FilmAid Film Festival 2013

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FilmAid  proudly invites you to experience stories of courage, strife and human determination, as told by refugee filmmakers at the 7th edition of the FilmAid Film Festival – from 21-23rd August 2013 at Alliance Française in Nairobi.

The festival will showcase award-winning films and documentaries from refugee filmmakers studying through FilmAid’s Filmmaker Training Program. The program allows refugee filmmakers to tell their own stories of courage, hope, despair and resilience in their own voices. The selected films provide a rare opportunity for the filmmakers to share the stories of refugees who have been forced to flee their homes to escape persecution, wars, or conflict. Alongside these films, there will be a selection of international feature films complementing the work of the refugee filmmakers.


This year, the festival will present 20 short and feature films from students and foreign filmmakers. Alongside the screenings at the Alliance Française in Nairobi, the festival will also feature an award ceremony schedule to recognize the best student films, and multiple discussion panels with representatives from UNHCR, human rights groups, civil society, the film industry, government, academia and the media.

Among the films premiering at the festival, Finding Hillywood – a documentary based on the 1994 Rwanda genocide and directed by Leah Warshawski – explores how the power of film can change and heal not just individuals but entire communities. Others premiering films include, Painful Tears, Ayong, The Edge, The Good and The Bad, Shattered and Restored among others.

Find out more about the programme of the festival after the jump.

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Exhibition | Lest We Forget: The Triumph Over Slavery, Nairobi


Alliance Française & UNESCO Regional Office for East Africa presents a photo-text exhibition on the occasion of  the 13th anniversary of the French National Day of Remembrance of the Slave Trade, Slavery and its abolition.

The exhibition offers an inspiring look at the cultural, political, economic and social practices enslaved Africans developed while enduring the dehumanizing conditions of slavery.
Produced by The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, the New York Public Library, in conjunction with the UNESCO Slave Route Project, the exhibition is unique in that it focuses less on enslaved Africans as victims and more on the ways in which they reshaped their destinies and place in history through the creation of distinct cultures.


Among the chief guests at the opening included Ms. Stephanie Seydoux, Deputy Head of Mission for the French Embassy, Mr. Mohammed Djelid, Director of Unesco Regional Office for Eastern Africa and officials from the Ministry of Sport, Arts and Culture.
The UNESCO production Slaves Route: A Global Vision was screened on this occasion followed by presentation/discussions on‘”From Old to New Forms of Slavery: Lest we forget” by Mr Radoslaw Lukasz Malinowski, Director of Awareness Against Human Trafficking (HAART) and Sr. Maggi Keneddy, Cardinal Lavigerie’s Anti-Slavery Campaign.



The thought-provoking documentary and the exhibition elicited much interest and appreciation from the public and highlighted the importance of ensuring universal awareness of the tragedy of the slave trade and slavery not only for the past but also for the present and the future.

‘LEST WE FORGET: The triumph over slavery’
Alliance Française Ground floor gallery, Utalii Lane, Nairobi
8-31 May 2013

Events | 22nd European Film Festival, Kenya


The European Film Festival celebrates its 22nd anniversary this year and remains the longest running film festival in Nairobi.  This year, 18 critically acclaimed films from 13 European countries will be on the programme offering engaging content from the European continent.


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