La symbolique du butin/The symbolic of loot

Synopsis

The king of Mangou goes to war against the fearsome army of the kingdom of noon. He first consults the supreme master for his help to win the war. The supreme master consents on the condition that he brings him back as a sacrifice the symbolic of the entire war loot.

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Kossi Messan AKODA’s taste for drawing as he was still a child led him into directing short animation films after his studies. In 2018, he directed his first short La malice de la bête (FESPACO 2019 official selection). La Symbolique du Butin has been selected at Make Art not War Teaser Film Festival in 2020 in California and at Silicon Valey African Film Festival in 2020. AKODA attended Durban Talent and Durban FilmMart in 2020 with his feature project La choisie

Ganja

Synopsis

Ndiogou, a young Indian hemp addict, is about to have his last shot. To get into the mood, he sings an old Bob Marley song which just happens to be the Ganjas magic formula. This music has always been the shield protecting the Ganjas from addicted smokers. Ndiogou finds himself trapped in a trial that will be decisive.

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A passionate about cinema, Amath NDIAYE began his career making animation and audio-visual films. In the 2000s, he set up a small production company Obelus Films and Animations Studio. He made his directional debut with Geuti Goudi in 2012, an innovative silent film, followed by Maty in 2017. In addition to directing and producing, Amath is a trainer in several cinema and audio-visual school and institutions.

Bwa Kaybo

Synopsis

On a full moon night, Fabrice and Simon, two guys from the village of Basse-Terre, decide to rob a grocery store.They do not know that they are about to enter the sanctuary of Fofo, an eccentric old man well-known for his affinities with the occult powers.

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Just think of me as a simple Guadeloupean who likes to write stories and make his video projects even when there is no money. Maybe I just got into the business as a beginner but from my own experience, I believe I am quite capable of showing the audience a good time.

Mami Wata : le mystère d’Iveza

Synopsis

Young journalist Oliwina returns to her hometown of Agouwé in Gabon, she left 15 years ago after a traumatic event, to investigate the disappearance of her younger brother. Upon arrival, bodies of 5 unidentified children are found in a nearby mangrove swamp. In this small town surrounded by Ocean and mangroves, the name of Mami Wata is on everyone’s lips.

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Samantha BIFFOT cofounded in 2010 the company Princesse M Productions. She wrote and directed the series L’oeil de la Cité, which was awarded the best TV series prize at FESPACO in 2013. In 2015, she directed her first full-length documentary film, which was awarded the Special Prize at Escales Documentaires in Libreville. She co-wrote and directed the adaptation of the successful Gabonese TV show Parents Mode d’Emploi.

Wara

Synopsis. Professor of Law at the University, Moutari is running for municipal elections. Prompted by Aïcha, a brilliant student, he undertakes to defend the cause of young people in demand for change. Mariam Shugger, a professor of science, is arrested while in class and charged with the murder of her husband. This triggers astonishment and anger among the students who are already tired of waiting for their scholarship. Aïcha who entered into politics to stand for women’s conditions learns that Shugger is her mother.

Walabok, comment va la jeunesse

Synopsis

18-year-old Mossane is the fourth child in seven of a very modest family in the suburbs of Dakar. The mother runs a small shop to feed her family. Mossane is a brilliant, intelligent and creative student and fan of Hip Hop and dance. She has to hide her passion to her mother who does not consider an artistic career to be a successful outcome. But Mossane’s ambition goes beyond the borders of her ghetto, she dreams of independence, freedom and a fairer world.

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Fatoumata KANDE, aka Fatou Kandé Senghor, studied Languages, Civilizations and Filmography at Charles De Gaulle University in France. She is an artist and director of creative documentary, TV series and fictional films. She is also a photo/video trainer for young people out of the traditional learning system. Ten years back, she founded Waru Studio, an art place for young artists, filmmakers and researchers to explore interconnection between art, technology and politics.

Voyage de Rêve

Synopsis

In Gagnoa, incorrigible Sea Dangah is organizing a tourist circuit he calls “Dream Trip”. Rachelle Adigri, Sea’s possessive fiancée wants to be part of the trip at all costs. A few hours before departure, Sea discovers the burn-out old car – badjan “Mollo Mollo, only the finish counts!” – which he inherits for his trip. It’s a disaster! Sea doesn’t know that he is having in his hands the loot from the robbery of the biggest pastry of Gagnoa which Bassolé́ Kangah concealed in the old car.

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Marina NIAVA is an emerging award-winning filmmaker and writer. A graduate of Journalism and Audio-visual Production, Marina trained in writing and filmmaking at San Francisco Academy of Art in California. She has directed several shorts (Twenty-one; Worse; Noirs au soleil levant) and a web series. She has created the soap opera Twenty-one (2019), co-directing many episodes. The travelling comedy Voyage de rêve provided an opportunity to reveal her talents as a director on a TV series.

Une vie de rêve

Synopsis

It is school holiday and Tiky could not fulfil her dream for lack of means: joining her father in a country in the sub-region. She has to stay with her grandmother and help her with her small cake business. This little holiday activity will lead Tiky into a mysterious world of glamour, elegance, full of joy, sadness, pitfalls and of no-return: the world of fashion and modelling.

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Burkinabe-born director NIKIEMA Abdoul Aziz graduated from ISIS. He has over ten films to his credit, including Le philtre d’amour (2009) ; L’or bleu de Mondon (2012) ; Kalyanga (2015) ; Une élection pas comme les autres (2016) ; and Le prix de la séduction (FESPACO 2017 Panoram selection).

Oranges Sucrées

Synopsis

A small crowd of people in the streets of a market. Two private cars are parked ready by the crowd, the drivers amazed by a show. Indeed, in the middle of the crowd stands a 13-year-old girl named Mina, dressed in a loincloth tied at the waist and a sleeveless bodysuit top revealing her shoulders and back. On her back, small traces of bullying, bruises that no one notices because everyone’s attention is on something else.

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Alex Ogou is a French-Ivorian actor, writer, production manager and director. He has made his first short Christian, a timeless thriller with an air of Melville and Chabrol, earning him his first selection as a director at FESPACO 2013. With Cacao, a CANAL+ORIGINAL series, Alex Ogou has directed a great family saga bringing new Ivorian and African talents to the spotlight.

Madame … Monsieur

Synopsis

Men and women do not see the world the same way. Men and women do not have the same sensitivity to issues of the society. Yet, united by love, they have to live under the same roof, or even sleep in the same bed.

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Ebenezer KEPOMBA, aka Mitoumba, was born on 19 May 1970 in Bazou, western region of Cameroon. He holds a degree in German Literature and Civilization and is a German teacher by training. He taught for 15 years in high schools and colleges in Cameroon. He actually began his artistic career in 2003 by creating the troupe Les déballeurs. Initially he was both a scriptwriter and an actor, writing and performing roles in several films and series.