Africa is diverse. Our documentaries show it in various colours

 

Come with us to Africa. We've got some great tips that show you a number of countries in a new light. From a visually stunning film about the language hardships of schoolchildren in Zambia, to a film about the ceaseless struggle for recognition of the Western Sahara, to a heavy, shocking documentary capturing the stories of those who suffered under Chadian dictator Hissein Habré.

Let's start in the Democratic Republic of Congo, in the mining town of Kolwezi in the south, where local radio and television stations seek to open up important issues that plague ordinary residents, and reveal the unfairness of senior officials. The film Kolwezi on Air follows several journalists who in a simple studio bring high-ranking politicians practically to their knees in confession, ask them uncomfortable questions and in often tragicomic conditions play a crucial role as the guardians of the young democracy.

The documentary Colours of the Alphabet filmed in Zambia again focuses on the problem of too many languages, of which there are about 70 in this country, hampering development at all levels. It shows the heart-breaking situation of small schoolchildren who are starting first grade.

A totally different atmosphere with a touch of peaceful resistance can be found in the film News from Laayoune about the native people of Western Sahara. Morocco considers the Western Sahara its territory; but half a century ago the local people proclaimed an independent Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic. We follow several Sahrawi men who express their unfulfilled desire for independence and freedom in music. In Prague we will welcome an interesting guest on the topic of the Western Sahara. A member of the Václav Havel jury will be María Carrion, the relentless organiser of the FiSahara Film Festival, which is annually screened for Western Saharan refugees in their camps in the desert near the Algerian border.

Finally, we would like to draw attention to the challenging but very important documentary Hissein Habré, A Chadian Tragedy. It gives a voice to the people who survived the genocide in the 1980s, an episode that is hardly talked about here in Europe. In Chad, without any response by the international community, tens of thousands of people died and hundreds more were tortured – all under brutal dictator Hissein Habré who came to power with the support of France and the United States. Last year this man was sentenced to life imprisonment. In Chad, the now ex-prisoners learn to live alongside those who carried out the dictator's orders.  

 

Other films about this topic:

The Giant Is Falling

The Pearl of Africa

Those Who Jump

 

 


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