The colonel’s stray dogs

Synopsis

For over 40 years Ashur Shamis was a member of the Libyan Muslim Brotherhood and Colonel Gadaffi’s enemy number one in exile with a $1m bounty on his head. His dream of a ‘free’ Libya almost cost him his life and his family. When the 2011 revolution rid the country of their dictator, Ashur finally returned home to a hero’s welcome but soon found a land vastly different to the one he left. As Libya slipped into civil war he was rejected by the new country and found himself exiled once again. His dream of Libya now distorted, Ashur’s son uncovers a dangerous past and questions the choices his father made to inherit the mess Gadaffi left.

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Half Libyan half South African, former Londoner, Khalid SHAMIS manages to both direct and edit documentaries. His work entails guiding first time filmmakers and consulting on long form projects in post-production, directing directors, imbibing worlds alien to his, containing and creating another’s vision, manifesting the dreams of the subjects in the films and being taken by the voice of the material itself. He runs his production company, Tubafilms, from Cape Town. Khalid completed his debut feature documentary, Imam and I in 2011.

Softie

Synopsis

Boniface “Softie” Mwangi has long fought injustices in his country as a political activist. Now he’s taking the next step by running for office in a regional Kenyan election. From the moment Boniface decides to run, telling his wife, Njeri, in passing with a hesitant laugh, he responds to each challenge with optimism. But running a clean campaign against corrupt opponents becomes increasingly harder to combat with idealism alone. And Boniface soon finds that challenging strong political dynasties is putting his family at risk. Should country really come before family, as he’s always believed?

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Sam SOKO is a film director, producer and editor based in Nairobi who seeks out stories that enable him to engage in socio-political spaces. His work on civic literacy projects in music, non-fiction and fiction has allowed him to connect with artists around the world. He is co-founder of LBx Africa, a Kenyan production company that service produced the 2018 Oscar-nominated short fiction film Watu Wote. Soko’s first feature documentary project Softie, premiered at the 2020 Sundance film festival, winning a special jury prize for editing.

Massoud

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Massoud, as Muslim student, is the son of Barkaye, well-respected Imam of a village community. Barkaye practices a tolerant Islam and is fiercely opposes actions of jihadist groups. Driven by the injustices he witnesses, Massoud became radicalized and joins the jihadist camp. One day, Abdoullaye, leader of the jihadists, decides in retaliation to carry out attack on the Mosque and Barkaye whose speech is against their action. Massoud is designated to conduct the mission. Will he go for it?

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A passionate of theatre from an early age and member of “René Cassin” Theatre Troupe of the Chadian Association for the Promotion and Defence of Human Rights (ATPDH), Emmanuel Rotoubam MBAÏDE began his career as a stage actor joining the company “Théâtre Maoundoh-Culture”. In 2005, he joined the Higher Institute of Image and Sound/School Studio (ISIS/SE) in Burkina Faso, where he graduated in filmmaking in 2009. Emmanuel has directed several shorts, including Bipolium12 (Special Jury commendations mention at FESPACO 2011/School Film Category); Le show; Helene; and Sous l’écorce.

Maria kristu : the buumba story

Synopsis

Aspiring writer and curious 16- year-old Buumba is a traditional follower of the Maria Kristu church. Since childhood, she has been taught that her place in this world as a woman is beside her husband. In her quest for freedom, Buumba must go against the norms and doctrine of the church, doing everything in her power to stop from sinking into a world of brainwash, misogyny and favouritism, as she fights to create a better place for both her and other young women. She comes to the harsh realization that freedom comes at a price, and only those willing to stand up for themselves acquire it.

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Paul S. WILO is an award-winning independent filmmaker from Zambia. He got in the film industry professionally in 2015 and produced his first feature Broken. In 2019 he won the best emerging filmmaker at the Sotambe documentary and film festival for his series Mirrors. In 2020 he was nominated at the Lake International Film Festival in Kenya for his short film Little humans. In 2020 he trained with ghetto youths from Bauleni under the Nikonke project in different departments of filmmaking, a programme funded by the Germany Embassy and Alliance Française, which lasted 8 months and saw him direct his short film project called Zoned.

Les femmes du Pavillon J / The Women In Block J

Synopsis

Three patients and a nurse from a women’s psychiatric ward in Casablanca, Morocco, from different ages and social backgrounds, confront their suffering and forge a strong friendship, escaping in occasional nocturnal escapades that slowly help to bring them back to life.

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Mohamed NADIF began his artistic career as a stage actor and director. He initially worked as an actor in several films before directing his own projects. He has written and directed three short films: The young lady and the elevator (2005), The young lady and the teacher (2007) and The young lady and the school (2009). The women in block J is his second feature film after Andalusia, my love! which was released in 2012.

La traversée

Synopsis

Djibi, an emigrant carrying a heavy secret, returns home (Burkina Faso) after 10 years of hard work in Italy. In his neighbourhood, he is in contact with a group of young people dreaming to go to Europe. He designed a secret project to prepare them for this journey which he himself made before: intensive and almost military physical and intellectual preparation.

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Irène TASSEMBEDO is a dancer, choreographer, actress and director from Burkina Faso. Her openness to all dance techniques and other segments of performing arts earned her a multi-disciplinary career. As a choreographer, Irène TASSEMBEDO has regularly performed at FESPACO. She began a filmmaking career in 2009 with her short Mousso Déni. In 2015, she made a fictional feature titled Kokoko Afferage.com. and in 2017, she directed Ça tourne à Ouaga. La traversée is her second fictional feature.

Juju stories (Love potion, Yam, Suffer the witch)

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A three-part anthology film exploring juju (magical) stories (Love potion, Yam, Suffer the witch) rooted in Nigerian folklore and urban legend, written and directed by the new Nigerian new wave cinema collective known as Surreal16.

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Michael OMONUA is a film director and screenwriter based in Nigeria. In 2016 he co-founded a collective of filmmakers known as The Surreall6. He directed Bleed, Visions and The man who cuts tattoos.

Abba T. MAKAMA is a visual artist and filmmaker from Nigeria. He is the founder and creative director of OSIRIS FILM & ENTERTAINMENT. His film credits include: Green white green, Visions, The lost Okorioshi.

For Maria : Precious Gift

Synopsis

After the complicated birth of her first child Maria, Derin becomes withdrawn from family life, unable to engage in the celebrations around her newborn. Her bewildered mother-in-law insists that she is not a good enough parent, while her increasingly worried husband Afolabi watches from the sidelines as she becomes a shadow of herself. Struggling to come to terms with what it means to be a mother, Derin fails to bond with her baby and ultimately loses the most precious gift of all.

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Damilola E. ORIMOGUNJE is a screenwriter and film director. He has a B.Sc. in Mass Communication from Caleb University, Lagos, Nigeria. After his degree, he has worked with various production outlets. In 2014, he won the United Nations sponsored Homevida Short Script competition. As a film director, his short films have been selected and screened in over 40 film festivals. His last short film is titled Losing My Religion adapted from the short story Losing My Religion from the book Bury Me Come Sunday Afternoon by the Nigerian-American writer, Nike Campbell-Fatoki.

Faritra, La Zone/ Faritra, the Zone

Synopsis

Faritra is an immersion into everyday life of young prisoners in the central prison of Antananarivo. A lawless place where prisoners discover the desire to speak through a camera, snapshots of life stories. A desire for breath and freedom.

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Graduates from Marrakech Higher School of Fine Arts (ESAV), Tovoniaina RASOANAIVO and Luck RAZANAJAONA directed each several international award-winning shorts (Golden Zebu for a Pan-African documentary at RFC Antananarivo, Carthage Film Festival, etc.). RASOANAIVO is currently developing T-shirt Man as well as a feature documentary on the life of one of the most famous actors in Madagascar. RAZANAJAONA is preparing the shooting of Disko Afrika after making 3 multi-award-winning shorts, including Madama Esther (Poulain d’argent du Yennenga at FESPACO).

Enterrés

Synopsis

Four childhood friends in their forties reunite on the initiative of the oldest, 39-year-old Ndewa. They kept in touch over the years and when they take stock of their current life, everything is bad. Ndewa’s idea is a rather unique and original reunion in an isolated wasteland, with everyone bringing important objects or symbols of their past life to be literally buried and start a brand-new life. But unwittingly Ndewa is about to bury the key that is going to change everything.

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Beninese-Cameroonian scriptwriter and director Françoise ELLONG attended at the age of 18 the French Language Young Writer Award where she received the Jury’s congratulations on her novel Journal Intime d’un Meurtrier and was urged to take interest in scriptwriting. She then went on to write and direct nine award-winning short films and five episodes of a Pan-African series. Her film W.A.K.A showed in some thirty countries, winning seven international prizes including Jury Prize at the African Film Festival of Khouribga. Enterrés is her second feature.