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Cinema Africa (Afrikanisches Filmfestival / African Film Festival 2023)

22.01.2023 - 25.01.2023
Cineplex Bayreuth

Cinema Africa

Afrikanisches Filmfestival / African Film Festival 2023

22.01.2023 - 25.01.2023

From January 22 to 25, 2023, the 14th edition of the film festival “Cinema Africa” of the Africa Multiple Cluster of Excellence invites the audience to a cinematic journey through the broad spectrum of African films from 2021 and 2022 (Tanzania, Ghana, Cameroon, Senegal), which have received international attention and some of which have already been shown at renowned film festivals.

The film presentations start at 8 pm at Cineplex Bayreuth (Hindenburgstr. 2, Bayreuth), on 25 January additionally at 6 pm. Each screening will be followed by a discussion with the audience, in which the invited guests of honour will also participate.

Tug of War

Vuta N‘Kuvute (Tug of War) is a feature-length fiction based on Adam Shafis award-winning Swahili novel. The story explores a forbidden romance between star-crossed lovers against the backdrop of 1950s colonial Zanzibar. Young Indian-Zanzibari Yasmin flees from her arranged marriage and meets Dengé, a young revolutionary.

22.01.2023; 20:00

  • Ehrengast / Special guest: Gudrun Columbus Mwanyika (leading actor)
  • Regisseur / Director: Amil Shivji
  • Sprache / Language: Englisch und Kiswahili mit englischen Untertiteln / English and Kiswahili with English subtitles


Kojo, a young Ghanaian, grows up in poor conditions near an electrical scrap yard in Accra. He emigrates to Germany in the hope of a better life.

23.01.2023, 20:00

  • Ehrengast / Special guest: Eugene Boateng (leading actor)
  • Regisseur / Director: York-Fabian Raabe
  • Sprache / Language: Twi, Deutsch und Englisch mit englischen Untertiteln / Twi, German and English with English subtitles


A trio of mercenaries tries to smuggle a Mexican drug lord out of insecure Guinea-Bissau. They also want to get his gold stash into Senegal and to safety. But their plane is forced to land and they are forced to stay at a resort in the Saloum Delta. There, old acquaintances, human and supernatural threats await them.

24.01.2023, 20:00

  • Ehrengast / Special guest: Paméla Diop (producer)
  • Regisseur / Director: Jean-Luc Herbulot
  • Sprache / Language: Französisch und Wolof mit englischen Untertiteln / French and Wolof with English subtitles


The film tells stories from the lives of three »bendskins«, motorcycle taxi-drivers of Cameroon. Every day, Sani, Marie and Franck make their way with their fares along pot-holed gravel tracks through the chaos of the big city. Their private lives, too, are thrillers with open endings. Sani gets into trouble with his pregnant girlfriend’s father, who’s not afraid to throw his weight around. Marie is searching for a man who years ago raped her. And Franck is trying to get rid of a bag with shocking contents

25.01.2023, 18:00

  • Regisseur / Director: Narcisse Wandji
  • Sprache / Language: Pidgin und Französisch mit englischen Untertiteln / Pidgin and French with English subtitles

The Gravity / La Gravité

An unprecedented alignment of planets impacting gravity will upset the balance of a ghetto and the destiny of two duos of brothers eager to do anything for their freedom in an unceasing fight between old and new generations.

25.01.2023, 20:00

  • Ehrengast / Special guest: Cédric Ido (director)
  • Regisseur / Director: Cédric Ido
  • Sprache / Language: Französisch mit englischen Untertiteln / French with English subtitles

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