Women’s Film Festival: Senegal and Africa on the big screen

The 15th edition of the International Women’s Film Festival of Salé will take place from September 26 to October 1. This edition will be marked by the celebration of African cinema through the programming of “a Special Africa”, with Senegal as guest of honor.

The choice of Senegal as guest of honor of this edition comes in the wake of the celebration of “Rabat Capital of African Culture”.

It should be recalled that Senegal is considered one of the precursors of cinema on the African continent. Four feature films, between fiction and documentary, directors and filmmakers who have addressed, through their works the issue of women and its impact on Senegalese society, will be screened on this occasion. These are “Atlantique” by Mati Diop, 2019 (Opening Film), “Congo, a doctor to save women” by Angèle Diabang (2014), “On a time for us” by Katy Léna Ndiaye (2019), as well as “Des étoiles” by Dyana Gaye (2013). A tribute will be paid to Senegalese cinema for everything it shares with Moroccan cinema, and to celebrate “Rabat capital of African cinema”, it is also announced.

The Festival organizes, finally, “a Special Africa” to pay tribute to the images-sounds of women in Africa through a panorama of sub-Saharan cinema that includes 8 films, representing 8 countries, made by women.

To open this panorama, will be screened the films of “Annatto” by Fatima Ali Boubakdy (Morocco, 2021), “In the footsteps of a migrant” by Delphine Yerbanga (Burkina Faso, 2021), “Zinder” by Aicha Macky (Niger, France, Germany, 2021), as well as “The African who wanted to fly” by Samantha Biffot, (Gabon, 2015). They are also “Chambre N°1” by Leila Thiam (Central African Republic, 2017), “Chez jolie coiffure” by Rosine Mbakam (Cameroon, 2018), “Sema” by Machérie Ekwa (Democratic Republic of Congo, 2019), and “Une femme, un destin” by Hanifa Ali Oumar (Chad, 2020).

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