When a farm goes aflame

Synopsis

A filmmaker completes his debut film: A reflection on his parents assumed monogamous long-distance marriage as well as his own Nigerian background and identity. He thereafter accidentally discovers his father’s secret; a second family throughout the last 30 years, a life secret that escaped the initial film. This revelation sends the filmmaker on a new quest, now focusing on his retired Danish mother and his newly acquainted younger Nigerian half-brother. “When a farm goes aflame” is set in the aftermath of a lifetime of secrecy and denial.

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Jide Tom AKINLEMINU is a Danish – Nigerian documentary film director and cinematographer. After attending the Danish School of Photography “Fatamorgana”, he relocated in 2004 to Berlin to study cinematography at the German Film school. As a cinematographer, he shot several award-winning films, such as the short film Kokon, which was acclaimed for its unique visual style and was awarded with Germany ́s most prestigious film award, the Golden Lola, in 2010. His diploma film, Portrait of a lone farmer, premiered at CPH: DOX in 2013. It won recognition at numerous festivals and received the “African Movie Academy Award” in 2014.

Valdiodio N’Diaye, un procès pour l’histoire

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2020 in Senegal. The young president of barristers in Dakar presents new elements to the Supreme Court to review the famous “17 December 1962 Coup” trial. In the dock are Council President Mamadou Dia and four ministers including Valdiodio N’Diaye. This political trial, the outcome of which was known in advance provided an excuse for L.S. Senghor to eliminate his nationalist opponents, with the complicity of France.

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French-Senegalese director Amina N’DIAYE LECLERC co-directed with Eric CLOUE in 2000 a documentary film Valdiodio N’Diaye, l’Indépendance du Sénégal, official selection of numerous international festivals including Namur Film Festival, Amiens Film Festival and Fribourg Film Festival in Switzerland. The film was also aired by such media networks as Histoire, CFI, TV5 Afrique, TV 5 Monde and showed at in 2000.

The letter

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Karisa’s Grandma, Margaret, is a respected elder of her church, and spends her days cultivating her fields to feed her family. Karisa’s uncles claim that Grandma is worshipping the devil, and demand she be exorcised by their Pentecostal priests. Karisa’s strong-willed Aunties, however, are doing everything they can to protect their mother. As Karisa delicately navigates between his disputing relatives, the love for his grandmother must overcome the imminent danger of the accusations against her.

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Maia LEKOW is a Kenyan filmmaker and renowned live musician. Her debut feature-documentary The Letter premiered at IDFA 2019 to sold-out screenings and stirring reviews. She was named a goodwill ambassador for UNHCR on World Refugee Day, 2013 and has received an African Movie Academy Award for her song Uko Wapi

Christopher KING is an award-winning filmmaker. Originally from Australia, he has lived & worked in Kenya since 2007 when he founded Circle & Square Productions with wife Maia Lekow in Nairobi.  Christopher’s debut feature-doc The Letter made with wife Maia.

On the Fence

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When her mother had a bad dream, Nesrine travelled from Cairo to Tima, her home town in Upper Egypt in an attempt to save their old house. The filmmaker takes on a journey between two worlds that belong to none. She struggles with the idea of selling the house, because it is part of the last memories of her beloved father. She tries to clean it and make the necessary repairs in vain for the wreck is beyond repair. She chances upon old tapes recorded by her father, notes and ambush of memories.

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Nesrine EL-ZAYAT began her career as a film critic and journalist for Rosa El-Youssef magazine. She went on to make two short documentary films, including Ward No. 6, Jury Prize winner at Bagdad International Film Festival’s Human Rights Competition and Best Short Documentary Prize at the Egyptian National Film Festival in 2009; and La Robe Noire (2013), screened in festivals in Egypt, India, France and Morocco. On the Fence is her latest and debut feature documentary.

Nofinofy

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When his hair salon is destroyed by the municipality, Romeo has to leave the main street of Tamatave for the popular neighbourhoods. He then settles in a small shack, but dreams of building a hair salon in “hard material”.

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Michael ANDRIANALY is a director, producer, editor and photographer. After his university studies in international trade and business management, he recently turned to video editing, special effects and now filmmaking. His films Todisoa et les pierres noires (2013), Njaka kely (2015) and Nofinofy have been selected and awarded at numerous festivals.  

Marcher sur L’Eau / Walking on water

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Houlaye, 12 years-old, lives in a village in Tatis, Niger. She walks for several kilometers every day to fetch water. It is abundant during rainy season, but not found during the dry season. However, two hundred meters below the surface, there is a water source that goes far beyond their imagination. Houlaye’s aunt Suri convinced an NGO to drill a well in the village. It is the promise of a new life for those men and women who, unknowingly, had been walking on water forever.

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Aïssa MAÏGA is a French actress born in Dakar, Senegal. She was revealed to the French public for her role in Les Poupées russes by Cédril Klapish. Since then, she played leading female roles in L’Âge d’homme… maintenant ou jamais! (2007), “The Lawyer” (2010), The time for the fair is over (2010), Ready for anything (2013) and He already has your eyes (2017). Aïssa MAÏGA is very involved in NGOs works. Amongst others she is the part of the AMREF, an African NGO dedicated to the training of medical personnel for mother and child care. Walking on water is her first film as a director.

Makongo

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André and Albert are two Aka young pygmies from Mongoumba, near the border between Congo and DRC. Despite their financial difficulties and the stigma they suffer in high school, they strive to study and catch up with the other students. They also have a dream: bringing the other Aka children to school.

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Geology graduate Elvis Sabin NGAÏBINO has always dreamed of filmmaking. In 2012, he founded with friends the Central African Academy, an association of cinema enthusiasts. He has produced and directed with the means at hand short films for the Central African Television. In 2017, he discovered Ateliers Varan, where he trained in documentary filmmaking and made Docta Jefferson, official selection of numerous international festivals.

Le dernier refuge/ the last shelter

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At the gates of the Sahel stands the Maison du Migrant like a refuge for those on their way to or from Europe. Here, they face their own migration stories. What do we feel, what do we need, when our dreams have been buried in the sand or awaiting to come true?

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Ousmane SAMASSEKOU is a Master 2 student in creative documentary, majoring in audio-visual production at the Gaston Berger University of Saint Louis (Senegal). In 2012, he directed his fourth short Made in USA, an auteur film. In 2015, he won the best script prize at Clap Ivoire Festival with Confession. Samassékou studied at the University of Bamako where he shot his debut highly political documentary Les héritiers de la colline.

Janitou

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A flop in India and worldwide, Bollywood film of the 70s “Janitou” turned out to be a blockbuster in the 80s in Algeria where it holds an important place in the collective memory of Algerians. This documentary film takes us on a journey into the souls of Algerians who talk about their love stories.

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Amine HATTOU graduated from the Journalism Institute of Algiers in 2000. In 2009, he was selected to take part in Fémis Summer University (France), where he directed his first short documentary Two for Tango. In 2011, he directed Down to Earth, official selection of numerous festivals around the world. In 2012, he joined the Project’heurts Association and founded in 2015 Bejaia Film Lab, a film platform dedicated to filmmakers and producers from the region. His first feature documentary Janitou premiered at Durban International Film Festival in 2020.

Garderie Nocturne / Night Nursery

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In a popular neighbourhood of Bobo-Dioulasso, Mrs. Coda welcomes every evening the children of prostitutes in her home. These young women wander around the “Black”, a very lively alley of the city centre, until dawn when they come back to pick up their children. But Mrs. Coda who is over 80 is getting tired.

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Moumouni SANOU is part of the new generation of Burkina Faso’s documentary filmmakers. He has been working as a DOP on several sets for 6 years. He has edited and directed short documentaries and is also very much involved in the Ciné Guimbi refurbishing project in Bobo-Dioulasso. In 2014 he directed Ngonifo Sekouba, l’esprit des chasseurs. Garderie Nocturne / Night nursery is his first feature film.