Deciphering the Real:
The Nonconformism of African Cinema
APRIL 29th - MAY 2nd

Exposed to continuous and drastic political changes, the discontent of the population, and the eternal effects of post-colonialism, the African continent lives an everlasting instability. Different nations grapple with seemingly intractable problems such as corruption, violence and the shadow of exile in order to survive. At the same time, an irrepressible stoicism avoids falling into definitive defeat. That energy that sustains the different territories has been and continues to be the primary focus of the most stimulating directors from the Maghreb to the south.

“Deciphering the real. The non-conformism of African cinema” will focus on heterodox approaches to complex realities. Tackling issues such as the consequences of seemingly failed revolutions, collective creation, or the African roots of cinema made on European soil in light of the impact reshaped in recent months by French-Senegalese Alice Diop’s Saint Omer (César for Best First Film and Giraldillo de Oro at the Seville Festival).

The course will address the works of classics such as Ousmane Sembène, Med Hondo, or Sarah Maldoror, as well as lesser-known talents who are building essential filmographies, such as Dieudo Hamadi, Randa Maroufi, or the Geração 80 collective.

All the auteurs to be analysed share an audacious spirit, authentic aesthetic renovators who also observe the vicissitudes of their countries with profoundly revealing gazes.

During 4 sessions (15:30 – 18:30), cinema from Morocco, Congo, Angola or Algeria will be approached, evidencing their past and present relevance.

  • Sábado 29 de abril: Las huellas de Saint Omer. Raíces africanas de la Francia verdadera
  • Domingo 30 de abril: Dieudo Hamadi. Al encuentro con lo real 

  • Lunes 1 de mayo: Las cenizas de la revuelta. Ecos cinematográficos de las Primaveras Árabes

  • Martes 2 de mayo: Una lucha intergeneracional. Legados y presente del cine de Angola
Saturday, APRIL 29th
In the footsteps of Saint Omer. African roots of the real France
Sunday, APRIL 30th
Dieudo Hamadi. Encountering the real
Tuesday, MAY 2nd
An intergenerational struggle. Legacies and present of Angolan cinema
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Javier H. Estrada

Javier H. Estrada is a film critic, teacher and programmer.

He is a member of the editorial board of the magazine Caimán. Cuadernos de cine.

He is head of programming at the Seville European Film Festival, co-founder and head of programming at FILMADRID. International Film Festival (Spain), and member of the selection committee of the Oberhausen International Short Film Festival.

He teaches at institutions such as Camilo José Cela University (Madrid), ECAM. Escuela de Cinematografía y del Audiovisual de la Comunidad de Madrid, and Master LAV (Madrid), for which he has been directing the annual course (R)evoluciones audiovisuales since 2016.