The Black Movie Festival strives for the recognition of independent films d'auteur, essentially from non-Western countries, by screening and promoting them – vital if these films, never shown in Swiss cinemas, are to be seen here. Indeed, only a small minority of all the films offered by Swiss cinemas come from non-Western countries. A country's cinematography, expressing its identity and values, is an indispensable mirror of its culture and its showcase for the world around it. Amidst the profusion of images projected everywhere, it is crucial that each and every country be represented.
We believe that it's important to accompany our programming as best we can and to reach out to specific audiences. With this objective in mind, Black Movie collaborates with the Pluriels association not only to propose screenings in specific non-movie-house settings, but also to dream up new offers and to reflect on subjects for our round tables.
With the support of Pro Helvetia and the sesam Foundation
Bobo-Dioulasso, one million inhabitants, is Burkina Faso's second-largest city and its cultural capital; situated in the heart of West Africa, Burkina Faso is a beacon of African and Pan-African cinema. Yet Bobo-Dioulasso today lacks a functioning cinema! To make up for this lack, unfortunately very common throughout the world, in 2013, the Association for the Support of Cinema in Burkina Faso launched an initiative to save and rehabilitate the mythical Ciné Guimbi, opened in 1957 and closed in 2005. The Guimbi aims at being a lot more than just a movie theater, the idea being to create a popular urban space open to all, a forum for exchange, encounters, formation and education.
Since 2013, Black Movie has sponsored and backed Cine Guimbi's project by collecting funds, providing professional support and organizing round tables to introduce the project and explain what's at stake…
In a first phase, a small covered movie theater (174 seats), an open-air theater (250 places), a snack bar (100 places), a resources room and offices will open their doors in 2021.
More information at www.cineguimbi.org
Dazzling (fake) ads for free normal life experiences – Vernissage
« Dazzling (fake) ads for free normal life experiences » is a cinematographic production moderated by Agnese Làposi with the PAC(O) association for adolescent social and/or educational dropouts. This project aims to sharpen their critical understanding of the world of advertising by producing « fake ads » for things – like sunlight or a kiss – that can't be bought or sold but can nevertheless be enjoyed. Workshop results will be presented during the 2021 edition of the Black Movie Festival.
With the support of the sesam and Alethéia Foundations
More information at www.paco-web.ch