20th Festival of African, Asian and Latin American Cinema Milan

20/03/2010 at 6:22 pm Leave a comment

The festival takes place in Milan, from March 15th to 21st. A well-established rendezvous for fans of the cinema from the south of the world, it is also the only festival in Italy that is entirely dedicated to the cinematography, the realities and the cultures of the African, Asian and Latin American countries.

The opening ceremony, on March 15th at 8.30 pm, will see the screening of the film “Precious”, directed by the up-and-coming film director Lee Louis Daniels. The film, prize-winner at the Sundance Film Festival, has recently been awarded two Oscars, for best supporting actress (Mo’Nique) and best adapted screenplay.


The 20th edition of the Festival will include the new special section “Forget Africa” in collaboration with the International Film Festival of Rotterdam (27th January – 7th February 2010), featuring the national premiere of a selection of films from the “Where is Africa?” programme. It is the first time that an internationally-renowned festival like Rotterdam’s has dedicated such a rich and innovative highlight on Africa and eni is delighted to be able to bring it to Italy.

“Africa on the ball – Soccer and Cinema in Africa awaiting the World Cup”: always with an eye on the strong issues emerging from Africa, and above all on the images it produces, on the occasion of the 2010 World Cup being held  in South Africa, the Festival has decided to dedicate a special focus on soccer in the continent.

The non-competitive section of the Festival will pay special attention to Italian directors in the “Extra” section, presenting films devoted to the three continents featured in the Festival, dealing with issues regarding immigration in Italy.

Embracing the slogan “Racism is a nasty story”, the Festival will also take part in the campaign launched by laFeltrinelli bookshops on an increasingly topical and pressing issue, anti-racism, with a section of films inspired by this topic and a series of side meetings and events.

The new collaboration between the FCAAAL and laFeltrinelli has given rise to an additional Festival Prize entitled “Racism is a nasty story”, which will be awarded to the best film dealing with the subject of racism.

Alongside the screenings at cinemas, the programme includes events at the Festival Center, a meeting place/café for the Festival guests and the public, where various initiatives will be held: exhibitions and multi-disciplinary activities (dance, workshops on decoration, games…) inspired by the cultures of the three continents and, amongst this year’s new features, the kids’ room and film&bookcrossing, exchanges of addresses and travel experiences and images from the South of the world.


The programme of the 20th Festival of African, Asian and Latin American Cinema will feature the two now traditional competitive sections – “Windows on the World” Competition, open to Full-Length Feature Films (eni  Award) and to documentaries from Africa, Asia and Latin America (Regione Lombardia Award) – and two competitions exclusively dedicated to Africa: the “Best African Film” (Credito Artigiano Award) and the “Best Short Feature and Best Documentary”, which this year merged in a single section entitled “African Short Film” (eni Award).

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