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Save the dates: the 14th edition of the African Film Festival of Tarifa and Tangier is about to begin

A new edition of the African Film Festival of Tarifa and Tangier, also known as FCAT, is on its way. The programme presents 70 films coming from 30 countries, mostly in Africa. Among the programmed films, 20 premiere in Spain and 26 compete for awards. FCAT, the only festival specializing in African cinema in the Hispanic world, takes place from 28 April to 6 May 2017 in Tarifa, Spain. For the second year in a row, the festival also takes place at the Cinémathèque de Tanger, on the other side of the Strait of Gibraltar, in Morocco, from 30 April to 5 May.

Films in competition
13 documentary and fiction feature-length films compete in the section Long-sightedness;
12 documentary and fiction short films compete in the section Shortly.
Films out of competition
Afroscope. A selection of films examining and raising questions about current issues such as borders, territory and identity. The section is divided in three parts: Africa, the way it is: 5 films, of which 2 short films and 3 documentaries;Borders: 9 films, of which 7 documentaries and 2 fictions; Spanish outlooks: films directed by Spanish filmmakers who dared to gaze elsewhere and create very personal, often poetic, interpretations of “the other”. The selection of 5 films include 3 documentaries, one fiction and one experimental short film.

Africa in rhythm. This section includes 4 documentaries featuring music and dance across the continent.
Retrospective of Alain Gomis. An almost integral retrospective of the films directed by the French-Senegalese filmmaker. The retrospective includes 6 feature-length movies that earned him numerous awards and nominations. It should be noted that Félicité (2017), programmed for the opening of this fourteenth edition of the FCAT, is also directed by Alain Gomis.
Focus: contemporary Tunisian cinema. A section made up of 5 films that question a possible revival of Tunisian cinema, and that put it in relation with the new era in which Tunisia entered after the fall of Ben Ali in 2011.
We, the Aliens. 4 documentaries made by Spanish filmmakers who have looked at the common aspects and relations that have developed over time between Spain and certain countries in Africa, especially in the North and West.
Activism. South Africa and apartheid. A selection of 3 films focusing on the apartheid and post apartheid periods.
Tribute to Cheick Fantamady Camara. This edition of the FCAT is dedicated to a Guinean filmmaker who left us too early last January. The film Il va pleuvoir sur Conakry (2006) will be screened as a homage. The film humorously depicts the affairs of an affectionate caricaturist, the son of an imam, but also addresses the aspects that hamper the advancement of his country, Guinea.

The FCAT will inaugurate its 14th edition with Félicité (2017), the new film by Alain Gomis, an artist who has just been awarded with the Silver Bear – the Grand Jury Prize in Berlin - and, for the second time in his career, what had only happened to a single filmmaker before, the highest award of Fespaco. This fictional feature tells the story of an independent and proud woman who works as a singer in a bar in Kinshasa. One day, his son was wounded in a terrible accident. While in hospital, Félicité tries to raise enough money for his surgery.

As always, the FCAT is also an opportunity to meet some of the filmmakers, in theaters or around an aperitif. It also offers the opportunity to learn: this year the Palaver Tree is installed at the Cinémathèque of Tangier, a must-see companion of this festival, which besides screening a dozen films of the program, also hosts debates and school sessions. The Cinémathèque, which celebrates its 10th anniversary this year, is dedicated to develop the cinematographic culture in Morocco.


Marion Girard






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