Fixed setting on Africa

Lausanne will vibrate to the images and rhythms of Africa for the 16th edition of the Festival de Cinémas dedicated to it

Strong comeback of the Festival Cinémas d’Afrique* in Lausanne after a missed phase due to the health crisis. For that 16e Edition revives the event, which will take place from August 17th to 21st, in all its cultural and festive context. The program of the meeting includes no less than 60 films, but also a round table, concerts, artistic performances, dance evenings. On the seventh art side, the audience can expect a wide range of short and feature films that combine feature films, documentaries, animation films and other experimental films, most of which have never been seen in Switzerland. A program that gives prominence to the recent creations of filmmakers from different regions, cultures and languages ​​of the continent and diaspora. Several screenings will take place in the presence of the film’s authors, followed by an exchange with the public. The offer also includes a retrospective of the cinematic works of the Senegalese Moussa Sène Absa. An accomplished artist who has excelled as a director, actor, screenwriter, producer, writer, painter or even musician. Another highlight of the festival: a focus on Benin. “Beninese cinema is struggling to become visible beyond its borders. However, a generation of dynamic filmmakers, active in the networks, founding festivals and hosting film clubs, offers short and hard-hitting works in fiction and documentary,” argue the organizers of the event. Interested parties can also discover the “favorite” short films of the Base-Court association, partners of the festival from the very beginning. And join us for a debate on August 20th on “Create to resist – resist to create”. A reflection in which several questions are raised, such as the role of the seventh art in an Africa plagued by various evils between bad governance, corruption, emigration, etc. During film analysis meetings, various guests will also talk about their journey and the creative process. Also worth mentioning are a “cine slam” and a “cine concert” – soundtrack of The little sun seller by Djibril Diop Mambéty from the Oriki group and the Senegalese singer Woz Kaly – not forgetting the participation of DJs who will prolong the evenings and help stretch your legs… So many proposals for a promising event that will make the participants too diverse Travel invites and at the same time offers them the opportunity to better understand the social, cultural and artistic realities of the African continent. Do not miss.

* African Cinema Festival, from August 17th to 21st, Cinémathèque suisse, Casino Montbenon, allée Ernest-Ansermet 3, in Lausanne. Program and dates on: cine-afrique.ch

The theme of work also on the screen

Several films programmed as part of the festival deal directly or indirectly with the subject of work. For example, you can quote woman wheelbarrow, by Moussa Sene Absa. This feature film tells the story of a divorced woman who sells goods on her rolling stall to ensure her survival. A work between comedy and thriller that illustrates the struggle of women to provide for themselves and their families. Precariousness also finds an echo The gravedigger’s wifeby Khadar Ayderus Ahmed, which chronicles the struggle of a couple trying to raise the necessary funds for an expensive health operation worth a year’s salary. plumage (Feathers) by Omar El Zohairy also allegorically evokes the daily struggles to survive and the transformations that go with it. Leila Adje Chabi poses strife clan his gaze falls on a little apprentice employed in a craft forge. in the Ahmed’s songby Foued Mansour, follows the strange relationship between a near-retirement employee at a bathhouse – a place on the verge of disappearing – and a teenager on the loose…

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