15. Afrika Film Festival Köln

21. September bis 01. Oktober 2017

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September 2017 - 15. Afrika Film Festival Köln
September 2017 - 15. Afrika Film Festival Köln
September 2017 - 15. Afrika Film Festival Köln
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FESTIVALPASS / Festival pass / Pass pour le festival

Filmforum im Museum Ludwig und Filmclub 813
40 euro / 30 euro (concessions) / 50 euro (sponsorship)
jetzt schon bestellen/order the pass now:
mail@filminitiativ.de

Festival-Plakat / Poster Festival / Affiche Festival

Schirmherrschaft / Patron of the festival / parrain du festival

Preface of Theodor Wonja Michael

History has shown us that the medium of film can change people and be an important factor in bringing about cultural change all around the world.
FilmInitiativ has held 14 African Film Festivals in Cologne since 1992. The 15th will take place this year and, as in previous years, this year’s festival will also have a theme, namely “Land Grabbing and Migration”. The land grab in Africa began in the second half of the 19th century, when European merchants and missionaries first started to settle in its coastal regions. What followed was the occupation of the entire continent by European powers, which led Cecil Rhodes to coin the now-notorious phrase “the scramble for Africa”. But land grabbing works differently these days, as the films at this year’s festival will testify.
The festival is organised by a small team, supported by volunteers. We owe them all our sincere gratitude and appreciation. Their work contributes to changing the perception of Africa in Europe and it cannot be valued highly enough. While a mere 20 films from West Africa were screened at the first event in 1992, FilmInitiativ has since shown more than 750 films from almost 40 different Africa countries at its Cologne festival and invited 160 filmmakers to the event.
I am both delighted and proud to accept patronage duties for this year’s Cologne African Film Festival, because I have ethnic and cultural roots in both Africa and Europe. And then there’s my long-term – and not always happy – relationship with cinema, of course. My first experience of acting was as a grass skirt-wearing child extra in the silent films of the 1920s. Then later, as an adult, I played the sinister, silent indigenous soldier (still wearing the grass skirt) in Third Reich colonial propaganda films. It wasn’t until after the war that I was offered nicer roles in TV films.
Between the two world wars, any European films about Africa were produced very much from a European perspective and with a European mindset, and they often presented appalling views about the people and cultures of Africa.

It was primarily the filmmakers from Senegal and Upper Volta (now Burkina Faso) who did pioneering work by making the first realistic films on Africa. The one that made the strongest impression on me and has stuck with me was the wonderful film MANDABI by Ousmane Sembène from 1968, which was based on one of his short stories and looks at the difficulties faced by common people as they attempt to adapt to modern society. I was a journalist at the time and recommended the film to anyone who had dealings with Africa. FilmInitiativ showed the film in Cologne in 1993 and CEDDO, another excellent Sembène classic, is being screened as the prologue to this year’s anniversary festival.
We have never really properly come to terms with Germany’s colonial history here in Germany. During the Weimar Republic and the Third Reich, Germany’s “Africa policy” was dominated by demands for the colonies ceded after the First World War to be returned. The destruction, displacement and social unrest at the end of the Second World War then brought along different priorities. In both German nations – the Federal Republic of Germany and the German Democratic Republic – political and economic recovery was at the top of the agenda. Africa was equally distant from East Berlin and Bonn, and even once decolonisation of the continent had begun, Africa only played a marginal role politically in both German nations.
For this reason, the image of Africa and its people has changed very little over time. Films made from an African perspective can, however, contribute to promoting a better understanding of events in Africa in Europe.

With this in mind, I hope the 15th Cologne African Film Festival is a huge success and gains the recognition it deserves, and wish FilmInitiativ all the very best in their future endeavours.
Theodor Wonja Michael

Festival Locations

Filmforum im Museum Ludwig

Bischofsgartenstr. 1 
50667 Köln 
info@filmforumnrw.de
www.filmforum.de


"Filmforum im Museum Ludwig"



Zentralbibliothek - Stadt Köln

Josef-Haubrich-Hof 1
50676 Köln
0221 / 221-23828 
www.stbib-koeln.de


"Zentralbibliothek Köln"



Institut français Köln

Sachsenring 77
50677 Köln
0221 9318770
https://koeln.institutfrancais.de/


"Institut français Köln"



Filmclub 813 e.V.

Hahnenstraße 6
50667 Köln
0221 / 3106813
www.filmclub-813.de


"Filmclub 813"



Clubbahnhof Ehrenfeld


"Clubbahnhof Ehrenfeld"

Jubiläumskonzert 03.10. / Club Bahnhof Ehrenfeld

Fotoausstellung / Photografic Exhibition / Exposition de photos

Ausstellung & Videos / exposition & videos / exhibition & videos