By SyndeysBuzz Intern Sarah Mason
The Palais at the Cannes Film Festival is a huge structure full of production companies, distributors and countries representing their entire industry. Its a very overwhelming place to walk into; there are people always in a hurry and more movies being advertised than I ever knew could exist. In this sea of film craziness, one booth immediately stood out to me. That booth was representing the film industry of the African country of Gabon. There were two people, a man and a woman who were nothing but happy to tell me about their country and the progress it has made in the world of film. The woman spoke little English, but the man told me that they were here in celebration of 50 years of Gabonese film. There are currently a lot of young directors coming out of the small country, and their films are not only being showcased here at Cannes, but at other festivals around the world.
Gabon was the guest country at this year’s 23rd FESPACO, the Pan African Film Festival of Ouagadougou. Gabon will also showcase all kinds of art, including film, at their very own Festival Bantu Esthetik, which occurs right after the Cannes Film Festival. Their goal is to promote and enhance not only their culture and the Gabonese wealth, but also the entire Bantu culture. Those who started the festival are aiming to develop a sustainable cultural industry and establish Libreville, Gabon as the captital of the Bantu civilization.