Press Release 27 July 2015 – Voice4Thought presents themed films


Voice4Thought presents V4T-themed films.

Movies with a message #letslook

 

The Voice4Thought festival presents three thought-provoking films on 24, 26 and 27 August.  The films embody the mission of the festival: to bring inspiring ‘voices’ of strength and change to a broader audience and facilitate a dialogue between Africa and Europe. They were selected by slammer Croquemort (Chad), human rights lawyer Pangmashi Yenkong (Cameroon) and Elvire Eijkman (African Studies Centre, Leiden). During the movie nights, they will introduce the films of their choice and answer questions from the audience.

 

Film: Un homme qui crie – 24 August

2010 – 92 min. – genre: drama – director: Mahamat-Saleh Haroun – language: French; Arabic – subtitles: English

Introduction: Croquemort

‘Un homme qui crie’ is a 2010 French-Chadian drama film by Mahamat Saleh Haroun. It revolves around the current civil war in Chad, and tells the story of a man who sends his son to war in order to regain his position at an upscale hotel. The film won the Jury Prize at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival.

 

Film: The Ambassador – 26 August

2011 – 92 min. – genre: documentary – director: Mads Brügger – language: Danish; English; French – subtitles: English

Introduction: Pangmashi Yenkong

‘The Ambassador’ is a genre-breaking, tragic comedy in which the Danish journalist Mads Brügger goes undercover as a Liberian Ambassador. The film tells about the bizarre and hidden world of African diplomacy, where gin-tonics flow on a daily basis and diamond hustlers and corrupt politicians run free. In short, this is Africa, as ‘never seen before’.

 

Film: Le Président – 27 August

2013 – 64 min. – genre: biography, history – director: Jean-Pierre Bekolo – language: French – subtitles: English

Introduction: Elvire Eijkman

Efforts to stop ‘Le Président’ from screening in Yaoundé have drawn international attention. Cameroonian authorities didn’t approve of the film’s seemingly daring plot, which sees the film’s fictional president disappear a few days before elections (the country’s real-life president, Paul Biya, has been in power for more than 30 years). ‘Le Pre̒sident’ is an allegory of the men who run Africa, who like to see themselves as wild beasts or even Gods of Africa, and about ordinary people who have to live with the consequences.

 

Time: 17.00 – 19.00

Location: room 019, Lipsius building, Leiden

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Note for editor:

 

The Voice4Thought Project is part of the research program ‘Connecting in Times of Duress’ and is organized in collaboration with Leiden University, ASC, LeidenGlobal and Both Ends. Media partners are RNW media, VPRO Buitenland, The Broker and One World.

 

For more information and/ or photographs please contact:

 

E. Gilbert

Leiden University

tel: +31 6 8377 6723