Fiche Film
LONG Métrage | 1997
Africa Dreaming
Pays concerné : Afrique du Sud
Support : 35 mm
Durée : 165 minutes
Type : série TV


– Sophia’s homecoming / réalisé par Richard Pakleppa ; produit par by Bridget Pickering (Namibie)
– Ainsi soit-il (So be it) / écrit, produit et réalisé par Joseph Gai Ramaka (Sénégal)
– Mamlambo / réalisé par Palesa Letlaka-Nkosi ; produit par Jeremy Nathan (Afrique du Sud)

Part. 2.
The gaze of the stars (Le regard des étoiles) / réalisé par João Ribeiro ; produit par Pedro Pimenta (Mozambique)
– Sabriya / écrit et réalisé par Abderrahmane Sissako ; produit par Dora Bouchoucha Fourati (Tunisie)
– The last picture / écrit et réalisé par Farai Sevenzo ; produit par Joel Phiri (Zimbabwe).

Série de 6 films de courts métrages fiction.

« Africa Dreaming » est une chronique de l’Afrique en six actes, six histoires contemporaines, ayant pour thème commun l’amour. Ce sont des drames psychologiques ou sociaux sur fond de spécificité culturelle et traditionnelle propre à chacun des six pays représentés : l’Afrique du Sud, le Zimbabwe, la Namibie, le Mozambique, la Mauritanie et le Sénégal.

Contacts :

France :
Les Ateliers de l’Arche
Joseph Gaye Ramaka
19, rue Martel – 75010 Paris
Tél. 33 (1) 47 70 70 40
Télécopie : 33 (1) 47 70 70 35
Courriel : [email protected]

Afrique du Sud :
Catalyst Films
Jeremy Nathan
PO BOX 53498 – 2139 Johannesbourg
Tél. 27114872171/2
Télécopie : 27114872386
Courriel : [email protected]

Avec la participation de :
Ministère des Affaires étrangères (Direction de l’audiovisuel extérieur et des techniques de communication), Ministère de la Culture et de la Communication (Centre National de la Cinématographie) – FONDS SUD CINEMA (France).

Producteur : Bridget Pickering, On Land Productions

Durée : 165 mn
35 mm couleur

Version originale sous-titrée en français ou en anglais.


Part 1.
– Sophia’s homecoming / directed by Richard Pakleppa ; produced by Bridget Pickering (Namibia)
– So be it / written produced and directed Joseph Gai Ramaka (Senegal)
– Mamlambo / directed by Palesa Letlaka-Nkosi ; produced by Jeremy Nathan (South Africa)

Part. 2.
The gaze of the stars / directed by João Ribeiro ; produced by Pedro Pimenta (Mozambique)
– Sabriya / written and directed by Abderrahmane Sissako ; produced by Dora Bouchoucha Fourati (Tunisia)
– The last picture / written and directed by Farai Sevenzo ; produced by Joel Phiri (Zimbabwe).

Africa Dreaming is a landmark in African television – a series drawing together for the first time broadcasters, television producers, film directors and writers from across the continent.

Africa Dreaming was designed to give Africans a rare opportunity to speak directly to each other in their own words and images. It is also the first continent-wide media project in which South Africa played a leading role. Africa Dreaming may be a harbinger of what South Africa’s advanced telecommunications infrastructure can contribute to the long-term goal of creating a regional film and television industry.

Series Executive Producer Jeremy Nathan (In a Time of Violence) called for script proposals for 26-minute dramatic shorts on the broad theme of love in Africa. Six programs were selected and produced – from South Africa, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Senegal and Tunisia; four are included on this cassette.

Sophia’s Homecoming
Director: Richard Pakleppa, Producer: Bridget Pickering
Namibia, In Nama with English subtitles

Sophia’s Homecoming reminds us that the devastating personal effects of the massive social dislocations caused by apartheid can never be erased. Sophia, like so many other women, becomes a self-reliant provider for her family, working as a domestic for a white family in Windhoek for 12 years. When her husband Naftali finally finds a job, she returns home with the dream of resuming her former family life. She quickly discovers that during her absence her sister Selna has replaced her in the affections of her children – and her husband. Naftali reluctantly admits that he prefers Selna; he is ashamed of Sophia because she has had to support the family. Sophia pressures Selna to leave but her sister confesses she is pregnant with Naftali’s child. Sophia realizes that she alone has developed the strength to make a new life for herself and returns with her three children to Windhoek, an ironic homecoming.

Writer/Director: Abderrahmane Sissako, Producer: Dora Fourati
Tunisia, In Arabic with English subtitles

This film explores the impact of the modern world on the traditional male society of the Maghreb. It is a film about men who prefer to live life as an abstract game and the free-spirited woman who changes everything. Said and Youssef have fulfilled a life-long dream by opening a « chess bar » in the middle of the desert. They sit around drinking palm wine, playing board games and composing love poetry to imaginary women. All this changes with the arrival of Sarah, a sexually liberated, uninhibited métisse who easily lures Youssef into an affair. Soon he is dreaming not about chess but about opening a coffee bar in Genoa. The friendship is destroyed, the bar sold. Youssef, dressed in Western clothes, waits to leave with Sarah; will she show up? Said boards a train and sits down next to a Westernized woman bearing a resemblance to Sarah…

So Be It
Producer/ Writer/Director: Joseph Gai Ramaka,
Senegal, In French and Wolof with English subtitles

Based on a play by Wolé Soyinka, The Strong Breed, So Be It offers an emotionally searing allegory of present-day Africa’s bloody internecine convulsions. Michael, an idealistic foreign doctor (Martinican star Alex Descas), has had little success bringing the promises of modernity to a dusty village of the damned in the Sahel. His lover, Sunma, a teacher and native of the place, has no illusions about the village, believing it to be « a world which will cannibalize its children » (according to a Wolof incantation) in a futile effort to compensate for human powerlessness. She simply wants to live and love – and leave before the killing starts. But Michael is transfixed; he stays and tries, ineffectively, to prevent the villagers from sacrificing a mentally disturbed mute boy he has befriended. Perhaps Michael sees in himself, even in his hope for scientific progress, a reflection of the villagers’ own horror at human fate. Director Gai Ramaka has described the origins of this African Heart of Darkness: « I had to make this film to exorcize the terror of this continent, trapped inside me and driving me, so that on that day I will not be able to say,’I did not know.' »

The Gaze of the Stars
Director: João Ribeiro, Producer: Pedro Pimenta
Mozambique, In Portuguese with English subtitles

At the center of this story is a woman felt only by her absence – in other words, a dream of a woman, perhaps symbolic of the lost dream for a post-independence Mozambique. Salomão owns a bar in Maputo, still down at the heels after the civil war, where the local machos drink and talk of soccer and women. He rather gruffly takes care of his adopted nephew Betinho, a war orphan. Some years before, a young woman, Julia, left him because he refused to let her work or study outside the house. Instead, she married Saide, the man next door. Nothing has been heard of her for months, but the sound of constant wife-beating comes from inside Saide’s house. When Salomão finally decides to put a stop to the beatings, he discovers that Julia left Saide long ago because he blamed her for his own sterility. The mock beatings were Saide’s pathetic way of convincing the world he still had a wife. In this wry but pessimistic film, the men sense their machismo has driven away what they most desire but lack the strength to change. Salomão explains to Betinho that they are like the stars, cursed to look for their lost dream forever.

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