14 March 2019
The Cameroonian “Miraculous weapons” produced by Jean-Pierre Bekolo was judged to be the film giving the most positive image of Africa, at the influential 2019 Festival Panafricain du Cinéma et de la Télévision de Ougadougou (FESPACO). As winner of the Ecobank Foundation’s (EcobankFoundation.org) Sembène Ousmane prize, Jean-Pierre Bekolo received XOF 5,000,000 and a bronze trophy.
Rwandan director Joel Karekezi’s “The Mercy of the Jungle” on Saturday scooped the best film at Africa’s top film festival, following a fierce debate about gender equality and sexual aggression in the continent’s movie industry. The film was among 20 vying for the top Golden Stallion of Yennenga award at the Pan-African Film and Television Festival of Ouagadougou (Fespaco). A road movie focusing on the wars in Democratic Republic of Congo through the eyes of two soldiers lost in the jungle, it also picked up the best actor award for Belgian Marc Zinga.