Continent AFRICA 2022
03 / 08 Feb
12 films / guests / African craft sale / catering
Heritage and Directory Research and Discovery
An African film critic
Less than a year after the birth of cinema in Paris, the new art was celebrated in Africa, precisely in Alexandria (Egypt), then in Cairo from November 1896. The critics very early accompanied it as much in Egypt, Morocco, in Senegal, to name only these 3 countries, without forgetting expatriates. At the forefront of Africans in France, there is the pioneer Paulin Vieyra (born in Dahomey, current Benin, Senegalese citizen). Also a film director (Afrique-sur-Seine), he was nonetheless a regular critic until he defended a film thesis at Paris 10 Nanterre University, like Férid Boughédir (Tunisia), his famous colleague few years later.
In 2004, it was during the Carthage festival in Tunisia that the African Federation of Film Critics (AFFC / FACC) was created. Even if the main ambition is to take an African gaze at our cinemas, it is first and foremost a matter of being film critics quite simply.
Eighteen years after its birth, the AFFC/FACC (based in Dakar, Senegal) has the largest database in the world on African cinemas, with Africiné Magazine, which allows deep reflection on more than 20,600 films relating to Africa and its diasporas. The website (www.africine.org) provides unprecedented visibility of the work of African talents (including diasporas), their structures and events, including the Festival Continent Afrique de Pau.
Vicentia Aholoukpé, the General Delegate for Continent Afrique FilmFest, is honoring us with an Africiné Carte Blanche. She gives us the opportunity to present our way of working to the Pau public.
Our choice of films here reflects the very exercise of film criticism: it is not in the mode of "I like/I dislike", it is rather an invitation to curiosity, to get out of the beaten paths, to also follow the trends and not to forget the heritage.
It is for this last reason that, among heritage films, there is JOM by Ababacar Samb Makharam (Senegal, 1982) highlighting the resilience of civil societies and the importance of "common goods" (to speak like Patrick Chamoiseau), through the figure of the griot (at the same time bard, troubadour, instructor, West African historian).
Thierno DIA, Editor-in-Chief - Africiné Magazine
Thursday February 3 at 8:30 p.m.
THE GRAVEDIGGER'S WIFE
Director: Khadar AHMED
Somalia - Finland - Germany - France / 2021 / 1h22 / OV with FR Subs / starring Omar Abdi, Yasmin Warsame, Kadar Abdoul-Aziz Ibrahim
* Fespaco 2021: Paulin Vieyra - African Critics Prize (FACC / AFCC)
Q&A with Thierno DIA, Editor-in-Chief - Africiné Magazine
Film only (Monday February 07 at 2 p.m).
PARTIR ? / TO LEAVE?
Director: Mary-Noël NIBA
Cameroon-France / 2020
Director: Omar BELKACEMI
Algeria / 2021 / 1h37 / vostf / starring Mohamed Lefkir, Kouceila Mustapha
* Carthage Festival 2021: Paulin Vieyra - African Critics Prize (FACC / AFCC)
* Carthage Festival 2021: Mention of FIPRESCI (International Critic)
* Montpellier Mediterranean Film Festival - Cinemed 2021: Exhibitors' Prize
L'INDOMPTABLE FEU DU PRINTEMPS (This Is Not a Burial, It's a Resurrection)
Director: Lemohang Jeremiah MOSESE
Lesotho - South Africa - Italy / 2020 / 2h / vostf / with Mary Twala, Jerry Mofokeng
* 2021 Carthage Festival: Mention Paulin Vieyra de la Critique Africaine (FACC / AFCC)
LES ANONYMES (NAMELESS)
Director: Mutiganda WA NKUNDA
Rwanda / 2019 / 1h25 / vostf / starring Yves Kijyana, Colombe Mukeshimana
JOM (OR THE STORY OF A PEOPLE)
Director: Ababacar SAMB Makharam
Senegal / 1981 / 1h20 / starring Oumar Guéye, Abou Camara, Zator Sarr
* Selection (Forum) /// Berlinale 1984, Germany
* Selection (Critics' Week) /// Cannes Film Festival 1982, France
THE THREE LASCARS
Director: Boubakar Diallo
France - Burkina Faso / 2021 / 1h40, comedy / starring Issaka Sawadogo, Mouna N'diaye, Mariam Aïda Niatta, Kadhy Touré
World Premiere /// Fespaco 2021 (Ouaga, Burkina)
SARRAOUNIA (AN AFRICAN QUEEN)
Director: Med Hondo
Burkina Faso / 1986 / 2h / starring Aï Keita, Féodor Atkine, Didier Sauvegrain
TWIST IN BAMAKO
Director: Robert Guédiguian
France - Canada - Senegal / 2021 / 2h09 / starring Stéphane Bak, Alicia Da Luz Gomes
Director: Guillaume LORIN
France / 2021 / 43' / animation / from 5 years old
THE PERIMETER OF KAMSÉ
Director: Olivier ZUCHUAT
France - Switzerland / 2020 / 1h33 / vostf / documentary
WE / NOUS
Director: Alice Diop
France / 2020 / 1h57 / documentary
EN ROUTE POUR LE MILLIARD (Downstream to Kinshasa)
Director: Dieudo Hamadi
Congo DRC - France - Belgium / 2020 / 1h30 / documentary
Short film program
How can Africa project itself into the future? Telling your own story in an experimental, quirky, sexy, feminist way... Far from the images of the reports, five gazes from young filmmakers who respond to it in their own way.
- WHATEVER IF THE BEASTS DIE / Sofia Alaoui (France / Morocco - 23' - 2019)
- WE NEED PRAYERS: THIS ONE WENT TO MARKET / Jim Chuchu (Kenya - 4' - 2017)
- ETHEREALITY / Kantarama Gahigiri (Switzerland / Rwanda - 14' - 2019)
- HELLO RAIN / C.J. Obasi Nigeria - 30' - 2018)
- ZOMBIES / Baloji (Democratic Republic of Congo / Belgium - 14' - 2019)
The guests :
- Sahar ECHI (Tunis) journalist, film critic, director (Mutation, 2017) and Tunisian graphic designer. Editor at Africiné Magazine (Dakar), Vice-president of the AFFC/FACC.
- Sidney CADOT-SAMBOSI (Paris) film critic and actress (TV series "Ici tout commence", broadcast on TF1). Editor at Africiné Magazine (Dakar).
- Thierno DIA (Bordeaux) academic, journalist, critic, coach (Francophone Critics' Week 2014, Fespaco 2021). Editor-in-chief of Africiné Magazine (Dakar).
MIAM MIAM / YUM YUM
from 03 to 08 February
at Café Méliès "salty and sweet" African food
on site or to take away with the association Les Trois Mères
A BIG THANK YOU to our partners and guests:
The Association for Transmediterranean Cooperation / The Friends of Popular Song / The Bêafrika Association / Clarisse Rose / The Three Mothers Association / Marie Tomas / Ghaël Sall / Africine.org / Thierno Dia / Sahar Echi / Sidney Cadot-Sambosi /
General Delegate of the festival: Vicentia Aholoukpé
Poster / Communication: Valérie Toulet
Cinéma Le Méliès de Pau - The team :
- Direction : Philippe Coquillaud
- Programmation : Vicentia Aholoukpé
- Programmation Jeune Public : Xavier Le Falher
- Comptabilité : Nadège Desmarty
- Accueil / communication : Valérie Toulet
- Projectionnistes : Pierre André, Johan Calas et Philippe Mariblanca /
Cinéma Le Méliès de Pau - L'association "Ciné ma passion" :
- Président : Michel Spandre
- Vice-président : Michel Courbe
- Trésorier : Mathieu Fontes
- Secrétaire : André Resseguie
L'association Ciné Ma Passion - Conseil d'Administration :
Michel Spandre - Président / Michel Courbe - Vice - président / André Resseguie - Secrétaire / Mathieu Fontes - Trésorier / Administrateurs : Pierre-Henri Ardonceau / Anne Picon / Dominique Piollet / Bernard Pédeutour / Johanna Huesca / Sylvie Venries / Christine Lavie / Christine Godefroy / Pascale Fourticq / Pascal Destrade
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