DocAfrika Ghent

09-10-2019 - 27-11-2019 at 14:30
Blandijn LES 120.036, UGent, 9000 Ghent
Africa Platform of Ghent University Association

Afrika Filmfestival presents DOCAFRIKA
Strong documentaries about Africa.
A UGent Africa Platform initiative for students and globally involved citizens. 
9 October, 6 & 27 November 2019 

Wednesday 9 October 2019
Aderonke Adeola, 2018, Nigeria, 38 min.
Spoken: English. Subtitles: Dutch & English.
In the presence of the filmmaker Aderonke Adeola
Since the kidnapping of the 269 Chibok girls in 2014, Nigeria has been subject to scrutiny of how young girls and the rights of women are protected. Awani is a documentary that serves as a timeline that examines the evolution of the role of Nigerian women, starting from pre-colonial Nigeria to the present day. The documentary uses a blend of archival footage and expert commentary to make the case that the role women play is not due to any one individual or specific time period but a mixture of economic incidences and colonialism that shape political and social attitudes towards women. Awani is a thought-provoking documentary that aims to simply answer the question, how did we get here? Trailer

Wednesday 6 November 2019
Totems & tabous
Daniel Cattier, 2018, Belgium,  67 min.
Spoken: Dutch, French. Subtitles: English.
In the presence of the filmmaker Daniel Cattier.
The Royal Museum for Central Africa of Belgium is a large empty palace in the middle of renovations. We hear a voice, that of a ghost who haunts the place. Will this museum tell the truth about colonisation? Will it plan to return its heritage, as Benin demanded from the Musée du quai Branly in Paris? Is a reconciliation possible between this colonial past and the Africa of today? Trailer

Wednesday 27 November 2019
Burkinabé Rising
Daniel Cattier, 2018, Belgium,  67 min.
Spoken: Dutch, French. Subtitles: English.
Introduction and discussion by Mirjam de Bruijn.
A small, landlocked country in West Africa, Burkina Faso, is home to a vibrant community of artists, musicians, and engaged citizens, who provide an example of the type op political change that can be achieved when people come together. Through music, film, ecology, visual art, and architecture, they carry on the revolutionary spirit of Thomas Sankara. After assuming the presidency in 1983, Sankara was killed in a 1987 coup d’état led by his best friend and close advisor Blaise Compaoré. Compaoré subsequently ruled the country as an autocrat for 27 years. In October 2014 a massive popular insurrection led to his removal. Today, the spirit of resistance and political change is mightier than ever in Burkina Faso. An inspiration, not only to Africa, but to the rest of the world. Trailer.

Practical Info
Time: 2.30 p.m - 5.15 p.m.
Venue: Blandijn LES 120.036, UGent, 9000 Ghent
Free entrance for students and globally involved citizens.

The screenings are part of the course Literature, Media and the Arts in Central and Eastern Africa (prof. Brinkman). 

DocAfrika is a collaboration between  
Afrika Filmfestival, Africalia & UGhent Africa Platform