With Actual Africa this year’s edition of World Cinema Amsterdam dives into Sub-Sahara African cinema, featuring 20 films from 10 countries. Films that not only display the status of cinematographic developments, but also reveal relevant and topical insights in the depicted countries. The film selection provides a chrystal clear image of the great continent’s cultural richnesss and diversity, which is needed to break through existing persistent negative stereotypes and poor imaging, lacking nuance. An exquisite palette of films is the result, as well as interesting conversation material, for which there is plenty of time during the introductions and q&a sessions.
The festival opens with Félicité by the French-Senegalese director Alain Gomis. This enthralling drama is situated in Congo’s capital Kinshasa, and won a Silver Bear Award at the Berlin film festival. Besides Gomis there are a few other prominent African filmmakers that will be present at the festival, amongst others Rahmatou Keita (The Wedding Ring), Apolline Traoré (Frontières) and John Trengrove (The Wound). Traoré is also one of the jury members who decides which competition film will win the festival’s Jury Award.
In collaboration with numerous African-Dutch organisations a carefully compiled program was created, that focusses on various topical themes and urgent issues. On the opening day of Actual Africa (August 19th) we will discuss the imaging and stereotyping of the African continent in the Talkshow ‘THE POSITIVE IMAGE OF AFRICA?! ’. How does it influence the filmmakers? The present African directors will share their experience and expertise on these matters. The talkshow will be moderated by Congolese-Dutch writer Kiza Magendane after an introduction by Jerry Afriyie. We will end the opening day in style with the swinging Actual African Party.
Furthermore there will be special attention for films that center around a specific theme. On August 20th South Africa will be in the picture, on the 21st films about the position of women in Africa will be screened and on the 22nd of August there is a cluster of Nigerian films.