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And the winner is ... (Audio - 03 minutes 00 seconds)

And the winner is ...

Fespaco concluded with the gold Etalon de Yennenga prize being awarded to Ethiopian director Haile Gerima's Teza. The jury's choice will meet with wide approval among festival-goers. But many are less impressed with the logistics of Africa's leading film festival.

2009-03-08

Ethiopian alienation (Audio - 3 minutes 21 seconds)

Ethiopian alienation

The film Teza presents the story of a highly educated Ethiopian who returns home from Germany after Mengistu takes power. Director Haile Gerima says it speaks to his own alienation. The film was well received by audiences in Ouagadougou.

2009-03-06

From mountains in Algeria to courtrooms in Malawi (Audio - 02 minutes 55 seconds)

From mountains in Algeria to courtrooms in Malawi

The last competition screenings at Fespaco brought us Amor Hakkar’s La maison jaune and Shemu Joyah’s Seasons of a life both tell stories – one very simple and the other less so - about parents and their children.

2009-03-07

Piecing together the genocide (Audio - 3 minutes 14 seconds)

Piecing together the genocide

Eric Kabera's documentary, Behind the Roadblock, looks back at the Rwandan genocide of 1994. It takes a striking approach to piecing together what happened during one particular killing.

2009-03-06

Away from the competition (Audio - 3 minutes 0 seconds)

Away from the competition

Not all films at Fespaco are in competition. Two documentaries deal with natural resources: new director Nadege Batou's Ku nkelo, à la recherche de l’eau, about water in Congo Brazzaville, and Thierry Michel's Katanga Business, shot iin the DRC.

2009-03-05

Paris, the rotten Eldorado (Audio - 02 minutes 45 seconds)

Paris, the rotten Eldorado

Two expatriate Africans brought their films from Paris to screen them in Ouagadougou. C'est ça la France and La tombe d'un rêve take a dark look at the prospect of moving from Africa to the French capital.

2009-03-04

Lethal jewellery in a Kenyan love story (Audio - 2 minutes 57 seconds)

Lethal jewellery in a Kenyan love story

Kenyan director Judy Kibinge brought her short film, Killer Necklace, to Fespaco and impressed audiences with a tale from a Nairobi slum.

2009-03-04

Love, incest and politics in South Africa (Audio - 02 minutes 29 seconds)

Love, incest and politics in South Africa

Two films set in South Africa showed early in the week, Triomf and When we were black. They both set personal stories against the backdrop of important events in South Africa's history.

2009-03-03

Fespaco hails the late Senegalese director Sembène Ousmane (Audio - 01 minutes 58 seconds)

Fespaco hails the late Senegalese director Sembène Ousmane

After the festival's opening ceremonies wrapped up, the focus moved to the films and fimmakers. Attention turned first of all to the late Senegalese director Sembène Ousmane, who was being remembered at Fespaco 2009.

2009-03-01

A new fund for African Cinema (Audio - 02 minutes 34 seconds)

A new fund for African Cinema

While visiting the festival, France’s Junior Minister for Cooperation and the Francophonie, Alain Joyandet, announced the creation of an investment fund dedicated to African cinema. The fund is to be worth at least 10 million euros.

2009-03-03

Fespaco 2009 opens in Ouagadougou (Audio - 02 minutes 31 seconds)

Fespaco 2009 opens in Ouagadougou

The Panafrican Film & Television Festival - Fespaco - opened on Saturday 28 February 2009. The first part of the festival to open its doors was the Mica - the section dedicated to cinema professionals from all over Africa.

2009-02-28