Premiere: « Naked Reality » with Jean-Pierre Bekolo in Attendance
A 20h00. En présence du réalisateur camerounais. Africiné est partenaire de l’évènement organisé par AfricAvenir. Screening followed by a discussion with director Jean-Pierre Bekolo as well as a small reception in the foyer.


Mardi 6 décembre à 20:00 – 23:00

The screening will be followed by a discussion with director Jean-Pierre Bekolo as well as a small reception in the foyer.

hackesche höfe kino
Rosenthaler Straße 40/41, 10178 Berlin

Curator / Programmateur : Eric Van Grasdorff

Wanita leaves home one morning, not knowing that her first prayer to her own ancestors has started her journey to the Dimsi the earth you can’t see. Wanita could not figure out that her journey was blinded by her other self; her desire to be someone else. It is 150 years from now in a time when African cities have grown into one big metropolis. Operating in a world controlled by the immortals who had taken over our whole being. Wanita was the only one who could save us. She was the first of a new generation that was not just working at a job. She was working to fulfill her mission according to her DNA instructions but someone had infiltrated her DNA, this is why she could not hear our calling.

« Jean-Pierre Bekolo’s film Naked Reality speaks in the future tense, pushing into the territory of visual experimentalism on an Afro-futuristic quest. The geometric shapes, the organic movement and long stylised transitions are part of an exploration of a new aesthetic could only have worked in high contrast black and white. » Sarah Dawson

« Naked Reality, the latest from the prolific Cameroonian auteur Jean Pierre Bekolo (Les Saignettes, Le Complot d’Aristotle) is described as an afro-futuristic cinematic fable, and centers around a mysterious character named Wanita, who is positioned as a savior in a dystopic world, where African cities have become one huge metropolis. » By Dylan Valley, Africasacountry

The screening will be folowed by a discussion with director Jean-Pierre Bekolo as well as a small reception in the foyer.

An event by AfricAvenir in cooperation with Hackesche Höfe Kino and Centre Francais de Berlin (City Kino Wedding).

The film series « African Reflections » is financially supported by Aktion Afrika by the Federal Foreign Office, by Brot für die Welt and Katholischer Fonds.

Media Partners: Africiné, Club der Freunde von RFI, Art Labour Archives, Zentrum Moderner Orient, Humboldt Universität, AfroHeat

2016, 62 min.
directed by Jean Pierre Bekolo
starring Weza Da Silva, Luthuli Dlamini, Akin Omotoso, Fabian Lojede

The Director
Jean-Pierre Bekolo is an avant-garde filmmaker whose imaginative work overturns stereotypes of Africa and African cinema. His entertaining films operate on multiple layers, engaging viewers with thrilling stories, biting humour and dramatic aesthetics. He was born June 8th, 1966 in Yaounde, he studied physics at University of Yaounde and Television production (editing) at Institute National de l’Audiovisuel – INA in Paris where he also studied semiotics under Christian Metz. […]
Jean-Pierre Bekolo won the 2015 Prince Claus Award. He is awarded for his creative resistance, irreverence and eclectic African reworking of dominant cinema conventions; for creating a unique body of innovative work that both entertains and transmits profound socio-political messages; for his highly original aesthetics; for challenging misrepresentations of African cultures; and for re-affirming the power of film. He was in 2015 a fellow of the Artists Program at the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) in Berlin.


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