Despite the numerous film festivals that have popped up in Lisbon recently, very few – if any at all – have focused on African film and culture. And there is plenty to show from this continent. That’s what “Africa Mostra-se” (AFM) has been doing in the last 2 years, very successfully, I might add.
The third time is a charm and this year’s edition will set out to be a major event in the Lisbon cultural scene. I was there for the last two and guarantee you will enjoy being part of this!
The festival – which was originally conceived as a fundraising activity for ISU, a development NGO – has been showing the Lisbon public the richness and cultural diversity of Africa, giving a positive outlook and avoiding the preconceived ideas that still exist about the continent.
While the focus is on African cinema, AFM offers much more: theater and dance, painting and sculpture exhibitions, photography workshops and contests, cooking classes and debates in different spots around Lisbon. All this for very little and for a good cause, because part of the funds will revert to the Nô Djunta Mon volunteer program.
AFM starts on May 23rd with the documentary “Mionga Ki Ôbo” and the national premiere of the film “Otelo Burning” at the Franco Portuguese Institute and finishes on June 2nd with the Arraial – a lively gathering with African food, music and crafts in A.T.L.A., another great spot in Alfama.