African films feature at Rotterdam International Film Festival


A large contingent of new African films screened as part of the International Film
Festival of Rotterdam. The festival, which concluded on Sunday 2 February, is
one the largest international audience-driven film festivals, with a focus on
innovative and talented filmmaking. The following films comprised part of the
2014 programme:


South African director, Vincent Moloi, tells the compelling story of an anxious
elderly Jewish gentleman who finds himself disoriented by the drastic
urbanisation of his neighbourhood.

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Walk With Me

A film which was shot in Uganda and completed in Denmark, combining animation
and feature film techniques, shows how children understand themes of life and
death as well as good and evil. The movie is described as “a visual poem’
directed by Johan Oettinger and Peter Tukei Muhumuza.

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Tanzanian director Amil Shivji offers social commentary on Tanzania’s Dar es
Salaam’s society, through the story a street shoeshine man and a bar owner.

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Salvation Army

Abdellah Taia is a Moroccan writer based in France who tells the story of a boy in
Casablanca who discovers he can earn money through homosexuality. The film,
based on Taia’s novel, explores what it’s like to be gay in the Arab world, and to
be a homosexual Arab living in the Western world.

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It’s Us

Inspired by the Kenyan election riots of 2007, Kenyan director Nick Reding uses
a combination of film and theatre to comment on suspicion and mistrust in a
delicate community.

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