Here is the latest edition of AWOTELE, a film journal born on the corner of a table, in a discussion between ecessarily utopian film critics who write about films that few people see and whose expertise is often limited to the distribution networks of African cinema – or, at times, the international festivals that take an interest in Africa.
Your solid backing, which has come from all corners of the world, deeply touched us. First of all, because you showed us that our combat is not in vain, that there are readers out there keen to know, understand or discover the works shot in Africa; but also because you were willing to encourage a sector whose economy, as we know, is more than precarious.
Making films is a combat. Making them visible is another. That is the fight we undertake, from edition to edition, working with a graphic designer to ensure an optimum presentation that focuses on images, but above all on texts, in French and in English, which, in our opinion, is the only way to understand, discover and help one another. As we hoped, this edition is bilingual, will question the new modes of distribution, and one of our representatives will be in Durban to promote Awotele.
We hope that you will appreciate the articles written by our contributors from all over Africa and invite you back in October for our coming edition. It will coincide with the 50th anniversary of the Carthage Film Festival (JCC), where another utopian, Tahar Cheriaa, decided in 1966 to launch a Pan-African film festival, uniting North and South of the Sahara…
The Editorial Committee