Africa Women Film Festival: “Goodbye Julia” wins the Best Feature Film award – Lequotidien

Africa Women Film Festival: “Goodbye Julia” wins the Best Feature Film award – Lequotidien
Africa Women Film Festival: “Goodbye Julia” wins the Best Feature Film award – Lequotidien

The film Goodbye Julia, by Sudanese director Mohamed Kordofani, won the Best Feature Film award on Saturday at the sixth edition of the Films Femmes Afrique (Ffa) festival, during a ceremony at the Canal Olympia cinema in Dakar, noted the ‘Aps.

The film, which received a reward of two million CFA francs, offered by the Dakar town hall, was chosen among the twelve feature films in competition including seven documentaries, a docu-fiction and four fictions. The jury, chaired by Nigerian director Aïcha Macky, praised “an intimate story which raises the question of living together in a context of cultural, religious and ethnic diversity”. “The film delivers an intimate story where the director highlights the fight of two women who are completely opposed, who unite through an unexpected friendship,” said the president of the jury. Its members, including the Senegalese director and screenwriter Berthe Dasylva, the Ivorian actress Naky Sy Savané, the Senegalese director Yoro Lydel Niang, noted “the artistic quality and authenticity of the story” told by Mohamed Kordofani. Goodbye Julia depicts a Sudan torn apart by racism between Southerners and Northerners, Christians and Muslims living apart.

It all starts from the story of Julia whose husband was killed and who becomes friends with the wife of her husband’s murderer. This two-hour film was selected at the last Cannes Film Festival in 2023. The First Work prize was awarded to the film No simple way home by Akual de Mabiar from South Sudan. “The director succeeded in authentically capturing the raw emotions and dilemmas faced by her protagonists: her sister and her mother returning to the country after years of exile,” said jury president Aïcha Macky.

She also noted “the courage and authenticity of the film” which received a reward of one million CFA francs, offered by the Autonomous Port of Dakar.

A special mention was awarded to Sira, Silver Stallion of the last Fespaco, from Appoline Traoré from Burkina Faso. A “moving film which ends with a poignant message on the question of peace in a terrorized, martyred Sahel”, according to the Ffa jury.

The Daughters of Olfa by the Tunisian Kaouther Ben Hania received the Critics’ Prize, whose jury, composed of Senegalese Théodora Sy and Adama Aïdara Kanté, magnified a “family therapy which is between the mirror and the rear-view mirror, a lesson of courage.”

The jury of high school students awarded its prize to Central African Jaella Pathé for her film Tà Wali. In tears, the director expressed her joy at receiving this award, deploring in passing that “cinema is not yet developed” in her country. The screening of the film Jigeen ñi, the way of women, by Franco-Senegalese director Adrien Cotonat, a dive into the heart of the Jigeen Yi orchestra, exclusively composed of women, ended the sixth edition of the Films Femmes Afrique festival in Dakar . The event continues until May 10 in eight regions of Senegal: Thiès, Louga, Kaolack, Fatick, Kaffrine, Casamance, Kolda and Sédhiou.
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