Themed Cycles

FESPACO 2021

Sélection de films du Festival Panafricain du Cinéma et de la Télévision de Ouagadougou

20 films

La 27ème édition du FESPACO aura lieu du 16 au 23 octobre à Ouagadougou au Burkina Faso. Souvent considéré comme le plus grand festival de cinéma d'Afrique subsaharienne, cette biennale a été créé en 1969. Nous vous proposons de découvrir une partie de la sélection 2021 réunissant le film très remarqué « La Nuit des Rois » de Philippe Lacôte, au documentaire centrafricain « Makongo » sans oublier le court-métrage restauré de Sebastien Kamba « Kaka Yo ».

FESPACO 2021
  • Drama
  • 2019
  • Senegal
  • 1h49

Nafi's Father

by Mamadou Dia

Tokara wants to marry his cousin, the beautiful Nafi, bringing their fathers into conflict with one another. The youngest brother is a high-ranking clergyman, the other a candidate for Mayor of the small town in the northeast of Senegal where the film takes place. Initially, their fraternal struggle seems to be all about the happiness of their children, but gradually it transpires that the children are pawns in a bitter dispute about tradition, progress and the true nature of Islam. Can their family ties help them overcome these ideological differences?

  • Drama
  • 2020
  • Ivory Coast, France, Canada, Senegal
  • 1h33

Night of the Kings

by Philippe Lacôte

A young man is sent to "La Maca", a prison in the middle of the Ivorian forest ruled by its inmates. As tradition goes with the rising of the red moon, he is designated by the Boss to be the new "Roman" and must tell a story to the other prisoners. Learning what fate awaits him, he begins to narrate the mystical life of the legendary outlaw named "Zama King" and has no choice but to make his story last until dawn.

  • 2020
  • Central African Republic
  • 1h12

Caterpillars

by Elvis Sabin Ngaïbino

In Makongo, the Central African director Elvis Sabin Ngaibino tells the story of Albert and André, two young Aka Pygmies from Mongoumba. Ridiculed at school, they respond by working to combat illiteracy in their community. To tackle the problem of exclusion, they try to set up a mobile school, funding their efforts by selling makongo - an edible caterpillar much prized by Central Africans - on the market rather than asking the authorities or NGOs for help. As they plunge into the bush and the forest in search of the caterpillars, Albert and André talk about their culinary traditions and commerce in Bangui.

  • 2019
  • France, Madagascar
  • 1h13
  • expired rights

Nofinofy

by Michael Andrianaly

Quand son salon de coiffure est démoli par la municipalité, Roméo doit trouver un nouveau lieu. Il s’installe dans une bicoque délabrée, mais rêve d’ouvrir un jour un salon digne d’un vrai coiffeur. Dans ce nouveau lieu de travail, la vie s’écoule lentement, comme avant, mais Roméo en a assez d’attendre, bien qu’il ne puisse pas y faire grand-chose. Un regard intime et attentif sur la vie quotidienne malgache posé par son ami Michaël Andrianaly, qui capture les nuances invisibles d’un homme qui se bat pour sa dignité.

  • Young audience
  • 2019
  • 20min

What Did You Dream ?

by Karabo Lediga

It's the summer holidays in 1990 South Africa and 11-year-old Boipelo is back at her grandmother's house. As the holidays come to an end, she becomes consumed by the fact that, unlike her two cousins, she can no longer remember her dreams and therefore can't help her granny play the local Chinese lottery.

  • Comedy, Young audience
  • 2019
  • Mozambique
  • 6min

Um Presente Especial

by Nildo Essa

Lili, Stretch and ZéGordo, AKA, the Troublemakers, decide to surprise their friend Rosita by decorating her school for the neighborhood's annual Christmas dinner, however, they didn't expect to deal with Stinky who is a jealous kid and is willing to spoil the decorations and the event altogether.

  • Classics
  • 1983
  • 1h30

Twenty Years of African Cinema

by Férid Boughedir

Some 70 years after cinema was invented, and after more than half a century of colonial cinema in which Africa was used as an exotic backdrop but its inhabitants were often depicted as less than human and portrayed in ways that undermined their dignity, Africans in newly independent countries were finally able to operate the camera themselves. Filming in the face of insurmountable obstacles, lacking both equipment and infrastructures, taking whatever support they could get from within Africa or elsewhere, they strove to convey the many and varied realities of Africa as seen by the Africans who had so long been debarred from self-expression. Shot over a decade, Caméra d’Afrique relates the first 20 years of the new cohorts of creative film-makers that emerged in sub-Saharan Africa, documenting an unprecedented hunger for expression that remains unsated to this day.

  • Comedy, Classics
  • 1988
  • Ivory Coast
  • 1h31

Bal poussière

by Henri Duparc

Demi-dieu (Demigod) is a wealthy farmer and village head with five wives. When he decides to marry a sixth, young Binta, to have one for each day of the week (apart from Sunday, the day of rest), his five wives become discontent. Binta, a modern, self-confident woman, doesn't want to be kept in line. Soon there is conflict with her husband as well as with the other five wives, creating comic relief.

  • Drama
  • 1964
  • Ivory Coast
  • 32min

Sur la Dune de la solitude

by Bassori Timite

Two young lovers meet by a lagoon and spend the night together. In the morning the girl has mysteriously disappeared.

  • Drama
  • 1966
  • Republic of the Congo
  • 28min

Kaka yo

by Luc Siassia and Sébastien Kamba

Two young people love each other and want to get married, but a sorcerer advises the groom to test the feelings of his bride.

  • Drama
  • 2020
  • France, Tunisia
  • 1h36

A Son

by Medhi M. Barsaoui

Farès and Meriem form with Aziz, their 10-year-old son, a modern Tunisian family from a privileged environment. During a trip to the south of Tunisia, their car is targeted by a terrorist group and the young boy is seriously injured... this accident will upset their life and their couple.

  • Historical film
  • 2014
  • Ivory Coast
  • 1h10

Soundiata Keita, le réveil du lion

by Kan Souffle

Treizième siècle, royaume du Mandé. Soundiata est un jeune prince de 25 ans qui passe ses journées loin de la cour royale. Il préfère chasser ou s'entrainer à l'écart, accompagné de Balla, son ami et griot-bègue. Cela pour éviter les méchancetés de ses demi-frères et de ses marâtres. Il est handicapé des deux jambes depuis son enfance. Passionné par les armes, sa distraction favorite est la chasse. Son autre secret est qu'il amoureux de la belle Noura. Son père, le roi Naré Maghan Konaté l'a imposé comme héritier.

  • 2020
  • Democratic Republic of the Congo, France, Belgium
  • 1h20

Downstream to Kinshasa

by Dieudo Hamadi

For two decades, the victims of the Six-Day War have been fighting in Kisangani for the recognition of this bloody conflict and demanding compensation. Tired of unsuccessful pleas, they have finally decided to voice their claims in Kinshasa, after a long journey on the Congo River.

  • Comedy-drama
  • 1996
  • Democratic Republic of the Congo
  • 40min

Le Damier

by Balufu Bakupa-Kanyinda

To fill a sleepless night, the President-for-life-founder, first citizen of "his" country, plays checkers with the man in the street known as champion in every category... And that night he becomes the "Father of the Nation"...

  • Comedy, Classics
  • 1988
  • Ivory Coast
  • 1h31

Bal poussière

by Henri Duparc

Demi-dieu (Demigod) is a wealthy farmer and village head with five wives. When he decides to marry a sixth, young Binta, to have one for each day of the week (apart from Sunday, the day of rest), his five wives become discontent. Binta, a modern, self-confident woman, doesn't want to be kept in line. Soon there is conflict with her husband as well as with the other five wives, creating comic relief.

  • 2020
  • France, Senegal
  • 20min

Les Tissus blancs

by Moly Kane

A young woman prepares for her marriage while desperately and courageously trying to erase her past.

  • 2019
  • Switzerland, Rwanda
  • 15min

Ethereality

by Kantarama Gahigiri

Perdu dans l’espace depuis 30 ans, un astronaute parvient enfin à revenir sur terre. Mais que veut dire rentrer chez soi après si longtemps ? Une réflexion autour de la migration et du sentiment d'appartenance.

  • 2021
  • Niger, France, Mali, Germany
  • 1h22

Zinder

by Aïcha Macky

In the town of Zinder in Niger, in the poor area of Kara-Kara which used to be the lepers’ district, a culture of gang violence reigns. A group of youths is attempting to change their path, some are trying to start a family and make a life for themselves rather than end up in prison. Aicha Macky, who comes from Zinder, films their daily lives shared between their gangs, their families, odd jobs, and their desire to break free from the cycle of violence which has built their identities. This film will be available in Africa from June 2022 and in Asia from September 2022.

  • 2020
  • Democratic Republic of the Congo, France, Belgium
  • 1h20

Downstream to Kinshasa

by Dieudo Hamadi

For two decades, the victims of the Six-Day War have been fighting in Kisangani for the recognition of this bloody conflict and demanding compensation. Tired of unsuccessful pleas, they have finally decided to voice their claims in Kinshasa, after a long journey on the Congo River.

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