African Film Festival

African Film Festival

The Sanctuary for Independent Media

www.thesanctuaryforindependentmedia.org

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.")


SCHEDULE:

5/23 AFF "DAUGHTER OF KELTOUM" w/ "WHOLE: A TRINITY OF BEING"

 

FILM/VIDEO DESCRIPTIONS:

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 
Berber tribe.


SHORTS:

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.
 

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