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“Cinema Africa” celebrates its twelfth edition


At the end of November, the Africa Multiple Cluster of Excellence will present the African film festival “Cinema Africa”. In total, four movies will be shown at Cineplex Bayreuth to demonstrate the wide range of filmmaking that the African film industry has to offer.

The African film festival “Cinema Africa” is going into its twelfth edition. From 21 to 24 November 2019, the festival held at Bayreuth’s Cineplex movie theatre will give an interesting glimpse into the wide range that modern African filmmaking and storytelling has to offer. Following the movies’ presentation, audiences will get a chance to interact with some of the filmmakers.

“Resgate” (Redemption)

The festival’s kick-off movie will be the thriller “Resgate (Redemption)” by the directing duo Antonio Forjaz and Mickey Fonseca. The suspenseful movie from Mozambique recounts the life of ex-gangster Bruno in Mozambique’s capital Maputo. After the showing on 21 November 2019, a discussion panel will be held featuring the director Antonio Forjaz.

“Duga, Les Charognards”

The movie “Duga, Les Charognards” is the second film of this year’s “Cinema Africa”. Set in Burkina Faso, the plot follows Rasmané embarking on an odyssey in order to bury his late friend Pierre. This socio-satiric tragicomedy was endowed with two awards at the FESPACO 2019.


On 23 November 2019, the movie “Fatwa” will be presented. The Tunisian film from 2018 follows Brahim Nadhour returning to his native country for the funeral of this son. In the days that follow he realizes the changes his country has undergone in his absence. He is trying to come to grips with the “Fatwa” issued against his ex-wife all while trying to figure out the circumstances surrounding his son’s death. The socio-political drama was awarded “Best Movie” at the “Journées Cinématographiques de Carthage 2018”. Following the presentation, the audience will have the opportunity to discuss the movie with the director.

“La miséricorde de la jungle“ (Mercy of the Jungle)

The film festival will come to a close with the showing of „La miséricorde de la jungle“ (Mercy of the Jungle) by director Joel Karekezi from Rwanda. The film, that won the FESPACO in 2019, tells the story of two soldiers having to face a survival in the jungle and the crossing of battle lines and borders. The director will be present.

A round table with the three film directors will conclude this year’s festival

All films have been carefully selected and will be shown in the original version with English subtitles. The film festival is organized by Prof. Dr. Ute Fendler, co-speaker of Africa Multiple Cluster of Excellence and Chair of Francophone Literatures, Cultures and Media in Africa, University of Bayreuth. (sg)

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