CinemAfrica is a non-profit organisation that works towards spreading high-quality African and diaspora cinema in Sweden. We show features, short films and documentaries and act as a platform and a forum for African film in Sweden. We also work towards increasing the amount of film shown in cinemas, during festivals and on television, and to broaden DVD distribution networks. By showing African and diaspora film we’re aiming at broadening the types of culture on offer in Sweden and at increasing the knowledge Swedes have about African current affairs.
CinemAfrica’s Film Festival started 1998 in Stockholm, and is now the largest festival for African cinema in the Nordic countries. We invite current filmmakers and participants in the public discourse to our festival to participate in seminars and discussions around the films we show. CinemAfrica also conducts individual screenings, film breakfasts and seminars. Additionally, we work with other organisations and film festivals to enable them to show African film as part of their programming.
School screenings for children and young adults are an important part of what CinemAfrica does. We offer free school screenings for schools around the country and work hard towards getting our films to children through our other channels of co-operation.
CinemAfrica Film Festival started with the purpose of changing Swedish society, to use film as a means to create space for stories and artistic expressions that can nuance expectiations of what the African continent is and provide different images from the ones the Swedish public is normally subjected to. Today, some 18 years later, we see a different Sweden but one where many problems remain. Media images of Africa have not changed in a marked way since we started and many prejudices live on. Partly because of that CinemAfrica has an important role to play in bringing forward films and perspectives as well as knowledge about structural and symbolic racism.