Dreamscapes from the Ivory Coast, magical realism from Nigeria, revolutionary echoes from Haiti: On our online platform and at select theatres in Stockholm, October 11-24, we screened everything from intimate documentaries to warm comedies from the African continent and diaspora.
The Best Feature Film award of 2021 went to
Philippe Lacôte’s Night of the Kings
The CinemAfrica jury of 2021 has had an incredibly difficult choice to make, with all nominated films being, in short, extraordinary. Among the films in competition, Night of the Kings stands out with its way of weaving the power of storytelling into an overarching theme, so that layers of fiction are intertwined, and with its way of letting the prison setting and society mirror each other. Philippe Lacôte has crafted a story in which dispossession and power struggles dominate existence, without dehumanizing for a second. The individual acting performances are phenomenal, but the ensemble’s interplay is yet more brilliant. Cinematography, editing, scenography, and lighting work together in a cinematic masterpiece that will surely go down in history as one of the most important contributions to the art of cinema from Côte d’Ivoire.
The Best Short Film award of 2021 went to
Jonelle Twum’s A Mother’s Body
The Jury’s motivation: In the CinemAfrica short film competition of 2021, there were a number of incredibly strong nominees. Jonelle Twum’s A Mother’s Body (En mammas kropp) stood out with the way in which it succeeds in telling what is often untold and in showing what is often hidden. A Mother’s Body shows how marginalized women’s bodies are broken down and how much struggle it takes to keep together and hold out: How a daughter sees her mother, how the traces of hard work shape silences, and how the mother has navigated life to keep her own dignity. How the least prestigious kind of manual labor marks people and how those who perform it – often women, often of migrant background – have to find ways to keep their heads high.
The 2021 CinemAfrica Jury
Nathan Hamelberg is a culture writer and critic, DJ, and works with communications at the music association Selam. He has a background at Stocktown and is part of the HipHop Studies group Each One Teach One.
My name is Luwam Zeru, sometimes I manage projects and sometimes I watch a lot of movies. Constantly chasing waterfalls, the sun and music.
David Lenneman, raised in Umeå and based in Stockholm, works as an actor and is also appointed Global Team Captain for the runners’ community ASICS FrontRunner. David is educated in New York at The American Academy of Dramatic Arts. He can be seen in Swedish films and TV and on stage, David has participated in a critically praised production of A Raisin in the Sun, in which he played one of the leading roles.