On the occasion of the 50th anniversary of FESPACO, the theme of which is "Memory and the Future of African Cinema", the Institut français and the CNC, in partnership with Orange Studio and Waka Films and the PSV Films and Argos Films competition, presented the first six films restored as part of the restoration plan launched with the CNC in 2018.
20 high-priority films for restoration were suggested by a committee called the CPCA (Committee for African Cinematographic Heritage) and the project was set in motion with the support of the rights-holders and numerous partners.
These films were shown at the Ouagadougou CBC (The Burkinabe Shippers Council Theatre) as part of a joint programme dedicated to the heritage that FESPACO has entrusted to the FEPACI.
- RETURN OF AN EXPLORER (“LE RETOUR D’UN AVENTURIER”) by Moustapha Alassane, 1966, 34’ (Niger) (CNC, Institut français Cinématheque Afrique, Argos Films)
- CABASCABO by Oumarou Ganda, 1969, 48’ (Niger) (Institut français Cinémathèque Afrique, Orange Studio, Argos Films)
- AFRICA-ON-THE-SEINE (“AFRIQUE SUR SEINE”) by Paulin S. Viyeyra, 1955 21’ (Sénégal) (Institut français Cinémathèque Afrique, Orange Studio, PSV Films)
- LAMB by Paulin S. Viyeyra, 1963, 18’ (Sénégal)(Institut français Cinémathèque Afrique, Orange Studio, PSV Films)
- THE FRANC (“LE FRANC”) by Djibril Diop Mambéty, 1994, 46’ (Sénégal) (Institut français Cinémathèque Afrique, Waka Films)
- THE LITTLE GIRL WHO SOLD THE SUN (“LA PETITE VENDEUSE DE SOLEIL”) by Djibril Diop Mambéty, 1998, 45' (Sénégal) (Institut français Cinémathèque Afrique, Waka Films)
The Cinémathèque Afrique, partner of three programmes
As part of the 50th anniversary of the FESPACO, the Institut français Cinématheque Afrique also offered a special programme entitled RETRO 69: a series of 12 films from the first FESPACO screening in 1969 which have been screened at three open-air sessions organised by the CNA (Mobile Digital Cinema), the first of which will be livened up by a round table bringing together many personalities and professionals: Alimata Salambéré, Sébastien Kamba, Stéphane Vieyra, Idriss Diabaté, François Woukoache.
The Cinémathèque Afrique is also a partner of two other programmes: one with the INA and the Institut français of Ouagadougou which has enabled the history of FESPACO's origins to be revived thanks to the archives; and the other for a series of 6 films which have won the FESPACO "Yennenga Gold Stallion” award which was shown on TV5 Monde during the festival.