Luxor, Egypt 18-24 March, 2014 Danny Glover at the opening of 3rd Luxor African Film Festival, Egypt Top African-American film star Danny Glover will attend the opening of the 3rd African Film Festival (18-24 March, 2014) to present his latest film “The Children’s Republic” that will open the festival. Also attending, among top African and international guests, Flora Gomes, the Guinea-Bissau director of the acclaimed film. Both Glover and Gomes will be given special tribute for their rich career at the opening night along with Egyptian star Mahmoud Abdel-Aziz. “The Children’s Republic” takes place in an African small spot hard to find on a map, when men are ruled by a political and economic system that they pick by random draw. Bribery and looting are common laws that exhaust people. One day, they decide to run away from their country, scared by the wars they triggered themselves, sickened by the disasters they set off but, above all, leaving their children behind. The young ones will have to take over the country and try to succeed where the adults failed by creating “The Children’s Republic”. Flora Gomes Flora Gomes who was born 1949 in Cadique, Guinea-Bissau left his country in 1972 to study cinema at the Cuban Institute of Art and Cinematography under the guidance of Santiago Álvarez. Gomes then continued his studies at the Senegalese Journal for Motion Picture News under the direction of Paulin Soumanou Vieyra before co-directing two films with Sergio Pina and working as an assistant with Chris Marker and Anita Fernandez. Upon returning to a liberated Guinea-Bissau, Gomes filmed his country’s independence ceremony on 24 September 1974. Having first directed historical documentaries, Gomes filmed his first narrative film Mortu Nega (1990) that was particularly well received in France, which in later years enabled him to attract funding for the production of his following films like include My Voice (2002) and As Duas Faces da Guerra co-directed with Diana Andringa (2007). Gomes was distinguished in France with the title of Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres in the year 2000. Luxor African Film Festival was founded by Independent Shabab Foundation with the support of the Egyptian Ministries of Culture, Tourism, Foreign Affairs, Youth and Investment in addition to the Egyptian Film Syndicate, the Luxor Governorate and the National Bank of Egypt. The Children’s Republic opens the Festival with 79 films from 41 countries In the Long Narratives Competition, fourteen films will be screened. They include Bastardo (Tunisia), Battle of Tabato (Guinea-Bissau), Black Diamonds (Mali), Durban Poison (South Africa), Dust and Fortunes (Zimbabwe), Horizon Beautiful (Ethiopia), Rooftops (Algeria), Imbabazi (Rwanda), Kadjike (Guinea), Kampala Story (Uganda), Yam-Dam (Burkina Faso), Mice Room (Egypt), They Are the Dogs (Morocco), Tall as Baobab Tree (Senegal) and Rock the Kasbah (Morocco). The Long Documentaries Competition includes Aliens (Somalia), Angola Ano Zero (Angola), The Devil’s Lair (South Africa), Emirs in Wonderland (Tunisia), Nana Benz (Togo), The River (Algeria), Small Small Things (Liberia), The Teacher’s Country (Tanzania), Touba (Senegal), Tough Bond (Kenya), William and the Windmill (Malawi). The Short Narratives and Short Documentaries competition includes Behind the Word (Rwanda), Haunted Souls (Uganda), His to Keep (Kenya), Homecoming (Algeria), Jours d’avant (Tunisia), The Other Woman (Senegal), Projectionist (Morocco), Shoeshine (Tanzania), To Repel Ghost (Cote D’Ivoire), We Meet in Peace (South Sudan), Wooden Hand (Tunisia), Welcome Home (Burundi), Sedhom, Elbostan Elsaid St (Egypt), ABC (Guinea), Anima (Burkina Faso), Au nom du frère (Morocco), Light and Dark (South Africa), Made in Gougou (Tunisia), Upright Men (Benin), Madame Esther (Madagascar), Sidhom (Egypt), Tao Tao (Burkina Faso), We Meet in Peace (South Sudan), Welcome Home (Burundi), Wooden Hand (Tunisia), To Repel Ghost (South African), ABC (Guinea), Anima (Burkina Faso), In the Name of Brother (Morocco), Azul (Tunisia), Erkie (Egypt), Lettre du Voyant (Ghana), Light and Dark (South Africa), The School (Nigro), Jambo Amani (Congo), Upright Men (Benin). The International Freedom Competition will include Azu (Venezuela), Behind the Smoke Screen (Iraq), Bledo (Serbia), Fuelling Poverty (Nigeria), Logical Revolt (Egypt), My Stolen Revolution (Iran), Story of Mount Elgon (Kenya), Red Moon (Morocco), Black Page (Iraq). The Official Out of Competition Section includes Diego Star (Cote D’Ivoire), Late for My Mother’s Funeral (Algeria), I am the film director (Egypt), Wavumba (Sierra Leone), Women in Politics (Sierra Leone). Leave a Reply Cancel ReplyYou must be logged in to post a comment.