In December 2019, the 14th edition of the AfryKamera Film Festival, the largest cultural event in Central and Eastern Europe dedicated to Africa, took place. Feature films, documentaries and animations about Africa were screened at nearly one hundred events throughout Poland (including Warsaw, Krakow, Wrocław, Gdańsk and Poznań). Sudan was the main theme of the 14th edition.
The festival’s goal is to show film achievements and to present the most important African artists. Contrary to stereotypes, Africa is not a film desert – on the contrary, it makes an outstanding contribution to global cinematography.
At the beginning of 2020, selected festival films will also be presented to viewers in several other Polish cities, including Białystok.
Afrykamera 2019 Festival in Białystok
January 19th-22nd, 2020
Forum cinema, 5 Legionowa Street
tickets: 12 PLN / single movie, 32 PLN / all the movies except the children movie, 10 PLN / children movie, available at the Forum cinema’s box office (5 Legionowa Street), Ludwik Zamenhof Center’s box office (19 Warszawska Street) and on bilety.bok.bialystok.pl
12:00 Minga and the Broken Spoon
18:30 The Mercy of the Jungle
20:30 8: A South African Horror Story
18:30 You Will Die at Twenty
Minga and the Broken Spoon
Cameroon 2017, 80′
dir. Claye Edou
A charming animation for the entire family, this African fable tells the story of Minga, an orphaned girl living with her stepmother Mami Kaba and her stepsister Abena. One day, when she washes the dishes in the river, she accidentally brakes a spoon. A furious Mami Kaba chases her away from the house, asking her to find the only identical spoon hidden by her late mother. An adventurous journey then begins for Minga in the forest.
Ghana 2017, 98′
dir. Peter Sedufia
“KETEKE” tells a story focused on the 1980s rail service system in Ghana. A couple, BOI (AdjeteyAnang) and ATSWEI (Lydia Forson), living in Puna, is bent on delivering their first baby in their home town Akete. Very close to the childbirth, the couple heads to Akete. Unfortunately, they miss the train, and the train service is the only means of transport from the outskirts to the town. In their haste to get there, they compound their situation with a wrong decision and they find themselves in the middle of nowhere. Now, will the couple make it on time for the delivery, or, risk losing the baby and mother?
The Mercy of the Jungle
Belgium France 2018, 91′
dir. Joël Karekezi
At the outbreak of the Second Congo War, Rwandan soldiers Sergeant Xavier and Private Faustin are sent to hunt down Hutu rebels in the vast jungles of eastern Congo. Xavier is a stoic veteran of the ethnic wars that have plagued his country for years; Faustin is an eager young recruit who joined the army to avenge the death of his father and brothers. Under the relentless command of Major Kayitare, they march 80 kilometers a day in pursuit of the murderers of nearly one million Tutsis during the Rwandan genocide four years earlier. When they are accidentally left behind in the jungle, with only each other to rely on, they embark on an odyssey through one of the most beautiful, yet treacherous forests on earth, faced with the depths of their own war-torn souls.
8: A South African Horror Story
South Africa 2019, 99′
dir. Harold Hölscher
Grounded in South African folklore, this moody, menacing supernatural thriller follows a white family newly arrived on an inherited farm. Soon after moving in, they meet a mysterious local outcast named Lazarus, who carries with him a dark secret that will put everyone at risk. With evocative images, spine-tingling sound-design, and a terrific central performance by Tshamano Sebe, director Harold Hölscher conjures up both visceral scares and a heartbreaking narrative.
You Will Die at Twenty
Sudan Egypt France Germany Qatar Norway 2019, 103′
dir. Amjad Abu Alala
This exceptional coming-of-age story is the eighth fiction feature film to be made in Sudan. Sudanese director Amjad Abu Alala, who grew up in Dubai, draws inspiration not only from Sudanese writer and activist Hammour Ziada, but also from the five years he himself spent as a teenager in Sudan. This fable about the straitjacket of tradition and the call of freedom, wherein lurks a metaphor for Sudan today, unfolds in a powerful, sure-footedly composed and classic-looking style with a poetic sensitivity. In a small village, young Muzamil has to live with the prediction that he will die when he turns twenty. His father has fled the impending grief. His mother, already in mourning, hides him away from the outside world. He tries to find a place to belong in the Quran school, the advances of a girl and the filmed images an old cameraman who has returned to the village shows him. Dedicated to the victims of the Sudanese Revolution.