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Carleton to Host Second Annual African Film Festival of Ottawa

Carleton University’s Film Studies Department and Institute of African Studies will be hosting the second annual African Film Festival of Ottawa, in partnership with the Canadian Film Institute (CFI). The popular festival will take place over two weekends.

When: Friday, Oct. 14 to Sunday Oct. 16, 2016 and Friday, Oct. 21 to Saturday, Oct. 22, 2016.
Where: River Building Theatre, Carleton University
Info: Admission is free for Carleton students and staff. The CFI will have a box office available at the door.

The festival will screen films produced by both promising new talent and established masters of film from Chad, Rwanda, Senegal, South Africa and Tunisia. The selected films showcase the best in contemporary African cinema and present a complex, nuanced and moving image of Africa, expressed by the continent’s filmmakers.

The featured films have been screened and some have won awards at various festivals, including the Pan African Film Festival of Ouagadougou, the Durban International Film Festival, the Cannes Film Festival, the Berlin Film Festival, the Toronto International Film Festival and the Sundance Film Festival.

The Ottawa festival will screen the following films:

Date: Friday, Oct. 14, 2016 at 7 p.m.
Film: A peine j’ouvre les yeux (As I Open My Eyes), by director Leyla Bouzid, Tunisia, 2015, English sub-titles

Date: Saturday, Oct. 15, 2016 at 7 p.m.
Film: Necktie Youth, by director Sibs Shongwe-La Mer, South Africa, 2015

Date: Sunday, Oct. 16, 2016 at 4 p.m.
Film: Hissein Habré, une tragédie tchadienne (Hissein Habré: A Chadian Tragedy), by director Mahamat-Saleh Haroun, Chad, 2016, English sub-titles

Date: Friday, Oct. 21, 2016 at 7 p.m.
Film: Tey (Today), by director Alain Gomis Senegal, 2012, English sub-titles

Date: Saturday, Oct. 22, 2016 at 7 p.m.
Film: Things of the Aimless Wanderer, by director Kivu Ruhorahoza, Rwanda, 2015, English sub-titles

A preview link of the opening film As I Open My Eyes is available upon request.

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