By Ogova Ondego
Published February 7, 2014
Seventy-nine films from 41 countries are expected to be screened during the 3rd annual Luxor African Film Festival scheduled for March 18-24, 2014 in Egypt.
Luxor, that promotes itself as representing “a return to our African identity where African culture, arts and dreams converge in one realm” has lined up 14 films in its Long Narratives Competition:
BASTARDO (Tunisia), BATTLE OF TABATO (Guinea-Bissau), BLACK DIAMONDS (Mali), DURBAN POISON (South Africa), DUST AND FORTUNES (Zimbabwe), HORIZON BEAUTIFUL (Ethiopia), ROOFTOPS (Algeria), IMBABAZI (Rwanda), KADJIKE (Guinea), KAMPALA STORY (Uganda), YAM-DAM (Burkina Faso), MICE ROOM (Egypt), THEY ARE THE DOGS (Morocco), TALL AS BAOBAB (Senegal) and ROCK THE KASBAH (Morocco).
Those competing in the Long Documentaries section of Luxor that says it “reconnects with the African continent and restore[s] Egypt’s cultural role inside it” are ALIENS (Somalia), ANGOLA ANO ZERO (Angola), THE DEVIL’S LAIR (South Africa), EMIRS IN WONDERLAND (Tunisia), NANA BENZ (Togo), THE RIVER (Algeria), SMALL SMALL THINGS (Liberia), THE TEACHER’S COUNTRY (Tanzania), TOUBA (Senegal), TOUGH BOND (Kenya), WILLIAM AND THE WINDMILL (Malawi).
Short Narratives and Short Documentaries are competing in the same category. The works in this section are BEHIND THE WORD (Rwanda), HAUNTED SOULS (Uganda), HIS TO KEEP (Kenya), HOMECOMING (Algeria), JOURS D’AVANT (Tunisia), THE OTHER WOMAN (Senegal), PROJECTIONIST (Morocco), SHOESHINE (Tanzania), TO REPEL GHOST (South Africa), WE MEET IN PEACE (South Sudan), WOODEN HAND (Tunisia), WELCOME HOME (Burundi), SEDHOM,ELBOSTAN ELSAID ST (Egypt), ABC (Guinea), ANIMA (Burkina Faso), AU NOM DU FRERE (Morocco), LIGHT AND DARK (South Africa), MADE IN GOUGOU (Tunisia), UPRIGHT MEN (Benin), MADAME ESTHER (Madagascar), SIDHOM (Egypt), TAO TAO (Burkina Faso), IN THE NAME OF BROTHER (Morocco), AZUL (Tunisia), ERKIE (Egypt), LETTRE DU VOYANT (Ghana), and JAMBO AMANI (Congo-Kinshasa).
A section named International Freedom Competition shall feature AZU (Venezuela), BEHIND THE SMOKE SCREEN (Iraq), BLEDO (Serbia), FUELLING POVERTY (Nigeria), LOGICAL REVOLT (Egypt), MY STOLEN REVOLUTION (Iran), STORY OF MOUNT ELGON (Kenya), RED MOON (Morocco), and BLACK PAGE (Iraq).
The Official Out of Competition Section includes DIEGO STAR (Cote D’Ivoire), LATE FOR MOTHER’S FUNERAL (Algeria), I AM THE FILM DIRECTOR (Egypt), WAVUMBA (Sierra Leone), and WOMEN IN POLITICS (Sierra Leone).