African cinema: start of the 27th Fespaco, “upright” despite the crisis in Burkina

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(AFP) – The 27 è edition of the biggest African film festival, Fespaco, was launched on Saturday in Ouagadougou during an opening ceremony mixing shows and official speeches, AFP noted.

The ceremony, chaired by the head of The State of Burkina Faso, Roch Marc Christian Kaboré, gathered from 2. 00 to 3. 000 people at the Sports Palace in the Ouaga district 2000, among which many African delegations, including that of Senegal, guest of honor of this 23 è edition, led by the Minister of Culture Abdoulaye Diop .

The festival opened in the capital of a country plagued by jihadist violence since 2015 which makes 2. 00 dead and 1.4 million displaced.

The Covid pandemic – 19 also resulted in an eight-month postponement of this meeting of the 7th art that has helped to make the greatest African directors known, served as a springboard for young talents and crowned in 2019 the Rwandan director, Joël Karekezi, for a film shot in the jungle of Kivu in Congo.

The Burkinabè Minister of Culture, Elise Thiombiano, welcomed the fact that Fespaco could take place in such a context, stating in particular that “in the face of the crisis unprecedented security, we remain standing “.

She also paid tribute to the former president and” father of the Burkinabè revolution “Thomas Sankara, assassinated in 37 years after four years in power, during a coup on 10 October 1987. Thirty-four years later, the trial of his alleged killers opened on Monday before the Ouagadougou military court before being suspended for two weeks.

A photo of the face of Thomas Snkara, who has become a Pan-African icon, was projected on a giant screen during the ceremony, when Senegalese music star Didier Awadi and Burkinabè rapper Smoookey performed a song in his honor.

The opening show – dances, acrobatics and songs by stars from Burkina Faso – was staged by Burkinabè choreographer Serge Aimé Coulibaly.

Until the announcement of the winners on 19 October, the screenings of the films will take place in the various theaters of Ouagadougou, but screenings will also take place in ten spaces outdoors.

At the end of the ceremony, President Kaboré announced that his Senegalese counterpart Macky Sall would attend the closing of the festival, whose theme is this tte year: “Cinemas from Africa and the Diaspora: new perspectives, new challenges”.

Out of 1. 132 films entered, 16 feature films have been selected for the official competition and are in the running for the Etalon d ‘ gold of Yénnenga, supreme reward of Fespaco. The directors came from 10 countries of the continent.

The jury of the 27 è edition is chaired by the Mauritanian director and producer Abderrahmane Sissako, César for best film 2015 for “Timbuktu”.

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