The Mauritian director, David Constantine, called for African solutions to the challenges of financing and distribution that block the promotion of African cinema.
Speaking on the sidelines of the 13th edition of the African Film Festival of Tarifa-Tangier, he believes that the history of African cinema is extremely linked to colonialism, thus the support of European funding.
“African cinema is extremely rich but unfortunately Africans do not have so much access to it,” regretted the Mauritian director indicating that there is almost no African film in the continent.
“To see an African film, you must come to a festival and more often, it’s in Europe or the US,” he said.
According to him, the economic crises that have occurred in recent years have meant that the funds for the film world, including African cinema tend to decrease, hence the lack of funds and infrastructure in several African countries.
Author of 7 works including 3 documentaries and 3 short films, the director of the feature film, Lonbraz Kann (Sous l’ombre de la canne), competing in the “Hpermétropie” section of the FCAT calls for the “search of other means of support without these contributions to make movies.”
Opened on May 26 in Tangier in Morocco and Tarifa the next day in the Andalusian province of Cadiz in Spain, the festival ends Saturday.
– APA-Tarifa (Spain) Special Envoy: Ngagne Diouf –