African Express – Short Station 

Inspirational and heartbreaking stories of connecting, belonging and identity. Discover new African shorts from around the continent! The screening was curated in collaboration with Think Africa and Ubuntu Film Club.

Masquerade

On the day of the Egúngún festival, Salewa returns to Lagos to bury her mother. At the funeral, she encounters an acquaintance who forces her to confront old wounds. Masquerade is a meditation on memory, identity and duty, on the many versions of ourselves that haunt and heal us.

Orig. title: Egúngún
Director: Olive Nwosu
Country: Nigeria, United Kingdom
Year: 2021
Duration: 14 min
Producer: Alex Polunin
Screenplay: Olive Nwosu
Cinematography: Tom L. Weir
Starring: Teniola Aladese, Sheila Chukwulozie, Loveth Onyemaobi
The Night I Left America

While awaiting the results of his mothers visa renewal request, a teenage boy from Texas is forced to confront memories he so desperately wanted to leave behind in Uganda.

Director: Laki Karavias
Year: 2021
Duration: 14 min
Producer: Paula Fairfield, Henry Tumwesigye
Screenplay: Laki Karavias
Cinematography: Laki Karavias
Editing: Laki Karavias
Sound: Paula Fairfield
Starring: Erick Kiyeega, Lydia Namagembe, Steven Kiyingi
Khadiga

Khadiga, a young mother of 17, lives alone with her baby after her husband left for work in a remote city. On an ordinary day, she makes her way through the hustle of Cairo streets to do some visits where she feels uncomfortable with the surroundings.

Director: Morad Mostafa
Country: Egypt, France
Year: 2021
Duration: 20 min
Producer: Safei Eldin Mahmoud, Sawsan Yusuf
Production: Red Star Films, Bonanza Films
Screenplay: Morad Mostafa, Mohamed Mamdouh
Cinematography: Mostafa El Kashef
Editing: Mohamed Mamdouh
Sound: Mostafa Shaaban
Starring: Malak Tarek, Fatima Fawzi, Zizi Moustafa, Ayman Abdelaziz
The Roses

Upon turning 16, Sarah receives flowers from her mother, but not the kind she wants. This motivates her to go searching for a flower nursery located in historic Cairo to seek out the roses she has been desiring all her life.

Orig. title: Elward
Director: Amina Abdel-meguid
Country: Egypt
Year: 2021
Duration: 17 min
Producer: Amina Abdel-meguid
Screenplay: Amina Abdel-meguid
Editing: Dalia Sadeq
Sound: Heba Amr, Ahmad Gamal
Starring: Habiba Khalifa, Hend Hosny
Seeking Aline

Rokhaya, a young director returns to her home in Dakar to make a film about a local historical figure. Throughout her research, which consists of interviews with local personalities, discussions with her team and fictional scenes shot on location, we discover the story of Aline Sitoe Diatta.

Orig. title: À la recherche d'Aline
Director: Rokhaya Marieme Balde
Country: Senegal, Switzerland
Year: 2020
Duration: 26 min
Production: HEAS Cinéma
Screenplay: Rokhaya Balde
Editing: David Nguyen
Starring: Gna Gna Rokhaya Baro, Moise Diatta

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