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Screenshot from LAMB, the first Ethiopian film ever to be selected at the Cannes Film Festival, will be shown in Berlin during AFRIKAMERA 2018, which presents a selection of current feature and documentary films from the Horn of Africa, a region associated more with political, social and military conflicts than its cinema culture / Photo: Arte

Film festival shines spotlight on Horn of Africa in Berlin

‘AFRIKAMERA – Latest Cinema from Africa’ presents, from 13 – 18 November, a selection of current feature and documentary films from the Horn of Africa, a region associated more with political, social and military conflicts than its cinema culture.

The fact is however that the cinema can look back on a long tradition in the region. Ethiopia was the first African country to introduce cinema. Emperor Menelik II imported a projector in 1897 to watch a movie about the miracles of Jesus. Only a year later, the first cinema opened in Ethiopia.

Despite the early arrival of cinema culture in Ethiopia the number of local film productions is relatively small compared to, for example, the continent’s Francophone countries in the following decades. However, the Horn of Africa has recently seen a brisk film scene.

The festival’s venue is the prestigious Kino Arsenal at the Postdamerplatz in the centre of Berlin / Photo: AFRIKAMERA

 

‘AFRIKAMERA 2018 – Horn of Africa’ presents a selection of current feature and documentary films from and about the region as well as from neighbouring East African countries, such as Kenya, Uganda and Rwanda, dealing with current developments and everyday lives of the people.

As a detour, the festival will also present two recent documentary films from Gabon and Ivory Coast.

Altogether more than 17 feature films in addition to shorts will be screened at the week-long festival.

With ‘AFRIKAMERA – Latest Cinema from Africa’, the non-profit cultural association toucouleur e.V. using the medium of film presents to the Berlin audience the diversity of the African continent, which does not only consist of problems such as violence, diseases and natural disasters. These stereotypical images and opinions are juxtaposed with the diverse facets of everyday life in Africa and brought to life for the moviegoers.

The festival’s venue is the prestigious Kino Arsenal at the Postdamerplatz in the centre of Berlin.

Femi Awoniyi

For the full programme of AFRIKAMERA 2018, visit: http://www.afrikamera.de

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