31st edition

Latin American
Film Festival

From Aprile 29th to May 8th, in theatres and online to cross new physical and virtual spaces

The 31stedition of the African, Asian and Latin American Film Festival will be held from April 29th to May 8th in a blended form, in 5 theatres in Milan and in streaming on MYmovies.it.

After the cancellation of the 2020 edition and the fully online 2021 edition, in which the festival’s 30th anniversary was celebrated at a distance, 2022 will also be a year of experimentation. The FESCAAAL will return to theatres in order to start living again in places of culture and cinema, but it will maintain its virtual dimension in order to encourage national participation that is as plural as possible, always with a strong focus on the health situation.

To this “hybrid” dimension of the festival is inspired by the poster for the 2022 edition with our prismatic Zebra, symbol of the FESCAAAL for five years, in a pixelated version and the claim of the edition Crossing Zebra. A claim that evokes the crossing of physical and virtual spaces of a festival that, since its inception in 1991, has crossed cultures and brought innovation and that today also offers new ways of communicating and promoting cinema in presence and online.

We invite you to pass through our “zebra crossing”, a fluid passage between the physical and virtual cinema, to enjoy the film work and meet the directors, the protagonists of this 31st edition. The two-engine Zebra therefore crosses, intersects and overcomes the difficulties and impediments of two complex years that have seriously jeopardised the survival of film festivals, experimenting once again with new ways of relating to the public.

10 days of screenings, meetings with guests and filmmakers, special events about cinema and cultures from three continents in 5 venues: Auditorium San Fedele, Cinema Arlecchino, Wanted Clan, Cinema Palestrina e CinéMagenta 63-Institut Français de Milan. 47 films selected, the best productions froma and about Africa, Asia and Latin America (and more). All the Festival Sections, film, filmmakers and the program are now online.

Special event

Africa Talks

Among the extra-cinema events, the appointment with Africa Talks, the format of in-depth analysis on contemporary Africa organised by Fondazione Edu and Associazione COE, returns for the 5th consecutive year, with a round table and a film. The 2022 edition will focus on Africa’s cultural and creative industries.

It will be an opportunity to analyse different aspects of a changing market: from recent challenges to support for the sector, from production to dissemination mechanisms, with international guests including Remy Ngamije, founder of Doek! the first pan-African online literary magazine, and Sidick Bakayoko, CEO of the Ivorian start-up Paradise Game and creator of the FEJA video game festival.


MiWorld Young Film Festival

The 3rd edition of the MiWorld Young Film Festival – MiWY also returns in 2022. The beautiful journey, started in 2019, of the first and only film festival entirely dedicated to schools from all over Italy continues. dedicated to the knowledge of African, Asian and Latin American cinematographies and cultures and to intercultural education, which will be held, as always, within the framework of FESCAAAL, from May, 2nd to 9th 2022 in a hybrid theatrical and online mode to meet the needs of secondary schools throughout the country.

In compliance with all current regulations, the in-person screenings will be held on certain days at the Auditorium San Fedele in Milan; the online screenings, on the other hand, will be available on the MYMovies.it platform, with live connections for the debates and meetings with the festival guests.

The selected films deal with topical issues, such as the aspiration for freedom and free expression in totalitarian and ideologically oriented regimes, the disorienting experiences of migration, the tearing apart of cohesive communities that are divided on the basis of ethnicity for political reasons, as well as compelling stories linked to historical events and reflections on gender difference. Different narrative registers, from animation to adventure, from poetry to realism, from fairy tales to documentaries, lead us into the life, thoughts and feelings of men, women and children of the present, making us participants in a common feeling and in the ferment of novelty.

The Student Jury, the Teacher Jury and the Popular Jury made up of the students who will take part in the theatrical and online screenings have been set up again this year.

The MiWorld Young Film Festival – MiWY is a project of the Associazione COE in partnership with Fondazione ISMU and is twinned with Castellinaria, Bellinzona’s Young Film Festival.

Applications for classes are open.