College of Journalism and Mass Communication (CJMC)’s Nepal-Africa Film Festival (NAFF) will kick off its sixth edition from September 18 to 20, 2017, and will screen 10 movies (eight) by African film directors which explores topical issues in the continent.
Largely, the movie list for the 2017 festival, are drawn from several regions of the continent, including southern African countries like Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda; North-African states like Morocco, Egypt, western African country, Senegal, in addition to France and Nepal.
CJMC’s and NAFF’s Director, Dr. Manju Mishra, says the festival is aimed at breaking stereotyped perceptions of Africa, in the globe and at Nepal, as well as, keep them updated of developments in the continent as opposed to the continent’s outdated representation in historical texts found in academic settings abroad.
The festival, Mishra reveals is to venerate and celebrate the diversity prevalent throughout Africa. “The magnetism which NAFF enjoys here in Kathmandu is a testament of our relentless efforts to provide a holistic narrative of Africa’s history and culture. Dance and music has always been an integral part of African culture and it’s no wonder so many American, Caribbean and Latin American genres of music have their origins derived from African culture. It is our commitment to celebrate and honor this musical heritage which has its root in antiquity and therefore demands to be cherished.”
“Our maxim- ‘Africa through African lens’ is the premise around which all our endeavors are based on. Hence, we are committed to honor productive exchange of culture with all willing African countries so as to provide an integrative understanding of what Africa is and is set to become,” concluded Mishra.
Amongst the 10 movies to be screened at the festival include, female progressive production, Holding Up The Sky, directed by James Giambrone and Russ Pariseau. The film centers on seven Nepali women who emphasize women’s capacity to grapple with challenges, via climbing the highest mountain in the world, mount Everest (a metaphor for seemingly insurmountable circumstances). They are joined by three African females, and their journey to surmount the highest mountain in the continent, Kilimanjaro.
Joachim Lafosse’s ironical production The White Knights, reveals the hidden operations, controversies and realities of the humanitarian intervention programmes in Africa; while Senegalese director, Djibril Diop Mamety, explores human folly and cynicism, and to what extent they will stretch morality to achieve success, in Hyenas.
Director Marie-Clementine Dusabejambo gives audience a different and interesting perspective of Africa, in the futuristic film, A Place For Myself, where Africa and Europe’s political and economic state are reversed, and Europeans are forced to seek greener pastures in Africa.
Other films to screen at NAFF include, Little Eagle by Mohamed Rashad, NGO (Nothing Going On) by Agonze Arnold, Faouzi Bansaidi’s A Thousand Months, Nigerian but Ugandan-based Tochi Ejiofor’s Fatal Destiny, Nepalian Director Rabi Aryal’s Dr. Khatey.