The Lights, Camera, AFRICA!!! Film Festival returns for its ninth edition with the theme “Tales by Moonlight”.
The festival, which will run from September 27th – 29th, 2019 will showcase a suite of films over a packed three days at the Musical Society of Nigeria (MUSON) Onikan. The films will, as is common to the festival, cover various genres including documentary, features, and shorts.
There will also be special musical presentations and networking as well as learning platforms for filmmakers and ancillaries players in the local film ecosystem, which speak to the 2019 theme.
This year’s theme harks back to one of the earliest art forms – storytelling – by invoking the childhood tableau of night-time stories told to entertain, thrill, delight and teach. For centuries, stories have been deployed as an immersive medium for teaching, for learning, and for passing on cultural truths and preserving traditional mores via the oral tradition.
This year’s films are presented as lines drawn in the global narrative, going back and pushing forward all at once – while consistently telling a tale. The theme situates the art form in an idyllic format, a common space and an open world in which stories and indeed life lessons are communally shared. These sub-themes speak to the underpinning philosophies at Lights, Camera, AFRICA!!!
According to Festival Director, Ugoma Adegoke, ’’This year’s festival demonstrates our intention to host an edition that articulates film as visual and potent storytelling that keeps us connected with the past and enabled for the future. Drawing on continuing and supportive friendships and longstanding corporate partnerships, the festival is proud to be able to sustain its commitment to fulfilling its mission of maintaining an open dialogue throughout the world of African film.”
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