Preparations leading to the hosting of the third annual Europe-Liberia film festival is said to be well on course
The annual film festival will feature European and Liberian films, and 15 short videos from Liberian female filmmakers on the topics of gender-based violence and cultural heritage.
The two weeks activities organized by Kreiterion Monrovia and Accountability Lab is officially sponsored by the European Union.
According to Pandora Hogge, Head of of Kriterion Monrovia the activities is among other things intended to create educate as well as create awareness about the unique cultural values of Liberia, Africa as well as Europe and how best they collaborate to share common core agenda.
According to Ms. Hodge, the absolutely free events will take place of the From 25 November to 9 December 2019, with multiple venues in Monrovia and Kakata will the public for free screenings during the 2019 EUROLIBERIAN Film Festival.and In the capital city, events will take place in New Kru Town, Sinkor, Slipway and in Kakata.
The unique activities this year will Take place during the period of the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence, under the theme: “Stop the Violence, Make the Change”. The festival will offer a rich programme of Liberian and European movies, short films and documentaries raising public awareness on gender-based violence and showcasing the rich diversity of Liberian and European culture.
As part of the activities Accountability Lab will be showcasing 15 short films made by women Liberian filmmakers.
According to a Release and as often under-discussed aspect of gender-based violence is the role of men. Though men are often the perpetrators of gender-based violence, they can also be agents of change. The films will also offer an opportunity to reflect about this issue.
On the topic of cultural heritage, the film festival will feature the Malawala Balawala hit TV comedy series from the 1980s. The project Coordinator of Kriterion Monrovia, Ms. Pandora Hodge said that the series were refurbished by the Liberian Broadcasting System and are being made available for public viewing. She added, “Having another look at the show gives Liberians and others a chance to reflect on their culture and how the roles of women have changed in Liberia after the war.”
The EUROLIBERIAN Film Festival is organized in partnership with the Liberian student organization, Kriterion Monrovia, and Accountability Lab. Following each screening, the organization’s dynamic young animators will facilitate public discussions centered on the film content. In addition to film screenings, the festival will include free workshops on storytelling and video production featuring some of Liberia’s best traditional storytellers, filmmakers and musical artists.