Dakar – The 12th edition of the International Documentary Film Festival of Saint-Louis (northern Senegal) which will take place from December 14 to 18, will screen 30 films from 17 countries, 14 of which will be in official competition, indicated organizers.
“The screenings will take place in the open air in the districts of the tercentenary city and at the Aminata de Gandiol center,” said Souleymane Kébé, one of the organizers of this cultural event, on Monday at a press conference in Dakar.
These films come from Senegal, South Africa, Burkina Faso, Lesotho, Switzerland, Tunisia, among other countries, he added.
Kébé, from “ Sunù films ”, one of the organizing structures of the festival, specifies that they will be screened in 15 different places, in Saint-Louis, adding that for this edition, the director, Burkinabè cinematographer, Michel Zongo , will be honored “for the whole of his career”, rich in fifteen films.
Likewise, three feature films, directed by Michel Zongo and two films of which he participated in the production, will be screened during the Saint-Louis festival.
During this event, he said, three “café conferences” of guest filmmakers are also enrolled in the program, which also provides for a writing residency. “The writing residency will support the development of six Algerian and Senegalese film projects,” said the same source.
The jury of the 12th edition of the international documentary film festival of Saint-Louis will be chaired by the Senegalese director and producer, Angèle Diabang and will include the directors Toumani Sangaré (Mali / Senegal / France) and Aïcha Thiam (Senegal), the Senegalese art critic Sylvain Sankalé and his compatriot the photographer, Massow Ka.
The documentary festival of Saint-Louis will welcome for the first time, a jury of African critics. Its members Théodora Sy Sambou, Massiga Faye and Mamadou Oumar Kamara, journalists and film critics, are part of the Senegalese Association of Film Critics (ASCC).