An Audiovisual trip through Africa in Greece
Nigerian film producer/director Kunle Afolayan, South African
Ambassador, HE Mr Sophonia Rapulane Makgetla, South African film
producers/directors, Faith Isiakpere and Firdoze Bulbulia
The 4th African Film Week in Greece was held once again at the Greek Film Archives in Athens from 19-25 February 2015. Throughout the course of the event, a total of sixteen feature films and two short films were screened, from eight African countries.
His Excellency, Mr. Sophonia Rapulane Makgetla, the Dean of the Africa Group and Ambassador the Republic of South Africa, officially inaugurated the 4th African Film Week stressing “the aim is for Greek audience to become familiar with the cultural experiences of each country and to get acquainted with today’s Africa, to recognize it for what it is and for what it can offer. Through this rich audiovisual trip to the African continent; the event aims to build a closer cultural cooperation between Greece and the participating African countries, and their respective cultural organisations, and hopes to create fertile ground for future cooperation in the audiovisual sector.”
The Hellenic Ministry of Culture and Education was represented by the Director of the Department for Cinematography and Audiovisual Ministry of Culture, Education and Religious Affairs, Mrs Sophie Gialamas conveyed that the Hellenic Ministry of Culture welcomes and supports the initiative of the African Film Week and continued by saying “Before and above all, we share our love for Art, Expression and Artistic Creation”. Remarking “Diversity, Multiform, the Mosaic that makes up Africa, all this will fascinate us once again, through the lens of great filmmakers.”
Nigerian Ambassador, HE Mr Ayodeji Ayodele, South African
Ambassador, HE Mr Sophonia Rapulane Makgetla, Mrs Neva Makgetla and
Nigerian film producer/director Kunle Afolayan
South Africa participated in the 4th African Film Week with two movies and one documentary. Namely: Sarafina!, Fanie Fourie’s Lobola and Laugh Out Loud with President Mandela. Invited guests were Director/Producers, Faith Isiakpere and Firdoze Bulbulia visited Athens to present their documentary Laugh Out Loud with President Mandela (2012, 30’), a rare portrait of former President Mandela.
South African Embassy in Athens, Greece