Click to Skip Ad
Closing in...
Say Hello to the Cast of the All-New, All-Female 'Ghostsbusters' movie Say Hello to the Cast of the All-New, All-Female 'Ghostsbusters' movie Review: Nuance-Deprived "Race" Movie 'Black or White' is Actually About White Frustration (Opens Friday) Review: Nuance-Deprived "Race" Movie 'Black or White' is Actually About White Frustration (Opens Friday) ABC Picks Up New Pilot From Shonda Rhimes' Shondaland Titled 'The Catch' ABC Picks Up New Pilot From Shonda Rhimes' Shondaland Titled 'The Catch' First 'Fantastic Four' Reboot Trailer Surfaces! Watch It Now! First 'Fantastic Four' Reboot Trailer Surfaces! Watch It Now! Ava DuVernay & David Oyelowo Make It a Trifecta as They Re-Team for Katrina-Set Love Story/Murder Mystery Ava DuVernay & David Oyelowo Make It a Trifecta as They Re-Team for Katrina-Set Love Story/Murder Mystery Review: Lifetime's 'With This Ring' - So What Did You Think of It? Review: Lifetime's 'With This Ring' - So What Did You Think of It? Review: Nzingha Stewart Guides Lifetime's 'With This Ring' (Premieres Saturday, January 24th) Review: Nzingha Stewart Guides Lifetime's 'With This Ring' (Premieres Saturday, January 24th) Here Are 10 Reasons Why Many of You Aren't Going to Movie Theaters Anymore, According to a New Study Here Are 10 Reasons Why Many of You Aren't Going to Movie Theaters Anymore, According to a New Study 'Empire' Breaks Fox TV’s 22 Year Old Ratings Record 'Empire' Breaks Fox TV’s 22 Year Old Ratings Record Alexandra Shipp Has been Cast as Storm in 'X-Men: Apocalypse' Alexandra Shipp Has been Cast as Storm in 'X-Men: Apocalypse' Open Casting Call - 2 Male Leads in New Feature Film From the Producers of 'Pariah' & 'Yelling to the Sky' Open Casting Call - 2 Male Leads in New Feature Film From the Producers of 'Pariah' & 'Yelling to the Sky' "Stakes Is High" in First Trailer for Season 2 of STARZ Hit Drama Series 'Power' (Returns This Summer) "Stakes Is High" in First Trailer for Season 2 of STARZ Hit Drama Series 'Power' (Returns This Summer) An Open Letter to My Sister, Ava DuVernay An Open Letter to My Sister, Ava DuVernay Anthony Mackie Says 'Selma' Oscar Snub Is Because Voters Are "Tired of Race" Anthony Mackie Says 'Selma' Oscar Snub Is Because Voters Are "Tired of Race" Geeks Gone Wild in First Trailer for Rick Famuyiwa's Sundance-Bound Drama 'Dope' Geeks Gone Wild in First Trailer for Rick Famuyiwa's Sundance-Bound Drama 'Dope' Watch Teaser for 'Being Mary Jane' Season 2 + Details on Story, Guest Stars Watch Teaser for 'Being Mary Jane' Season 2 + Details on Story, Guest Stars Macy Gray, Bryshere Y. Gray (aka Yazz The Greatest) Will Have An Affair In Lee Daniels' 'Empire' Macy Gray, Bryshere Y. Gray (aka Yazz The Greatest) Will Have An Affair In Lee Daniels' 'Empire' It's A 'Hustle & Flow' Reunion! Taraji P. Henson Joins Terrence Howard In Lee Daniels' 'Empire' It's A 'Hustle & Flow' Reunion! Taraji P. Henson Joins Terrence Howard In Lee Daniels' 'Empire' Netflix Explains Why It Doesn't Always Have That Film Or TV Show You Really Want To See (Video) Netflix Explains Why It Doesn't Always Have That Film Or TV Show You Really Want To See (Video) Tichina Arnold Says She Talked To Martin Lawrence About Doing A 'Martin' Movie... Tichina Arnold Says She Talked To Martin Lawrence About Doing A 'Martin' Movie...

23rd Pan-African Film & TV Festival of Ouagadougou (FESPACO) Opens Feb 23 (This Saturday)

Photo of Tambay A. Obenson By Tambay A. Obenson | Shadow and Act February 19, 2013 at 1:00PM

A new year of film festivals continues...
0
FESPACO

A new year of film festivals continues...

This month (February), in addition to the Pan African Film Festival that takes place in Los Angeles, CA, here in the USA, there's also the Pan-African Film & TV Festival of Ouagadougou (FESPACO), happening in Burkina Faso, West Africa - a festival that occurs only once every two years.

The twenty third (23rd) edition of the Pan-African Film & TV Festival of Ouagadougou (FESPACO) will take place from February 23 (this Saturday) to March 22013 with “African Cinema and Public Policy in Africa” as this edition’s theme.

It's a major continental Africa film festival, although one that's also recently been on the receiving end of some harsh criticism from attendees; like this one from internationally celebrated Chadian director Mahamat-Saleh Haroun (Un Homme Qui Crie), after the last FESPACO event in 2011:

"In September 1997, we set up the Guild because we faced the same problems. We had no rooms and spent the night around the Hotel Indépendance poolside talking till six in the morning. Today, the same things are happening again! These small, incidental [hiccups] take[...] on huge proportions when the problems cumulate. In his opening speech at the stadium, the Minister of Culture didn't seem to think fit to talk about film; he spoke about Burkina's culinary specialties, such as "bicycle" and rabilé chicken. I know the Minister of Culture is also the Minister of Tourism, but the Fespaco is first and foremost a film event. Does this festival truly respect cinema, or is it simply a popular festivity people come to for the sun and millions distributed in special awards? Must we continue to accept this due to an essentialism that is specific to us? It's a typically African social comedy, rooted in our traditions, in which there is no solidarity between the filmmakers. And we sustain this farce by our presence. I get the impression that there is no longer any reflection on film here, and if we don't reflect on film, it's difficult to take it elsewhere and to escape the ghetto we are shut in. We become just image-makers. In Burkina, since Idrissa Ouedraogo stopped shooting, there's no cinema anymore.. "

It's worth adding that, after the 2011 installment of FESPACO, Haroun proclaimed that he would no longer attend the film festival. A rather damning statement coming from one of your own!

Also, I recall a series of tweets from Cameron Bailey (director of the Toronto International Film Festival, and a long-time FESPACO regular) during the latter half of the 2011 festival, expressing a simultaneous regret and hope, stating, for example:

"getting harder to swallow disappointment here, and it's not the choking dust. So much goodwill in Ouaga, but..."

Criticism generally seemed to center mostly around matters of organization, focus/emphasis, and opportunity.

Will this year's event, 2013, see some change, 2 years later, and will we hear less of those cries from filmmakers and attending audiences?

The issues appear to be larger than the festival itself.

S&A won't be at FESPACO this year unfortunately; we've never been actually. Although I'm hoping that I can have a representative over there get us some coverage. I'm looking ahead to the next installment of the festival, in 2015, to make my first appearance there.
 
The twenty third (23rd) edition of the Pan-African Film & TV Festival of Ouagadougou (FESPACO) will take place from February 23 to March 2, 2013 with “African Cinema and Public Policy in Africa” as this edition’s theme.
 

All the registration forms and regulations related to the participation in the 23rd edition of the FESPACO are available and can be checked and downloaded at: www.fespaco.bf.

The twenty third (23rd) edition of the Pan-African Film & TV Festival of Ouagadougou (FESPACO) will take place from February 23 to March 22013 with “African Cinema and Public Policy in Africa” as this edition’s theme.
The twenty third (23rd) edition of the Pan-African Film & TV Festival of Ouagadougou (FESPACO) will take place from February 23 to March 22013 with “African Cinema and Public Policy in Africa” as this edition’s theme.
The twenty third (23rd) edition of the Pan-African Film & TV Festival of Ouagadougou (FESPACO) will take place from February 23 to March 22013 with “African Cinema and Public Policy in Africa” as this edition’s theme.

Shadow & ActNewsletter