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Emilia-Romagna for Africa Day 2020

On May 25, 27, 28, and 29 on Lepida Tv a programming of cinema and music dedicated to Africa

Due to Covid-19 pandemic, this year's celebration of Africa Day 2020, Monday May, 25th is characterised by a digital format.

The Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs has designed a virtual marathon with artistic and cultural content to mark the anniversary of the birth of the Organization of African Unity (now African Union) and also the friendship and solidarity between Africa and Italy facing the health emergency (on the Ministry’s YouTube channel, Facebook and website).

The European Union has launched the initiative ‘Meet the Neighbours of the Neighbours during COVID-19 times’, which offers young people, and particularly students, the chance to learn more about the different cultures and civilisations of ‘the neighbours of their neighbours’, aiming at contributing to enhance mutual understanding of each other culture and build a solid basis to strengthen inter-cultural dialogues.
A shared platform offers to those who are confined to their own homes due to the emergency a selection of 40 high quality films by European, Balkan, African, Mediterranean authors. The initiative started on May 9th and runs until June, 4th, with a special ‘focus’ on May 25th.

Emilia-Romagna Region shares the EU initiative ‘Meet the Neighbours of the Neighbours during COVID-19 times’ promoting, in its turn, a programming of films and music dedicated to Africa on Lepida Tv on May 25, 27, 28, 29, at 09:30 pm.


May 25

  • T-JUNCTION, by Amil Shivji, young director from Tanzania. Selected in competition in the last edition of the greatest African Film Festival, the FESPACO of Ouagadougou. Italian premiere, exclusively for Lepida Tv (Italian subtitles).

May 27

  • OUAGADOUGOU, documentary on the history and the protagonists of the Panafrican Film and Television Festival of Ouagadougou, held biennially in the capital of Burkina Faso. From the Cineteca di Bologna’s collection (Italian subtitles);
  • A tropical Sunday, short film by Fabian Ribezzo, Mozambique (Italian subtitles).

May 28

  • KMEDEUS, by Nino Miranda. Short docuart film on the mysteries of Cape Verde's land and culture (in Portuguese with English subtitles);
  • Hazaki Ya Suda, short film by Ido Cedric, Burkina Faso (English subtitles).

May 29

  • MAISH, documentary on the experience of six African and six European musicians who meet in Addis Ababa to create together new music and perform a great concert on the occasion of the ‘Europe Day’ (on May, 9th) in the theatre restored thanks to the initiative of the European Union. A year later, during the lock-down due to the emergency, they come together and play from their own homes new pieces on the occasion of the 'Africa Day' (Italian subtitles);
  • The Bad Mexican, short by Ali Lukman, Uganda (English subtitles).

Moreover, music videos from Cape Verde and South Sudafrica will be proposed.



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