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A scene from 'Hasaki Ya Suda' by Cédric Ido

A platform for African cinema

The festival aims to revise the stereotypes that exist about Africa and showcase the creativity and diversity of its films.

From 22 to 30 May, the Filmoteca de Catalunya will host the screening of the films that make up the International African Film Festival of Barcelona (FICAB). In the words of the organizers themselves it will, be, "a trip to the diversity and creativity of the African continent narrated through cinematographic language".  The festival, which will kick off with the screening of the film La vie de château, followed by a symposium with one of its co-directors, Cédric Ido, seeks to challenge our stereotypes of Africa and the quality of its cinema.

La vie de château is a comedy about the lives of African immigrants in a European metropolis, with Ido and Modi Barry as directors. The figure of actor and director Cédric Ido will be especially important in the festival, both in person and through his films. As we mentioned, he will be present on the day of the premiere, and also on the next day, when Spike Lee's Miracle at St. Anna will be screened, starring Ido as a performer. This film is set in World War II, and follows the story of four black American soldiers trapped in a village in Tuscany. On the 24th there will be a double session featuring High Fantasy by Jenna Cato Bass, and a short film by Ido titled Hasaki Ya Suda.

Friday 25 will be especially intense. At 8pm, the documentary L'eau sacrée by Olivier Jourdain will be screened – and the director will be there to present it – it’s a film that investigates female pleasure in Rwanda. And at 9.30pm there will be a double session featuring The African Who Wanted to Fly by Samantha Biffot, and Twaaga by Cédric Ido; Both films are about children who dream and wish that their dreams would come true.

A new screening of Miracle at St. Anna will close the festival on the 30th. For more information, consult the following link.

Publication date: Thursday, 17 May 2018
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