Breaking the stereotypes regarding Africa and boosting the relations between African countries and Nepal
Kathmandu, September 13, 2017: The 6th edition of Nepal Africa Film Festival (NAFF) is all set to kick off on 18 September, 2017 at Russian Centre of Science and Culture, Kamalpokhari, Kathmandu. It will screen 9 movies compiled from different countries including Nepal, India, USA, France and African nations: Egypt, Tanzania, Uganda, Senegal, and Rwanda.
Nepal African Film Festival (NAFF), initiated by College of Journalism & Mass Communication (CJMC), aims to address the need for a platform that provides an unbiased and integrated representation of Africa’s diverse cultures and changes driving the African continent as a whole. With the maxim ‘Africa through African lens’, the fest will provide a holistic narrative of African history and culture.
The fest this year will open with the movie ‘Little Eagle’, filmed in Egypt, based on self-esteem and self-confidence of a young man. Similarly, ‘Holding up the Sky’(Nepal, Tanzania and India), ‘Nothing is Going On’ (Uganda), ‘Silicon Valley’ (USA), ‘Millie Mios’ (France), ‘Hyenas’ (Senegal), ‘Fatal Destiny’ (Uganda), ‘A Place for Myself’ (Rwanda) and ‘Dr Khate’ (Nepal) will be screened on the grand fest. The closing ceremony will feature Dr Khate, a Nepali movie based on the life of street children in Nepal.
“The fact that there aren’t any social events held (apart from NAFF) in Nepal that specifically cater to acquainting people here with the socio-cultural environment of Africa shows us that we have yet a long way to go in our efforts to remedy cultural ignorance between us. Hence, we are committed to honor productive exchange of culture with all willing African countries so as to provide an integrative understanding of what Africa is and is set to become. We truly revere the suffering they’ve gone through and the resilience with which they bounce back yet again and again,” said Dr. Manju Mishra, Director at Nepal Africa Film Festival, and Director at College of Journalism and Mass Communication, Nepal.
Nepal Africa Film Festival was initiated in 2011 to break the stereotypes regarding Africa and also to help boost the relations between African countries and Nepal. The fest this year will see participants, visitors and directors from 11 different countries and will also welcome the Health Minister of Tanzania as the chief guest.
By Drishti Maharjan