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Meet The 4 Filmmakers Taking South African Cinema To Cannes In 2016

Four South African filmmakers are taking SA cinema to Cannes 2016 as part of the very first Cannes South Africa Film Factory.


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The Cannes South Africa Film Factory is a new African filmmaking initiative geared towards boosting the presence of South African cinema on the international stage. Launched earlier this year during the Cannes Film Festival, the factory will see four South African directors (who will be paired with four non-South African directors) collectively direct four short films produced in South Africa, which will then screen on the opening day of the festival's next edition taking place 11-22 May 2016.

The workshop, which took place during the recent Durban International Film Festival, is the first of its kind on the continent (Cannes Factories have previously taken place in Asia, Europe, and South America). The four filmmakers selected to take part in the program were pulled from a competitive shortlist, and their work spans from the socially conscious and fantastical to the darkly comedic and macabre. In the following pages, we've put together an introduction to the four filmmakers who will be taking South African cinema to Cannes in 2016.

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We speak to the inimitable Angélique Kidjo who shares some of her refreshing thoughts on Africa Day.

Today is Africa Day and while primarily a commemoration of the formation of the African Union (AU) back in 1963, it has also become an opportunity to unapologetically celebrate Africa while providing a moment for reflection on how far we've come as a continent and as a people.

With this year's theme focused on "Silencing the Guns in the context of the COVID19", there has never been a more important time for deep reflection on our collective present and future as Africans.

And who better to share in that reflection than the legendary and inimitable Beninese musician Angélique Kidjo? A fierce African and artist who has paved the way for many of her contemporaries including Burna Boy, Davido, Thandiswa Mazwai, and several others, the four-time Grammy award winner emphasises the urgent need for unity among Africans. 'It's about time that people start realising that Africa is a continent. I've been saying this my entire career,' she says passionately.

OkayAfrica spoke briefly to Kidjo who shared some of her refreshing thoughts on this year's Africa Day.

This interview has been edited for length and clarity.

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