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African films @ The 53rd London film Festival 14-29 0ct 2009

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Fire of Mansaré (Director, Mansour Sora Wade. Senagal)
Mon 19| 20:30| NFT2,
Tue 20| 16:15| NFT3,
Fri 23| 16:30| Ritzy Screen 2

Mansour Sora Wade presents a story about desire, choice and the freedom (or lack of it) of young people forced into a traditional practice where a male tags a girl at birth for marriage in adulthood.

Known mainly for his award-winning short films, Mansour Sora Wade delivers a second feature film as a story about desire, choice and the freedom (or lack of it) of young people forced into a traditional practice where a male tags a girl at birth for marriage in adulthood. Mathias returns triumphant to Mansaré, his native city, after having amassed a fortune abroad over a few years.

 

The Absence  (Directed by Mama Keita. Senagal and France)
Thu 15| 20:30| NFT2
Fri 16| 16:00| NFT2
An intense drama of loss, solitude, love and hope.

October 12, 2009 Posted by | africa, african, world cinema, film festival, entertainment, feature films | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Emerging African Directors’ Films Compete in Scotland

By Katie Miller

Published October 7, 2009

 

Seven short films by up-and-coming young African filmmakers have been short-listed for the 2nd annual Africa in Motion (AiM) short film competition in Scotland. KATIE MILLER writes.

 

The films—spanning fiction and documentary—come from across the continent and include: a silent and visually stunning experimental short from South Africa; a Tunisian love story set in an unlikely place; a passionate tale of courage in a Mozambiqan fishing village; a haunting South African tale of three friends harbouring a dark secret; a beautifully shot story about outsiders in a Moroccan village; a superbly acted story of a Rwandan friendship tested to its true limits; and a Malian exploration of freedom and independence.

 

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October 8, 2009 Posted by | africa, african, world cinema, film festival | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

On-line African Film Library Launched

This is fantastic news and I am very excited. All you have to do is register to access all these films.

 

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Late last week, M-Net launched the African Film Library – the largest electronic library of feature films, shorts and documentaries from 50 years of African film production. Over the past three years, M-Net has been negotiating the rights to almost 600 works in English, French, Arabic and Portuguese and digitising them.

 

The African Film Library, launched on Wednesday, 23 September 2009, consists of award-winning works from more than 80 filmmakers including Senegalese Ousmane Sembene and Djibril Mambety, Yousef Chahine from Egypt, Kwaw Ansah from Ghana and Haile Gerima from Ethiopia.

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October 6, 2009 Posted by | africa, african, world cinema, film festival | , , , | 1 Comment