Fotograma Papi

Fotograma: Papy

CINEMA IN CONGO: FROM COLONIAL TIMES TO NOWADAYS

The eighth edition of FCAT will dedicate part of its program to the film production of Congo, an audiovisual heritage never before seen in Spain. This retrospective will cover the film history of this country in fourteen sessions divided into three sections: Colonial Cinema; Independent Congo, audiovisual production during Mobutu’s era; and Cinema and the relaxing of restrictions as regards the media.

The case of the audiovisual production in Congo is a particularly interesting one because it opens the door to a more general reflection concerning the freedom of film creation in Africa. The colonial governments’ policies and Mobutu’s were similar as regards the production of images; in both cases, they were placed at the service of the dominating ideology for the purpose of reaffirming a totalitarian power.

After Independence, Mobutu’s regime never established a real structure that would allow for the development of a solid film industry. Faced with restricted freedom and means, the few independent directors of the time shot their films outside the country. The lifting of restrictions in the nineties led to the current production dynamics, which are still limited to isolated experiences within the country. In these conditions, is it possible to speak of a ‘Congolese cinema’? Guido Convents, author of Images and Democracy, the Congolese versus Cinema and Audiovisuals, will be present at the round table at which this issue will be discussed, leading to a reflection on the production of images in Congo and in Africa in general, their meaning, importance and consequences.

 

PLACE: Galería Silos, Calle de los Silos, 19
DATE: 14 de junio de 10:30 a 13:00
FREE ENTRANCE

 

Fotograma Basra

Fotograma: Basra

CINEMA & CENSORSHIP / CINEMA AND DEMOCRACY?: THE CASES OF TUNISIA AND EGYPT

Protagonists from both countries will help us reflect on cinema’s role.The guest participants will speak about the proposed subjects: censure, bureaucratic snags,role of cinema inside and outside these countries, and the role new technologies play.

Participants

Moderator

Carla Fibla, journalist. She was the correspondant for la Vanguardia and the channel SER in the Maghreb for 7 years. Since 2008, she works as a correspondant for the SER in the Middle East, covering the region from Jordania. For the last 4 months she has covered the popular revolutions in Egypt, Bahrain and Lybia in situ. From Amman she has covered the events evolution in Syria and the Yemen, throught images from social network.

Speakers

Nadia El Fani, filmmaker (Tunisia)

Marianne Khoury, producer (Misr International) and director (Egypt)

Ali Abou Chadi, censor (Egypt)

Ahmad Abdalla, director (Egypt)

Hichem Ben Ammar, filmmaker (Tunisia)

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PLACE: Galería Silos, Calle de los Silos, 19
DATES: 12 de junio de 10:30 a 14:00
FREE ENTRANCE

 



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