5 Etoiles/ Fifire Do

Synopsis

We often talk about the dangers of crossing the desert and the Mediterranean. But what we are talking about the least is what happens once the migrants arrive at their destination. In this place called 5 Stars, Malians, Senegalese, Guineans, and others, find themselves trapped in their dreams. Then starts a new fight!

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After a Master’s degree in Geography from Cheikh Anta Diop University in Dakar, Mame Woury THIOUBOU studied Journalism. In 2009, she obtained a Master in Creative Documentary from Gaston Berger University of Saint Louis (UGB) where she directed her graduation film Face to Face. Her first feature film Agora Braille is about the inclusion of the blind in the Senegalese school system. A social dimension of the documentary can also be found in her latest films Fifiire en Pays Cuballo and 5 Etoiles.

Boyi biyo – Double poumon

Synopsis

They are called Boyi Biyo, or ‘double lung’: they are meat rickshaw drivers. Every morning, they wait at the slaughterhouse for their rickshaws to be filled with large quarters of meat. Then they run through the city to their master butcher. Shilo is one of them. He runs and runs every day. Because Shilo also has a dream: to win the Bangui marathon.

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Anne-Bertille Ndeysseit VOPIANDE studied Human Ressouces Management at the University. After graduating in 2017, she attended the first Varan Workshop in the Central African Republic where she made her first short documentary film I a wali. In 2018, she served as assistant electrician on the shooting of Camille by Boris LOJKINE. In 2018-2019, she attended the second Varan Workshop, making her second documentary Boyi Biyo-Double lung.

Ethereality

Synopsis

Stranded in space for 30 years. How does it feel to finally come home? A reflection about migration and the sense of belonging.

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Kantarama GAHIGIRI is a Swiss and Rwandan writer/director, trained in film during her 8 years in New York City. Her first feature film Tapis Rouge has been screened and awarded worldwide including TV5 Monde Best Feature Film at Geneva International Film Festival (2014) and Best Directing at Chelsea Film Festival, NY (2015), followed by a national theatrical release in France (2017). She is now developing her second feature Tanzanite, an Afro pulp dystopian thriller set in future Kenya.

Fin / End

Synopsis

Lara –a young filmmaker– finds herself in a no place between Cuba and Mozambique. Over an imagined balcony towards the Indian Ocean, Lara is searching for answers to the long silence of her father. She does feel the loneliness preceding the imminent demise of her father, Camilo. She begins to draw up paths that prevent her from the beginning of the end.

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Lara SOUSA studied documentary at the EICTV (Cuba). Her short films have an essayistic and self-referential aesthetic. She combines her political vision with a poetic language, searching for a non-place between Mozambique and other realities. Lara’s movies have been selected for several festivals, including Dakar’s Biennale 2020. She was selected to ColabNowNow – British Council Digital Arts Residence as Southern Africa storyteller and recently selected to Berlinale Talent Campus and to Talent Campus DocStation. Her project Katalina, Kalunga, Karonga – Sea Waved Tales was the winner of Digital Lab Africa in the Digital Art Category.

Jacob Salem Rock the Naaba

Synopsis

Making room and space for music, this documentary tells how Jacob Salem, small page of the King of Mossi, driven out of the royal court because he played modern music, became the first Mossi rocker of Burkina Faso, now recognised by the Mogho Naaba who urges him to spread the Mossi culture. His encounter with Swiss musician Andre Courbat in 2016, during a stay in Burkina Faso, will be the little nudge necessary to boost his career.

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Parateba YAMEOGO is a director and camera operator from Burkina Faso. He has worked since 2009 with Manivelle Productions as camera operator for most of films. He was also involved in the Web Edu TV project, co-directing documentaries for education in Sub-Saharan Africa with scientists. Two of these films have been awarded Mils d’Or in 2015 and 2016. Jacob Salem Rock the Naaba is his debut film co-directed with Jean-Claude FRISQUE, Producer-Director and Founder of Manivelle Productions.

Je me suis mordue la langue

Synopsis

While I cannot get to my country, I decide to make a detour and wander around the city of Tunis looking for my native language, Algerian.

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French-Algerian director and editor Nina KHADA was born in France. She made her directional debut in 2016 with Fatima, short documentary about her grandmother. The film showed at some fifty festivals, winning several prizes.

Voyage au Kenya/ Journey to Kenya

Synopsis

The film tracks the journey of the MTC martial arts team, which decides in the face of weak financial means, to go by land from Sudan to Kenya through Ethiopia, to participate in an international championship there. A journey filled with determination and hope, and full of difficulties and challenges in order to raise the name of Sudan high in international sports forums.

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Ibrahim Ahmad is a multiple award-winning young Sudanese filmmaker and one of the most well-known Filmmakers in Sudan with an extended experience in east and south Africa with over 15 films. His short film Journey To Kenya was awarded the special jury prize at the 6th edition of Sudan Independent Film Festival in 2020. His other well-known contributions in films are Khartoum Offside which received best documentary at the African Movie Academy Award. In addition to You Will Die in 20, a film that was awarded The Lion of the future award at Venice film festival in 2020, also is considered the first feature film in over a decade in Sudan that was screened in Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

L’Inconnu /The Unknown

Synopsis

Cinema is Simplice’s passion. In Burkina Faso, he usually focuses on human relationships. This project leads him to Switzerland where he has difficulty making contacts. How do you find a story if no one wants to talk to you?  He loses his sleep in these worries. Until he comes up with a new idea on how to overcome his fear of the unknown.

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Director and scriptwriter Simplice Herman worked as street child educator. He holds a Masters in Sociology and a Degree in Art, and obtained a Masters in documentary filmmaking in 2010 from Gaston Berger University of Saint-Louis. Bakoroman (2011) is his debut professional film. In 2017, he won the Golden Tanit at Carthage Film Festival with Le Koro de Bakoro, les Survivants du Faso / Le Koro du Bakoro, naufragés du Faso, which premiered in 2017 at Visions du Réel, Nyon. In 2019, he showed Organisme Religieusement Modifié at Cannes Film Festival.

MADA ou l’histoire du premier homme

Synopsis. Il y a longtemps avant longtemps, les îles de l’Océan Indien formaient un immense continen

Long before long ago, the Indian Ocean islands formed a huge continent. Long before long ago, the first man was born on the province of Madagascar. Long, not long before long ago, just long ago, men tempered with this history. It’s time to restore the truth.

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After a Literary Baccalaureate in Cinema and Audio-visual and a National Degree of Arts and Technique at Reunion Fine Arts School, Laurent PANTALEON settled as a freelance, carrying out photographic and video works around Reunion’s identity and heritage. His short films La face cachée du père noël and Baba sifon showed at FESPACO as part of the official selection. Santyé papangèr is his debut feature. MADA ou l’histoire du premier homme is his third short.

Nuit Debout

Synopsis

Darkness in the depths of working-class neighbourhoods, in the absurdity of the rubble of endless nights; night in this nocturnal wreck of physical and symbolic power cut. Resistance, left to herself like a chick without a hen, like a pot without a lid, like a house without a window, like a door without a lock, like a lock without a key….  Light, resilience. Darkness and the beauty of resistance?

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Photographer, director and producer, Nelson MAKENGO graduated in Visual Communication from the Fine Arts Academy of Kinshasa. After attending master classes in photography and documentary writing residencies, he trained in filmmaking at FEMIS and made short documentary and experimental films. His films Tabu, Souvenir d’un été and Théâtre Urbain showed at numerous high-profile festivals, such as Clermont-Ferrand Short Film Festival, Sao Paulo International Short Film Festival, Saint Louis Documentary Film Festival, and more.