Round table: "It is at the end of the old rope that the new rope is woven"

20 years of FCAT from 20 films: images and views in dialogue between the past, present and future projections of African cinemas

Programming a retrospective cycle in dialogue with the present as part of the celebration of our 20th anniversary as a festival is a perfect (pre)text to reflect on the link between African cinematic memory and the new generations of contemporary filmmakers.

But celebrating the masterpieces and those essential talents of the neighbouring continent in the voice of experts and present-day filmmakers is at the same time an invitation to think about the new creative routes of the future. Because ultimately it is also about something else, as the West African proverbs preach: “It is at the end of the old rope that the new rope is woven and “He who does what his father did not do, will see what his father did not see”.


Pedro Pimenta

Hawa Essuman

Ery Claver

Alain KasSanda

Modera: Pablo de María

Round table: "Preserving Memory: The Importance of keeping Africa's Film Heritage Alive"

A space for conversation about dissemination, accessibility, and how to keep the continent's film heritage alive for the future

The accessibility of heritage and its dissemination are concepts that revolve around an elementary idea: people as subjects of action.  Following this premise, we engage in a conversation that seeks to shed light on the opportunities and difficulties that African film heritage faces today to be recovered and made available to the public. Emphasizing issues such as the need for resources, the debt of reparation and strategies aimed at valuing its cinemas as an asset of cultural interest for communities, we ask how to keep ”alive and healthy” the filmic memory of the neighbouring continent.


Farah Clémentine Dramani-Issifou

Ali Essafi

Léa Baron

Thierno Souleymane Diallo

Modera: Federico Olivieri

Webinar: "Protecting the cinematic footsteps of Africa"

New initiatives for the preservation, restoration and protection of the continent's audiovisual heritage.

Certainly, the desire for universal accessibility of African filmic memory is not whimsical; its importance as a means of preserving the oral record and the invaluable diversity of narratives of African culture invites us to discuss the efforts needed to safeguard and create suitable conditions for its full use and enjoyment. 

We spoke with professionals from film libraries and specialised archives with the conviction that these institutions have a key role to play, not only as entities dedicated to film rescue, restoration and conservation, but also as agents for the promotion of cultural rights, capable of making effective the patrimonial responsibility with the debt of reparation resulting from colonial dispossession, and of defending the historical, aesthetic and documentary relevance of African cinemas.


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Cecilia Cenciarelli

Stefanie Schulte Strathaus

Esteve Riambau Möller

Modera: Bastián Castillo