The two films are in the running to win a Palme D’or.
Two African films are currently screening at this year’s Festival de Cannes or the Cannes Film Festival. The two films Haut-et-Forte(formerly known as Casablanca Beats) and Lingui, The Sacred Bonds are in the running to win the festival’s most coveted prize, the Palme D’or, alongside 22 other films from around the world.
The only Kenyan film to have made its debut on the Cannes’ world stage is Rafiki by director Wanuri Kahiu.
Apart from Lingui, Les Liens Sacrés and Haut et Fort, no other African feature films have been selected to compete at Cannes, either for Un Certain Regard or other categories.
The film festival was cancelled last owing to the ongoing global pandemic but it has made a come back with approximately 2, 300 films to showcase.
Set in Chad, this film by Mahamat-Saleh Haroun, tells the story of two women, Amina and Maria. The first, who is a single mother rejected by her family and society, learns that her 15-year-old daughter has been raped and impregnated. The ordeal is made worse for this practising Muslim by the fact that her child wants to have an abortion, an act forbidden both by her religion and the law.
Haut et Fort
This film by Moroccan director Nabil Ayouch showcases a former rapper who arrives in a cultural centre within the Sidi Moumen slum and finds a group of young girls and boys to whom he passes on his passion for hip-hop. Haut will be the first Moroccan film to be presented for a Palme since Cannes inception in 1946.
The festival is set to end on Saturday, July 17th.