8 January 2013

Namibia: African Perspectives' Highlights for 2013

Within the project 'African Perspectives' in 2013 AfricAvenir will offer the Namibian public once again lots of exciting films from the African continent.

The first movie of the year to be screened on the AfricAvenir stage will be Cabo Verde's 'Cabralista' which celebrates the legacy of the thinker and political leader of the independence of Lusophone Africa, Amilcar Cabral.

Cabral led the nationalist movement of Guinea-Bissau and Cape Verde Islands and the ensuing war of independence in Guinea-Bissau and was assassinated on January 20, 1973 - exactly 40 years ago.

AfricAvenir will be commemorating this African writer, philosopher and politician, who is considered a revolutionary theoretician as significant as Frantz Fanon and Che Guevara, whose influence reverberated far beyond the African continent.

Another highlight on the AfricAvenir calendar will come in February, when AfricAvenir and Spoken Word join hands and present four short films from Sambia, Kenya, DRC, and Ethiopia, and where local wordweavers will present their poetry about the films seen on the evening.

Other highlights this year will be the screening of the film 'Africa Shafted: Under One Roof' which features music of Namibia's own late Jackson Kaujeua.

Film lovers can also look forward to the screening of award winning film 'La Pirogue', from Moussa Toure, whose film was the only African film in the Un Certain Regard category at the Cannes Film Festival 2012.

AfricAvenir will again present superb Egyptian cinema to the Namibian public within its normal programme, in 2013 the award winning films 'Destiny' by Youssef Chahine, which won the Palme d'Or at the 50th Cannes Film Festival in 1997, and the more recent Cairo 678. Director-writer Mohamed Diab's timely film stars 2010 Dubai Film Festival Best Actress winner Bushra as one of three Egyptian women who rebel against their country's history of sexual harassment.

A week of classic Egyptian films are set to take place in July. Due to the outstanding and rich cinema heritage and history of Egypt, AfricAvenir, the Egyptian Embassy and the Goethe-Centre in Windhoek have decided to dedicate a full week of screenings to classical Egyptian cinema, which is set to become an annual event. It will focus on films from the late 1950s to early 1970s. An exhibition on Egyptian film directors will accompany the film week.

AfricAvenir takes place every last Saturday of the month, at the Goethe-Centre on Fidel Castro street in Windhoek. Entrance is N$30. Every second month's screening takes place at the FNCC on the second Wednesday of the month.

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