15. AFRIKA FILM FESTIVAL - ERÖFFNUNG / OPENING / OUVERTURE
Films, international guests and live music
The anniversary festival will be opened by Theodor Wonja Michael, who assumes patronage duties this year. He has been a guest at the festival on many occasions due to his appearances in films about Black Germans. Two years ago, he attended to present his biography DEUTSCH SEIN UND SCHWARZ DAZU (BEING GERMAN, AND BLACK TO BOOT).
The international guests whose films will be shown at the festival and who will be in attendance at the opening include Abbas Yassin and Maissara Saeed (Hannover/Sudan), Amina Weira (Niger), Argaw Ashine (Ethiopia), Berni Goldblat (Burkina Faso), Hassam Ghancy (France), Joakim Demmer (Berlin), Licínio Azevedo (Mosambique), Miguel Hurst (Angola), Nonhle Mbuthuma (South Africa) and Sylvestre Amoussou (Benin).
The films that will be screened at the opening event are from Burkina Faso and Senegal, one of which was made in Protected content , the year in which Afrika Film Festival Köln was founded, while the other tells the tale of two passionate cinema-goers.
The musical accompaniment will be provided by the Cologne-based Steven Ouma Band, who also wowed the festival audience with their funky Kenyan-Cologne rhythms at their show here three years ago.
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