Tuesday, March 16, 2010

9th Francophone Film Festival at WMU

Dear Colleague,

We are finalizing the details of the 9h Edition of the Francophone Film Festival which will be held from March 17th to March 21st at the Little Theater on the campus of Western Michigan University. We would like to ask for your support in encouraging your students to attend the festival. This year we are offering a student ‘All Access’ pass for $18 ($50 value): entrance to all long films and short films  as well as an opportunity to meet one of the directors. Thank you very much for your time and your support! For more information on these films or for further information, do not hesitate to contact us or consult our website at:http://www.wmich.edu/fffkazoo/long%20feature%20film%20competition.html .  We also have a Facebook event at the following adress: http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?ref=profile&id=591902012#!/event.php?eid=337829268743&ref=mf

Kindest regards, Justine Gresset For The Francophone Film Festival

Under Direction of: Vincent Desroches
Department of Foreign Languages
Western Michigan University

We are hoping to see you there!
African filmmaker, rare films part of WMU Francophone Film Fest
Release #0910-XXX; March XX, 2010--Contact: Mark Schwerin, (269) 387-8413
 KALAMAZOO--Local audiences will have the chance to see rare films made in French-speaking countries and meet a female, African film director during the Francophone Film Festival Wednesday through Sunday, March 17-21, at Western Michigan University. A highlight of the festival will be an appearance by filmmaker Joséphine Ndagnou, a native Cameroonian, who will introduce her latest creation, "Paris At Any Cost." Ndagnou will present her film at screenings at 7 p.m. Saturday, March 20, and 4 p.m. Sunday, March 21, and will be on hand to lead after-screen dialogues. All films will be shown in the WMU Little Theatre. Ndagnou, who also will meet with WMU film studies students while on campus, holds a diploma in audio-visual production from the Ecole Supérieure de Réalisation Audiovisuelle in Paris and a master's in cinematographic and audio-visual studies from Paris I Pantheon-Sorbonne. A director with the national television station of Cameroon--CRTV--for 15 years, she has played a role in many telefilms produced by CRTV and appears in Jean-Pierre Bekolo's "Les Saignantes."  "Paris or Nothing" is her first full-length film, which she not only wrote, directed and produced, but also plays the leading role of Suzy, who will do anything to leave her native Cameroon for Paris. Her film has won several awards, including the Judges' Prize in the 2009 Fespaco Film Festival, the ADFF prize at the Annual African Diaspora Film Festival 2008, and the Best African Digital Film at Festival vues d'Afrique de Montréal. Other long-feature films included in this year's festival include "Sex, Okra and Salted Butter" by Mahamat Saleh Haroun of Chad and France; the U.S. premiere of "Tamanrasset" by Merzak Allouache of France and Algeria; "A Sentimental Capitalism" by Oliver Asselin of Québec, Canada; "The Necessities of Life" by Benoit Pilon of Québec, Canada; "Adhen (Le Dernier Maquis)" by Rabah Ameur-Zaimeche, a French Algerian; and "Khamsa" by Karim Dridi of France. For more information, including screening times and admission prices, go to www.wmich.edu/fffkazoo/

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