Bambara, AmbabfParis