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Monday, October 3, 2011

The Dominican Republic to Host Meeting of African and Caribbean Filmmakers

The 2nd Meeting of African and Caribbean Filmmakers and their Diasporas will be held in the Dominican Republic in 2012, following an agreement by participants in the first edition of the event, which wound up on Friday in this capital.

With the help of the Office of the Caribbean Cinema Traveling Exhibition, host of the meeting in Havana, organizers plan to carry out on that occasion a cycle of films from Africa, Brazil and Caribbean as well as their Diasporas, which will tour the country.

Filmmakers, academicians and specialists from some 30 nations signed the document of the agreements reached at the meeting after a week of debates on topics regarding the conditions of the seventh art in the areas in question, and the possibilities of expanding the promotion of that cinema.

Among the signatories to the declaration we find renowned figures of international cinematography, like US actor Danny Glover, African filmmaker Souleymane Cisse, and Zozimo Bulbul, director of the Film Noir Festival of Brazil. Filmmakers and producers demanded the support of their governments to articulate cultural policies favoring national cinematographic industries in terms of the production, distribution and screening of movies.

Likewise, they called to build modalities of inter-regional cooperation for training filmmakers from Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean and their Diasporas.

They also underlined the need to develop mechanisms of co-production between countries involved.

The struggle against racial discrimination and social exclusion were also among the main topics under debate, a reason for which filmmakers decided to convene the celebration of the International Meeting “Sciences and Art against Racism.”

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Source: Cadenagramonte

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