FESPACO 2009 sees Nigerian and South African competition entries


Director and scriptwriter, Michael Raeburn's Triomf has been selected for the FESPACO 2009 - the Pan-African Film and TV Festival official competition. FESPACO, one of Africa's largest film festival established in 1969, showcases African cinema and television.

Triomf was awarded "Best South African Film 2008" at the Durban International Film Festival, and debuted internationally at Cannes Film Festival. It will be released progressively throughout South Africa from 20 February in selected Nu-Metro and independent cinemas.

Five Nigerian films have been selected for screening during the festival which begins on February 28 to March 7, 2009.The films are "Changing Faces" by Farouk Lasaki (Production supported by Nigerian Film Corporation), "Trapped Dream" by Ubaka Joseph Ugochwuku, "Oluronbi" by Buariu Adebayo Ogundimu. Others are "Arugba" and "Life in Slow Motion" both by Tunde Kelani.

Arugba", by Tunde Kelani has been selected for competition in the Features video/TV film category. Meanwhile, the French dubbed version of Faruk Lasaki's "Changing Faces" is expected to debut at the festival.

This year marks the 40th anniversary of FESPACO in Burkina Faso. The theme for FESPACO 2009 is "African Cinema: Tourism and Cultural Heritage". The official competition is exclusively reserved for African and Diaspora Films in the genre of feature films, short films and documentaries.

(sources: various)