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Afrika Filmfestival – DOCAFRIKA “Pelikaanstraat 20”

DocAfrika screens a high-quality documentary every month, followed by a debate. Its aim is to introduce the many strong documentaries from and about Africa which cannot be screened during the Afrika Filmfestival to the widest audience possible. With the support of Africalia, high-quality documentaries will be purchased to maximise the dissemination of socially relevant images from and about Africa.


Next screening
Pelikaanstraat 20

Aminata Demba, Leslie Verbeeck, Marijn Duijvestein (Belgium/Mali, 2017, 55 min. Spoken: French. Subtitles: Dutch).

14 November 2017, at 8:00 PM at the Cinema ZED (Leuven)
In the presence of the filmmakers Leslie Verbeeck and Aminata Demba.


In Mali, “Aller en aventure” is a common saying. Young men are encouraged to go travel the continent and explore the world to become real men.

Pelikaanstraat 20 tells the story of the Flemish-Malinese actrice Aminata Demba. She follows the footsteps of her deceased father. He came to Antwerp in the 70’s as an expat in the diamand industry. He himself went on a trip as a young nomadic Malian. Aminata was born and raised in Antwerp and she grew to develop deep questioning about her own identity and her origins.

Aminata returns to Mali to find out about her own history and to listen to the migration stories of others. Her search allows her to connect with the young Malian generation. She also visits Mohammed Traore, an ambitious Belgo-Malian business man who, at a young age decided to move from Belgium to Mali. Aminata collects various life stories, personal confessions and ideas that all men can understand regardless of their origins.
Practical info

Date: 14 November 2017, 8:00 PM
Location: Cinema ZED, Naamsestraat 96, 3000 Leuven
Tickets: €8,5/screening (€7 reduction rate)
€ 20/ 6 screenings (DocAfrika subscription October 2017 – March 2018)

Past Screening

October 2017
Les deux visages d’une femme Bamiléké
Rosine Mbakam (Belgium/Cameroen, 2016, 76 min. Spoken: French/Bamileke. Subtitles: Dutch).

Screening on October, 10th at 7:30 PM at Cinema ZED (Leuven)
In the presence of the filmmaker Rosine Mbakam.



A young woman, who has been living in Europe for a while, goes back to her homeland Cameroun. The film shows the reunion with her mother. This reunion is built around places that played a central role in her childhood. Two different paths that intersect around the traditions that found their two personalities. In search of hidden feelings, she finds stories that seem to be her story. She wants to give life to the voices sleeping in silence, she wants to illuminate the faces of the women of her community, the women who have built the woman that she has become.
Winner 2017 of the Prize of the Flemish Unesco Commission.



DocAfrika is an initiative of Afrika Filmfestival, in partnership with Africalia and Cinema ZED.