African films get high profile at the “Berlinale”


More films on Africa made it at the 60th edition of Berlin International Film Festival, also known as “Berlinale” this year (11 to 21 Feb. 2010), such as for example:

-“Kinshasa Symphony” from German filmakers Claus Wischmann and Martin Baer.

- A fiction film about women called “Imani” from Caroline Agnès Nazozi Kamya. The film takes place on just a normal day in the Ugandan capital Kampala and in the Gulu province.

- Four documentaries from young Congolese filmakers “Congo in four acts” reviewing living conditions in Kinshasa and other places. Directors: Dieudo Hamadi, Divita Wa Lusala, Patrick Ken Kalala, Kiripi Katembo Siku

More than 19,000 film professionals from 136 countries, including about 4,000 journalists, are accredited for the Berlin International Film Festival every year.

Berlinale 2010 has also designated Nuruddin Farah as member of the international jury. Nuruddin is one of modern Africa’s most important writers. His first novel “From a Crooked Rib” (1970) already made him internationally famous. Farah’s works, which often depict the search for social and family identity, have been translated into more than 20 languages. In 1998 he was awarded the prestigious Neustadt International Prize for Literature. His latest novel “Knots”, published in 2007, is the second part of a trilogy about Farah’s home country, Somalia.