Fespaco 2009 on Africa Today
The BBC's Audrey Brown presents Fespaco Live at 1646 GMT each day from Monday March 2nd to Friday March 6th.
Fespaco @ 40
With a mix of reports, reviews, interviews and debate she'll bring daily updates from the heart of the African film industry as Fespaco marks its fortieth anniversary as Africa's biggest arts festival.
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The day before Fespaco's top prizes are handed out, Audrey Brown talks to one of the judges, Mozambican director Pedro Pimento, on what makes a winning film; we hear more from the films in the running for the best feature film; and we assess how the current global economic downturn is affecting Africa's biggest film industry, Nigeria's Nollywood.
A taste of the opening ceremony celebrations and a look back over Fespaco's first 40 years; plus we hear about Behind the Rainbow, a documentary film about the transition of South Africa's ANC made by Egyptian film director Jihan El Tahri.
We meet the Malian director of a competition film, Fantan Fan or The Power Of The Poor; there's a round up of the short films on show and we are joined in the studio by two film-makers from Kenya to discuss why East Africa is under-represented this year.
Fespaco at 40 is paying tribute to the father of African cinema, Ousmane Sembene, with a retrospective. Audrey Brown has been wandering around Ouaga with his son Alain, who's in town to launch his memoirs of Sembene as a professional and as a father. Plus, Rwandan filmmaker, Eric Kibera, will be a guest on the show discussing the growing excitement around the contenders for the top prize.
On Thursday's Fespaco Live the BBC's Audrey Brown brings you all the latest action and talks to film producer Selome Gerima, sister of Haile Gerima, the Ethiopian director of Teza, now in the front-running to scoop Fespaco's best film prize, the Stallion of Yennenga.