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QAFF 2021

Heart of Africa

Heart of Africa

RD Congo A Congolese man runs from a terrible accident and finds himself at a revolutionary camp, where he is told that he has a great destiny. He tries to escape by going to another town, joining a religion, becoming a missionary. Ultimately, though, he finds himself back in the very place he tried to leave. He must face his fears and his shame, but also his magnificent possibilities.

Seeking Aline

Seeking Aline

Switzerland Rokhaya, a young director returns to her home in Dakar to make a film about a local historical figure. Throughout her research, which consists of interviews with local personalities, discussions with her team and fictional scenes shot on location, we discover the story of Aline Sitoe Diatta.

Heaven Reaches Down to Earth

Heaven Reaches Down to Earth

South Africa After Tau comes to a realization about their sexuality, it sets in motion a cascade of thoughts and emotions in Tumelo - nothing will ever be the same between them.

Planting hope

Planting hope

Colombia “Planting hope” shows one of the fruits of the endeavours made by the Foundation for the Application and Teaching of Science (Fundaec) to contribute to the development of communities in the North of Cauca region in Colombia. Through the voices of those who participated in Fundaec’s initial efforts in the 1970s, the documentary demonstrates how scientific thought, spiritual perceptions and traditional knowledge converge in a nurturing experience...

Human Chlorophyll (Picha Marangi)

Human Chlorophyll (Picha Marangi)

Kenya After being dissed for a long time for dressing colorfully, Picha Marangi finally realizes that the same people secretly admired his style because it put smiles on their faces.

Light Strands

Light Strands

Nigeria Light Strands is a story of the struggles of a young woman as she comes to terms with some of the harsh realities of life after school. She is forced to take a closer look at her self to find the answers to the questions tugging at her heart.

Awa!

Awa!

RD Congo At only 12 years old, Divine helps her mother to sell omelets in a night market of Kinshasa to finance her studies. But that evening, the two women must face the demands of customers and the dubious atmosphere of the place.

Silence

Silence

Burkina Faso Silence sometimes, kills!

Wata

Wata

United kingdom WATA follows the journey of Jazz music travelling across waters from it’s African influences, it’s New Orleans emergence and drawing particular focus on it’s current resurgence in London today. In this film, Jazz music is portrayed as the African water spirit, Mami Wata.

Ô doux Vodou

Ô doux Vodou

Canada A woman, struggling with an evil spirit, participates in a Voodoo session to get rid of it.

Catching the White Tuna

Catching the White Tuna

Colombia To save her brother's life, afro colombian teen and fisherman´s grandchild Mariana, spends the money to pay tuition for University she has dreamed of attending. Fighting for her future, she decides to collect the bales of cocaine that float in the sea (thrown by transporters when are besieged by the police) saving the merchandise from the enemy of the local capos. Threatened with death Mariana will have to escape with the uncertainty of her grandfather's future.

The Dinner

The Dinner

France A dinner between a man and a woman, who is don't looking for the same thing...

Number 10

Number 10

France AWA is a young french girl originally from Senegal. She's a law student who practices soccer regularly with her neighbor friends. But her passion is not at everyone's taste.

Al-sit

Al-sit

Sudan In a cotton-farming village in Sudan, 15-year-old Nafisa has a crush on Babiker, but her parents have arranged her marriage to Nadir, a young Sudanese businessman living abroad. Nafisa’s grandmother Al-Sit, the powerful village matriarch, has her own plans for Nafisa's future. But can Nafisa choose for herself?

Upheaval

Upheaval

Portugal It's essential to generate life, dialogue, understanding, and celebrate humanity. In times of widespread pandemic, raising questions about the preservation of democracy, the integrity of public health and our own notions of individuality, we are dragged into a process of change. 'Upheaval' is a meeting between the artist Welket Bungué, and the parliamentary politician Joacine Katar Moreira.

Mofiala

Mofiala

Togo Going against her husband's will, Ayélé smuggles her daughter Mofiala to study in the city. Years later, an epidemic of unknown origin strikes the village. Having become a doctor and researcher in bacteriology, Mofiala seems the ideal person to eradicate this problem.

Golden fish, African fish

Golden fish, African fish

Senegal The Casamance region in the South of Senegal is one of the last area of traditional fishing in West Africa. Facing the growing menace of industrial fishing companies and overcoming very harsh working conditions, the fishermen of Casamance contribute to the food supply (ou food safety) of many African countries. But for how long ?

Mane

Mane

Austria Two young women - two stories. A rapper in Dakar and a wrestler in southern Senegal: Toussa and Emodj. They both strive for victory and recognition in male-dominated spheres and a patriarchal society. A battle with words and visionary lyrics for a better society, and a fight with hard physical training for victory in the arena. "Mane" - „Me“ in the language Wolof - tells a modern, positive and trend-setting story of two young women and their universal truth.

Residue

Residue

United States A young filmmaker returns home after many years away, to write a script about his childhood, only to find his neighborhood unrecognizable and his childhood friends scattered to the wind.

Baba-Ghor

Baba-Ghor

Germany 786 years ago, the first Africans came to India. Mubarak Al Nubi aka Baba Ghor came from the Nubian region, after a dream he had, he commissioned himself to spread Islam. An epic journey where reality and fiction melting into an incredible story. Living in northern India, the Siddi community is estimated at around 50k.

Overcome Beloved

Overcome Beloved

South Africa Wresting with her new reality, a young mother finds herself stuck at a safehouse with her daughter. When her husband finds them, she realizes the monster he has always been and fighting for her life becomes her only option.

En tête à tête

En tête à tête

Congo The practice of journalism in the Republic of Congo does not allow radio hosts and a certain category of journalists to make a living from their work. In this documentary, two generations of radio presenters tell us about the realities of their job. I film the testimonies of former radio hosts, confronted with those of young hosts, illustrated by sequences of animation in the radio studio. I also film the viewpoints of listeners on the decline of radio in the face of social networks

I have a dream

I have a dream

Germany Nach George Floyds tragischem Tod im Sommer 2020 kommt die Filmemacherin in Berührung mit Schwarzen Aktivistinnen in Köln. Teile der Community kooperieren mit einem Kölner Bündnis gegen Rassismus. Gemeinsam planen sie eine Kundgebung, die anlässlich der großen Rede Martin Luther Kings von 1963 stattfinden soll. Die Filmemacherin begleitet die Vorbereitungen und spricht mit den Aktivistinnen über die Black Lives Matter Bewegung.

Good, thanks you?

Good, thanks you?

United Kingdom In the aftermath of an attack, Amy is left voiceless, trapped in a whirlwind of incompetence. She must find a way to confront what has happened, in order to save what matters to her most.

Scalp Deep

Scalp Deep

Uganda Hair and constructions of identity are often deeply intertwined. Influenced by the intersections of African hair, femininity and personal identity, "Scalp Deep" captures the struggles of a young African woman as she navigates the reactions and expectations of others after she decides to commit to a new look.

Lonely Giorl

Lonely Giorl

Benin Lonely Girl : FLIGHT is a tragic story about a Mother who once lost her Husband, and then later on both her childrens 720p/4k Version is the upgraded version of my 2006 student animated film in LISAA paris france.

The Star

The Star

RD Congo

Rapsodia Negra

Rapsodia Negra

Colombia This film is a journey into the secrets of the Colombian Pacific coast. There is much left to discover at the heart of afro-colombian culture. The narrator and guide that leads our path into this heart can be no other than “The Witch Doctor” Alsonso Córdoba: a man, a people and their folklore. He is a path-opener, a deep knower of these secrets, one of the last afro-colombian “Griots” of the XXth century.

Aicha

Aicha

Marocco Outskirts of the town, at a traditional house, Aicha, a 26-year-old woman leads a monotonous lifestyle. During the day, she does household chores and cares for her elderly mother who is sick and bedridden. In the evening, Aicha leaves home and waiting to cross the path of a possible lorry driver.

The happiest people

The happiest people

Nigeria A tale of two brothers that portrays the challenges and disillusionment that young Nigerians daily confront and the wave of suicides sweeping a beleaguered country.

Tang Jër

Tang Jër

Senegal An unusual Tangana tenant observes in his mysterious restaurant, the incessant ballet of the beings that populate the city of Dakar. Between juicy omelets and steaming skewers, soups and condensed milk, Onfaaya soothes the restless, heals the wounds and welcomes everyday life as it presents itself, whatever the cost might be...

Tumaco

Tumaco

Colombia "Tumaco" is a documentary that delves into the ethos of a community besieged by the most degrading facts of the human condition in a country like Colombia: drug trafficking, armed conflict, poverty, racism, state abandonment, destruction of nature, violation of Human Rights and a host of injustices that make its survivors authentic masters in the struggle for life.

Tomati

Tomati

Nigeria Tomati highlights the quest of a well-educated, poverty stricken and frustrated young man as he attempts to overcome the effect of the economic failures in Nigeria.

Bantú Mama

Bantú Mama

Dominican Republic A French woman of African descent manages to escape after being arrested in the Dominican Republic. She finds shelter in the most dangerous district of Santo Domingo, where she is taken in by a group of children. By becoming their protégée and maternal figure, she will see her destiny change inexorably.

Bakosó: AfroBeats of Cuba

Bakosó: AfroBeats of Cuba

Cuba What does “Está Rico” by Marc Anthony, Will Smith & Bad Bunny have in common with “Made For Now” by Janet Jackson x Daddy Yankee? They both high-jacked AfroBeats and did not give the genre’s origin props. Bakosó is a film that does the opposite, following DJ Jigüe to his hometown of Santiago de Cuba to find inspiration from the new sounds. He finds Afrobeats has helped create a new genre called Bakosó, which itself is beautiful proof that the exchange between Cuba and Africa did not end...

DỌLÁPỌ̀ IS FINE

DỌLÁPỌ̀ IS FINE

United Kingdom A story about a young black girl's relationship with her hair and name, and how it helps her understand who she really is.

A Letter To My Friend In France

A Letter To My Friend In France

Egypt When imagination and freedom of speech are hindered by pre-determined boundaries, only a higher power can provide a breakthrough. Rami's encounter with "his friend in France" proves this thesis, and with a little impulsivity and imagination, the young protagonist learns a bit about himself.

The white line

The white line

Namibia “The White Line” In 1963, three years after a violent uprising that shook South West Africa. It is a story of hope borne from love grown in a forbidding time. It is a period story set in 1963, three years after the Old Location uprising that shook South West Africa. A white police officer falls in love with a black maid, their love for each other grows over time through the letters they write to each other. Their love endures many obstacles, one being the colour of their skin.

Chakero

Chakero

Colombia In San Basilio de Palenque (Colombia), Grandfather Florentino is seriously ill and has gotten worse, his grandson Keyner must tell his uncles who live in Mahates, another town in the area, to go see him before it's too late. Keyner calls them but the cell phone signal has dropped again.

Seeds: Black Women in Power

Seeds: Black Women in Power

Brazil Seeds: Black Women in Power shows the transformation of mourning into struggle. In response to the brutal execution of Rio de Janeiro city councilor Marielle Franco, the 2018 elections turned into the biggest political upheaval led by Black women that Brazil has ever seen. In all states, Black female politicians stood against the growth of fascism in the country.

Finding My Roots: Tale of Two Carries

Finding My Roots: Tale of Two Carries

United States Carrie Annie Bernans, named after her grandma Carrie and great-grandma Carrie is on a quest to "find her roots." She takes a trip with her grandma from Memphis, TN to the Mississippi Delta and stops at places in between to learn how her grandma raised 10 children including her mom in one of the poorest counties in the U.S. at that time, discovering common traits, and share the emotional experience with viewers.

Trouble

Trouble

Congo After a lovely picnic away from the city Dalhia and Stephane face an horrible situation...

Murder in Paris

Murder in Paris

South Africa Murder in Paris is a political crime thriller doccie that traces the motives for the assassination of anti-Apartheid activist, Dulcie September. The story travels from the heart of Paris in March 1988 to the pursuit of justice in 2021.