Burkina Faso’s Pan-African Film Festival begins amid COVID19 and security concerns

burkina faso's pan african film festival begins amid covid19 and security concerns
burkina faso’s pan african film festival begins amid covid19 and security concerns

Saturday marked the start of Africa’s flagship film festival, which included performances by some of Africa’s greatest stars, including Senegalese Grammy candidate Baaba Maal.

On top of Islamic terrorist assaults in Sahel West Africa and the coronavirus epidemic, the glittering event paid homage to the country’s military and revolutionary hero Thomas Sankara, the country’s former president and leader of the revolution.

The event had been scheduled for February, but it was moved because of an increase in coronavirus infections in Burkina Faso.

Alex Moussa Sawadogo, the festival’s delegate general, stated during the opening ceremony that if the festival had been held in February, it would not have been able to obtain the caliber of films chosen.

president of Burkina Faso Roch Marc Kabore stated he opened the 27th Ouagadougou Pan-African Film and Television Festival with pride in a tweet (FESPACO).

According to Kabore, “hosting this biannual of African film amid a dual environment of security and health problems shows to Burkinabe tenacity and altruism.

This festival, which began in 1969, draws industry professionals from across the world, all looking for fresh films, projects and talent.

The African International Film & TV Market organization will take part in a dedicated platform in 2021, which will connect international buyers and outlets with African content sellers, promote transactions, and propose new business models for the sector. The African International Film & TV Market will be there.

Around 1,132 films have been chosen for the week-long festival, with over 200 being directed by Africans and mostly produced in Africa.

This year’s competition has seventy films split into six genres such as narrative and non-narrative works as well as short and feature-length documentaries.

There are 17 films participating in the feature film category, including the critically acclaimed Nigerian drama “Eyimofe (This is My Desire)” by twin brothers Arie and Chuko Esiri, which won the 2021 Philadelphia BlackStar Film Festival’s Best Feature Narrative award.

Other films include “Bendskins” from Cameroon’s Narcise Wandji, “Baamum Nafi” from Senegal’s Mamadou Dia, “The White Line” from Namibia’s Desiree Kahipoko-Meiffret, and “The Three Lascars” from Burkina Faso’s Boubakar Diallo.

By awarding the Stallion of Yennenga Award for outstanding film on Oct. 23, the festival will come to a close.

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