The African Diplomatic Women’s Group along with the Tuggeranong Arts centre have put together a showcase of films from across six African nations.
In an inspiring cinema journey, the festival will offer productions from Tunisia to South Africa, including films produced in Botswana, Kenya, Nigeria and Zimbabwe.
The Botswanan film Four Thirty has been selected to open the festival. A fast paced production by 32 year old director Ndinaya Chengeta, this movie offers the viewer much more than entertainment and it goes beyond just addressing everyday life issues. The film focuses on teenegers from different backgrounds and their life changing experiences between a period of 12 hours that goes from 4:30pm, when they leave school, until 4:30am when the night concludes in a tragedy. In a web of lies, lust and deceit, Four Thirty tackles everything from alcohol abuse to lost youth, sending out a potent HIV awareness message.
Ms Joy Burch, MLA, Minister for the Arts and African Diplomatic Women’s Group president Ms Helen Olukanni will oficially open the event. The opening ceremony will be held at the newly refurbished Tuggeranong Arts Centre at 6.30pm on Wednesday 23rd of October.
Festival spokesperson Ms Wame Dechambenoit, counsellor at the High Commission of Botswana said, “Following last year’s successful event, the African Diplomatic Women’s Group, with the support of the Diplomatic Missions involved, is delighted to offer another edition of the Festival at the Tuggeranong Arts Centre. From drama to comedy, this year’s festival presents films that offer an insight into the vibrance and complexities of the African continent. We are happy to showcase films that are not part of the regular commercial circuit in Australia.”
Felipe Bernabó, Tuggeranong Arts Centre’s Operations Manager commented, “It was a pleasure to be part of this successful event last year and we are looking forward to present this year’s festival to Canberra. We are delighted to play a key role in this event and would like to invite all film lovers to enjoy this showcase.”
7.30pm, 23 October BOTSWANA – Four Thirty
7.00pm, 24 October KENYA – Umoja
7.00pm, 25 October NIGERIA – The Narrow Path
4.00pm, 26 October SOUTH AFRICA – Labola
4.00pm, 27 October ZIMBABWE – The Gentleman
7.00pm, 28 October TUNISIA – É Viva lé Cinema
When: Wednesday 23 to Monday 28 October Where: Tuggeranong Arts Centre, 137 Reed Street, Greenway Bookings: 6293 1443 Cost: $5 voluntary contribution