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Carte blanche : Badewa Ajibade - Montréal

Carte blanche : Badewa Ajibade — Montréal

For this 41st edition, Le FIFA is pleased to welcome the Carte Blanche of Badewa Ajibade, copresented with Faculté des beaux-arts de Concordia and Concordia Film Festival

Afro Landscapes : Sons of the Soil, Daughters of the Dust

First of all, I would like to thank the entire FIFA team, most especially the director, Philippe U. del Drago for giving me this opportunity to share these films with Montréal audiences this year. My motivation to work on a Carte Blanche with FIFA this year was one born out of a vacuum I had taken notice of. I had observed that a high number of new and upcoming sub-Saharan African art and experimental filmmakers, especially those still based in Africa, had not had the opportunity to screen their work on a big stage in North America such as that which is offered by FIFA. I am thrilled that they will be able to do so this year. My Carte Blanche selection is of sub-Saharan African short experimental films that originate from the subcontinent of sub-Saharan Africa and touch on the relationship of the people to their land, and their histories with their colonial past. My selection comprises 9 short films which originate from different parts of the subcontinent, including: Namibia, Ghana, South Africa, Senegal, Ghana, Nigeria, Congo, and Rwanda. Two of these short films Assaman and Ô doux vodou originate wholly or in part from outside Africa, namely: The United States of America and Canada; both nevertheless being stories with a deep connection to the African motherland as is depicted in their narratives. I would like to thank my friends Wilfrid Massamba, a Columbian based film programmer as well as Christine Boateng, a Ghanaian-based film programmer for their help in putting this category together. I worked with both of them to source pertinently themed films from and/​or about the subcontinent of Sub-Saharan Africa. So, after watching several entries and then eventually narrowing them down to these 9 films we have, the time has come to share them with you! I hope you enjoy them!”

- Badewa Ajibade

Sensory Overload — Moise Ganza. Rwanda. 2021. 6 min. French. English subtitles.
Spirit — Christine Boateng, Claudia Owusu. Ghana. 2021. 7 min. English. English subtitles.
Invisibles KaunaPawa — Joel Haikali. Namibia. 2019. 16 min. No dialogue.
Gbonyo Party — Andy Madjitey. Ghana. 2023. 4 min. Ga. English subtitles.
Ô doux Vodou — Olivier A. Dubois. Canada, Haiti. 2018. 7 min. Creole.
Assaman — Katrina Flores. Senegal, United States. 2022. 13 min. English, Wolof. French subtitles.
Finding Serenity — Ademola Falomo. Nigeria. 2022. 4 min. Yoruba. English subtitles.
Face to Face — Florent Mahoukou. Congo. 2023. 20 min. French. English subtitles.
A Dream Deciphered — Hlumela Matika. South Africa. 2022. 6 min. No dialogue.
Director Moise Ganza, Christine Boateng, Claudia Owusu, Joel Haikali, Andy Madjitey, Olivier A. Dubois, Katrina Flores, Ademola Falomo, Florent Mahoukou, Hlumela Matika

In Partnership with

Concordia film festival


• Université Concordia - J.A. de Sève, LB-125, Pavillon J. W. McConnell
Sunday, march 19, 2023, 08:00 p.m. — 10:00 p.m.

In the same session