"MJC franciliennes" festival shows the great names of African cinema


The "MJC franciliennes" will show a season of the “greats” of African cinema in several theatres around Paris.With the financial support of "Ile-de-France" Council, the festival will provide a choice of outstanding films from December 10 to 13, 2009.

Great names of the African cinema will be featured; their majority have received trophies such as the "étalon de Yennenga" or the Grand Prix of Fespaco, the great biannual appointment of African Films held in Ouagadougou, capital of Burkina Faso.

The Ministry for Foreign Affairs and "Cultures France" in partnership with Fespaco have published for their network a double DVD box of about twenty films which have scored since 1969.

It is within this treasure that the festival sourced its inspirations, together with “Women of Africa” published by Ile de France and Cultures France.

There are these superb films in black and white from the Seventies:

Muna Moto, from Jean-Pierre Dikongué-Pipa (Cameroun) and Kodou from Ababacar Samb Makharam (Sénégal).

There are also some films from the 1980s including: romantic "Djeli" from Fadika Kramo-Lanciné, "Visages de femmes" from Désiré Ecaré, which at the time made scandal for a long scene of adulterous love, and the unmissable "Bal poussière" from Henri Duparc, all three of Ivory Coast. The social mirror is still part of the setting, but added to it is the pleasure of romantic account and humour for better determining the problems after twenty years of independence.

Films of the 1990s include "Tilaï" from Idrissa Ouedraogo (Burkina Faso), "Guimba" from Cheick Oumar Sissoko (Mali), "Buud Yam" from Gaston Kaboré (Burkina Faso) and "Pièces d’identité" from Dieudonné Ngangura Mweze (RDC) all explore the future of individuals vis-a-vis their traditions.

Other films such as "Heremakono" (While waiting for happiness) from Abderrahmane Sissako (Mauritania) and Ramatade Léandre-Alain Baker (Congo), presented during the opening, showed a new cinema emerging in 2000 which wanted to explore its time, new in its form and content, able to ask questions without answers, or to explore the human kind without concession. Admission is free everywhere and African drinks will be offered at all showings.