Wednesday, September 28, 2022

Africa’s largest film festival kicks off in Burkina Faso

OUAGADOUGU, Burkina Faso (NWN) – Africa’s largest film festival kicks off Saturday in Burkina Faso amid the COVID-19 pandemic and a growing jihadist insurgency in the West African country that has killed thousands and displaced more than 1 million in recent years human. …

Alex Moussa Savadogo, head of the Ouagadougou Pan African Film and Television Festival, said the organizers wanted to continue the event, known by the French acronym FESPACO, even though Burkina Faso can still “inspire the imagination with cinema”.

“This event will be the FESPACO of the resistance because it is taking place in a harsh environment of safety and health,” he told The Associated Press in an interview in the capital Ouagadougou.

Savadogo said that this year the number of seats has been reduced.

The weeklong festival showcases works by African filmmakers and works from the continent. Of the nearly 1,200 submitted films, 282 were selected for the competition, some of which have already been screened at venues such as Cannes and the Toronto Film Festival.

Participants hope that FESPACO will be a breath of fresh air for the suffering country. Boubacar Diallo, filmmaker and two-time winner of the FESPACO competition, will present his comedy “Three Lascars” about three friends traveling with their mistresses.

“In these very difficult times for Burkina Faso and all the countries of the Sahel due to terrorist attacks, I am pleased to offer a beautiful comedy to make people smile, entertain the audience and ask questions about our current identity, show our identity to others and enjoy their identity. “- said 59-year-old Diallo.

Burkina Faso was once considered a beacon of peaceful coexistence in the region, which some attribute to its rich cultural environment.

“Culture lays the foundation for development. This is extremely important for living together in the world, ”said Alexander Widmer, head of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation in Burkina Faso, which co-finances the film festival.

Some people think this event could be an opportunity to bring together an increasingly fragmented nation and remind the world that it is still open for business.

“Now FESPACO has become even more important to the country,” said Kudby Kabore, a historian and researcher at Joseph Key Zerbo University in Ouagadougou. “It showcases African cinema and will undoubtedly restore Burkina Faso’s image as a good place for business and investment.”

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