At the Afrika Film Festival Köln
Every year for 11 days, the Afrika Film Festival in Cologne (AFFK) screens around 80 feature-length and short films, with some thirty filmmakers and experts from the African continent and the diaspora in attendance. Since its inception in 1992, the team has endeavoured to show films from Africa, not about Africa. The festival has thus created a space for promotion, dialogue and encounters around African cinema in all its forms. Over the years, it has become one of the most foremost events in Germany for presenting contemporary productions from all regions of Africa and its diaspora. The Institut français of North Rhine-Westphalia in Cologne has been a partner of the AFFK for several editions, presenting a feature film from North Africa each year.
The 2023 edition took place from 14 to 24 September 2023 as the Festival celebrated its 20th edition. The AFFK team, in partnership with the Institut français in Cologne, wanted to give greater prominence to the history of African cinema, and for this anniversary edition gave carte blanche to Dyana Gaye, co-curator with filmmaker Valérie Osouf of the Tigritudes selection, to present a series of films from the cycle.
The opening ceremony on 14 September featured the film Et la neige n'était plus by Ababacar Samb Makharam (1965), after a speech by Dyana Gaye (also patron of this year's festival) to a full house.
In Tangier and Rabat
Following on from Tigritudes' presentation of films from the 1970s in Marrakesh in May, the cities of Tangier and Rabat hosted a new selection from the programme, which explores the challenges and forms of a film industry that remains largely unknown.
From 6 to 8 October, the Institut français du Maroc, in partnership with the Cinémathèque de Tanger, presented a selection from the 50s and 60s, as well as the dazzling programme by South African master William Kentridge, 11 Drawings for projection (a series of animated films made between 1989 and 2020), which was the subject of a special screening on Saturday 7 October at 5pm.
From 5 to 8 October, it was the turn of La Renaissance cinema in Rabat, which hosted a selection from the 2010s from the programme, with an opening screening on 5 October, around the film Examen d'état by Dieudo Hamadi, in partnership with the Association des Rencontres Méditerranéennes du Cinéma et des Droits de l'Homme (ARMCDH).
These screenings were supported as part of La Collection Africa2020, which aims to provide the French cultural network abroad with a range of quality programming guaranteeing simple implementation to facilitate distribution.
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