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Tigritudes: a season to immerse yourself in Pan-African cinema

From 12 January to 27 February 2022, the Forum des Images presents Tigritudes. Initiated as part of the Africa2020 Season, this cycle offers a subjective and chronological anthology of Pan-African cinema, through 65 film screenings, from 1956 to 2022, 2 master-classes, 6 film lessons and cross-disciplinary meetings. 

Updated on 21/01/2022

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Despite its rich, diverse, powerful and unique cinematography, Africa is a continent whose cinema remains largely unknown. Faced with this fact, the Tigritudes cycle, designed by directors Dyana Gaye and Valérie Osouf, offers a wide, accessible and eclectic programme to help audiences discover the diversity of African cinema. 

On 1 January 1956, Sudan gained its independence and ushered in a wave of hope for the continent. Tigritudes begins on that date, and will run chronologically until 2022, with one screening for almost every year in that timeline, to enable audiences to understand the post-colonial circulation of forms, struggles and ideas across the continent. 

Tigritudes — Bande annonce
Tigritudes — Bande annonce

An anthology of Pan-African cinema in the broadest sense

Far from limiting itself to the African continent, Tigritudes has chosen Pan-Africanism in the broadest sense. The cycle thus presents works from as many countries as possible: from Namibia to Algeria, via Cameroon, Egypt and Senegal... The Afro-descendant diaspora is also represented with the United Kingdom, the United States and Cuba.

Tigritudes also aims to reflect the diversity of Pan-African cinema in terms of its forms. The season presents feature films, short films, documentaries, fiction, art films and experimental cinema. A cycle for young audiences is aimed at children aged 6 to 13. 

Meetings, master classes and film lessons

In addition to the film screenings, Tigritudes is planning two master classes with a producer and a filmmaker. The speakers will be confirmed soon, as soon as travel possibilities between countries are clear.

The programme also includes 6 film classes on:

  • the political context of the countries where the films are produced
  • Portuguese language African cinema
  • the Nollywood phenomenon
  • the political/poetic dimension of certain filmmakers 
  • documentary cinema
  • Black-British and Anglo-Caribbean cinema.

After the Forum des images, in Paris, Tigritudes will begin a tour of the African continent in an attempt to remedy the lack of distribution endured by the continent's audiences and young filmmakers. In spring 2022, the cycle will be in Burkina-Faso, at the Ciné Guimbi in Bobo-Dioulasso. A book, a DVD and a website are also due to be developed between 2022 and 2024 to make Pan-African cinema known to as many people as possible.

The Institut français and the project

Tigritudes has been initiated as part of the Africa 2020 Season. Initiated by Emmanuel Macron, the President of the French Republic, the Africa2020 Season took place throughout France (mainland and overseas territories) from December 2020 to September 2021. It was dedicated to the 54 states of the African continent. 

Find out more about the Africa2020 Season 

Visit the Africa2020 Season website 

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