The Pan-African Festival of Algiers [Le Festival Panafricain d’Alger 1969] [DOC]

The Pan-African Festival of Algiers [Le Festival Panafricain d’Alger 1969] [DOC]

Thu 6 Nov | 18:45 | Genesis Cinema

The Panafrican Festival of Algiers (Le Festival Panafricain d’Alger 1969) [DOC]

Dir. William Klein
Algeria/France. 1969. 90min. Colour. French, Arabic with English subtitles.

This little known masterpiece of a documentary by the photographer, painter and graphic artist William Klein plunges us into the very heart of the 1st Panafrican Cultural Festival held in Algeria in 1969. This historic festival brought a global spotlight on African culture and arts, celebrating the liberation of African nations from colonial rule and calling for the same freedom for the rest of the continent. William Klein’s film captures the sense of jubilation of the moment and provides historical context for understanding a continent united in its desire for freedom. The spirit of the documentary is: “African culture will be revolutionary, or it will not be”.

Screening in collaboration with Culturama. Followed by a discussion with Hamza Hamouchene and Kevin Bismarck Cobham, Pan-African activists.

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