Australian Festival of African Film showcased best of the continent’s film
The fourth Australian Festival for African Film kicked off on May 12, 2018 in Brisbane, showing some of the best pieces from the continent.
Five films from six countries, representing four language groups, were played over the duration of the event, with an interval for a traditional Mu’ooz African buffet which provided festival-goers with an authentic experience.
Director of the organisation Janelle Meager said the festival was important to showcase these films in Australia to give people a taste of an industry different to Hollywood.
“With the limited diversity on our screens, I think it’s important that we show films from a different cultural perspective, such as films from Africa,” she said.
Meager also said the festival aimed to engage the local African community in Brisbane by partnering with local NGO Kyeema Foundation who work across the agriculture sector in East Africa, and help give films from the different ethnicities a greater reach in Australia.
“Nollywood is actually the second largest film industry in the world in terms of the content produced per week and per year.
“I see it as an important thing for Australians to know about and learn about,” she said.
Keteke is a film that featured as part of the festival in Brisbane and Director of the movie Peter Sedufia said he was very excited to learn the film was being shown on the big screen in Australia, tackling the stereotypes that often surround the African continent.
“It satisfies my quest of making films, not only for Africans, but for the world, and I’m happy to see this happen,” he said.
“All the brainwash and stereotypical stories told about Africa to the West can be corrected through our films, and the narrative can be changed completely to propagate a happy Africa, rather than a sad Africa, through our films.”
The festival also featured two films by African-Australians, and commissioned spoken word poetry and rap responses by local African diaspora.