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AFRICAN CINEMA SEMINARS

“Stories from a Dream: Narrative Art in African Cinema”

In-depth course on the evolution and characteristics of african cinemas, given by programmer and film critic Javier H. Estrada (Spain)

The west has observed repetedly the past and present of african filmmaking through an ethnographic or sociological prism. Though it might be useful at times, it is important to part from this tendency, as in most cases it tends to succumb to exoticism, if not outright paternalism. All the authors analised in the seminars, are aesthetic pioneers with an iconoplastic spirit,  who observed the realities of their countries with a profoundly critical eye. During four sessions, filmographies from countries such as Mali, Egypt, Tunisia and Angola, will be touched upon, highlighting their past and present relevance.

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