The Rumba Kings
Documentary Feature 94'
The award-winning music documentary film The Rumba Kings celebrates the epic quest of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, an African nation that fought colonial oppression, found freedom, and forged a new identity through music. In the 1950s, when the Democratic Republic of the Congo was a Belgian colony, a generation of Congolese musicians fused traditional African rhythms with Afro-Cuban music to create the electrifying beat of Congolese Rumba....
A woman with a disability wants to buy a vibrator from a traditional sexologist, or senga during a friend's bridal shower; but she must confront other women at the party who believe that she is non-sexual because she uses a wheelchair, so shouldn't need a vibrator in the first place.
Feature Experimental 73'
Confronted with a series of racially charged incidents, a young black man must overcome rage, alienation, and hopelessness in order to find his own humanity.
Short Experimental 6'29
« Being from mixed cultures means going through constant waves of doubt ». Vitiligo invites you to experience the mindspace of two women, both plunged deep in an internal questioning of their external apparence.
In the billowing night
Documentary Experimental 51'
Jean-René is a retired workman who has lived in Mâcon, France, since emigrating from Reunion Island at the age of 17. Today, for the first time ever, the quiet man recounts his story to his daughter. His journey is interspersed with enigmatic dreams and pains that are rooted in the wounds of the French colonial past.
Some 70 kilometers from the former slave port of Cartagena de Indias in Colombia, the village of San Basilio de Palenque has long symbolized the struggle of the cimarrons against slavery. Even today, community organization and cultural expressions remain particularly alive. Music continues to be one of the strongholds of the community.
Short Documentary 26'
This documentary tells the story of how, when a Haitian voodoo priestess, a Mambo, dies, it is up to the children to celebrate the deity she served. It’s time for my mother to come home to perform this ritual in honor of my late grandmother.
Documentary Feature 84'
The ‘Negro Moses’ arrived on the scene on August 17, 1887 in the tiny seaside town of St. Ann’s Bay on the northern coast of Jamaica, fifty-three years after slavery was abolished in that country. In his short life Marcus Mosiah Garvey, would go on to become the world’s foremost Pan-Africanist and, in some eyes, the greatest civil-rights leader of the twentieth century. He dedicated his life to the project of redeeming Africa...
Documentary Feature 90'35
When a little-known Jewish community in rural Uganda comes into contact with a group of Orthodox Israeli rabbis, everyone is destined to be transformed. Director Tamás Wormser documents the extraordinary encounter over seven years, crafting a nuanced and visually arresting documentary reflection on identity, religion and the long shadow of colonialism.
Three young adults share their struggle with anxiety, depression, and alcoholism while battling to promote mental well-being among their peers. Poignant metaphoric visuals and poetic narrative uniquely portray the symptoms and emotions of these mental health conditions with an aim of destigmatization. From their darkest moments to their search for help, the film illustrates that there is light at the end of the tunnel and support is closer than you think.
Out of competition
Abducted, cheated and forced to fight in a war that wasn´t theirs. Former child soldiers of the FARC recount one of the most shocking yet least known atrocities of Colombia´s civil war. Dozens of young fighters were killed as the Colombian Army unleased its military might against the Arturo Ruíz mobile column in 2000. The guerrilla unit was made up largely of teenagers, who had been abducted from their schools and homes earlier that year.
William is a middle-aged writer who lives alone in a small, untidy house and can't settle down doing what he loves. Confused and distressed, he flirts with death. With the rope around his neck, about to jump off a chair, the man looks around at his house and sees little “magical” objects that remind him of his past and passions, thus making a decision.
El alma cuando sale
Out of competition
Jose Roberto Rivas, a fervent practitioner of chants, prayers and other traditional funeral rituals of the Colombian Pacific coast, enters into a crisis of faith, due to the unexpected death of his wife and lifelong companion. This situation makes him question his beliefs, leading him to think about never singing again, and thus ending the tradition of his ancestors.
Uku Hlowa Kwephupha
Short Experimental 6'30
A woman asleep begins to dream. A dream that distorts her perception of time and space in relation to her mundane daily tasks. An illusion that evokes a surreal experience of herself.
Los chivos no comen corozo
In the region of Los Moreneros, an Afro village in the foothills of Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, in the Colombian Guajira; there is a community that treasures ancient knowledge of black cuisine. Midwives and old people know the secret of Chicharro, a corozo-based sauce that is only prepared there. To prevent this flavor from disappearing buried by time, a school arises in the backyards of the houses where the elders teach the children black recipes in wood stoves...
There is a fundamental question at the heart of this tale: what was, is, and will be the role of Africa and its people in the world, generation after generation? What is Africology? When we consider that Egypt and egyptology is just a subset of all the history, science, culture and human evolution in Africa, isn't there a need for Africology?
Once upon a time a magic kingdom where summer lasted forever and where the animals and the inhabitants were immortal. The source of all magic was a young princess called Opal. Legends said that her joy would bring wonders and prosperity to the kingdom. But her sadness would only bring chaos and darkness…
Reparations is an experimental animated short film that explores the phenomenon of migration (forced and
voluntary), through the fragmentation and modulation of a character: A chair that moves as a result of invisible
forces. Forces that sometimes represent coloniality, in others industrialization and in the most complex, the
consequences of war. The chair object incorporates
a search in the middle of marginalization, adaptation
On the surface
A young Black woman goes swimming in the Icelandic sea and reflects on her experience of raising a child in a country that feels nothing like home. As she enters the freezing water, she relives her traumatic pregnancy. Being in the wild and facing her fears is helping her heal.
Out of competition
In 1980 Gloria Karamañites became the first black woman to be crowned Miss Panama and to represent Panamanian beauty at the international level. MISS PANAMA is a short documentary exploring Gloria’s experiences navigating anti-Black racism, the actions taken by Panama’s Afro-descendant community to rally around their Queen, and the ripple effects of U.S. imperialism. Through Interweaving archival, interviews and stylized imagery...
Serie 3 episodes 30'
Out of competition
BOGOBLACK is a mini-series about love between Afro people. Juliana, an Afro-Bogota girl who has no idea of her black identity, and Jonier, a man from Buenaventura, rooted in his ancestral African culture and Afro-descendant, fall in love when they meet in a bookstore in Bogota. Jonier's attempts to conquer Juliana despite being married, she dodges them for fear of repeating the abondon of his Chocoan father whom she never met.
Documentary experimental 13'55
Assaman is a cosmic love story with the future. A man named Tukki meets a sky-being named Asé. Together, they become suspended in a visual and sonic examination in search of flourishing joy and self-care journeying to the universe within. Assaman means "the sky" in Wolof.
Les gestes de Saint Louis
Documentary Experimental 30'
The result of a collaboration between the Senegalese contemporary dance company Diagn'art and the Belgian and Swiss artists Kita Bauchet and Stéphanie Pfister, "Saint-Louis on the move" presents a subjective sketch of the city and the rythme of its daily life .An exploration of Saint-Louis through several choreographies performed by 2 dancers and 2 cameras on Siegfried Canto’s music that highlight the cities energy and the fierce creativity of its youth.
Cantos que inundan el rio
Out of competition
Deep in the Bojayá River, Chocó, Oneida learned the tradition of the alabao: ancestral songs of the black people to accompany the souls in their passage to the afterlife. The pain of war is her source of inspiration. This is a hypnotic journey through her mind and the river that flows through it, waters full of light and darkness, and a cry for reconciliation in a country torn apart by one of the longest conflicts in the world.
FENEEN is a journey into the urban music scene of Senegal. This project came about following the encounter between Italian producer Frank Sativa and Senegalese pop-star Leuz Diwane G and Italian-Senegalese rapper F.U.L.A. Such is the origin of a song, a videoclip and a documentary of the same name (Feneen).
Written by Jennifer Caodaglio, directed by Giulia Rosco and scored by Frank Sativa, Feneen is a documentary developed as part of the project “MIGRA...
Face to Face
Documentary Experimental 20'
At a difficult turning point in his personal and professional life, choreographer Florent Mahoukou returns to the town of Pointe Noire where, for him, everything began with dance. His native country has evolved very little and nothing is offered to the people to get out of their precarious situation. Only informal activities allow them to survive.
"Face to Face" is a questioning of oneself with a desire to understand life...
A little girl called Kasi arriving with her uncle from another country, discovers the market and the different activities. Begho is a former market city, at the crossroads of several trade routes, which was occupied between the 11th and 18th centuries. As such, it is mentioned and documented in many early writings about West Africa and pre-colonial Ghana and oral tradition.
A child is born with leaves on its body and her mother seeks healing. At school, however, the other children discriminate against her and she runs away to the forest! In the Caatinga, she meets enchanted beings of indigenous and black traditions and walks on an adventure of self-knowledge. Her search takes her to Òsányìn, the Orisà of the leaves, which presents the power of plants and the importance of environmental preservation.
Asi, como nacen las matronas
Julia, a young girl, who has been plagued by her family's misfortune, is forced to remain silent in the face of the continuous episodes of
the continuous episodes of sexual abuse to which her uncle has subjected her since she was a child.
Living in poverty with a disabled mother and the memory of a father who died in questionable conditions.
En lo profundo de la cienaga
A golf ball is thrown from the golf course of a luxurious hotel at the north of the city and ends up at the bottom of a swamp. Chima, a young girl who lives in a small village right next to the sea, the village being surrounded by the swamp, goes there every day to dive in and retrieve the balls from the depths of the mangrove swamp. Navigating through the canals, Chima arrives at the fishing port and walks around "calle caliente".
Con el Pelo Cucu
MATILDE, an Afro-descendant woman who denies her roots, moves into her grandmother's house, where an old African mask seems to follow her. Overnight, her hair turns afro, and she travels to 1849. There, an enslaved woman asks her for help to escape from his slaver. To return to her time, she must face her prejudices and fears.
Documentary short 6'08
Jonkonnu Nuh Dead is a dream like exploration into the world of Carlton Walters' experiences into what drew him into world of traditionally masquerade. It is one of the oldest dance forms found in Jamaica, but over the decades it has been marginalized.
In a fishing village whose ancestors came from Africa, enslaved, ancient ancestral beliefs and cults remain. Neide (Jari Nass) is a former resident looking for ways to save her business, threatened by the decline of fish due to the oil spill in the region. The relations between the old forms of fishing work and their beliefs are contrasted with the need for collective work.
In a family of West African origin, where traditions are de rigueur. Ami, 17 years old, is sexually abused by her paternal uncle without her mother's knowledge. One evening, when her sister and her husband come to the house for dinner, Ami decides not to let them do it anymore.
Short Experimental 22'48
"EKOBIO" takes its name from the word that Afro-Colombian writer Manuel Zapata Olivella adopted to refer to black people without calling them as such."EKOBIO" literally means friend or mate.
From the free adaptation of excerpts from his novel "Changó the Biggest Badass", and the collaboration with Ekobios from Bocachica
(insular area of Cartagena-Colombia) we created "Mise en Scènes" and improvised performances.
Chi ma Nkongo
This film is the story of a great musical group from San Basilio de Palenque: “Las Alegres Ambulancias”. The year is 1999 and we are in San Basilio de Palenque, a famous town founded by Afro Maroons in the seventeenth century.
Documentary Experimental 18'
Shaped by mysticism, resistance, and the voice of revolutionary leader Amílcar Cabral, we take a personal and poetic journey through the anti-colonial past and present of Guinea-Bissau.
The voice of Amílcar Cabral, leader of the struggle against Portuguese colonialism in Guinea-Bissau, and one of Africa’s foremost revolutionary leaders, echoes in the present day. Assassinated in 1973 on the eve of his country’s independence...
It’s October, the end of the rainy season in Fouta, an isolated region in the north of Senegal.
Astel (13) accompanies her father every day in the bush. Together, they look after their herd of cows. But one day, in the middle of the desert, the meeting between the young girl and a shepherd disrupts the peaceful daily life between Astel and her father.
The sound of sugar cane flowers
Ray, a teenager from Reunion, wants to join his friends’ Léa and Jonathan’s metal band. But for that, he needs an actual drum. His father, a sugar cane farmer, offers him a solution.