Senegal guest of honor at the 15th FIFFS

African cinema will be celebrated during the 15th edition of the Salé International Women’s Film Festival (FIFFS), scheduled from September 26 to October 01, through the programming of a “Special Africa”, with Senegal as guest of honor.

In celebration of Rabat, capital of African culture, the Festival organized by the Bouregreg Association in partnership with the Ministry of Youth, Culture and Communication, plans “a Special Africa” ​​to pay tribute to images and sounds at of Africa through a panorama of sub-Saharan cinema which includes 8 films, representing 8 countries, made by women.

A press release from the association specifies that these cinematographic works deal with the question of women and gender.

Opening this panorama, the films of “Annatto” by Fatima Ali Boubakdy (Morocco, 2021), “In the footsteps of a migrant” by Delphine Yerbanga (Burkina Faso, 2021), “Zinder” by Aicha Macky ( Niger, France, Germany, 2021), as well as “The African who wanted to fly” by Samantha Biffot, (Gabon, 2015).

There are also “Chambre N°1” by Leila Thiam (Central African Republic, 2017), “Chez jolie coiffure” by Rosine Mbakam (Cameroon, 2018), “Sema” by Machérie Ekwa (Democratic Republic of Congo, 2019), and “A woman, a destiny” by Hanifa Ali Oumar (Chad, 2020).

The choice of Senegal as guest of honor for this edition, observes the Association, comes in the wake of the celebration of “Rabat Capital of African Culture”, just as this country is considered to be one of the precursors of cinema across the African continent and a leader in initiatives to promote film culture.

According to this project, four feature films, between fiction and documentary, by directors who have addressed, through their works, the female question and its impact on Senegalese society.

These are “Atlantic” by Mati Diop, 2019 (Opening film), “Congo, a doctor to save women” by Angèle Diabang (2014), “We have time for us” by Katy Léna Ndiaye (2019), as well as “Des étoiles” by Dyana Gaye (2013).

A tribute will also be paid to Senegalese cinema for all that it shares with Moroccan cinema, add the organizers, noting that the program of this festival provides for an open meeting on African cinema, with the presentation of the testimony of Catherine Ruelle, writer , producer, journalist and specialist in African cinema, in addition to a debate around the book “Afriques 50: Singularités d’un cinéma pluriel”.

The 15th edition of the Salé International Women’s Film Festival takes place in a particular context of multiple African cultural interactions, at the heart of African cultural action of undeniable importance and multiple facets.

Throughout its prestigious career, the festival has indeed hosted many film productions in which women occupy a prominent place and carry the standard of originality, while assuming leading roles in films each as captivating as the other, and defending the cause of African cinema.

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