The lineup for the Manitoba African Film Festival (AM-FM) was unveiled this week. For a fifth year, the festival will present a panoply of films from different regions of Africa, from Egypt to South Africa, passing through Senegal and Somalia.
This is our best lineup since the existence of the festivalproudly launches the founder of the festival, Ben Akoh.
The films address several themes that affect African societies. For example, the documentary walk on waterdirected by the Senegalese-French, Aïssa Maïga refers to the consequences of global warming in a village in Niger.
For Ben Akoh, the African Film Festival in Manitoba helps encourage discussion around different cultures, but also the difficulties experienced by Canadians of African descent.
There is a gap between Canadians and black Canadians, we created this platform to watch films and discover African cultures.
Nigerian filmmaker, Tunde Kelani will be the guest of honour. According to Ben Akoh, this director is an icon in the African film industry.
He shot a lot of films and touched a lot of subjects, adds Ben Akoh.
The festival will take place from September 23 to 25 at the Gas Station Arts Center in the Osborne district of Winnipeg.