Namibia Premiere: "The Lion's Point of View" by Hip Hop Star Didier Awadi, one day after Africa Day at Studio 77, SAT, 26 May 2012, 19h
A day after Africa Day, on Saturday 26 May 2012 at 19h00, AfricAvenir presents the Namibian premiere of the panafricanist documentary film "Lions Point of View" by senegalese HipHop star Didier Awadi (2011, Original with English subtitles) at Studio 77, Old Breweries Complex, entrance Garten Street, Entrance: 30,-N$. As with rapping, Awadi sees making films as an act of speaking out militantly and demanding a mental and cultural African revolution. The result is a decidedly pan-African, deliberately subjective and revolutionary documentary whose power of impact leaves little to be desired.
AfricAvenir thanks its sponsors and kind supporters of this event: Studio 77, Bank Windhoek Arts Festival, the Franco Namibian Cultural Centre, and WhatsOnWindhoek. Furthermore we want to acknowledge the ongoing support of Screen Africa and Arterial Network.
About the film
“50 years of independence. They promised us happiness and prosperity. Nowadays young Africans climb into simple wooden boats, they cross the desert and the sea towards Eldorado.” Why? What are the deeper reasons? And how could it come this far? These were the starting questions from director and hip hop star Didier Awadi. For several years he interviewed ex-presidents and ministers, important UN officials, writers, artists, historians, activists and lay migrants and refugees: 44 people who analyse the situation of their continent and they do not mince matters! The result is a decidedly Pan-African, deliberately subjective and revolutionary documentary whose power of impact leaves little to be desired.
About the director
Didier Awadi is undoubtedly the most visible figure of French-speaking African rap. He won the RFI World Music award in 2003 and already has an impeccable career behind him. Bitten by the hip hop virus when he was a teenager he became a DJ and rapper towards the mid-80s. He then founded the Positive Black Soul with Doug E. Tee which left its mark on international rap with tours in Africa and the world; they brought the house down wherever they sang - New York, Johannesburg or Paris. Awadi then released solo albums which were an artistic success. The rapper showed his intelligent sense of Pan-Africanism, tackling a host of crucial issues such as the debt, a dilapidated heritage and political tensions. On April 1st 2010, during the 50th anniversary of the Independence of Senegal, Awadi finally released his multidisciplinary project Présidents d'Afrique (Presidents of Africa) which he had been working on for seven years and directed his first documentary „Le Point de vue du lion“ („The Lion's point of view“).
AfricAvenir has realised the subtitles of this film in German, English and Spanish. Polish and Kiswahili are soon to follow. For Screening Rights in Germany, Austria and Switzerland, please contact info(at)africavenir.org
Date: Sat. 26. May 2012, Time: 19h00
Venue: Studio 77, Old Breweries Complex, entrance Garten Str.