Womb Dance

Synopsis

Movement starts from the womb. Dance is about bodies moving and interacting in a space. Unborn children experience freedom in the womb as they move at their pleasure, without experiencing the world as an obstacle. Through the documentary, we meet talented dancers with varying disabilities, who, through dance, are learning how to experience the freedom of movement and reconnect with their bodies. Womb Dance chooses to celebrate uniqueness and not disability, believing that every person is skilled with different abilities.

Biofilmographie/Biofilmography

This is Ratsbeke NTHITE second film about people with disabilities-his goal is to make a whole series of films on the topic, and is talking to producers in East Africa about dubbing the films into Swahili. The first film Sibusiso’s Handprint, has already won awards at the Zanzibar film festival and in China. He also has plans to turn The Womb Dance into a stage play. His philosophy when filming the disabled is not to emphasise what they cannot do – and thus elicit pity – but to emphasise what they can do, to emphasise their inner strength and their ability to integrate into society, if only society would give them that chance.  

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!

Biofilmographie/Biofilmography

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.

Aboula Ngando

Synopsis

After a night at his mistress, Aboula Ngando returns home to find a great surprise.

Biofilmographie/Biofilmography

Initially a TV host, an editor and director in Democratic Republic of Congo, Marcus ONALUNDULA worked from 2010 in South Africa as Chief Editor for a FIFA service company. In 2013, he moved to France to study and graduated in Digital Video Production and Filmmaking from SAE Institute in Paris. In 2016, he started his audio-visual production company ONADISPLAY Films. His credits as a director include Passy; Le prix de la mémoire; Ubuntu; Article 13 and Je me cherche, je me débrouille.

About a girl

Synopsis

A normal (maybe stressful) day in a young lady’s life, and how everyone she meets regardless their relationship perceives, judges her differently according to their own view and reflections, which sometimes may be totally irrelevant to her.

Biofilmographie/Biofilmography

Marawan NABIL is an Egyptian director, producer and founder of Harmony Production Company. He directed many commercials. About a Girl is his first film after graduating in cinema from “Raafat El-Mihy” Film Academy.

Amani

Synopsis

In this tale, halfway between reality and fantasy, a mysterious narrator tells us the story of Amani, a young boy passionate about dance. Amani’s innocence and joie de vivre open the narrator’s eyes to the humanity he had never really cared about before. But as the night begins to rumble, Amani’s joie de vivre disappears to give way to his pain, which echoes in the silence of the plain.

Biofilmographie/Biofilmography

After studying directing in New-York, Alliah FAFIN directed music videos for Dominique Fils-Aimé, as well as promotional videos for artists such as Rafael Lozano Hemmer (Winner of the Governor General’s Awards in Visual and Media Arts). She left Quebec in 2016 for Chad, where she worked with UNICEF on the production of several videos illustrating the problems encountered by local populations, Nigerian refugees and Central African returnees. In 2018, she shot her first short film Amani in Chad, which was inspired by her experience in Burundi.

Anonymes

Synopsis

Anonymes” tells the story of a young girl on day time, her family, her friends, her work and dreams. One discovers her world and her thoughts through the little voice in her head and her imaginary stories. Without suspecting anything, she goes through her daily routine not knowing how the day will end.

Biofilmographie/Biofilmography

Scriptwriter, director and producer Fama Reyane SOW trained at Sup’imax, an audio-visual school in Dakar and worked directly on film sets. In 2015, the script of her feature film Satché won a prize at FESPACO. She later on worked as assistant director for Alassane SY on the short film Marabout (best short film at Carthage Film Festival in 2016/2017), for Joseph ADESUNLOYE on the feature White color Black which was met with great success in London and for American director Idil IBRAHIM on the film Sega, as well as on many other productions in Senegal.

Aziya

Synopsis

Adil orders a prostitute for the night. When she gets in, he finds out she is black.

Biofilmographie/Biofilmography

Long-term journalist (30 years of career), doctor by training, poet, novelist, man of culture and cinema, progressist and activist of the Moroccan avant-garde, Karim BOUKHARI has headed many editorial staff, including the weekly magazine Telquel, flagship of independent press in Morocco. He has also published and contributed to several books and directed a short film La Perruque (official selection of Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival and Stockholm International Film Festival).

Bablinga

Synopsis

Moktar always said that when he will shut down his bar Bablinga, he will return to Burkina. This day has arrived, but he’s not really ready to leave. Despite himself, ghosts invite themselves to celebrate a last evening.

Biofilmographie/Biofilmography

Fabien DAO was born in Paris. He’s the result of the encounter of a French teacher and a Burkinabe film director. After scientific studies, his taste for music and cinema drove him to the sound department of THE FEMIS. There he directs Le Caïman de Boromo. Two years later, he completed It rains on Ouaga, winner of the Canal + Award at Clermont-Ferrand International Film Festival. In 2019, he concluded his trilogy around his father with Bablinga, Best Drama winner at the 2020 Aspen ShortFest (USA).

Daïnes

Synopsis

Two childhood friends, Ashish and Pascal, see each other for the last time before the first leaves for France to continue his studies. This last and long night of encounters and exchanges exposes their friendship, their thoughts and hopes, but also their disappointments and fragility.

Biofilmographie/Biofilmography

Gopalen Parthiben CHELLAPERMAL a professional Mauritian director. He has scripted Bisanvil (Audience Award at Amiens Film Festival in 2005 and Jury Prize at Reunion in 2006), short film directed by David Constantin. After directing his debut short (Ruz in 2009) and documentaries, including Les Mo’zars de Roche Bois (Documentary Prize at ‘Fe Net Océan Indien’, FIFAI, Reunion), he directed Daïnes. He has also directed the documentary Philippe Thomas, le jazz du bout des lèvres.

Daïnes

Synopsis

Two childhood friends, Ashish and Pascal, see each other for the last time before the first leaves for France to continue his studies. This last and long night of encounters and exchanges exposes their friendship, their thoughts and hopes, but also their disappointments and fragility.

Biofilmographie/Biofilmography

Gopalen Parthiben CHELLAPERMAL a professional Mauritian director. He has scripted Bisanvil (Audience Award at Amiens Film Festival in 2005 and Jury Prize at Reunion in 2006), short film directed by David Constantin. After directing his debut short (Ruz in 2009) and documentaries, including Les Mo’zars de Roche Bois (Documentary Prize at ‘Fe Net Océan Indien’, FIFAI, Reunion), he directed Daïnes. He has also directed the documentary Philippe Thomas, le jazz du bout des lèvres.