Breaking Stereotypes


The African Film Festival of Cordoba-FCAT returns from the 11th to the 19th of October in order to celebrate its 10th anniversary, striving for the contribution to a better understanding of the continent through its film culture.

In this 10th edition, Cordoba cements its place as the only Spanish platform showcasing African and Middle Eastern cinemas. The festival will screen during one week over 66 films from or on Africa made by 31 different countries. This will be completed by a series of activities spread across the city.

The mayor of Cordoba, José Antonio Nieto, has said this “is not a festival seeking for glamour, the yellow press or the big stars”. Instead it aims at “reinforcing the relation between the city of Cordoba and Africa, which is very close geographically speaking but very far away in our mind and heart”.

“Sometimes,” he has added, “it is a good idea to be directly exposed to Africa in order to better understand” it.The last edition had total audiences of 13 000 spectators. Mane Cisneros, director of the festival, said while the budget had been slashed from 270 000 to 200 000, “this austerity does not hamper the professionalism and quality of the cultural proposal”.

** Love for cinema

The African Film Festival of Cordoba has organised a special retrospective film category. It works as a review of over 50 years of African cinema. The category, named 10 Fragments of an African Discourse on Love” is not just an anthropologic analysis on love practices and desire manifestations in Africa, but also a whole statement of intentent by organisers. The festival programme is divided into eight sections.

The three competitive categories are The African Dream (feature-length films), On the Other Side of the Strait (documentaries) and Africa in Short (feature and documentary short films). There are 27 titles in these categories.

The non-competitive categories are Pandora’s Box (films on Africa made by Western filmmakers), Africa in Rhythm (on African dance and music), Carte Blanche to the EDOC (taking as to the International Festival of Documentary Film of Quito through a selection of five films on Afro descendants) and the 10 Fragments of an African Discourse on Love. Finally, there will be a series of special sessions to be added to these two official and non-official selections. Entries will be from Algeria, Egypt, Morocco, Mauritania, Tunisia, Senegal, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Nigeria and South Africa. Others will be from Germany, Angola, Saudi Arabia, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Ecuador, Spain, United States, Ethiopia, France, Gabon, Guinea Conakry, Equatorial Guinea, Kenya, Madagascar, Mozambique, Portugal, Qatar, DRC, and Trinidad and Tobago.

 ** Parallel Activities

There will be a story-teller during the afternoons, screenings in different municipalities, a photography exhibition by Javier Hirschfeld, and meetings with NGOs.

An innovative aspect of this edition is the involvement of a volunteer team composed of eighty people which has been organising activities prior to the festival; such as the educational sessions, the screening of a video made by them in the centre of under-eighteen people and the meeting of volunteers with entrepreneurs. This article has been excerpted from the AfricanBrains website

September 2013
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