A journey to the Indian Ocean – Cinema Africa 2021
In November 2021, the film festival “Cinema Africa” of the Africa Multiple Cluster of Excellence invites the audience on a cinematic journey to the colourful world of the Indian Ocean. Over the course of four evenings, the movie festival presents stories that take place in La Réunion, Mauritius, South Africa and Tanzania showing examples of the broad spectrum of African filmmaking today. The 13th edition of the festival will take place from 14.-17. November at Cineplex Bayreuth, Germany and will give the audience a chance for a meet and greet as well as discussion with the directors after each screening.
- For the complete programme of the 2021 Cinema Africa, find the flyer here.
November 14th, Cineplex Bayreuth, 7.15 pm CET
Runtime: 70 min
In Maudit!, the main character Alix searches for his missing friend in the wilderness of La Réunion. Director Emmanuel Parraud invokes the past of an island that has known colonialism, indenture labour and slavery sending his audience on a tightrope walk between mysticism and harsh reality. Maudit! is an allegory on the repression of the island’s history that shows how violence and alcohol sometimes cover a weight that has been ignored for too long.
Sac la mort
Runtime: 78 min
Upon his return from France to La Réunion protagonist Patrice first loses his brother, then his house. While contemplating revenge Patrice has to try hard to find another home and keep his mind. With “Sac la mort” director Emmanuel Parraud has created a social drama with intricate narrative levels telling of the realities of modern day La Réunion.
November 15th, Cineplex Bayreuth, 8 pm CET
Runtime: 91 min
Mayfair is a 2018 South African Indian action crime drama film written by Neil McCarthy and directed by Sara Blecher. Set in Johannesburg, the movie tells the story of an estranged son who must break the rules to save his family and their criminal empire, when his overbearing father falters.
November 16th, Cineplex Bayreuth, 8 pm CET
The Comeback – A Tale of Irrelevance
Runtime: 100 min
In this comedy, director Sharvan Anenden follows three forgotten Bollywood movie stars who try to make a comeback by kidnapping a current superstar during a shooting in Mauritius. They get help from a young woman who herself is aspiring to become a film director.
November 17th, Cineplex Bayreuth, 8 pm CET
Runtime: 105 min
"Binti" ("daughter", "young woman") is the most recent film of Tanzanian filmmaker Seko Shamte. The movie tells the story of four women with very different careers, desires and social backgrounds in Dar es Salaam. The film slowly and intricately interweaves their respective perspectives. The all-women team consisting of internationally renowned filmmaker Seko Shamte and the producers Angela and Ailinda Rhinda have created one of the few movies that shows a kaleidoscope of women’s lives in East Africa.