’African Metropolis’ Features Six Stories From Six African Cities

AFTER the pan-African short film competition ‘Latitude’ was successfully held between 2010 and 2012, the follow-up project ‘African Metropolis’ was initiated in 2012 by the Goethe-Institut Johannesburg, along with the International Film Festival Rotterdam’s Hubert Bals Fund and the South African producer Steven Markovitz. For the first time, a major national sponsor could be secured for the project, too: the Nigerian Guaranty Trust Bank.

For this project, six African filmmakers portrayed life in six African cities: Abidjan, Cairo, Dakar, Johannesburg, Lagos and Nairobi.

These stories will be told to Namibian audiences via a screening at the Goethe Centre on the 23 September at 19h15. Entrance to the screening is free.

From the initial 40 applicants, six directors, who could show they had previous experience in documentary filmmaking, were selected: Jim Chuchu (Kenya), Ahmed Ghoneimy (Egypt), Folasakin Iwajomo (Nigeria), Marie Ka (SenegalMartinique), Philippe Lacote (Ivory Coast) and Vincent Moloi (South Africa).

These six directors took part in a workshop led by the screenplay writer James Akchoti on the occasion of the 2012 Durban International Film Festival, and were subsequently given support in the production of their films. The films were premiered at the Durban International Film Festival in 2013. The European premiere took place at the International Film Festival Rotterdam in 2014.

The project’s objective is to show a young, modern, cosmopolitan and urban Africa one that moves beyond the usual clicheacutes about the African continent.

Source : The Namibian