This year the International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR) will be held from 24 January to 4 February. One of their programmes is Pan-African Cinema Today (PACT), which covers African and the African diasporic cinema with features, documentaries, shorts, virtual reality, music videos and rare classics. The main event to explore Pan-Africanism, the revolutionary historic movement aiming to liberate and unite all Africans worldwide, is Bridging the Gap on Sunday January 28th.
On this day, from 12-6pm, international filmmakers and film professionals will talk about this underexposed milestone in history in a dynamic talkshow setting: Haile Gerima (acclaimed director of Sankofa and Harvest 3000 years), Louis Massiah (director of W.E.B. Du Bois – A Biography in Four Voices, a documentary about one of the most influential Pan-Africanists), Shirikiana Aina (producer of Sankofa and director of the newly released Footprints of Pan Africanism), Ford Morrison (producer and initiator of The Foreigners’ Home, a documentary about writer and Nobel laureate Toni Morrison), Rosine Mbakam (director of Les deux visages d’une femme Bamiléké) Jon Goff (film specialist of the Smithsonian NMAAHC), Clarence Peters (Nigeria’s most dynamic music video director), Patricia Pisters (professor of film at UvA about The Battle of Algiers and Queimada), Milford Graves (legendary free jazz drummer featured in Milford Graves Full Mantis), Nadia Denton (on Beyond Nollywood) and many more.