A scene from GHANA FOR YOU by director Adams Mensah (Ghana/Belgium 2018). Why do so many Ghanaians want to leave their country and emigrate to Europe? What are they missing in Ghana - and are they aware of the personal and social consequences of migration? In GHANA FOR YOU the filmmaker and actor Adams Mensah tries to find answers to these questions / Photo: FilmInitiativ Köln

75 African films to be screened in Cologne

The full programme of a premier event celebrating the African cinema in Germany has been published by its organizers, FilmInitiativ Köln e.V.

From 19 to 29 September, the 17th Africa Film Festival Cologne will present around 75 films from 23 African countries. About 30 international guests have been invited to discuss the topical issue “Fundamentalism and Migration”, the theme of the festival, with the audience.


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Among the films to be screened at the festival are current productions from Morocco, Tunisia, Egypt, Sudan, Ethiopia, Kenya, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Senegal, Burkina Faso, DR Congo, South Africa and Madagascar.

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Another section of the festival is dedicated to the Nouvelle Vague of the Brazilian “Cinema Negro”. Brazil is home to the largest African Diaspora in the world, and since the beginning of 2019, there has been an evangelical-fundamentalist government under right-wing President Jair Bolsonaro in power.

Festival venue is the Filmforum in Museum Ludwig.

FilmInitiativ Köln e.V. has been organising the Africa Film Festival Cologne since 1992. The Africa Film Festival 2018, together with the opera “die soldiers”, was chosen by the Cologne Cultural Council as the cultural event of the year!

Visitors to the 2019 festival will have the chance to experience various movies, but also discussions, workshops, music and an after-show party.

You can see the entire festival programme here: http://afrikafilmfestivalkoeln.de/programm-2019/

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