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Afrique-sur-Seine in Burkina Faso

The 24th edition of Fespaco, held on February 27-March 7, 2015, celebrated the 60th anniversary of the film Afrique-sur-Seine, with a tribute paid to Paulin Soumanou Vieyra, a pioneer of African cinema.
Within the scope of the Fespaco Festival in Ouagadougou, the Institut français, via its Cinémathèque Afrique, the International Organization of La Francophonie and the PSV-FILMS Association celebrated the 60th anniversary of the film entitled Afrique-sur-Seine, by Paulin Soumanou Vieyra.
In addition, an exhibit paying homage to the work of this filmmaker, who has left a mark on African cinema, will be presented at the Institut français of Ouagadougou.
At the same time, the screenings of three short films have been scheduled.
- Afrique sur Seine, 22 min, 1955.
Mythical film, starting point of the history of African cinema
- Lamb, 18 min, 1964.
Film restored for the 67th Cannes Film Festival, with the support of the Institut français, the International Organization of La Francophonie and the PSV-Films Association.
- Paulin Soumanou Vieyra, le précurseur oublié (Paulin Soumanou Vieyra, the forgotten pioneer) by Mona Makki, 25 min, 2014.
A portrait of this pioneer who hails from Benin and has adopted Senegal.

The Institut français’ Cinémathèque Afrique

Set up in 1961 and managed by the Institut français, Cinémathèque Afrique houses one of the largest collections of African films in the world, for the most part assisted in production by La Coopération française, managing 1,600 titles including 25,000 copies on different media. The Cinémathèque Afrique holds non-commercial distribution rights for 650 films (short films, feature films, animated films, and documentaries) that it places at the disposal of cultural, social and educations establishments in France as well as the French Cultural Network abroad.

Photograph : Afrique-sur-Seine by Paulin Soumanou Vieyra (1955).