From July 7th to 13th, 2022, Curitiba is the home of the in-person edition of the 2022 Brazil African Film Festival. There will be screenings of productions from South Africa, Angola, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Chad, Egypt, Guinea-Bissau, Niger, Nigeria, Kenya, Rwanda, Senegal and Tunisia. The programming on the capital city of Paraná is free and will occur in the Cine Passeio and the Cinemateca of Curitiba. There will be screenings of eight feature films and over 20 short films, with emphasis on female production, the presence of African filmmakers, and screenings of films not yet released in Brazil.
The Festival’s opening film is “Afrique, je te plumerai”, directed by one of the most prominent documentary filmmakers from the continent, Jean-Marie Teno. The film celebrates its 30-year anniversary this year and explores the political oppressions on Cameroon. The filmmaker will attend the screening for a Q&A. Another highlight of our schedule is the South African thriller "Mlungu Wam", by Jenna Bass and Babalwa Baartman. Being a commentary on post-apartheid South Africa racial relations, it had its well-awarded premiere on Toronto Festival. In partnership with the Cineclube Atalante, Jenna and Babalwa will engage in a debate session to take place at the Cinemateca on Saturday (July 9th).
“Brazil African Film Festival returns to movie theaters in grand style to celebrate Brazil’s biggest African film festival”, says the cultural producer Ana Camila, who is the Festival’s director and co-curator of feature-length films alongside Beatriz Leal Riesco. “The schedule broadens its geographical reach from our São Paulo headquarters to Curitiba, occupying new spaces and bringing more international guests”, she adds.
The Festival in Curitiba also includes three short films schedules: a selection of recent titles from various African countries, curated by Kariny Martins and Bea Gerolin from Cartografia Filmes; a session of Angolan short films produced during the last two years of the pandemic, with curatorship of the audiovisual producer Generation 80; and a collection of short films produced by young filmmakers in a documentary training project supervised by Cameroonian Jean-Marie Teno.
The event also promotes in Curitiba the workshop “Eu, Você, Nós: Contando histórias através de nossos corpos, alma e voz” (I, You, We: telling stories through our bodies, soul and voice”), led by Maimouna Jallow. The free workshop takes place from July 8th to 10th. 15 scholarships will be offered to Paraná’s countryside and coast residents, with priority for black and indigenous people. On Saturday (July 9th), Aïssa Maiga will participate in the session “Reflexões sobre a representação da mulher negra no audiovisual” ("Considerations on black women's representation on screen”). On Sunday, we promote a gathering of our international guests, Aïssa Maiga, Jenna Bass, Babalwa Baartman, Ema Edosio, and Maimouna Jallow, in a roundtable to discuss “Produção Independente no contexto Africano” (Independent production in the African context).
This year's guests
With the support of the French Embassy in Brazil and São Paulo Goethe-Institut, the Curitiba edition brings this year six international guests. In addition to filmmakers Ema Edosio, Aïssa Maïga, Maimouna Jallow, Jenna Bass and Babalwa Baartman, the Cameroonian documentary filmmaker Jean-Marie Teno, one of the most prominent names of the history of African cinemas, will also be presenting his feature film “Afrique, je te plumerai”, which celebrates its 30-year anniversary this year.
"I | You | We: telling stories through our bodies, soul and voice" | with Maimouna Jallow
Jean-Marie Teno presents: short films from the Patrimoinie-Heritage project
"Considerations on black women's representation on screen" | with Aïssa Maiga
Independent production in the African context | with Aïssa Maïga, Jenna Bass, Babalwa Baartman, Ema Edosio
→ Realização: Cartografia Filmes e Ana Camila Comunicação e Cultura
→ Direção e Coordenação Geral: Ana Camila Esteves
→ Curadoria de Longas: Ana Camila Esteves e Beatriz Leal Riesco
→ Curadoria de Curtas e Programação: Bea Gerolin e Kariny Martins
→ Coordenação de Produção: Andrei Bueno Carvalho
→ Assistente de Produção: Priscila Pontes
→ Produção Executiva: Bella Souza
→ Produção de Cópias Daniel Petry
→ Identidade Visual: Jessica Patrícia Soares
→ Designer Gráfico: Tulio Alves
→ Coordenação de Comunicação Gisele Santana
→ Coordenação de Redes Sociais: Adrielly Novaes
→ Gerência e Produção de Conteúdo: Vanda Moraes
→ Assessoria de Imprensa: Ana Justino e Isidoro Guggiana
The Curitiba edition of the 2022 Brazil African Film Festival is made by Cartografia Filmes and Ana Camila Comunicação & Cultura, with support from the Aliança Francesa - Curitiba, Cine Passeio - Icac, Cineclube Atalante, Cinemateca of Curitiba, Mubi, Goethe Institut and France Embassy - Institut Français, and with incentives from Ebanx. This project is made with resources from the Programa de Apoio de Incentivo à Cultura - Fundação Cultural de Curitiba and from Curitiba City Hall.