7-16 Sept 2006. Reframing Tradition is the theme of the ninth edition of the Africa in the Picture (AITP) film festival in Amsterdam. The packed programme features recent films from Africa and the African diaspora which are rarely or never screened in the Netherlands. Sections include Gay Africa, New Perspectives in Beur cinema - Beyond the Banlieu, AfricAnimation, Women in New Algerian cinema and Congo Trippin with films from the Democratic Republic of Congo (RDC). The AITP opens at the Heinekenplein in Amsterdams multi-cultural De Pijp district with an open-air screening of the Senegalese film Wrestling Grounds by Cheikh NDiaye (7 Sept, 20.00). African roots and music in film is celebrated in the Funky Line UP! at the Club Bitterzoet at 2, Spuistraat (9-16 Sept); among the films on offer are Pascal Obolos Calypso@dirty Jims featuring music by the Mighty Sparrow and Stanley Nelsons documentary on the all-female vocal group Sweet Honey in the Rock, entitled Raise Your Voice. Live bands and DJs provide music after the screenings till late. Other highlights include an interactive debate on the future of the RDC via satellite link to the eastern city of Goma following the screening of Raising the Flag, a documentary by Congolese film maker Petna Ndaliko (15 Sept, 20.00), and the Dutch premiere of Rachid Boucharebs Indignes whose entire male cast received the Best Male Actor award at the Cannes Film festival this year. Admission 8, 5-ticket discount 27.50. Full details of films, events and venues on festival website in Dutch and English.
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The Heinekenplein is in the De Pijp district of Amsterdam. By tram lines 12, 16, 24 & 25. Tel. +31 (0)20 6227151 firstname.lastname@example.org