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Gambian Short Film "They Say" Earns Yet Another Prestigious Selection at the African Film Festival
Muhammed Dibbasey Awarded With 13th Film Festival Screening This Year for Gambian Short Films
The African Film Festival is dedicated to showcasing the rich tapestry of African cinema, with a special focus on films by African filmmakers and those from the African Diaspora., especially those rooted in Kisumu, is a testament to the power of film in capturing and conveying authentic narratives. The event's illustrious history includes notable figures such as the RT. Honourable Prime Minister of Uganda, Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda, and the Governor of Kisumu Kenya, his Excellence Professor Peter Nyong'o, who graced the inaugural festival. Since then, the festival has grown in stature, attracting filmmakers and cinephiles from across the globe.
In 2019, the festival made history by opening with "Bed of Thorns," Uganda's first film produced entirely by an all-female crew. This milestone showcased the festival's dedication to supporting groundbreaking initiatives within the African film industry. The inclusion of Artist in Residence Giggs Kgonamotse Kgole, a prominent figure in South African art, further exemplified the festival's commitment to nurturing emerging talent.
Despite the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, the festival persevered, presenting scaled-down versions while maintaining its dedication to fostering a thriving film community. The return in December 2022 marked a triumphant milestone for the festival, with an extensive program featuring open forums, workshops on production design and sales/distribution, screenings, and a glamorous awards ceremony. Distinguished guests included representatives from the Kenyan Film Commission, Kenyan Film Classification Board, and the Kisumu Minister of Arts, Culture, and Sport.
The African Film Festival's commitment to fairness and transparency in film selection is commendable. Every submission undergoes rigorous evaluation by a panel of at least two programmers, with a third reviewer brought in if there's a difference in opinion. This meticulous process ensures that each film receives a thorough and unbiased assessment.
Cellular Vibrations is honored to have "They Say" recognized by the African Film Festival, and sees this as a significant step in showcasing Gambian talent on the global stage.
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