|Dear friends of AFRIKAMERA,
Afrikamera celebrates its 15th birthday and for the first time the program goes over four venues. While next to the opening and closing event the majority of the film formats on the thematic focus “Migration & Diaspora” will be shown at Arsenal cinema, for the second time we present from the 10th until the 13th of november next to selected films special formats such as a theater performance and current virtual reality films from the continent at the Humboldt Forum. Furthermore, the initiative Sunshine Cinema from South Africa presents a special program as part of the Cinema Spaces Network.
AFRIKAMERA DISCOURSE AND NETWORKING
AFRIKAMERA has always seen itself as a place for networking and the exchange of know-how between filmmakers, producers, distributors and festival organizers as well as non-governmental organizations from the fields of education and knowledge transfer and development cooperation – from Germany, the African diaspora and the African countries.
In the public discourse program THE ART OF COLLABORATION – Migration & Diaspora, African and European filmmakers and multipliers address questions around (Afro)-diasporic filmmaking. Questions will be raised about identities, narratives and backgrounds and the mutual influence of the diasporic community and the majority society on the film language and the cooperation and networks for transnational filmmaking will be illuminated. Related to this are discussions of what stories diasporic filmmakers want or are able to tell in their films. Production and financing opportunities and the current challenges related to co-productions in transnational cinema will be discussed at the roundtable.
The two-part program on the festival Saturday (12.11.) begins at the Humboldt Forum at 14.00 in Room 2 with a KEYNOTE on the topic SELF-PORTRAYING CINEMA, AN EXPERIMENTAL ATTITUDE ON PERIPHERAL BODIES by Welket Bungué (Guinea-Bissau/Portugal/Germany), director, author and actor (“Berlin Alexanderplatz”).
Other filmmakers participating in the DISCUSSION/ ROUNDTABLE that follows are Kantarama Gahigiri (Rwanda/Switzerland), Keni Ogunlola (England/Nigeria), Adolf El Assal (Egypt/Luxembourg), Khadar Ayderus Ahmed (Somalia/Finland), Teboho Edkins (South Africa), Markus CM Schmidt (Germany), Don Edkins (South Africa), Aurélien Bodinaux (Belgium), Innocent Munyeshuri (Rwanda), Neo Mosoang (South Africa).
In the second part of the discourse program of THE ART OF COLLABORATION on Sunday (Nov. 13) at the Arsenal cinema, filmmakers Ike Nnaebue (Nigeria), Ousmane Samassékou (Mali), Delphine Yerbanga (Burkina Faso), Ager Oueslati (Algeria/Tunisia/France) and Rejoyce Kgabo Legodi (South Africa) will talk about identities, belonging, transit and (im)mobility.
On festival Friday (11.11.) a PANEL on the topic NARRATIVES OF ESCAPE will already take place at the Arsenal cinema. Aspects of the unequal treatment of African refugees in comparison to refugees from other regions of the world will be examined together with the question of what influence documentary films can have on socio-political developments. Ousmane Samassékou (Mali), Fatimah Dadzie (Ghana) and Ager Oueslati (Algeria/Tunisia/France) will discuss with representatives of the Tubman Network Berlin and Nyima Jadama from “Nyimas Bantaba” (Alex Berlin).
For more information on the AFRIKAMERA 2022 discourse program, please visit https://www.afrikamera.de/en/afrikamera-2022-dialog-vernetzung/.
THEATER PERFORMANCE, FILM SCREENINGS, VR LOUNGE & CINEMA SPACES NETWORK AT THE HUMBOLDT FORUM
The AFRIKAMERA program at the Humboldt Forum opens on Thursday (10.11.) at 18.00 with a theater production by the Burkinabe actress Roukiata Ouédraogo. In her solo JE DEMANDE LA ROUTE, she shares her adventurous journey from the suburbs of Ouagadougou to the Château-Rouge district of Paris with the audience. With a great deal of humor and self-irony, she tells of her life in the French diaspora, which led her from odd jobs as a cashier and hairdresser to the stage of the Théâtre de l’Œuvre. Afterwards there will be a talk with the artist. At 21.00 follows the screening of FATHER’S DAY (Ruanda 2022) by Kivu Ruhorahoza (Rwanda 2022). Kivu Ruhorahoza drama tells three interwoven stories set in the East African country against the backdrop of genocide, but without naming it. A mother tries to cope with the loss of her only son, a young woman cares for her bedridden father and prepares for organ donation and a young boy wanders the city with his father, a petty criminal with poor impulse control. Co-producer Innocent Munyeshuri will be present at the screening, followed by a Q+A.
With AFRICA RIDING (France 2018) AFRIKAMERA presents for the second time a youth program with guests on festival Sunday (13.11.) at 15.30. The documentary series by Liz Gomis and Aurélien Biette, from which a selection of five episodes will be shown, follows different communities of riders – skateboarders, roller skaters, bikers – in Accra (Ghana), Kigali (Rwanda), Dakar (Senegal) and Kampala (Uganda). A dance performance and talks with Liz Gomis and other guests are also part of the program. Admission is free.
During the opening hours of the Humboldt Forum, a VIRTUAL REALITY LOUNGEwill be set up daily from 10:00 to 20:00 in the large foyer with current 360-degree productions on this year’s thematic focus Urban Africa, Urban Movies: Migration & Diaspora, including the current production AFROROUTES by Sélim Harbi (Germany 2021) as a world premiere.
In cooperation with AFRIKAMERA, the SUNSHINE CINEMA initiative (South Africa), as part of the CINEMA SPACES NETWORK, will also present two SUN BOXES in the Mechanical Arena in the large foyer every day from 12:00 to 20:00 during the festival period, featuring a selection of short films and presenting the work of the Cinema Spaces Network. SUPER SOLAR POWERED ACTIONS! is curated by Manyatta Screenings (Kenya) and accompanied by live interactions from SUNSHINE AMBASSADORS, who talk about their cinema work in South Africa.
Admission is free to both the VR Lounge and the Mechanical Arena /Cinema Spaces Network!
The complete program of Afrikamera at the Humboldt Forum can be found at
https://www.afrikamera.de/en/ and at https://www.humboldtforum.org/en/programm/event-reihe/festival-en/afrikamera-2022-55518/