Actual Africa

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.

 

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 ‘A 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. Get your free ticket at the Rialto box office or online. We will end the opening day in style with the swinging Actual African Party.

 





  • 93 Days


    American-Liberian diplomat Patrick Sawyer collapses on arrival at the international airport in Lagos, Nigeria. He thinks it must be...



  • Antananarivo


    While Madagascar’s capital Antananarivo is in a deep political crisis, filmmaker Hamy Ratovo is fighting the authorities that want...



  • Frontières


    The opening film of this year’s Fespaco, Africa’s major film festival held in Ouagadougou, the capital of Burkina Faso...



  • Green White Green


    Green, white, green are the colours of Nigeria’s national flag. With his witty coming-of-age comedy director Abba Makama aims...



  • La Rage


    Homage to Mathieu Kassovitz’ film LA HAINE. The topics of this 1995 film are still relevant today, as filmmakers...



  • Lodgers


    British-Nigerian comedy based on a serious issue: Africa’s brain drain to the West. Tony and Carol Oghenekharo, both thirty-something,...



  • Mrs Right Guy


    Her grandmother had told her time and again: don’t fall for that man. But pretty Gugu didn’t pay heed...



  • Reluctantly Queer


    In nearly still, almost poetic black and white images, a young Ghanaian man struggles to reconcile his love for...



  • Samedi Cinema


    Touching story of friendship and a love for film. In northern Senegal, two film-crazy friends try to think of...



  • Soko Sonko


    Kibibi’s mother is ill, so father Ed has to take his daughter to the market to have her hair...



  • Tess


    In South Africa, sexual violence is a daily occurrence. Director Meg Rickards’ first feature film shows how it has...



  • The Unseen


    African American actor Marcus, musician Anu and young rebellious Sara are looking for sense and meaning in their lives....



  • The Wedding Ring


    After having studied in Paris, the ravishing Tiyaa, a young woman from an aristocratic family, returns to her place...



  • Thina Sobabili: The Two of Us


    This film by director Ernest Nkosi, shot on a shoestring budget in one week, follows a teenage brother and...



  • Vaya


    In this film Nigerian-born director Akin Omotoso, best known for his blockbuster Tell me Something Sweet, weaves together three...



  • Waiting for Hassana


    On 14 April 2014, members of terrorist group Boko Haram stormed a school in the village of Chibok in...



  • We Live in Fear - A Human Rights Watch...


    Short film about the life and work of South African photographer and activist Zanele Muholi, commissioned by Human Rights...



  • Wùlu


    In 2012, a military coup led to even more chaos in Mali, a country already battling armed insurgencies by...