Festival international de cinéma Vues d'Afrique
Annually in April
This festival screens international features, documentaries and shorts by filmmakers from across Africa and the African diaspora.
Here are some 2019 highlights:
- Opening the festival is the original French-subtitled version of the Belgian-French feature film The Mercy of the Jungle (La Miséricorde de la Jungle) about a pair of lost Rwandan soldiers struggling to survive at the beginning of the Second Congo War. Rwandan director Joel Karekezi will be in attendance. Screening followed by musical performances.
- Tunisian writer and director Mahmoud Ben Mahmoud’s award-winning feature film Fatwa is about Brahim Nadhour, a divorced father residing in France, who returns to Tunisia after his son dies in a motorcycle accident. When he arrives, Brahim discovers the radicalization and transformation of his son and native land.
- The French-subtitled documentary Le Tribunal sur le Congo (The Congo Tribunal) by Swiss director Milo Rau examines the 20-year Congo War – also called the "Third World War" – which claimed six million lives.
- The French-subtitled documentary Dizzy Brains: Madagascar, Punk Land is about punk band The Dizzy Brains, who rose from the angry streets of Antananarivo in Madagascar.
- The French-subtitled South African documentary I Am Sheriff follows a young transgender man who travels throughout the mountain kingdom of Lesotho showing his film about gender identity.
- There are daily cocktails, African cuisine, performances and events at the Baobar at the Cinémathèque québécoise.
- The festival hosts two off-site French-language roundtables open to the general public: Rencontre Images de Femmes et diversité on April 9 (it will also be broadcast live on Facebook), and L’image de l’Afrique dans les médias on April 10 (advance registration required).
Apr 5 to 14, 2019: Daily, 10 a.m.
- Montréal Museums Pass Accepted
- Tourist and Leisure Companion Sticker