PanAfrica International is an African Film Festival taking place in five Montreal cinemas, from April 15 to April 25, 2010. During the opening ceremony, I had the chance to catch up with Lorraine Klassen, a popular South African singer and spokesperson of this year’s event. She talks to us about the festival, African culture in Montreal and FIFA 2010.
Still here? Read on for my inviting festival recommendations.It’s no secret: I’m a huge fan of Montreal’s Vue d’Afrique. Every year, the organization celebrates African and Creole cinema during PanAfrica Festival, allowing cinema and humanism aficionados to brush up on African film and culture.
The films are presented in five different cinemas, including, Cinéma ONF, Cinéma Beaubien, Cinéma du Parc, Cinéma Impérial and Cinémathèque Québécoise. (Also, if you like going to the movies, make sure you read my guide to cinemas in Montreal).
The opening film of the festival, Disgrace, was an adaptation of J.M. Coetzee’s bestselling eponymous book, starring John Malkovich. Brilliant and disturbing at the same time.
PanAfrica’s full film schedule is available online. I’m especially looking forward to Black Music, Lilies of the Ghetto, Asämara, Prom Night in Mississippi and Football made in Africa.
There’s also a very cool party at Sala Rosa on Saturday April 24th, featuring deejays Andy Williams and Scott C. These two guys are to Canada what Jazzanova is to Berlin and Kyoto Jazz Massive is to Japan – you’ll find me on the dancefloor busting some of my famous PanAfrica dance moves.
You should also head to Baobar and its neighbor, the House of Reggae, to meet other participants, talk culture and (mostly) feast on delish African and Caribbean food.
PANAFRICA INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL
15 – 20 April, 2010
Ciné-Carte (4 tickets): 25$