Angolan film to be presented in Ottawa

The film, which was directed by Maria Jo’o Ganga has been promoted by the Angolan embassy in Canada, Brazil and Portugal. The Department of Modern Language and Literature at Ottawa University has been supporting the promotion of the film. This is in a move that seeks to encourage cultural exchange programmes between Portuguese speaking countries. “Na cidade Vazia” was produced by Fran’ois Gonot. It features some of the renowned Angolan artists who include Roldan Joaquim Pinto, Domingos Fernandes Tomas, Ana Bustoff, J’lio Botelho and Raul Ros’rio. Ngunga, the main actor of the film, is a central character whom the director uses to narrate a dramatic story of street children in Luanda. The setting pursues the events of the year 1990. The story is about a group of children that flees war in Luanda with a nun. But one child leaves the group on arrival at the airport. The escapades of the ‘run away’ kid are presented in an emotional and fascinating way. The film has already attracted a number of accolades across the world. It scooped the national Cultural and Arts prize in Visual Arts category in Angola while at the International French Women Festival in France it was recognised as an outstanding production. Preparations for Maitisong Festival Preparations for the Maitisong Festival, which kicks off on Friday, are now at an advanced stage. The 10-day annual festival is slated for Gaborone and would see more than 65 musical groups sharing the stage. Various art disciplines which include drama and dance would also be represented. Musicians to take part in the festival include Kwasa-kwasa artist Jeff Matheatau, kwaito star, Odirile “Vee” Sento, as well as Kangangwane Mogocha aka Vomit, Bwilila “Bulldog” Motshosi and Exodus. Saturday would see Bulldog, popular for his Ditonki album, Exodus and Vomit taking to the stag at the sane time at Old Naledi Freedom Square. The venue is also expected to host the likes of Donald Botshelo aka Don B, Matheatau and Mmoloki Star Luu Godzamapela, among others on Sunday. Sunday has also dated the performances of cultural music gurus like Matsieng, Molodi wa koma, Mmusi Dikgole aka Topito, Culture Spears and reggae outfit Steppin Razor. About 23 are expected to entertain guests at the Old Naledi on Sunday while also taking to stages elsewhere on the same day would be kwaito man, Mingo of Small House Records, kwasa band, extra Melody, cultural music troupe, Bagaka ba Mmino and Tlhwaa tsebe. Gospel music performances would come from the likes of Mmaonyana from Tlokweng and Bakang Jeso, both of whom appeared in last year’s My Africa Dream finals. A total of 26 groups including Jazz diva, Punah Gabasiane, are expected to feature at a venue known as the bus rank. Besides the outdoor performances, indoor venues have also been established. Among the activities to take place under roofs would be a 45-minute drama entitled “The place”. A theatre outfit, Moving Space Theatre, is expected to host an hour-long drama entitled Fiona & Finnius/Stuff on Saturday at the Maitisong stage. Theatre is likely to be great this year as a Malawi Theatre Group, Nanzikambe is also expected on one of the stages to perform the classic French tale of Le Petit Prince in English. The foreign contigent would also inlcude Botswana’s Norway-based jazz maestro, Banjo Mosele who is expected to feature on the music side. He is expected to share the stage with veteran jazzist Sanjally Jobarteh, from the Gambia on Sunday at the Botswana Craft. American dancer Esther Baker-Tarpaga, would be expected to conduct dancing workshops for aspiring and established dancers. The festival is expected to be a great experience. African Film Summit set for Jo’burg An African Film Summit where stakeholders in the African film industry would engage each other in activities to further develop the industry on the continent will be held in Johannesburg this week. The summit, which was endorsed by The African Union (AU) and the Nepad Secretariat is expected to run from Tuesday to Friday. South Africa’s Department of Arts and Culture in collaboration with the National Film and Video Foundation and the Pan African Federation of Filmmakers (FEPACI) initiated the summit earlier this year. Expectations are that the event would help in developing a common policy for film industries to facilitate the fromulation of strategies in Nepad and the AU. The main thrust behind the move is the creation of a continuous dialogue to analyse the state of cinema across the continent within the context of the global order of cultural industries. The summit is also expected to look at evaluating the successes and challenges of national and regional film industries in order to measure them against international standard. Such an evaluation would be healthy for making improvements where necessary in order to uplift the film industry to an internationally competitive level. Delegates to the summit would be expected to question and analyse the historical challenges of the African cinema and the future of Pan African filmmaking organisations. The role that national and public service broadcasters play in the development of the film industry would also be analysed in a way that would map up strategies to suggest the type of relationship that should exist between the state and filmmakers. An appeal would also be made to the private sector and civil society to take appropriate steps to establish a commission on audiovisual and television programmes on the continent. Face of Africa castings continue Last week saw two more girls being added to the Nokia Face of Africa semi-finalists list. Ethopia’s Selemawit Adamu and Doris Anjalo of Kenya are the latest inclusions joining Chiposha Ngoyi of Zambia, Namibia’s Vanentla Otto and Keamogetse Basima of Botswana. Last week’s castings were a continuation of the judges’ marathon tour in search of 18 semi-finalists who will take part in the ‘model bootcamp’ sessions in Botswana and South Africa in June. Selemawit, 20, was picked after a casting session at the Hilton Hotel in Addis Ababa while Doris, an international relations student, was selected at the Stanley Hotel in Nairobi. The 18 semi-finalists would be competing for a place in the final top 10 that would to the catwalk at Sun City, Johannesburg on August 13 where the winner will be announced. This year Nokia Face of Africa announced that any young woman, who is a citizen of a country in Sub-Saharan Africa and who meets the entry requirements can go for casting in any of the 12 confirmed cities. To qualify for the competition, the women should be between the ages of 16 and 24, must be at least 1.74m tall and must have a maximum hip measurement of 36 inches.

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