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Afrika Filmfestival – DOCAFRIKA 2017

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
Mali Blues

Lutz Gregor (Mali/Germany, 2016, 93 min. Spoken: French, Bambara, Tamasheq. Subtitles: English.).
With: Fatoumata Diawara, Bassekou Kouyaté, Ahmed Ag Kaedi, Master Soumi…

12 December 2017 at 7:30 PM at the Cinema ZED (Leuven)
In the presence of the filmmaker Lutz Gregor.

Mali Blues, a musical road-movie about the rich musical culture of this West-African country, depicts the threat of Sharia and the fight of Malian artists for peace and freedom of speech. Together with Fatoumata Diawara, acclaimed Malian shooting star and actress in the Oscar nominated and with 7 Césars awarded film Timbuktu by Abderramahne Sissako, we embark on a journey from Bamako in the South West to Timbuktu in the North – Mali’s agitated heart. Other protagonists are ngoni-virtuoso Bassekou Kouyaté as well upcoming rapper Master Soumi. Music for change, music for life!


Practical info

Date: 12 December 2017, 7:30 PM
Location: Cinema ZED, Vesaliusstraat 9c, 3000 Leuven
Tickets: €8,5/screening (€7 reduction rate)
€ 20/ 6 screenings (DocAfrika subscription October 2017 – March 2018)



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



Past Screenings


November 2017
Pelikaanstraat 20
Aminata Demba, Leslie Verbeeck, Marijn Duijvestein (Belgium/Mali, 2017, 55 min. Spoken: French. Subtitles: Dutch).

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



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.


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.