The African film festival unveils its 11th edition programme to be held at the Swiss Film Archive, at the Casinode Montbenon and at the open-air theater in Lausanne from 18 to 21 August 2016. A selection of 51 films from 23 countries mostly unpublished in Switzerland, a retrospective Humour and satire, a carte blanche to the NollywoodWeek Festival Paris, a focus on Western Sahara, special screenings, two photo exhibitions, a Songhoy Blues concert, an Afro Soul DJ set, debates and meetings around the theme ITINERAIRES will transport the audience through the African continent for 4 days.
The African film festival unveils its 11th edition program to be held at the Swiss Film Archive, the Montbenon Casino and Outdoor theater in Lausanne from 18 to 21 August 2016. The festival resonates above all through its transience, festive, exceptional, innovative and plural character and shows itself as a cultural matrix where artistic works responds, interpellate, question, confront themselves. It has as its purpose to help artists to create, to dare, to engage. In this lively and diverse broth, it is above all a place of encounters and exchanges where itineraries arise, each time different and unique. These plural itineraries will be the frame of the Festival this year.
The viewer will thus be forced to trace his path between tens of dramas, documentaries and animated films punctuated by a retrospective on the theme Humour and Satire, a roundtable on audiovisual training in Africa or debates criticism, particularly on the Western Sahara situation. He can also navigate between exhibitions of the Ivorian photographer Joana Choumali Hââbré, the last generation or Ways we watch Cinema in Africa which reveals unusual viewing centres across the continent and end with a cine-concert evening devoted to Mali, with the screening of the film from Mali Blues and the Songhoy Blues group concert.
Among the selection, the following filmswill be screened in the presence of the filmmakers: the opening film AYANDA by Sara Blecher (South Africa, 2015), THE REVOLUTION WILL NOT BE TELEVISED by Rama Thiaw (Senegal, 2015, documentary, 110 ‘) LEYUAD, UN VOYAGE AUX SOURCES DE LA POESIE by Gonzalo Moure, Brahim Chagaf, Inés G Apariero (Western Sahara, 2016, fiction, 74 ‘), LES FRONTIERES DU CIEL by Fares Naanaa (Tunisia, 2015, fiction, 83’), UNE REVOLUTION AFRICAINE by Boubacar Sangaré and Gideon Vink (Burkina Faso, 2015, documentary, 90 ‘), RETRATO by Ahmed O. Abdalahee (Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic, 2016, documentary, 14’), NIRIN by Josua Hotz (Madagascar, Switzerland, 2015, fiction, 15 ‘), BABOR CASANOVA by Karim Sayad (Switzerland, 2015, documentary, 35’).
The film ADIOS CARMEN by Mohamed Amin Benmraoui (Morocco, Belgium, 2013, 103 fiction ‘) will close the 11th edition of the African film festival, Sunday, Aug. 21, 2016.
Organised in collaboration with the Swiss Film Archive and with the participation of the African Film Library of the Institut Français – Paris, a retrospective Humour and satire will resonate this year to the sounds of laughter with five films in the sub-Saharan part of the continent (LES COW-BOYS SONT NOIRS, LE RETOUR D’UN AVENTURIER, LA VIE EST BELLE, BAL POUSSIERE, UN TRANSPORT EN COMMUN). link
A carte blanche was offered to NollywoodWeek Paris Festival which offers the Swiss public a look at Nollywood phenomenon, the incredible film industry in Nigeria with the films FIFTY, THE FIRST LADY, THE GOOD SON. link
Roundtable on audiovisual training in Africa will be led by Olivier Barlet (journalist and writer, Africultures) and Philippe Cordey (DOP). Films from different training courses will be screened: three films from the School Abidin Khaid Saleh, located in the Sahrawi refugee camp of Bojdour in the Algerian Sahara, two films from Africadoc documentary network (LE GRIOT DU METAL et UN SAVOIR TRANSMIS) and a film made at ECAL (NIRIN). link
Screenings in collaboration with Amnesty International (LIFE IS WAITING: REFERENDUM AND RESISTANCE IN WESTERN SAHARA by Iara Lee, Swissaid (RANDALA LE MIKEA by Alain Rakotoarisoa), the Lausanne Office for immigrants / BLI (BABOR CASANOVA, by Karim Sayad et RUE DES SŒURS NOIRES by Aicha Thiam) will be followed by a debate.
At the rhythm of incursions in the social, cultural, musical or political sphere of the African scene, the African film festival – Lausanne invites you not to make observations, to map or even to set of fixtures but to interpret this wide range of images, to tame them, to make sense of it, with the only slogan the pleasure of discovery.
Up to visitors then to interfere in these transdisciplinary meanders in order to draw new life
The entire programme on www.cinemasdafrique.ch
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