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African Metropolis is a compilation of six short fiction films, set in six major African cities, a unique partnership towards new African cinema.

The films from Abidjan, Cairo, Dakar, Johannesburg, Lagos and Nairobi tell urban tales about life in African metropolises. Over 50 percent of the continent’s total population now lives in cities and vital urban cultures are forming and transforming – fast, and with growing complexity. In African cinema, the shift is towards urban stories, with less focus on the traditional, rural Africa that dominated in the past.

African Metropolis premiered at the Durban International Film Festival (DIFF) 2013. Three of the films were shown at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) 2013. In Europe, the films premiered at the International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR) 2014.

Two years of intensive preparation lead up to the premieres: based on 40 scripts submitted, the filmmakers were chosen from the six cities. A mentoring programme and workshops ensued, with the aim to provide opportunities and recognition to African filmmakers.

Rasha Salti, Africa and Middle East Programmer at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), says about the project: „If the African Metropolis Short Film Project is to be continued (…) an intriguing testimony of contemporary filmmaking may emerge – a testimony of a continent that has served as a projection screen for rigid and superficial clichés for too long.“

Steven Markovitz
Executive Producer

Lien Heidenreich-Seleme
Head of Programmes
Sub-Saharan Africa
Goethe-Institut South Africa

The African Metropolis Short Film Project is an initiative of the Goethe- Institut South Africa and executive producer Steven Markovitz, with support from Guaranty Trust Bank and the Hubert Bals Fund of International Film Festival Rotterdam.

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Twitter: @AfricanMet


Executive Producer
Steven Markovitz

Goethe-Institut Head of Programmes Sub-Saharan Africa
Lien Heidenreich-Seleme

Script Editor
Jacques Akchoti

Production Manager South Africa
Tamsin Ranger

Goethe-Institut Post-Production Manager
Eva Lautenschlager

Goethe-Institut Publicist
Benjamin Keuffel

Booklet & DVD Design
Twoshoes Graphic Designers

Synopis Writer
Peter Frost

Homepage Photo & Copyright
Stefan Heinrichs and Santucci & Co.

Subs GBR

DVD Production
Wave-Line GmbH

Post-Production Facility
Searle Street Post & Upstairs Post Production

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