African Film Festival
African Film Festival
The Sanctuary for Independent Media
This festival, which features work from South Africa, Senegal, Burkina Faso, Egypt, Algeria and Morocco, showcases a neglected part of international film culture and supports African films overlooked by distributors but which are deserving of larger audiences. Film titles and screenings dates can be found at www.thesanctuaryforindependentmedia.org. (Image from "The Night of Truth.")
5/16 AFF "THE NIGHT OF TRUTH / LA NUIT DE LA VÉRITÉ" w/ "MY LOST HOME / MA MAISON PERDUE
5/23 AFF "DAUGHTER OF KELTOUM" w/ "WHOLE: A TRINITY OF BEING"
THE NIGHT OF TRUTH / LA NUIT DE LA VÉRITÉ
Fanta Régina Nacro, Burkina Faso, 2004, 100min.
In Dioula, French, & More with English subtitles
Mirroring the political strife and genocide in contemporary Sub-
Saharan Africa, this film opens as preparations are being made to end
a decade of civil war in a fictitious country. A peace agreement is
about to be signed and celebrated in a night of reconciliation with a
"laying down of arms". As the powerful drumming begins, both rebels
and government forces gather, bringing with them years of rage,
grief, hope, suspicion, and bitterness. In this first feature film,
Fanta Régina Nacro boldly presents the sometimes unintentional but
inhuman behavior inherent in all people.
DAUGHTER OF KELTOUM
Mehdi Charef, Algeria, 2001, 106min.
In Arabic with English subtitles
A young woman, Rallia, raised in Switzerland, travels to an isolated
and barren Berber settlement located in the rocky Atlas Mountains of
Algeria. Rallia's journey is one of multi-tiered discovery in terms
of her relationship to her extended family, traditional Berber
culture, and her desperate need to locate her biological mother.
Through her eyes, the viewer is immersed in a world virtually
untouched by contemporary society, one that still clings to tribal
mores and strict religious codes of conduct. Mehdi Charef skillfully
captures the windswept vistas of a faraway mountain range with wide
camera angles that frame the harsh environs and the desperate daily
search for water, the responsibility of the resilient women of the
MY LOST HOME / MA MAISON PERDUE
Kamal El-Mahouti, Morocco/France, 2001, 19min.
In French & Arabic with English subtitles
Kamal El-Mahouti arrived in France in 1970, when he was six years
old, and lived in a housing project for the next twenty years. The
filmmaker recounts his childhood memories in the wake of the
destruction of the housing project, exploring the complexly
intertwined history of France and Morocco through the eyes of
Moroccan immigrants living in France.
WHOLE: A TRINITY OF BEING
Shelley Barry, South Africa, 2004, 16min.
Three experimental shorts which deal with sexuality, visibility, and
voice from the perspective of a wheelchair user who turns the camera
on herself to celebrate love and survival.