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QAFF 2022 SELECTION
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The Rumba Kings
Peru Documentary Feature 94' The award-winning music documentary film The Rumba Kings celebrates the epic quest of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, an African nation that fought colonial oppression, found freedom, and forged a new identity through music. In the 1950s, when the Democratic Republic of the Congo was a Belgian colony, a generation of Congolese musicians fused traditional African rhythms with Afro-Cuban music to create the electrifying beat of Congolese Rumba....
Kenya Short 20' A woman with a disability wants to buy a vibrator from a traditional sexologist, or senga during a friend's bridal shower; but she must confront other women at the party who believe that she is non-sexual because she uses a wheelchair, so shouldn't need a vibrator in the first place.
United States Feature Experimental 73' Confronted with a series of racially charged incidents, a young black man must overcome rage, alienation, and hopelessness in order to find his own humanity.
France Short Experimental 6'29 « Being from mixed cultures means going through constant waves of doubt ». Vitiligo invites you to experience the mindspace of two women, both plunged deep in an internal questioning of their external apparence.
In the billowing night
La Réunion Documentary Experimental 51' Jean-René is a retired workman who has lived in Mâcon, France, since emigrating from Reunion Island at the age of 17. Today, for the first time ever, the quiet man recounts his story to his daughter. His journey is interspersed with enigmatic dreams and pains that are rooted in the wounds of the French colonial past.
France Documentary 42'17 Some 70 kilometers from the former slave port of Cartagena de Indias in Colombia, the village of San Basilio de Palenque has long symbolized the struggle of the cimarrons against slavery. Even today, community organization and cultural expressions remain particularly alive. Music continues to be one of the strongholds of the community.
France Short Documentary 26' This documentary tells the story of how, when a Haitian voodoo priestess, a Mambo, dies, it is up to the children to celebrate the deity she served. It’s time for my mother to come home to perform this ritual in honor of my late grandmother.
United States Documentary Feature 84' The ‘Negro Moses’ arrived on the scene on August 17, 1887 in the tiny seaside town of St. Ann’s Bay on the northern coast of Jamaica, fifty-three years after slavery was abolished in that country. In his short life Marcus Mosiah Garvey, would go on to become the world’s foremost Pan-Africanist and, in some eyes, the greatest civil-rights leader of the twentieth century. He dedicated his life to the project of redeeming Africa...
Canada Documentary Feature 90'35 When a little-known Jewish community in rural Uganda comes into contact with a group of Orthodox Israeli rabbis, everyone is destined to be transformed. Director Tamás Wormser documents the extraordinary encounter over seven years, crafting a nuanced and visually arresting documentary reflection on identity, religion and the long shadow of colonialism.
Botswana Short 10'38 Three young adults share their struggle with anxiety, depression, and alcoholism while battling to promote mental well-being among their peers. Poignant metaphoric visuals and poetic narrative uniquely portray the symptoms and emotions of these mental health conditions with an aim of destigmatization. From their darkest moments to their search for help, the film illustrates that there is light at the end of the tunnel and support is closer than you think.
Brazil Animation 2'55 William is a middle-aged writer who lives alone in a small, untidy house and can't settle down doing what he loves. Confused and distressed, he flirts with death. With the rope around his neck, about to jump off a chair, the man looks around at his house and sees little “magical” objects that remind him of his past and passions, thus making a decision.
Uku Hlowa Kwephupha
South Africa Short Experimental 6'30 A woman asleep begins to dream. A dream that distorts her perception of time and space in relation to her mundane daily tasks. An illusion that evokes a surreal experience of herself.
Tanzania Documentary 72' There is a fundamental question at the heart of this tale: what was, is, and will be the role of Africa and its people in the world, generation after generation? What is Africology? When we consider that Egypt and egyptology is just a subset of all the history, science, culture and human evolution in Africa, isn't there a need for Africology?
Martinique Animation 85' Once upon a time a magic kingdom where summer lasted forever and where the animals and the inhabitants were immortal. The source of all magic was a young princess called Opal. Legends said that her joy would bring wonders and prosperity to the kingdom. But her sadness would only bring chaos and darkness…
On the surface
Iceland Animation 3'56 A young Black woman goes swimming in the Icelandic sea and reflects on her experience of raising a child in a country that feels nothing like home. As she enters the freezing water, she relives her traumatic pregnancy. Being in the wild and facing her fears is helping her heal.
United States Documentary experimental 13'55 Assaman is a cosmic love story with the future. A man named Tukki meets a sky-being named Asé. Together, they become suspended in a visual and sonic examination in search of flourishing joy and self-care journeying to the universe within. Assaman means "the sky" in Wolof.
Les gestes de Saint Louis
Belgium Documentary Experimental 30' The result of a collaboration between the Senegalese contemporary dance company Diagn'art and the Belgian and Swiss artists Kita Bauchet and Stéphanie Pfister, "Saint-Louis on the move" presents a subjective sketch of the city and the rythme of its daily life .An exploration of Saint-Louis through several choreographies performed by 2 dancers and 2 cameras on Siegfried Canto’s music that highlight the cities energy and the fierce creativity of its youth.
Egypt Short 20' Khadiga, young mother of 16 lives alone with her baby after her husband left for work in a remote city; in an ordinary day she makes her way through the hustle of Cairo streets to do some visits where she feels uncomfortable with the surroundings.
Kenya Short 17'58 Diana and her colleagues skillfully perform their cleaning duties against the backdrop of their privileged Nairobi clients’ private struggles and shenanigans. But the work is also taking a toll on Diana’s body Joash.
Genocidio e Movimentod
Brazil Documentary 60' The setting up of a solo performance, the outbreak of revolt, the collective clamor of the marches. Art, organization and rage against the genocide of black people. An audiovisual manifesto recorded between 2008 and 2016, in Salvador and Rio de Janeiro.
Italy Documentary 60' FENEEN is a journey into the urban music scene of Senegal. This project came about following the encounter between Italian producer Frank Sativa and Senegalese pop-star Leuz Diwane G and Italian-Senegalese rapper F.U.L.A. Such is the origin of a song, a videoclip and a documentary of the same name (Feneen). Written by Jennifer Caodaglio, directed by Giulia Rosco and scored by Frank Sativa, Feneen is a documentary developed as part of the project “MIGRA...
Face to Face
Congo Documentary Experimental 20' At a difficult turning point in his personal and professional life, choreographer Florent Mahoukou returns to the town of Pointe Noire where, for him, everything began with dance. His native country has evolved very little and nothing is offered to the people to get out of their precarious situation. Only informal activities allow them to survive. "Face to Face" is a questioning of oneself with a desire to understand life...
Ghana Animation 7'32 A little girl called Kasi arriving with her uncle from another country, discovers the market and the different activities. Begho is a former market city, at the crossroads of several trade routes, which was occupied between the 11th and 18th centuries. As such, it is mentioned and documented in many early writings about West Africa and pre-colonial Ghana and oral tradition.
Brazil Animation 22'28 A child is born with leaves on its body and her mother seeks healing. At school, however, the other children discriminate against her and she runs away to the forest! In the Caatinga, she meets enchanted beings of indigenous and black traditions and walks on an adventure of self-knowledge. Her search takes her to Òsányìn, the Orisà of the leaves, which presents the power of plants and the importance of environmental preservation.
Burkina Faso Short 9' Miriam spies on her father one morning. She gets discovered and invited to join him on his journey for the day. Little does he know, she will be the one to save the day...
El Maestro Laba Sosseh
Senegal Documental 90' the story of the greatest Afro-Cuban music singer in Africa. Laba Sosseh was born in the Gambia in 1943 and spent most of his time in Senegal. This film traces the journey of this atypical artist who has had success wherever he has gone. From New York via Abidjan and Dakar, return on the career of an artist who will have marked his time.
Jamaica Documentary short 6'08 Jonkonnu Nuh Dead is a dream like exploration into the world of Carlton Walters' experiences into what drew him into world of traditionally masquerade. It is one of the oldest dance forms found in Jamaica, but over the decades it has been marginalized.
Brazil Short 12' In a fishing village whose ancestors came from Africa, enslaved, ancient ancestral beliefs and cults remain. Neide (Jari Nass) is a former resident looking for ways to save her business, threatened by the decline of fish due to the oil spill in the region. The relations between the old forms of fishing work and their beliefs are contrasted with the need for collective work.
France Short 10' Dans une famille d'origine ouest africaine, où les traditions sont de rigueur, Ami , 17 ans, subit les agressions sexuelles de son oncle paternel à l'insu de sa mère. Un soir, alors que sa sœur et son mari viennent dîner à la maison, Ami décide de ne plus se laisser faire.
Guinea-Bissau Documentary Experimental 18' Shaped by mysticism, resistance, and the voice of revolutionary leader Amílcar Cabral, we take a personal and poetic journey through the anti-colonial past and present of Guinea-Bissau. The voice of Amílcar Cabral, leader of the struggle against Portuguese colonialism in Guinea-Bissau, and one of Africa’s foremost revolutionary leaders, echoes in the present day. Assassinated in 1973 on the eve of his country’s independence...
Senegal Short 24' It’s October, the end of the rainy season in Fouta, an isolated region in the north of Senegal. Astel (13) accompanies her father every day in the bush. Together, they look after their herd of cows. But one day, in the middle of the desert, the meeting between the young girl and a shepherd disrupts the peaceful daily life between Astel and her father.
The sound of sugar cane flowers
France Short 21' Ray, a teenager from Reunion, wants to join his friends’ Léa and Jonathan’s metal band. But for that, he needs an actual drum. His father, a sugar cane farmer, offers him a solution.
Dominican Republic Feature 77' 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.