Africa wins at the 57th International Short Film Festival Oberhausen


Among the award winners of the 57th International Short Film (Kurzfilmtage) Festival Oberhausen, two African films were selected: Atrophy and Kengere.

Atrophy, from Palesa Shongwe is a South African short film from 2009, lasting 8 min, in Digi Beta, colour format. The jury statement reads: “Atrophy is a successful combination of dance, poetry, music and documentary. A young South African woman expresses her longing for freedom through a dance that creates a feeling of community and evokes her cultural tradition. At the same time she fears that the space she unfolds through dancing will become more and more constricted due to the conditions of life in the townships. The rhythm of the body creates spaces that resist these growing social limitations.”  Atrophy got the Prize of the Ecumenical Jury with 1,500 Euros.

Kengere from Peter Tukei Muhumuza (Uganda) was made in 2010. It is a 22 min 30 DV, colour and b/w short film. The Prize of the International Short Film Festival Oberhausen went to Kengere as the film is impressive in the care, intelligence and delicacy, the imagination with which it creates a handmade world of its own – a world in which massive human rights abuse is part of everyday life, as we learn slowly but surely. It is a congenial fusion of animation and documentation. Kengere won 500 Euros, Prize of the International Short Film Festival Oberhausen.

Ending on 10 May 2011, the festival saw approximately 17,500 visitors, a slight drop compared to last year, but still showing the third-best result after the record year in 1998. Over 1,000 accredited guests from 45 countries saw almost 470 short films and numerous supporting programmes over the 6 festival days.  The 58th International Short Film Festial Oberhausen will be held from 26th April to 1st May 2012