Is Cannes discriminating against Africa?

21st May 2007, Comments 0 comments

CANNES, France, May 21, 2007 (AFP) - With not a single African film selected to compete for the top Cannes awards in a decade, is the world's biggest filmfest discriminating against movies from the continent, the African Filmmakers Producers Guild asked Monday.

CANNES, France, May 21, 2007 (AFP) - With not a single African film selected to compete for the top Cannes awards in a decade, is the world's biggest filmfest discriminating against movies from the continent, the African Filmmakers Producers Guild asked Monday.

"Is this pure chance or linked to colour discrimation against our images?" the Guild said in a statement.

It also pointed out that of the 35 directors asked to participate in a special film tribute to Cannes' 60th anniversary which was released Sunday -- "To Each His Own Cinema" -- not a singe one was African.

"Without questioning the Cannes festival's right to sovereign choices, we note also that Africa's point of view is of no interest."

"Is this because we have no worthy film-makers?"

The French film production and distribution industry that African film-makers were closely linked to was discriminatory, the Guild added, "enclosing us increasingly in a ghetto."

No immediate comment was available from festival organisers.


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Subject: French news, Cannes Film Festival

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