SAVE THE DATE! 15.-21.January 2022: KIZOBAZOBA! CSN presents itself at Humboldt Forum

Since summer 2020, the Humboldt Forum has been organizing a virtual think tank together with five African cinema initiatives: the Cinema Spaces Network (CSN). In January 2022, the members will come together to present themselves, their work, initial projects and their visions to the Berlin audience. From 15-21 January, everything will revolve around the question of what cinema can, could and would like to be in 2022 and beyond – for example in Kinshasa, in Khartoum, in the South African Eastern Cape, in the Kenyan pop-up cinema at Lake Elementaita or in Burkina Faso’s cultural metropolis Bobo-Dioulasso.

The Humboldt Forum facilitates a platform to Cinema Spaces Network for a transcultural exchange of knowledge and culturual practices. Every evening at 19.30h, the members present films in Hall 2 with a special connection to the cinema work in their region. The opening film on January 15th will be BAAMUM NAFI (NAFI’S FATHER) by Mamadou Dia – Senegal’s Oscar candidate in the competition for the Best International Film 2021. Each evening at 17.30h the CSN members invite you to Cine Lectures. These interactive lectures will focus on different concepts of how cinemas can become new cultural and social centers – in urban as well as in rural areas. During the day, workshops and seminars will be held at the Humboldt Forum and throughout Berlin – meetings with professionals and interested parties from various film industries. (

*KIZOBAZOBA! is a lingala word and means translated : “Make the best of it!”. It also denotes a way of life, an aesthetic principle and ennobles the art of improvisation. The CSN has borrowed this beautiful word from the Congolese – as the title of our event and as the name of a new pan-African distribution project that the CSN is launching in cooperation with the Tunis-based HAKKA film distributor. 

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