From 20 to 28 March, a special anniversary and an important milestone for FESCAAAL.
The 30th edition of the African, Asian and Latin America Film Festival – FESCAAAL will be held online on MYmovies.it, from the 20th to the 28th of March 2021: 9 days of screenings, meetings with the authors, special and cross-disciplinary events inspired by the 3 continents’ cultures.
It’s a special anniversary and an important milestone for the African, Asian and Latin American Film Festival, organized and promoted by the COE Association.
A chance to reflect on the Festival’s mission: to promote knowledge of the cinematographies of the three continents in order to contribute to increasing the cultural diversity of cinema in Italy as an opportunity for dialogue, innovation and creativity.
The prismatic Zebra, now a symbol of our festival, dresses up to celebrate30 years of activity and is reconfirmed as a symbol of a constantly changing society. This edition’s claim, MiWorld From A to Zebra, summarizes the research vocation of FESCAAAL, which since its inception in 1991 has brought the lively artistic and cultural scene of the 3 continents to Milan and Italy with particular attention to new generations.
Among the approximately 600 films received this year, 50 were selected representing “the best” of the latest productions from and about Africa, Asia and Latin America. As always, the Festival will be divided into 3 competitive sections: the Windows on the World Feature Film Competition, with fiction and documentaries from 3 continents in national preview; the African Short Film Competition, with works by young directors from the African continent; the Extr’A Competition, reserved for Italian directors – or foreigners residing in Italy – with films shot in Africa, Asia or Latin America which offer a look at current events in our country.
The way of experiencing the Festival changes, but the variety and quality of the cultural offer absolutely won’t: 9 days of screenings on the MYmovies.it platform accompanied by meetings with the authors, special and in-depth events as always inspired by the cultures of the 3 continents, all digitally available. All the films in the programme can be viewed with a pass, while all the events are free on Zoom or streamed on FESCAAAL’s social channels.
Women on the edge of changing the world
An important novelty of this year is the participation of FESCAAAL in the programme Milano Città Mondo 05 – La città delle donne by Comune di Milano – Ufficio Reti e Cooperazione Culturale, and in the more extensive annual programme The talents of women, promoted by the Assessorato alla Cultura del Comune di Milano.
During the Festival will be presented the the thematic section Women on the verge of changing the world will be presented, with a program of recent films by female directors from Africa, Asia and Latin America, and a round table to reflect on women in cinema and promoting gender equality and the value of diversity.
The 30th edition of FESCAAAL will also host the fourth AfricaTalks event entitled Cityscapes: the transformations of urban Africa: a special event organized in collaboration with the EDU Foundation dedicated to Africa and its more technological and innovative aspects that will expand on the theme of African cities that look towards the future.
Four speakers, will bring their experiences, reflections and case studies on urbanization processes, on innovations in the architectural and urban planning field and on the different growth models of cities, the aspects of urban marginalization and environmental sustainability from many different perspectives.
Among the participants Yvonne Aki-Sawyerr, mayor of Freetown, the capital city of Sierra Leone, included in the list of the 100 most influential women by the BBC in 2020 and the famous Ethiopian architect Rahel Shawl.
The second edition of the MiWorld Young Film Festival expands nationally and will be held from March 15th to the 28th on occasion of the 30th African, Asian and Latin American Film Festival in Milan. It will be a unique opportunity for students of middle and high school in Milan, Lecco, Biella, Lodi, Forlì, Senigallia and Catania and all over Italy to get to deepen their knowledge of African, Asian and Latin American culture through cinema, participating in free screenings and virtual debates with directors and experts.
4 feature films from Africa, Asia and Latin America and 8 African short films selected from important international festivals will be visible on the MYmovies.it platform and accompanied by the MiWY onZoom remote meetings and in-depth educational materials. All films will be introduced by experts. Teachers will be prepared on the themes and provided post-viewing sheets for class work. It will be possible to participate to MiWY in festival mode, following the program of projections and meetings on zoom or in #MiWYfaidate mode, by booking the viewing independently.