Clap the end of the 20th edition of the Festival Black Screens sounded Saturday in Yaounde, Cameroon’s capital. The Golden Screen, the most prestigious award of the appointment of African cinema, was awarded by the jury to the Moroccan Hicham El Jebbari, for his film “Tears of Satan,” at the closing ceremony.
“Tears of Satan this is a film that asked more than five years of work. It’s a very difficult film is a film that speaks mostly of a very important historical period in Morocco. Whether be honored with a Golden Screen by the 20th edition of Black Screens festival is a very important thing. I am proud, I am honored. I would like to continue on that path, “welcomed Moroccan réalisteur.
As for the French Laurent Chevalier, he received the award for best documentary for “trace Kandia”.
We wanted to show the world that Africans are innovative and that Nigerians are unique.
“When you finish a movie like this and you feel that emotion that you had to push, push to make a film can suddenly be shared by a jury beyond a jury by spectators, this is something that deeply touches the heart, “he said.
The famous “Nollywood” films made in Nigeria, was present with “CEO” (the acronym for PDG) competing for the best foreign film. The film, which speaks of a power struggle within a company, raffle last June the palm of marketing, for having its premiere on a plane of Air France connecting Lagaos in Paris .
“We wanted to show the world that Africans are innovative and that Nigerians are unique,” had said Kunle Afolayan, the film’s director. “CEO” had required a budget of a million dollars, starring the celebrated Beninese singer Angelique Kidjo.
The films in competition at this 20th edition of Black Evrans were, in addition to “CEO” and “Tears of Satan,” “Naked reality” (Cameroon), “No regret” and “Innocent nevertheless” (Ivory Coast ) “Dealer” (Congo), “The loincloth” (Niger) and “Katutura” (namibia).
For Jean-Claude Crépeau, president of feature films category jury for Central Africa, this was “a very open view. There are movies that speak through the modern world, others, the influence of religion. ”
The director Bassek ba Kobhio, general delegate of Black Screens festival, sought very optimistic, thinking that these fims will find their audience in Africa. “There is no question of saying that African public productions are refractory to their continent,” he noted.
But access to some of these film productions remain an obstacle for Africans in the diaspora. “Put this film online that we can watch it!” Complained Nigeriens abroad, frustrated not to see on YouTube the trailer of the movie “kilt”, their compatriot Moussa Hamadou Djingarey.
Black Screens is an African film festival, founded in 1997 by director Bassek Kobhio Ba, which is held every year from June in Yaoundé, Cameroon.
Organized by the “black screens”, which aims cinematographic creations of six Central African countries (Cameroon, Gabon, Congo, Democratic Republic of Congo, Central African Republic and Chad), the festival also wants a reflection on cinema space and organizes conferences, bringing together professionals, debating on themes concerning the conditions of exercise and the evolution of this art on the African continent.