By: Aisha Braima
Khartoum (Sudanow) The opening night film of the sixth European Film Festival will be "Lumumba"- the German-Belgian-French film that centred on Patrice Lumumba in the months before and after the Republic of the Congo achieved independence from Belgium in 1960.
The Delegation of the European Union to Sudan announced that 11 countries will participate in the festival, which will be held during the period 20 November-1 December, including: Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and United Kingdom.
Ambassador Tomas Ulicny, Head of Delegation of the European Union to Sudan, said the films are carefully selected to respect the Sudanese local customs and that the films promote the values of tolerance and coexistence.
All the films that will be screened this year in Khartoum were nominated or won an international award in international film festivals of Oscars, Cannes, Zurich or Venice.
Three official documentaries will be shown also at the by Austria, Sweden and Germany.
One of these documentaries is "Slatin Pasha on Her Majesty Service" which tells the story of Slatin, Anglo-Austrian soldier and administrator in the Sudan and how is he remembered in Sudan today. It was produced by Thomas Macho for the Austrian company Fischer Film in 2011.
The European Film Festival is one of the main cultural events in the city of Khartoum. The festival brought, according to EU delegation office press statement, an audience of at least 50,000 Sudanese youth, artists and families. In parallel, the festival invited a number of European cinema directors and specialists who organized workshops for cinema students to help strengthen local cinema specialists in Sudan.
In 2012, the Festival hosted a Sudanese corner where the Sudanese audience watched for the first time Sudanese historical and present films performed and directed by Sudanese inside and outside Sudan. The Sudanese corner raised debate about a renewed hope to the future of a Sudanese cinema.
The objective of the festival is to open windows for exchange and interaction between the Sudanese and the European people. The festival brings also cooperation with the Sudanese government notably the Ministry of Culture and Foreign Affairs for their cooperation and support in facilitating the organization of the festival.
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