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Villa Romana: African Diaspora Cinema Festival

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AFRICAN DIASPORA CINEMA FESTIVAL
12.-15.06.2019
Thursday, 13th June
 

6 pm – 8 pm SHORT FILM SCREENINGS

Ccà Semu, 2018/ Italy/ Doc/ 30’/ Ita-Eng.sub/ Dir. Luca Vullo
CCÀ Semu, ‘here we are’, is how the people from the Italian island of Lampedusa define their place in the world with both pride and resignation. Surrounded by the Mediterranean Sea, hundreds of kilometres away from the mainland, Lampedusa has become the symbolic centre of the current Mediterranean migration ‘crisis’. While dealing with the ethical challenges of this global ‘crisis’, the islanders must also find responses to the local struggles of their isolated community at the periphery of Europe.

Oath Bound, 2018/ United Kingdom/ Short/ 20’/ Eng/ Dir. Ola Laniyan
Oath Bound tells the story of Nneka who has been tricked into the Nigerian trafficking industry. After four years, she decides to take risks to break the Oath with the African Gods and take charge of her own destiny.

Our Africa, 2018/ Russian Federation/ Doc/ 45’/ Russ-Eng.sub/ Dir. Alexander Markov,
With his documentary Our Africa, director Alexander Markov uses found footage to collage Russia's perspective in the era of independence. Technical equipment and knowledge for the modernisation of agriculture, infrastructure, education and health was provided alongside a free socialist ideology. The Russian mission was accompanied by photographers and film makers to report back home about the creation of an African utopia. The documentary film material demonstrates how the USA and the Soviet Union, during the Cold War, staked out the ground of their influence in Africa. With his film, Alexander Markov also commemorates the visions and spirit of optimism of these years, leading to the question of what became of them.

Alexander Markov, Our Africa, 2018

8.30 pm MUSIC
Yosief Teklay, live performance, Eritrean Tigrigna Music
9.30 pm SCREENING
 

The Mayor's Race, 2018/ Germany/ Doc/ 80'/ Eng/ Dir. Loraine Blumenthal
followed by a Q&A with the directorOver four years, through two terms of elections, 2012 to 2016, filmmaker Loraine Blumenthal accompanied 47 year-old Marvin Rees in his candidacy for the Mayor of Bristol. Rees, who grew up as a 'mixed-race' child in one of Bristol's rough neighbourhoods has the vision to fight social injustice in his hometown and create opportunities and future perspectives for the youth in the suburbs. The Mayor's Race is a very intimate, 'honest', authentic portrait. The camera captures the private moments during the candidacy, Rees with his family, Rees preparing for events, running, boxing, talking face-to-face about his ideas for the future of Bristol. Through a 'compassionate' lens, the viewer becomes a voyeur of all kinds of emotions and inner struggles that Rees is going through in the circus of politics: self-confidence, hope, exhaustion, doubt. After his close loss in 2012, Rees learns to become more professional and strategic in his second run in 2016...

Loraine Blumenthal is a documentary film maker from Berlin, Germany, and graduated in theatre- and film studies, sociology and French literature in 2010. In 2012, she received her Master of Arts degree in Documentary Practice at the University of Bristol. The Mayor's Raceis her second documentary film.

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