The eight edition of African International Film Festival AFRIFF, begins on Sunday, November 11, 2018 and already, stakeholders of African Cinema have arrived the country to celebrate the giant stride and effort by practitioners and all sundry, to develop cinema across the continent.
A total of 138 movies will be screened at this year’s edition of the festival. And according to Chioma Ude, founder of the film festival, 52yjtryu6yuj of the movies submitted from Africa are short films.
This year’s event is themed ‘The Many Faces of Woman,’ and it seeks to explore the charm and uniqueness of the African Woman in telling our stories.
“The ‘Many Faces of Woman,’ is a visual exploration of the portrayal of women in cinema that raises discussions on a central question, ‘who is woman?’’’ says Ude. She further noted that, some of the selected films are made by female directors and/or are about women as central characters or protagonists, while others are directed by men but focused on a woman.
The programme launch, which took place recently at Twin Waters, featured the screening of the recently released ‘The Hate U Give,’ starring Amandla Stenberg.
In his remarks, Jérôme Pasquier, the Ambassador of France to Nigeria, highlighted the immense contribution the French Embassy has given to the film festival, with hopes to continue with the very enriching partnership.
AFRIFF opens on Sunday with the visually arresting epic Western tale, ‘Sew the Winter to My Skin,’ a tale that follows the myth of a South African bandit in pre-apartheid South Africa.
2018 AFIRFF will close with the highly anticipated ‘Nigerian Prince,’ a Nigerian venture helmed by the capable Faraday Okoro.