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This Pioneering Film Festival Is Showcasing African Cinema & Straddling Two Continents

The 13th edition of the 2016 African Film Festival launches May 26 between Morocco and Spain.

African cinema is getting a lot of love these days as the 2016 African Film Festival (FCAT), now in its 13th year, kicks off May 26 at venues in Tarifa, Spain and Tangiers, Morocco.


This is the first year the Festival de Cine Africano will showcase its program of 70 African flicks, subtitled in Spanish, between Europe and Africa’s borders separated by the Strait of Gibraltar—only a 30-minute ferry ride apart—according to blog Shadow and Act. It's a return home for the festival as it was founded in Tarifa.

It will feature an array of films, including features, documentaries and shorts, primarily produced in Africa, with an emphasis “on the African continent and its many realities,” Mane Cisneros, FCAT director says, Shadow and Act reports.

The fest is designed this year to serve as a point of connection between the Strait with venues on both shores competing for awards along with a curated, non-competitive film program from Tangiers’ Cinémathèque to be screened at Morroco’s festival hub in Tarifa.

Among the festival’s five non-competitive sections are, according to Shadow and Act:

"AfroScope", an eclectic film selection about contemporary African realities; “Africa in Rhythm,” showcasing films about African dances and musics; “Tangiers, Pearl of the North,” and a special section entitled “Estrechando” (meaning tightening or “straitening,” a reference to the Strait of Gibraltar, in Spanish) will be dedicated to stories taking place on both borders of the Strait.

The fest has also added a new section, “Ethnographic Cinema” that will highlight collaborative work from anthropology students and faculty from the University of Seville.

As is the African Film Festival’s tradition, its poster pays homage to African photographers—this year honoring Andrew Esiebo of Lagos, Nigeria.

FCAT wraps up June 4.

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Interview

This Compilation Shines a Light On East African Underground Music

We talk to a few of the artists featured on the Music For the Eagles compilation from Uganda's Nyege Nyege.

Nyege Nyege, a label in Kampala, Uganda is channelling the confidence brimming over a whole continent. Africa is no longer the future. For dance music, its time is right now.

Music For the Eagles is a compilation released in conjunction with Soundcloud to showcase the best new acts that East Africa has to offer outside the mainstream. A new wave of artists firmly blasting non-conformist energy for you to spasm to. Music that takes you places. Otim Alpha's high BPM wedding frenzy of incessant rasping vocals accompanied by feverous violin will have you clawing the walls to oblivion. Anti Vairas' dancehall from a battleship with super galactic intentions doesn't even break a sweat as it ruins you. FLO's beautiful sirens call, is a skittish and detuned nursery rhyme that hints at a yearning for love but reveals something far more unnerving. Ecko Bazz's tough spiralling vocal over sub-bass and devil trap energy is an anthem that can only be bewailed. And Kidane Fighter's tune is more trance-like prayer. These are only some of the highlights for you to shake it out to.

We got to chat with a few of the artists featured on the Music For the Eagles compilation as they took a break from the studio below.

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