To mark the 50th anniversary of the Pan African Film Festival of Ouagadougou (FESPACO), Aboubakar Sanogo presents a sweeping survey of the festival's history, influence, and future directions. He notes the festival's function as a home for African filmmakers and cinema, as a space for cultural encounters, as a library and archive of debates on African cinema, and as a barometer of health or lack thereof of the various national film industries on the continent. After reviewing this year's selection of films, which reflect ever-present concerns over memory, the geopolitical, and the effects of powerful external forces, Sanogo concludes that FESPACO faces formidable challenges to its self-renewal, including its mandate to define the values of African cinema and present them to the world.
Cine-Agora Africana: Meditating on the Fiftieth Anniversary of FESPACO
Aboubakar Sanogo is Assistant Professor of Film Studies at Carleton University. His writings have appeared in Cinema Journal, Framework, Moving Image Review & Art Journal, Rethinking History, and the Journal of Film Preservation Sanogo. He has also curated film programs at the Smithsonian Institution, TIFF, Il Cinema Ritrovato and FESPACO.
Aboubakar Sanogo; Cine-Agora Africana: Meditating on the Fiftieth Anniversary of FESPACO. Film Quarterly 1 December 2019; 73 (2): 31–40. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/fq.2019.73.2.31
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