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Lights, Camera, Africa!!! 23 films selected for 6th edition of film festival

The 2016 Lights, Camera, Africa is set to present audiences with films under the banner ‘Music Makes the People.'

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The 2016  Lights, Camera, Africa is an unabashed display of works of film that speak to the power of music and indeed other art forms to create love, express sorrow, to build bridges, and end wars.

The 6th edition which kicks off September 30 through October 2, 2016, will offer audience films under the banner 'music makes the people.'

Check out all the movies scheduled to screen at film festival:

1. "Akounak Tedalat Taha Tazoughi" (Rain, the Colour of Blue with a littleRed in it)

Akounak tells the universal story of a musician trying to make it against all odds,set against the backdrop of the raucous subculture of Tuareg guitar. The protagonist, real life musician Mdou Moctar, must battle fierce competition from jealous musicians, overcome family conflicts, endure the trials of love, and overcome his biggest rival - himself.

Stylistically borrowing from the Westernrock-u-drama and a homage to Purple Rain, the story was written with and for a Tuareg audience, drawing from experiences of Mdou Moctar and fellow musicians.

Carried by stunning musical performances from Mdou, the film is equally a window into modern day Tuareg guitar in the city of Agadez as it is an experiment in modern ethnographic filmmaking and new techniques of cross cultural collaboration.!!Dir.

2. "Anton"

"Anton" tells the story of a young German boy, who longs for his father in Africa.

3. ’Biodun Olaku: Nigerian Painter‘

An 18-minute documentary film by TamFiofori. It visually chronicles a surprise visit to one of Nigeria’s most accomplished painters and, also one of Tam’s favourite artists, ‘Biodun Olaku, at his work-space in the Universal Studios complex opposite the National Theatre, Iganmu, Lagos, in 2002.

Without much prompting, ‘Biodun Olaku graciously and spontaneously talked about his philosophy as a painter and artist; his busy role, “passing visual comments on social, political and other activities that take place around me and eye witness.” 

He then uses five of his paintings to illustrate his philosophy,inspiration and role as an artist, as well as explaining his technique, elements of design and dramatic use of colours. A recent chance encounter with an old Olaku exhibition catalogue led to the search and rediscovery of the ‘raw’ and now ‘fragile’ 2002 Olaku footage from Fiofori’s archives and, the compulsive inspiration to produce this timeless documentary on ‘Biodun Olaku; a frontline Nigerian painter, in 2016.

4. "Cholo"

The dark-skinned 11-year-old Cholo meets his fair-skinned brother Abdullah forthe first time, when their father Saeed arrives in Zanzibar from Muscat. Although, strikingly different, the two boys enjoy a crackling chemistry.

5. "Destino"

Two young guys from the neighborhood (Loïc and Mehdi) have set up a little business filming Arabic wedding celebrations and then editing them in their minivan, their ‘audiovisual laboratory’. But when Mehdi starts to film the wedding of Leila, his pretty ex-girlfriend... Destiny happens.!

6. "Gidi Blues"

Akin is an indulged playboy from an affluent family who accidentally meets an interesting beauty in an unpredictable place. Nkem is a beautiful, confident but unusual young lady who devotes herself to her work as a community volunteer in the belly of the city's worst slum. Their encounter drags them both into a whirlwind experience that unravels their world!


7. "Green White Green"

A group of young bohemian artists hang out and search for direction in their lives in the stagnant months leading up to the beginning of their university studies, in this richly textured and frequently funny look at Lagos’ new generation.

8. "House Of Nwapa"

The House of Nwapa chronicles the story of Flora Nwapa, considered as Africa’s first female novelist published in English. A string of narratives and interviews, featuring Nobel Laureate, Wole Soyinka, children’s literature writer,Mabel Segun, German anthropologist, Sabine Jell-Bahlsen and former Heinemann editor, James Currey. It details who she was and what sherepresented.

9. "I Shot Bi Kidude"

Shot in Zanzibar, it is a beautiful tale of a singer who was the oldest singer alive in some parts of Zanzibar. It is a documentary showing Bi Kidude when she was about a 100years old and still touring the country and the world, performing her music internationally.

BiKikude in her old age became very sick but then was shockingly kidnapped. Theworld’s oldest singer is kidnapped. A mystery: who kidnaps an old woman who was loved by all

10. "In the Eye of the Eye of the Spiral!"

In the Eye of the Spiral details an artistic and philosophical movement born in Haiti called Spiralism, which has spread across the arts, touching upon spirituality and even politics. Featuring narration by Annie Lennox and the music of Brian Eno, the film sheds light on the state of a country hit by corruption and natural disaster, and the incredible will of Haitian artists who produce art as a personal form of redemption and survival.

11. "Intore (The Chosen)"

"Intore" is a story of triumph, survival, hope, and a lesson in how to forgive and live, through a mother whose grief gives hope; an artist who chose to forgive; amaestro who brings together the National Ballet; and a young man’sdetermination. Through these characters and others, viewers will witness howthe nation rose from a horrific genocide to post-conflict peace and unity. The film features music performances from Rwanda’s top traditional and commercial artists in music and dance, interwoven with poignant interviews.

12. "Lagos: 1861-1960 the growth of a city of style"

A glimpse into the emergence of the city of Lagos as the iconic style capital of West Africa. This 30-minute documentary illustrates the fashion, the music, the trends and events that shaped an image conscious an iconic city. This era is brought to life with the images, video clips and music of the era, set to an illuminating background narrative by historian and writer Ed Emeka Keazor!

The 2016 Lights, Camera, Africa!!! Film Festival will hold at Federal Palace Hotel, Victoria Island, Lagos.

13. "Miniyamba (Walking Blues)"

Like thousands of people around the world who every day leave their homeland, Abdu, a young Malian, has decided to reach Europe. A trip from the Niger Riverto the barbed wire of the Ceuta, where dreams are confronted with the harshreality, the distant lights of the West.

14. "No Good Turn"

A gruesome Boko Haram terrorist attack has destroyed the bank, the police station and the market of a small town in Northern Nigeria. In charge of the overcrowded ER of a rundown hospital, Dr. Gbenga and his staff are doing all they can to help the victims, when a young man suspected to be one of the terrorists is brought in. The town’s Chief of Police demands immediate jungle justice but Gbenga must keep everyone’s values in check especially his own.

15. "New York I Love You"

Viviane is a neurotic, struggling actress given to childish flights of fancy--like moving to LA on a whim to revive her dwindling career. But can she leave NewYork and Kazembe, the love of her life, behind?

16. "Olive"

Olive is a short film that explores betrayal, heartbreak, and chance encounters. The film was inspired by the song O Mistress Mine written by William Shakespeare and performed by Caleb Eberhardt of the hip hop/jazz duo QuincyVidal.

17. "Too Black to be French?"

In this documentary film, Isabelle Boni-Claverie explores the role of race and the persistence of racism in France, as well as the impact of the French colonial past.

18. "Towards Tenderness"

An intimate exploration of a masculine territory in a French suburb. Following a group of men’s vagrancy, we stride a universe where female bodies are nothing more than ghostly and virtual silhouettes. "'Towards tenderness' - four young men speaking freely, locked in their sexual and romantic representations or on the verge of getting out of it.

19. "The Amazing Nina Simone"

She was left out of Civil Rights history, erased by jazz critics, and forgotten by most Americans because no one knew how to categorize her greatness. But throughout the 1960s, Nina Simone was both loved and feared for her outspoken vision of Black Freedom. With this film, we get one step closer to understanding the woman who has given fans moments of pride, and opportunities to cry in solitude.

20. "The Other Side of the Atlantic"

This is a documentary that builds a bridge in the ocean that separates Brazil andAfrica. The film tackles the cultural exchanges, the imaginary created through the mirroring, the prejudice and dreams built in both sides of the Atlantic through the life stories of the students of African countries in transit through Brazil.

21. "The Return"

When the older brother he idolizes comes back home, Willy realizes that he doesn’t know him as well as he thought.

22. "The Sense of Touch"

Chloe and Louis are deaf and mute. They are secretly in love but they don’t admit it. Their gestures substitute for words. They dance, each word is choreography.

23. Tunde‘

"Tunde" is a documentary about Tunde Jegede, a master Kora and cello player who composes and performs a seamless fusion of African and classical music; “Home Sweet Home” about squatters and homeless people five years after Hurrican Katrina in New Orleans (co-produced with Pulitzer Prize winning author Dale Maharidge); and “ Murals of Belfast” about the power of art in the troubles of Northern Ireland.

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