CinemAfrica’s Film Festival opens in Stockholm on 24-28 February and offers the best and latest films from the African continent and Diaspora. The 2010 program contains 28 films from 12 countries. Super fresh programs are available from the festivals cinema hall, Sture, Zita, Bio Rio and Klarabiografen of Culture.
The opening film this year is Ethiopian Atletu, a film about one of the sports world’s most fascinating stories, Abebe Bikila. He became famous overnight in 1960, when he ran barefoot to take home Olympic gold in the marathon in Rome. But his history is both dramatic and tragic. At his side stood (the whole time), his Swedish coach, Onni Niskanen (in the movie played by Dag Malmberg). The festival’s opening ceremony will include the film’s two directors, Rasselas Lakews (who also plays the lead role) and Davey Frankel and Onni Niska’s nephew, Ulf Niskanen.
A top attraction is also the feature film, Moloch Tropical, a satirical tale of power mad leaders and growing popular discontent. The film is made by Raoul Peck, born in Haiti and raised in DR Congo, and can be viewed as a fresco of political leadership in his country of birth. Raoul Peck (who also made the films, Lumumba and Sometimes in April) will also be appearing at the festival. This year, we also show a series of movies about women who have had enough, the women who make up and about women who rebel.
From Egypt, Scheherazades feminist – A thousand-and-a-night, is presented in a talk show environment . In the documentary, I Loved So Much, we are told, in a rare presentation, the story of how Moroccan women were forced to become prostitutes in the service of French soldiers in Indochina.
From South Africa, there is an invitation of famous Shirley Adams (recently nominated for Ingmar Bergman Debut Prize) in a cinematic punch while in the comedy, A Women Like No Other, from Burkina Faso, Mina takes a second husband.
We are also proud that for the first time in history, CinemAfrica will be able to show an African science fiction based on the day in which water and oxygen became hard. For futher info and detailed film updates, visit CinemAfrica’s web site.