Filmborders III: Africa!

Filmborders III: Africa! is organized together with the Writing Cultures and Traditions at Borders research project (University of Eastern Finland), the Association for Borderlands Studies, the North Karelian Regional Film Association and the Helsinki African Film Festival. Filmborders III: Africa! presents a unique collection of award-winning African films and provides an opportunity to see films that have been neglected on the global and commercial cinema market. We ask what kinds of borders need to be crossed when making films in or about Africa? All films are shown free of charge at the movie theatre Tapio, Kauppakatu 27, beginning at 16:30 o'clock.


12.3.2014 Dear Mandela

Directed by Dara Kell and Christopher Nizzaa, South Africa (2012), 90 min

Dear Mandela follows a journey of a three teenagers as they invoke Nelson Mandela's example and become leaders in a growing social movement. The film offers a new perspective on the boundaries of democracy and shows a fascinating portrait of Nelson Mandela's legacy.

Introduction: Tuulikki Kurki


19.3.2014 The Children of Troumaron

Directed by Harrikrisna Anenden and Sharvan Anenden, Mauritius (2012), 90 min

The Children of Troumaron is a journey into Mauritius today, far from formatted African images and clichés. In Troumaron, the capital of Mauritius Island, four youngsters tell us about their fight for survival and define the borders of existence of their generation.

Introduction: Mari Ristolainen


26.3.2014 Swirl in Bamako

Directed by Dominique Philippe, Mali (2013), 70 min

In a wild chase through the streets of Bamako, the capital of Mali, in search of a misplaced winning betting ticket, a young man moves between the borders of fortune and misfortune.

Introduction: Saija Kaskinen


2.4.2014 Harragas

Directed by Merzak Allouache, Algeria/France (2009), 103 min

This border-crossing story takes place in Mostaganem, on the Algerian coast. A handful of people are looking for a new life and the door that opens into the European Eldorado.

Introduction: Jopi Nyman