– Feature films from South Africa, Belgium and other countries

The European Union Film Festival has tapped the Wooden Camera, which narrates the story of friendship between Madiba and Sipho from the township of Kayelitsha outside Cape Town, who were playing near a railway line when a dead man falls from a train with a bag in his hand containing a gun and a video camera, to serve as the opening night film for the festival, which starts on May 12.

In the film, Madiba takes the camera, Sipho the gun, which marks the beginning of their destinies as Sipho uses the gun to join a gang in Cape Town, while Madiba becomes a filmmaker.

To protect his camera, Madiba hides his new found treasure inside a homemade wooden case, and sets out filming his shantytown hometown and rich cities nearby. He later met an independent white teenager, Estelle, whose father is a racist; however, the two are a contrast in sensitivity and toughness, even when the story becomes obvious.

The Wooden Camera, directed by Ntshaveni Wa Luruli, will be screened in New Kru Town tomorrow, kicking off at 5:00 p.m.

Other films that will be screened at the festival include ‘The Land Beneath Our Feet,’ a documentary which tells the story of a young Liberian man displaced by war who, upon his return to Liberia from the USA, uncovered footage of the country’s past, which depicts the 1929 corporate land grab that led to several life-threatening disputes.

And ‘No Time to Die,’ a comedy about an Asante, a hearse driver in Ghana, who is desperately in search of a wife; but because of his profession, women keep their distance. However, he falls in love with a client whose mother had died, and manages to win her over. But her father forbids marriage to a hearse driver.

Also, ‘Good Bye Lenin,’ a film that mixes comedy and tragedy, disappointment and joy, despair and hope, gives one a clear insight about the strong bonds of love that bind parents and their children—and in this case, particularly, the love of a son for his dying mother during the time of the collapse of the Berlin Wall.

The festival, which runs from tomorrow, May 12 to the 20th, will feature eight (8) films at different locations in Monrovia.

In a statement, the European Union say they believe in the importance of promoting culture and the creative arts.

“The film festival is a cultural event supported by the European Union showcasing movies from various countries, including both African and European directors.

“Culture supports social and human development. The European Union promotes culture as an essential contribution to human rights, good governance, inclusive and sustainable growth,” said the statement.

Below is the European Film Festival calendar of event:

Friday, 12 May 2017

– Film Festival Launch –

5:00 – 6:45 PM

Borough Kru Town Hall, New Kru Town, Bushrod Island

The Wooden Camera (2003)

Movie production supported by EU ACP Cultures +)

Director: Ntshaveni Wa Luruli (South Africa)

Tuesday, 16 May 2017

4:30 – 6:00 PM

University of Liberia Auditorium (KAICT), Capitol Hill – Monrovia

Songs of Redemption (2013)

Directors: Amanda Sans and Miquel Galofre (Spain, Jamaica)

Wednesday, 17 May 2017

5:00 – 6:45 PM

YWCA, Adjacent French Embassy, Congo Town

We Are the Best! (2013)

Director: Lukas Moodysson (Sweden, Denmark)

Wednesday, 17 May 2017

7:00 – 9:00 PM

YWCA, Adjacent French Embassy, Congo Town

Good Bye Lenin! (2003)

Director: Wolfgang Becker (Germany)

Thursday, 18 May 2017

4:30 – 5:30 PM

University of Liberia Auditorium (KAICT), Capitol Hill – Monrovia

The Land Beneath our Feet (2016)

Directors: Gregg Mitman, Sarita Siegel (US, Liberia)

Friday, 19 May 2017

5:00 – 6:30PM

The Eugene H. Cooper Sr. Conference Hall

YMCA building, Crown Hill – Monrovia

Tous les chats sont gris (2015)

Director: Savina Dellicour (Belgium)

Friday, 19 May 2017

7:00– 9:00 PM

The Eugene H. Cooper Sr. Conference Hall

YMCA building, Crown Hill – Monrovia

The Commitments (1991)

Director: Alan Parker (Ireland)

Saturday, 20 May 2017

5:00 – 6:45 PM

Borough Kru Town Hall, New Kru Town, Bushrod Island

No Time to Die [The Last Respect] (2006)

Movie production supported by EU ACP Cultures +

Director: King Ampaw (Ghana)

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