Sunday, February 25, 2007

Fespaco 2007

Fespaco, the biennial African film festival in Ouaga, opened yesterday. Sadly, the Fespaco website is hideously uninformative. There is no list of films competing for the Etalon d'Or. I do know that Mak Kusare's 90 degrees (see a post from a couple or so months ago about the young Nigerian director) is being shown, which will mark a change for the francophone-dominated event. In time, quality Anglophone West African film should come to challenge the French-speaking film hegemony. Meanwhile, can any film other than Bamako win (assuming its in the running)? Click here for something on the Beeb's site about this year's event.


Talatu-Carmen 7:16 pm  

One of my professors is currently there, so I'm looking forward to a first hand account after next week. In the meantime, I'm brainstorming on taking a road trip from Kano to Ouagadougou in two years for the next FESPACO... Would probably be a bit of a hassle and take a couple of days, but if enough people signed on, could be a nice excursion and (probably) cheaper than flying.

Anonymous,  4:36 pm  


Have your professor check out Dollars and Dreams: West Africans in New York by Jeremy Rocklin. It is English with French subtitles, very interesting story of West Africans living in New York.

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