Four days will be dedicated to the cinematographic partnership between Rome and Africa: the ‘Casa del Cinema di Villa Borghese’ in Rome will host the second edition of the RomaAfrica Film Festival from 13 to 16 June, also thanks to the sponsorship of the Italy-Africa Initiative of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, of the the Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Tourism, the Region of Lazio, and the association Assafrica & Mediterraneo.
The Festival, under art direction of Antonio Flamini, will screen previews of recent films or of films still not released in Italy. The event is supported by the Embassies of African Countries, the Festival Panafricain du Cinéma et de la Télévision of Ouagadougou-Burkina Faso (Fespaco), of the Luxor African Film Festival-Egitto (LAFF), at the attendance of Director Azza Elhosseinydel, and of the African Film Festival of New York. The idea of organising the event arose from an intuition that found fertile ground in a group of organisations in some way linked to Africa, the common denominator being passion for the cinema.
Indeed the cinema is the ideal instrument, beyond well-established commonplaces, to show the cultural variety and liveliness of this fascinating continent, so close and yet so far from us and still little known in Italy. Cinema is the mirror through which to grasp the essence of a changing Africa: a dynamic continent under a complex set of pressures but in continuous evolution, with an enormous potential ready to enrich our culture.