The second season of Gorée Festival Cinema begins its monthly sessions on 16 July with the screening of the documentary “Waiting for the third prophet” by the Senegalese director Mustafa Saitque. He wonders about the future of African cinema through the study and the tribute to two Senegalese filmmakers of international renown, Sembene and Djibril Diop Mambéty.
Before the open-air and free screening, the beach is animated by DJs throughout the afternoon, while in the local Goree Cinema, from 3 pm to 6 pm, a meeting scheduled for 8:30 pm with the director of the documentary was organised. This film buff, who is an apprentice filmmaker, talks about the route and perspectives of the Senegalese cinema, based on the observation that wherever there is a question of African cinema, Sembene is omnipresent, and every time his name is mentioned, Djibril Diop Mambetty is invited in the debate.
In 60 years of African cinema, Sembene and Mambetty remain reference points. The director asks: for the present generation which wants to make films, is the trail traced by one or other of these “two prophets” inevitable, or a can third voice (way) exist ? Maybe it already does. The author meets our “two prophets” to know them better, through testimonials and quotes, and attempts to cut the costume of “third prophet.”
During these goréennes animations days, festive and monthly film, “Sinemaa Bi”, an online projections device is added this year . Each week, a film selected by the editorial team of Goree Cinema will be available in streaming, via free subscription, on its web portal to make it more visible to the cinema of the African continent and its young authors. (Http://eepurl.com/b810rT).
This week, Sineema bi Ainsi soit-il by Joseph Guy Ramaka (Silver Lion for Best Short Film – 54th Venice Film Festival, 1997) has been selected: “A dark building. A dispensary. A woman tries to convince her companion to leave the ‘dead spot’ where he works. But the man does not want to leave. She, the woman, the life, tries to lead him, but to no avail. The only beings that lurk around this camera are sick children. Nothing seems capable of being resolved, nothing can be built, no one can escape. Beyond the heartbreak of the couple is the injured Africa which makes its voice heard. ” http://seetaan.goreecinema.com/2/
GORÉE CI NATAAL
Between the two seasons, the team of the festival has not been idle, and toured the island of Gorée camera in hand, to make short videos as part of Gorée Ci Nataal, or Gorée seen in pictures (http: / /www.goreecinema.com/goreeimage/), a participatory media project, “special moments on the island-memory, fantastical stories and valuable evidence.” Everyone is also invited to hunt the unusual with smartphones with cameras and send his Gorée Cinema to them for posting online.
Thus the Goree Cinema team affirms with this second edition its desire to raise awareness of the expanding African cinema, thanks to the web, its impact well beyond the island of Gorée. It also shows how the envy of cinema is still alive in the Mambéty’s and Sembene’s country.
See online: www.goreecinema.com