Curated by Ana Camila Esteves (Brazil) and Beatriz Leal Riesco (Spain), the Brazil African Film Festival brings together an array of contemporary African films, both shorts and full-length features, many of them unreleased in Brazil. The curators’ selection meets the demand for exhibition spaces in Brazil that showcase recent films produced in Africa and its diaspora over the past five years, and promotes dialogue between the public and the aesthetics and narratives presented in these films, which remain largely unknown to Brazilian audiences.
In its six editions since 2018, the Festival has screened films by directors from such countries as Senegal, Sudan, South Africa, Nigeria, Burkina Faso, Kenya, Tunisia, Morocco and Egypt, plus productions from Afro-diasporic territories like France and Cuba that focus on Africans and people of African descent. Fiction and documentary films are featured, offering a rare opportunity for Brazilian audiences to become acquainted with the broad repertoire of this vibrant cinema, which examines a diversity of themes, landscapes and aesthetics.
The curators follow the trajectories of African film in the world's most important festivals, including Cannes, Berlinale, Toronto, Venice, Rotterdam, and Fespaco (this biggest festival of African cinema in Africa, in Burkina Faso), and choose the most interesting titles to bring back to Brazil.
Our main annual edition takes place in July in São Paulo city, at CineSesc, and marks the turn of our curatorship. Besides the festival, we also organize the cineclub Cine Africa, in Salvador city, collaborate with several festivals in Brazil and other countries, and offer workshops and panels on African cinemas.