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Opening Africa Alive Festival: Reception and Film Screening
29. January 2020 | 19:00 - 22:00
LA MISÉRICORDE DE LA JUNGLE The Mercy of the Jungle
Rwanda/Belgium/France 2018, Director: Joël Karekezi
Cast: Marc Zinga, Stéphane Bak. 90 mins. DCP. Original language version with English subtitles.
LA MISÉRICORDE DE LA JUNGLE
Congo war in 1998, on the border with Rwanda: two Rwandan soldiers are cut off from their battalion and find themselves without supplies in the inhospitality of the jungle. There they are haunted by traumatic memories. LA MISÉRICORDE DE LA JUNGLE is a cinematic feverish dream by Joël Karekezi (himself a war orphan) as well as a confrontation with recent national history: “I don’t know who killed my father. This at least allowed me to try to live without hate.” (Joel Karekezi)
26. Africa Alive Festival
The 26th edition of the Africa Alive Festival presents a broad spectrum of documentaries, feature films and short films from the African continent at our cinema. At other venues there will be concerts, readings, a panel discussion and a children’s programme.
In light of current events, this year the festival focuses on Sudan, a country where film culture was suppressed for many years and has only recently begun to develop again. In addition to current films, we will screen two historical short film programmes and films by pioneer Gadallah Gubara. We are excited to be able to welcome Talal Afifi (curator and festival director) and actors of YOU WILL DIE AT TWENTY from Sudan, as well as Mamadou Dia from Senegal, who will present BAAMUM NAFI. We are also looking forward to the French-Tunisian director Hind Meddeb, who will present her documentary film PARIS STALINGRAD in person at our cinema.
For more information, visit: africa-alive-festival.de