In 2016, the Lights, Camera, Africa!!! Film Festival brings to audiences an offering of films under the banner ‘Music Makes the People…’ This year’s festival is an unabashed display of works of film that speak to the power of music and indeed other art forms to create love, express sorrow, to build bridges, and end wars. Music represents all that makes us human … music has created and upheld civilisations.
For as long as mankind has been in existence, music as an art form has spoken, entertained and bound communities together. Throughout the ages music is celebrated as the world’s universally spoken language, spoken by lovers and warriors in equal measure and has brought nations together.
The Lights, Camera, Africa!!! Film Festival through its consistently bold representation of diverse African cinema shares its sixth edition with a theme that is perhaps the most appropriate motifs for its native city. Lagos is a shrine to rich and varying soundscape that embraces diverse art forms and diverse music. A physical statement, a motif for the communities it builds through the sounds that reverberate.
‘Music Makes the People…’ will be a feast of vibrant sounds, rhythms, emotions and moving images as we dedicate three days to screening the best of emerging, fresh, independent African cinema and in particular celebrating the musical voice of film as an art form.
We hope you are as excited as we are about bringing the people of Lagos a wonderful screening programme dedicated to the best of independent and African film as well as our family and industry-engaging offerings through discussions, talks and family friendly programming. Our very popular Festival Souk returns again this year as will our inter-disciplinary showcases of literature, visual art and live music during this 3-day cultural fiesta.
The Lights, Camera, Africa!!! Film Festival brings to audiences a strong programme for its 2016 edition and is proud to continue what has become an enduring partnership with the African Film Festival New York . This partnership has at its core a mission to expose African and global audiences to good quality independent African cinema with a view to stimulating discourse on issues and experiences rooted in the African experience. We appreciate past and continuing partnerships with a committed group of donors and friends of the festival including the Ford Foundation, Union Bank, Federal Palace Hotel, The Wheatbaker, Zircon Marine, Alliance Francaise, Goethe Institut, Africa Movie Academy Awards (AMAA), British Council, Film House, VAN Lagos and The New Black Film Collective.
We also celebrate our alliances with scholars, directors, artists and personalities like Peace Anyiam-Osigwe, John Akomfrah OBE, Tunde Kelani, Pascal Ott, Ego Boyo, Kate Henshaw, Victor Ehikhamenor, Ed Keazor, Chika Anadu, Pierre Cherruau, Remi Vaughan- Richards, Lala Akindoju, O.C Ukeje, Debie Mangut, Shaibu Husseini and Jahman Anikulapo.
We remain excited at the opportunities for cultural exchanges with our friends of the French, German, Italian, Austrian and Dutch diplomatic missions, long-time enablers of cinema and culture in Africa.
Get ready Lagos and join us for the Lights, Camera, Africa!!! Film Festival from Friday, 30 September to Sunday, 2 October 2016 at Federal Palace Hotel, Victoria Island, Lagos.
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