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To present the latest and finest in recent cinema from Africa, I will be traveling to Burkina Faso to attend the celebrated FESPACO (Pan African Film and Television Festival of Ouagadougou), the largest and longest running African film festival. Begun in 1969, FESPACO has an impressive history of supporting, bringing together and showcasing the work of filmmakers from all over the continent.

This year, we are thrilled to be presenting our Spotlight Africa Program, showcasing the diverse filmmaking traditions and talents ranging from Algeria, Tunisia, and Morocco in the north to South Africa, including the vibrant Nollywood scene from Nigeria and the dynamic and rich filmmaking history of French-speaking West Africa. The filmmaking cultures are as varied and impressive as the continent is grand. As the third year of our World Cinema Spotlight, supported by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the Program will feature innovative works and exciting new voices from African cinema, demonstrating both the connections between and the distinctions separating the many film industries and independent movements represented. Audiences will be exposed to an extraordinary mix of genres and styles, of independent and mainstream productions and, most importantly, to stories that are both uniquely African and also universal.

In October, join us on our journey through and conversations about contemporary African cinema and its place in international film culture. 

Mimi Plauche
Director of Programming