What is the Cinema Guimbi and why is it important to talk about it? That probably needs a bit of craziness and a lot of passion to make the decision to rebuild a ruined cinema! Certainly, but that is the beauty of the gesture!! Mokolo follows Cine Guimbi’s adventure.
While African cinema is very prolific as we know, a lot of films are shot and produced on the continent, but given the lack of infrastructures and screening rooms, the films are mainly screened abroad. VOD websites are one of the answers to the diffusion and artists retribution issue, as well as the cinema halls. Cinema halls are also part of the dynamism of a city and a way to mobilize the populations. Therefore the Cinema Guimbi is a pilot program between culture and development, which, if successful, could be replicated on the continent, and for the first time in History, an independent cinema hall network will emerge.
Bobo-Dioulasso is the second town of the country, has one million inhabitants and zero cinema. The Cinema Guimbi has been named after the name of the Princess Ouattara, an emblematic figure of Bobo-Dioulasso History of where a street, a high school and a maternity hospital have also been named after the Princess.
The rehabilitation of this place is both the rebirth of a mythic cinema and the creation of a new space for the public, in which there will be 2 screening rooms and a conference hall. This project is moreover emblematic in a country where practitioners go on improving and initiatives and where the population is very keen on this art. The famous FESPACO-Festival Panafricain du cinéma de Ougadougou- is one of the major events of the continent. The films by BoubacarDiallo (congé de mariage, Sophia, L’ or des Younga, Julie etRoméo, etc.) d’AboubacarZida alias Sid Naaba (Citépourrie, Somzita, etc.) or OumarDagnon continue to attract a big public.
The Cinema Guimbi aims at being more than just a cinema hall. It will create in the town a place which could be used for exchanges, meetings, trainings, workshops, entertainment, conferences, presentations, debates…This is also a way to link up with audiovisual, arts and teaching. The restaurant/bar will also accentuate the social role of Cine Guimbi.
Since mid-2012, the ASCBF association has set up a supportive network to the project, which has become international. They can rely on more than 50 festivals such as Cannes and Toronto Festivals. Their principal supports until today are The Burkina Faso government, Bobo-Dioulasso mayor, the FondationMichèleBerset (CH), the Swiss Cooperation Suisse in BF (CH), Wallonie-Bruxelles International (Belgium), Africalia Belgium, HEC Liège (Belgium), the Rhône-Alpes region (France), the SODIBO, Canal +, TV5 Monde.
This is an important project for the city of Bobo-Dioulasso, where there is a lack of cultural infrastructures and cinema related activities. This project is not only about a neighbourhood, but about a city and a region. The recent historic relocation of the market managed by the local women, is a testimony of the town’s vitality.
Thanks to their hard work and network, the construction of the smallest screening room has begun(on July 20th) since the 20th of this July, but there is still 42% of the total amount left to find to plan the grand opening during 2016.
How to support?
-You can buy a chair at 300 € / 400 CHF / 200 000 FCFA (we’ll put your name or another one of your choice at the back of the chair)
-You can sign your name on the Friends Wall at 80 € / 100 CHF / 50 000 FCFA
-You can donate what you want, what you like
And to contact them?
The video spot 2015: http://youtu.be/ylMviUjQMtY