African cinema gets taken under the wing of "Les Cinémas du Monde" Pavilion at Cannes


At the 62nd edition of the Cannes Festival African cinema got a presence by appearing on the "Les Cinémas du Monde" Pavilion, which is funded by Culturesfrance, a Government-funded promoter of international cultural exchange.

This presence included three features, including Teza by Ethiopian Haïlé Gerima, winner of the best film at FESPACO 2009. So the makers were able to have a presence at an event where a Pavilion would normally cost 400,000 euros. Olivier Poivre d’Arvor, Director of Cultures France said fundraising had proved tough but that a number of funders had come through including l’Organisation internationale de la Francophonie. He said in times of crisis i twas important that »to be vigilant to make sure that France and other countroes did not abandon film production in Africa. The struggle was also an artistic one as films had to be shown on television to justify the funding given. »

The Pavilion also paid tribute to one of the giants of Malian cinema Sotigui Kouyaté an dis a participant in Cinémathèque Afrique which seeks to preserve the memory of African cinema and distributes 1,000 titles globally. Out of this archive it also held a screening of Malian Souleymane Cissé’s Min yè (Dis-moi qui tu es).

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