Africa and the diaspora is the central topic of the second session on Francophonie nowadays. It is organised by the Department of French and Italian and in cooperation with the Institut Français de Valencia. The initiative is entitled ‘La Francophonie, aujourd’hui’ (The Francophonie, today).
The first session about the Francophonie took place in March and it was about the multilingualism and Quebec. The second will take place today Friday, 12 May, from 9:00 to 20:00, in the Enric Valor Assembly Hall of the Faculty of Language Studies, Translation and Communication.
The initiative is organised by the professors Domingo Pujante and Ignacio Ramos. On this occasion, the event will be focused on Africa and the diaspora (African communities which emigrated and settled into other countries). It will be paid special attention to cinema and musical productions. The guest of honour will be Daniela Ricci, Italian filmmaker who lives in France and who is expert in cinema on the black diaspora. She will present her documentary ‘Imaginary in the exile’ in which five African filmmaker s talk about their experiences when it comes to migration. There will also be conferences given by different professors and researchers focused on the cinema.
Ana Monleón, Adela Cortijo and Domingo Pujante will speak about different aspects of the Tunisian cinema. They will highlight topics related to commitment, visibility, women, prostitution or sexuality in filmmakers such as Nadia El Fani, Moufida Tlatli, Raja Amari, Nouri Bouzid o Mehdi Ben Attia. Inmaculada Tamarit will speak about the Magrhebi women cinema, focusing on the French filmmaker of Algerian origin Karin Albou. Papa Diegane Faye will analyse the role of the filmmaker Senegalese Sembène Ousmane in the emancipation of the African woman. Ahmed Haderbache will focus on the interest of the current French cinema in the ‘banlieue’ or the suburbs with a strong concentration of immigrants.
The young researchers María Bendicho and Claudia López will talk about the films made by committed producers such as the Moroccan Laila Marrakchi or the French-Tunisien Abdellatif Kechiche. Ignacio Ramos will give a talk on the new circus activities and the show “Cirkafrika”. Music will be the other protagonist of the session. Santiago Tello will speak about the multifaceted rapper of Congolese origin Abd Al Malik, David Cases will speak about the singer-songwriter and the Algerian origin Mounsi and Joan Seró will present other French rappers such as Booba, Kaaris or Lacrim.
The session will end with an interactive concert of fusion African music by Kuami Mensah from Benin in which there will be a mixture of rhythms, languages and cultures. The entry is free and the assistance will be certified to those who request it (10h).