Caligari Ludwigsburg, Fri, 06.05. / 6 PM

Revolutionary Films from the Middle East and the Maghreb
curator: Mohamed Ghazala
A revolutionary storm of protest in Tunisia, Egyptian President Mubarak forced to step down by an uprising after 30 years of emergency rule and civil war in Libya following protests against Gadaffi’s autocratic regime: at present numerous Arab and North African states are experiencing political turmoil and have been in the focus of the media for weeks since their people took to the streets.
The managing director of the ASIFA Egypt, Mohamed Ghazala, asked African filmmakers to submit clips which deal with the current political situation in North Africa and the Arab region.
The exciting and interesting short animated videos will be presented and discussed at the Festival of Animated Film.

Caligari Ludwigsburg, Fri, 06.05. / 10 PM

75 years of Egyptian animated film
curator: Mohamed Ghazala
Mohamed Ghazala presents an animated journey through time from the Egypt of the 30s to the present day: The Frenkel brothers, immigrants to Egypt, established the first Egyptian animated studio and created short films about the hero Mish Mish – the first animated films to be produced in Africa. In the 60s and 70s important artists like Ali Moheeb and Abdul Aleem Zaki headed several of the oldest studios. As Egyptian television developed, a department specifically for the production of animated film and advertising spots was founded.
Today the country has over 50 studios and numerous freelance artists. Whilst the large studios mainly produce commercials and TV series for the domestic and Arab markets, many filmmakers use the medium to experiment with traditional stories or to treat them from a satirical or socio-political perspective.

Caligari Ludwigsburg, Sat, 07.05. / 6 PM

Egyptian Animation. The Egyptian Mickey Mouse. The Frenkel Brothers and Mish Mish Effendi
Kurator curator: Mohamed Ghazala
A showing of Walt Disney’s "Mickey Mouse" in 1930 signalled the beginning of Egyptian and African animation: the Frenkel brothers were so impressed that they wanted to bring their own hand-drawn characters to life and created "Mish Mish Effendi"a classic of the African cinema. The Frenkels, a Jewish family from Belarus, emigrated to Egypt at the beginning of the 20th century. Although the two brothers had no experience in filmmaking, they developed an idea for producing a cartoon. In 1935 they created the first 10 minute film in the style of the Mickey Mouse clips. The first ever animated film produced in Africa was given the title "Mafish Fayda" and celebrated its premiere in Cairo on February 8th, 1936.
The adventures of Mish Mish were so successful that they were not only produced as a series, but used in a propaganda film for the Egyptian army at the end of the 30s during the Second World War.

Caligari Ludwigsburg, Sat, 07.05. / 8 PM

In Persona: Moustapha Alassane
He is a pioneer and a legend of the African cinema: Moustapha Alassane has left his mark on the cinema landscape in Nigeria like no other and is considered to be the doyen of African animation. He uses film to address the masses; attempting to make people aware of both the culture and the problems of his country with the help of satirical and socio-critical films. Moustapha Alassane first worked as a mechanic, before studying techniques of cinematography with French director, Jean Rouch, a co-founder of the Cinéma Vérité. Later he moved to Canada, where he met Norman McLaren, the famous animated film director, who introduced him to the world of animation.
Fictional films, animated films, documentaries - Moustapha Alassane‘s filmography lists about 30 films which all provide a critical and ironic view of social situations and customs in his country. Alassane headed the department of cinema at the University of Niamey for 15 years and, particularly from 1960 to 1970, was greatly responsible for the Nigerian cinema developing into a notable and important feature in the African region.

Caligari Ludwigsburg, Sat, 07.05. / 10 PM

Panorama Africa
curator: Mohamed Ghazala

An exciting tour through the African animation landscape: despite the many challenges to be overcome, the continent can look back at decades of a multi-facetted history of animation. The beginnings of African animation date back to February 8th. 1936. Over the decades there have been numerous attempts to further develop the animation industry in several African countries, but these were almost always the work of individual artists. Moustapha Alassane was amongst those who played an important role in these efforts as well as South African William Kentridge and also Ali Moheeb who, in 1965, established the first television department for animation in Egypt. The unique film projects of these artists were important to the development of animated film in Africa. Despite numerous obstacles, such as a lack of funding or professional equipment, African filmmakers have produced an eclectic range of innovative films over many years which are popular with international audiences.

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