By Lina Tran
Like every year in this autumn period, the association Bernay Burkina Faso presents its week of African cinema, from Thursday 17 to Sunday 20 November 2022, at the Rex cinema of Bernay (Eure). For the association which works in the development of projects with the West African country, this annual event also allows to make known the cultures of this great continent. “When we started, we focused on West Africa, because it produced a lot of films, and now we have expanded to the whole continent,” says Elise Seron, member of the Bernay Burkina Faso association. .
“This year, we don’t have a guest, but we can have discussions in the lobbyas before,” she adds.
A rare fact, a Somali film broadcast
After a selection by the members of the collective, six films and documentaries for eight screenings in total were retained. In addition to Burkina Faso, we find Morocco, Chad, France, but above all Somalia with The Gravedigger’s Wife by Khadar Ayderus Ahmedan award-winning film at the Pan-African Film and Television Festival of Ouagadougou (FESPACO).
Freedom is perhaps the common point of the six broadcast during the festival. As High and loud by Nabil Ayouch, in official competition at the 2021 Cannes Film Festival. The film follows the story of Anas, a former rapper, who becomes an animator in a cultural center in a popular district of Casablanca. It will help young people express themselves through the culture of hip-hop. In another register, the documentary Night Daycare by Moumouni Sanou evokes the daily life of Madame Coda who takes in the children of prostitutes or even Lingui, the sacred bonds by Mahamat-Saleh Haroun which tells the story of abortion in Chad, a film also nominated for the Cannes Film Festival 2021.
Opening, a storytelling show
To launch this week of African cinema, the association is bringing Ludovid Soulima, and Salia Kouyaté, for their show “Anoumayé”at the Broglie village hall on Wednesday November 16, 2022. The two artists present a show of stories and music from Africa.
After this festival open to the general public, make way for screenings reserved for schoolchildren from Bernay, Broglie, Brionne and La Chapelle-Gauthier. “We are going to find students from the Pierre and Marie Curie college in Bernay who took part, three or four years ago, in a collection of school materials. It’s good to be able to see them again, ”said Elise Seron.
The complete program
Haut et fort, by Nabil Ayouch (Morocco, 2021, 1:42 a.m.): Thursday 17 November, at 8.30 p.m. and Sunday 20 November, at 2.45 p.m.
Lingui, sacred bonds, by Mahamat-Saleh Haroun (Chad, 2021, 1:28 a.m.): Friday November 18 at 8:30 p.m. and Sunday November 20 at 5 p.m.
The Gravedigger’s Wife, by Khadar Ahmed (Somalia, Finland, Germany, France, Qatar, 2021, 1:22 a.m.): Saturday, November 19 at 8:30 p.m.
Africa Mia by Richard Minier and Edouard Salier (France, 2020, 1:18 a.m.): Saturday, November 19 at 4:40 p.m.
Garderie Nocture, by Moumouni Sanou (Burkina Faso, 2020, 1:07 a.m.): Sunday, November 20 at 8:30 p.m.
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