World Cinema Events 2017
THURSDAY, 17 AUGUST, 7:30 PM
OPENING WORLD CINEMA AMSTERDAM
Thursday, 17 August, 7:30 PM marks the start of the eighth edition of World Cinema Amsterdam. The opening film FÉLICITÉ by Alain Gomis tells the story of a strong, independent woman whose son needs surgery. The film follows her as she embarks on a desperate search for the money to pay for it. Gomis will be present. The screening will be preceded by a short interview with festival director Raymond Walravens. The event concludes with a Q&A with Gomis.
SATURDAY, 19 AUGUST, 4:30-6 PM
TALK SHOW: A POSITIVE IMAGE OF AFRICA?! Get your free ticket at the Rialto box office or online, via:
Africa is a huge continent with over a billion people and 54 individual countries that are just as different from each other as for instance countries in Europe. Yet in the West only few realize this; many still know llittle of these differences and often think the whole continent is plagued by poverty, hunger and war. These misconceptions are further reinforced through the way Africa is generally portrayed in films. During the show, we will talk to filmmakers from Burkina faso, Niger and the Netherlands about the origins of these stereotypes and their impact on their work. There is a need for positive imaging. Or isn’t there? Directors Apolline Traoré (FRONTIÈRES), Rahmatou Keïta (THE WEDDING RING), Hesdy Lonwijk (BUUTVRIJ), and Caroline Kamya (IMANI) will discuss these issues following an introductory talk by Jerry Afriyie. Moderated by Kiza Magendane.
SATURDAY, 19 AUGUST, 9.30 PM
LA RIOT@WCA: BAR BAHAR
Youth platform LA RIOT has been closely following Rialto for several years, reviewing the selection it offers with a critical eye. This year they will also join World Cinema Amsterdam. They will introduce BAR BAHAR, the Palestinian-Israeli version of Sex and the City, to the audience on Saturday, 19 August.
SATURDAY, 19 AUGUST, 11 PM – 3 AM
ACTUAL AFRICA PARTY
After the opening of the Actual Africa film programme, the celebration of African cinema will continue on Rialto’s dance floor. It will be a long night filled with African beats, in collaboration with Big Yaad and Braamies, with eye-catching decorations, snacks and, of course, yummy cocktails. Expect unexpected dance performances that will get everybody dancing the night away.
TUESDAY, 22 AUGUST, 7 PM
DEBALIE@WCA: THE NET
In collaboration with Rialto De Balie will host a discussion preceding the screening with professor of Korean Studies and North Korea expert Remco Breuker about the world’s most isolated country. We will talk about the physical and cultural barriers between North and South Korea. How do South Koreans get a picture of who their neighbours in the North are, and how did this shape director Kim Kiduk’s unique way of looking? Six times a year, De Balie and Rialto join forces during DeBalie@Rialto to offer an in-depth film event. Scientists, filmmakers, artists, and other doers and thinkers are invited to enhance a film and place it in a broad context. Buy your ticket here.
FRIDAY, 25 AUGUST, 7:15 PM
Last year, WCA presented the first results of the Go Cuba! Project, an initiative to support young and, above all, independent Cuban film talent. This year we present the second round of films on three occasions. The first screening at the opening of the Go Cuba! programme will be presented by festival director Raymond Walravens and Go Cuba! coordinator Olivia Buning. Directors Alán Gonzáles Hernandez (EL HORMIGUERO) and Gretel Marín Palacio (EL ÚLTIMO PAÍS) will join us.
SATURDAY, 26 AUGUST, 9:30 PM (DEBALIE)
UNA MUJER FANTÁSTICA in De Balie
For the screening of UNA MUJER FANTÁSTICA in De Balie, World Cinema Amsterdam will join efforts with the International Queer & Migrant film festival (IQMF) for an in-depth event including a discussion. Founded in 2015, the IQMF focuses on making visible sexual diversity in migrant communities, through film, discussions, photography and theatre. In 2016, it dedicated a focus programme to LGBTQIA communities in Latin America. By actively engaging filmmakers, activists and (first-hand) experts from both the Netherlands and abroad, the issues and stories of marginalized, sexually diverse migrant groups are made visible.
SATURDAY, 26 AUGUST, 11 PM
CLOSING PARTY WORLD CINEMA AMSTERDAM: CUMBIA DEL FUTURO
As always, the festival will come to a festive conclusion with a party, a spectacular Cumbia Party by Bassculture Foundation. Get ready for Cumbia, a rousing mix of Latin American & African beats until the wee hour, featuring Dick El Demasiado (DJ-set).