The International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR) recently asked seven filmmakers from various African countries to make films in China. The films are set to premiere in the program “Raiding Africa,” during Rotterdam’s 40th edition.
IFFR set up the program in an effort to inform African filmmakers about Asian independent low budget filmmaking and to allow them to work internationally.
“One of the big issues of our time is the domination of the Chinese in some African countries and their absence in daily life,” said Rotterdam programmer Gertjan Zuilhof in a press release. “So the idea is to ask African filmmakers to make a movie in China and to get to know more about the people that live behind gates in their continent.”
The filmmakers asked to take part are:
Omelga Mthiyane, South-Africa (“Thank You Mama”)
Emile-Aime Chah Yibain ‘Ancestor’, Cameroon (“The Way to the Cross”)
Ssenkaaba Samson ‘Xenson’, Uganda (“Creation Lab”)
Caroline Kamya, Uganda
Yves Montand Niyongabo, Rwanda (“Maibobo”)
Amour Sauveur, Congo-Brazzaville (“Coupable”)
Henrique Narciso ‘Dito’, Angola (“A guerra do Ku-Duro”)