The television channel ARTE will again accompany the 32nd Africa Festival as a partner. For the 12th time, ARTE will present documentary films about Africa in the ARTE cinema tent in the middle of the festival area. This year the focus is on films about strong women from Africa.
8.30 p. m. | Senegal: Ladies´ Turn - Frauen an den Ball!
Documentary film from Helene Harder, 2012, 52 Min
9.30 p. m. | Soul Ladies: Zwischen Afrika und Europa
Documentary film from Alexander C. Stenzel, ARTE/HR 2018, 52 Min
8.30 p. m. | Auf den Spuren von Cesária Évora: Weltmusik von den Kapverden
Documentary film from Ulrich Stein und Jan Kerhart, ARTE/ZDF 2019, 55 Min
9.30 p. m. | The Great Green Wall
Documentary film from Jared P. Scott, 2019, 90 Min
The film is shown in English language
8.30 p. m. | Fonko: Urbane Musiktrends in Westafrika
Documentary film from Göran Olsson, Lamin Daniel Jadama und Lars Loven, 2015, 52 Min
9.30 p. m. | Johnny Clegg: Der weiße Zulu
Documentary film from Amine Mestari, ARTE-France 2018, 52 Min
8.30 p. m. | Reggae Boyz - Jamaikas Traum von der WM
Documentary film from Till Schauder, ARTE 2018, 74 Min
SENEGAL: LADIES´ TURN - FRAUEN AN DEN BALL!
© ARTE FRANCE Natacha Adam
SOUL LADIES: BETWEEN AFRICA AND EUROPE
Three strong women who have already enthused the audience of the Africa Festival with their music and charisma: Y’akoto, Nneka and Grammy-winner Angélique Kidjo. All three commute between different worlds and find their home in music. The film, which will premiere at the Africa Festival, portrays the artists, enquires about their roots and their self-perception and shows their commitment to tolerance, freedom and human rights
FONKO: URBANE MUSIC TRENDS IN WESTAFRICA
Francophone West Africa is an important centre for music trends. Here, traditional rhythms and urban club music are blending. Dakar, the capital of Senegal, is the centre of the West African hip-hop scene with musicians like Sister Fa and Daara J family but also stars of world music like Youssou N‘Dour. In Benin, the afro pop grandfathers of the legendary orchestra Polyrytmo are having a musical revival. In Burkina Faso artists use music to protest against inequalities and corruption.
© Ania Winiarska
JOHNNY CLEGG: THE WITHE ZULU
In July 2019 Johnny Clegg died. He was one of South Africa's most important musicians and a symbolic figure in the fight against apartheid. He combined western rock with South African Zulu music and brought together musicians of all genres on stage. The film allows Clegg to speak for himself through multiple interview clips and provides a very personal insight into his life. A film about the unifying power of music on South Africa's painful journey to freedom.
ON THE TRACKS CESÁRIA ÉVORA
The people of Cape Verde raved enthusiastically about music, as if it were their greatest treasure. Their national heroine, Cesária Évora, has made the melancholy sounds of the Morna known throughout the world. The music is full of emotion and reflects the long and painful history of slavery in the archipelago. Whether during intimate Impro-sessions in waterfront pubs, at the world-famous Mindelo carnival or during morning singing in kindergarten: music is an indispensable element of Cape Verdean society.
THE GREAT GREEN WALL
The effects of climate change are particularly dramatic in the African Sahel region: drought, famine and migration. The people of the region have therefore taken the initiative and are working to implement the ambitious project "The Great Green Wall". An 8,000-kilometre-long green strip of trees is to be created across the continent. The film follows the "Great Green Wall" with the Malian activist and singer Inna Modja. It shows the hopes and fears of the people - and their passion for music.
© GGW Photography