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”.
Modera: Pablo de María
Pedro Pimenta began his film career at the National Film Institute of Mozambique in 1977. Since then, he has produced, co-produced or directed numerous short films, documentaries and feature films in his native country and in other African countries. Between 1997 and 2003 Pedro was the chief technical advisor to UNESCO for the Zimbabwe film training Project in Harare. There, as part of his duties, he conceived and managed several training programmes.
He is one of the founders of AVEA (Audio Visual Entrepreneurs of Africa), an annual vocational training programme for producers in Southern Africa. Until December 2005 Pedro was a member of the Awards Committee of the Prince Claus Fund of the Netherlands. He is the founder and director of DOCKANEMA, a documentary film festival in Mozambique. Similarly, he was director of the Durban Film Festival in 2015 and the Joburg Film Festival in 2016 and 2017. In 2018, he has been invited to become a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences – AMPAS.
Pedro was one of the main consultants for the UNESCO 2021 Report “The African Film Industry: Trends, Challenges and Opportunities for Growth”
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
Thierno Souleymane Diallo
Modera: Federico Olivieri
French and Beninese, Farah Clémentine Dramani-Issifou is an exhibition curator, film programmer and independent researcher. She lives and works between Paris and Dakar.
In 2011, she initiated the New African Documentary Film Festival between Paris and Cotonou (2011-2017). In 2018-2019, she has been a visiting researcher at the École supérieure des arts de Clermont Métropole, and also participates in the École Doctorale des Ateliers de la pensée initiated by Felwine Sarr and Achille Mbembe in Dakar.
In 2018, she joined the feature film selection committee of the Semaine de la Critique (2018-2021) in the parallel section of the Festival de Cannes, before becoming artistic coordinator of the section dedicated to short films (2021-2022).
Since 2020, he has been part of the team at the Yennenga Centre in Dakar, created by the Franco-Senegalese filmmaker Alain Gomis.
In 2022/2023, she joined the selection committees of the Marrakech International Film Festival, the Villa Médicis Festival and FESPACO. In 2023, she will be guest curator at the Doxa Film Festival in Vancouver.
She is also co-curator of the exhibition “Un.e Air.e de Famille, focusing on the women of the Africa2020 Season, chapter 2 of which will be presented at the Musée Théodore Monod d’art africain in Dakar in January 2024. In January 2022, she co-curated “Tofodji, sur les pas des ancêtres”, an exhibition-meeting on the restitution of 26 objects returned to Benin by France.
As a researcher, her work focuses on decolonial curatorial practices in the visual arts and film. As such, she is regularly invited to international conferences and publishes in books and scientific journals.
In 2023, she was named Knight of Merit for Arts, Letters and Communication of Burkina Faso.
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.
Stefanie Schulte Strathaus
Esteve Riambau Möller
Modera: Bastián Castillo
Masego Mmutle holds a Diploma in Linguistic Practice and a Bachelor’s degree in Archives and Records Management. She also is Master Candidate in Information Science from the University of South Africa. She has 10 years of experience in the audiovisual archiving sector. She is currently working as Assistant Director of Film and Video Preservation at The National Film, Video and Sound Archives of South Africa in the Department of Sport, Arts and Culture.