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MEMORIES

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FOR A CROSS-CUTTING APPROACH

Located in Senegal, in the Bay of Dakar, the island of Gorée is a place of immense universal value. It symbolizes the umbilical cord linking Europe, Africa and America and bears witness to a painful experience unprecedented in the history of mankind: the trafficking of millions of human beings through the crime of slavery.Today, this island plays a leading role in the recognition of African cultures, history and memories. In the aftermath of the trauma of slavery, Gorée has become an epicenter - a place that has seen one symbolic act after another for the establishment of lasting peace - and a land of pilgrimage for the entire African diaspora.In 1994, a UNESCO program was created at another place of memory: Ouidah, in Benin. Developed in collaboration with the World Tourism Organization, the objective of this program was to crystallize the memory of slavery around a commemorative itinerary called "The Slave Route", which traces the path of the captives to the bars that took them away forever. This initiative, based on what is known as "ethical tourism", for the promotion of a certain type of cultural tourism: that of memory, was intended - following the example of the initiatives launched in Gorée - to publicize the fate of those who were torn from their continent and to raise the awareness of all communities around the world, so that such a tragedy would never be forgotten and would never be repeated. 

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About

THE QAFF

The Quibdó Africa Film Festival invites us to explore this symbolic space of encounter between Africa and its Diaspora through films screenings, workshops, conferences and artistic exhibitions in an adventure towards the unknown, in a journey oscillating between past, present and future towards a place that is both memory and representation; a place that invites us to see what we have been and what we have managed to be. We present this event that brings together Afro vanguard filmmakers as an artistic and cultural current that claims new identities through art and historical fantasy and that dialogues in this artistic maelstrom.
We want to make an afrodisruptive cinema, a disturbing, forceful, shocking, disconcerting cinema that interrupts the stillness of the status quo, turning it upside down. It is a critical and revolutionary artistic concept in the sense of 360 degrees. The reinterpretation of African traditions. Moving away from the point of view imposed by the West.

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