Plateforme de rencontres entre des jeunes talents

26.09 - 01.10 2022

Shadow Runner


Emmanuel Kiplagat’s life revolves around athletics. Born in Kabarnet, Baringo in Rift Valley Kenya, he grew up inspired by his father who was an athlete and in an area full of legendary Marathon runners such as the great Paul Tergat.

Shadow Runner is an intimate and revealing character driven documentary about his sacrifices, dreams and ambitions. Despite his love of country and athletics, he faces a life changing decision, he has been offered a chance to go to Japan and earn a living or remain in Kenya and hope it works out through athletics after the trials.

Shadow Runner weaves together the story of Kiplagat’s incredible drive to represent Kenya in the Olympics. We see him on a journey to fulfill his purpose of running for Self, Country, his Coach (Barnaba), and Family.

The Spirits & Black Lioness


In the year 2050, an asteroid-shaped deity (mysterious luminary) named Apophis (Apophyses) crashes to earth, causing an unprecedented climatic deregulation. 95% of the water is absorbed, the fauna and flora totally ravaged, cities destroyed, monstrous and mystical beings unleashed on the surface of the whole earth, it’s chaos… In this post-apocalyptic world, the survivors and the most hardened have built kingdoms and fortified cities around the rare water resources. Among these kingdoms, the Kongo Kingdom is one of the most powerful and flourishing, founded around two pillars: Technology, held by the Mpazu clan, and Kongo spirituality, held by the NSAKU clan whose totem is Bastet. However, the kingship of the kingdom is entrusted to the Nzinga clan, which is considered neutral for the good balance.Despite the harmony within the kingdom, it has suffered from ideological tensions for decades between spirituality and science.

We, People of the Islands


Five friends reunite in the middle of Santiago Island’s countryside, in Cape Verde. Following Julio’s invitation, former PAIGC (African Party for the Independence of Guinea and Cape Verde) guerrillas, Tutu, Silvino, Pedro Pires, and Agnelo get together for the first time after decades and reminisce over the greatest utopian adventure of their lives: Operation Cuba. Organized by Amílcar Cabral, to train them in the military in Cuba and return to Cape Verde to free the country from the grips of colonialism. Through their recollections, we navigate between past and present. Immersing themselves in memories, our protagonists reflect in a fun and sincere way on the victories, defeats, and disappointments of their independence process. They wonder about the future of Cape Verde and Africa in an increasingly fragile world.

OUAGA FILM LAB 7th edition

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OUAGA FILM LAB is pleased to announce that its 7th edition will be held in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso from September 26 to October 1, 2022.

With a few weeks to go before the 7th edition and due to uncertainties that have arisen regarding the project to relocate OUAGA FILM LAB to Ivory Coast, we have decided to maintain the 2022 edition in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, on the same dates, i.e. from September 26 to October 1.

OUAGA FILM LAB team sincerely apologizes to all our technical and financial partners and especially to the laureates of this 7th edition for the inconvenience that this change of location may cause.

The selection of 12 projects remains unchanged with project leaders from regions previously absent from the selection such as Kenya, Tunisia, South Africa, Egypt, Sao Tome and Principe and Mozambique. Selected projects leaders come also from Burkina Faso, Benin, Cape Verde, Ivory Coast, Nigeria, Democratic Republic of Congo, Central African Republic and Senegal. Series are well taken into account with two projects selected. (information on the selected projects: www.ouagafilmlab.net)

Let’s go for the 7th edition!

Projects selected for its 7th edition of OFL

Ouaga film lab

The Ouaga Film Lab team is pleased to announce the projects selected for its 7th edition, which will take place from 26 September to 1 October 2022 in Ouagadougou.

More than one hundred applications from all the countries of the continent were received during the call for projects launched in March. After deliberation, the Ouaga Film Lab selection committee selected the following 12 projects:

  • 5 documentary projects, 5 fiction projects and 2 series projects
  • 42% of the participants are women
  • The selected projects come from South Africa, Burkina Faso, Benin, Cape Verde, Ivory Coast, Democratic Republic of Congo, Egypt, Kenya, Nigeria, São Tomé and Príncipe, Central African Republic, Senegal, Tunisia.

Aisha Can’t Fly Away Anymore, fiction project by Morad MOSTAFA (Egypt), produced by Sawsan YUSUF – Bonanza Films – (Egypt)

Commandanté TITINA SILA “Victoria Certa”, documentary project by Diao SAMBA (Senegal), produced by Pape Abdoulaye SECK SangomArt Original – (Senegal)

Congo Boy, fiction project by Rafiki FARIALA (Central African Republic), produced by Vicky Nelson WACKORO – Makongo Films (Democratic Republic of Congo)

Dear Ajayi, fiction project by Damilola ORIMOGUNJE (Nigeria), produced by Bose OSHIN – 2o9ine Films (Nigeria)

John Carlos, le sherif de Ouidi, documentary project by Gaston BONKOUNGO (Burkina Faso), produced by Carine Stella NZANG ASSOUMOU – Diam Production (Burkina Faso)

Le Grand Transporteur, series project by Latigone N’GOMA (Ivory Coast) produced by Alassane Sy – Boucan Production (Senegal)

Life after Diamonds, documentary project by Solange KONE (Ivory Coast), produced by Arnold SETOHOU – NEW DIRECTION FILMS (Benin)

Mnema, fiction project by Selim GRIBAA (Tunisia), produced by Sahbi KRAIEM – Intage Production (Tunisia)

Shadow Runner, fiction project by Karanja NG’ENDO (Kenya), produced by Joan NJERI – Purple Mango Production (Kenya)

Our Sweet Hell, fiction project by Katya ARAGÃO (São Tomé and Príncipe), produced by Sévérine CATELION – Merveilles Production (Benin)

The Spirtits & Black Lioness, series project by Christian MOKUBA (Democratic Republic of Congo), produced by Deirdre JANTJIES – Na Aap Productions – (South Africa)

We, People of the Islands, documentary project by Elson SANTOS (Cape Verde), produced by Lara SOUSA – Kulunga Filmes – (Mozambique)

We would like to thank all the applicants for their applications and congratulate the selected applicants.


The wind-swept town of Zinder in the heart of the Sahel region of Niger is a place travellers only pass through.
Kara-Kara, the former lepers’ quarter, is the pariahs’ district of this town. Gangs referred to as the “Palais” have sprung up in this area and are spreading their influence throughout the town. Obsessed by a culture of bodybuilding and violence, the gang members induce fear in the population.

Outside the moments spent together in a body-building camp, some of them follow the path that will lead them to a life of crime and prison or a violent death, others strive to pull themselves out of the rut they find themselves in. This is the case for Siniya, Bawo and Ramsess, whom the director, originally from Zinder, has succeeded in filming up close to reveal to us their survival strategies. By following them in their daily lives divided between their gang, their family and fending for themselves, she gives us a sense of their desire to break free from the cycle of violence which has built their identities. (andanafilms)

Official selection at Visions du Réel 2021 (Switzerland), CPH:DOX (Denmark), DOK.FEST (Germany), Encounters and Durban IFF (South Africa), MoMI (United States), Ladiana Foundation Award…


Children Nightcare


In the courtyard of Mrs. Coda, around 8 pm, Odile and Farida come in, holding hands of their children. They are prostitutes who entrust their kids to this old lady before going to the “Black”, a festive street that never sleeps. Odile, Farida and some of their comrades navigate from bar to bar, from man to man. In the early morning, when the “Black” starts to empty, Odile and Farida pick up their children. Once at home, tired, they rest. When they wake up, they take us in the intimacy of their life as mothers, between domestic activities, caring for children and coquetry. As a routine, at night, the “Black” recalls its faithful while Odile drops her child in the night-care.

Selection at the Berlinale 2021 (Forum section), Visions du Réel (Switzerland), Etats généraux du film documentaire de Lussas (France)




In a small village in Niger, part of the animist population has recently converted either to Islam or to Christianity. These religions have created division in the village. The hearts of people have hardened through this extremism.

National Road N°1 is the dividing line. One night, in November 2009, a sermon organized by radical Muslims caused sparks, crystallizing tension and permanent distrust on both sides of the road.

In 2016, with the election of a new leader approaching, the village must confront its past to decide its future. I come back to this place and although I am a Christian, I decided to build my house on the other side of the road, to begin the reconstruction of a dialogue between people.

Selected for FESPACO 2019, Etats généraux du film documentaire de Lussas (France), Festival du film documentaire de St Louis (Senegal), Ciné Droit Libre (Burkina), Koudougou Doc (Burkina), Nokouè d’argent award at Lagunimages (Benin)


Fiction / Senegal


Ousseynou (40) is husband of Fatou and father of Alioune. They all live in a village where fish-ing is the only economic activity that allows the men of the villages to feed their families. Nafi is Ousseynou’s sister-in-law and neighbor. Nafi’s late father was a baker in the village a long time ago; his traditional bakery was forcibly closed for hidden reasons.
Because of the presence of the powerful Chi-nese and Western industrial boats which prac-tice illegal fishing, Ousseynou can no longer make a living from his fishing profession. He is forced to quit his job.

In his village where bread is a luxury, Ousseynou turns into a reseller of unsold, stale and moldy bread called “ fagadaga “ to provide for his family. However, the opening of the traditional bakery of his sister-in-law Nafi (30), sounds like an affront to him and gradually threatens his business.



Documentary / République Centrafricaine


After years of civil war, my country, the Cen-tral African Republic, one of the poorest in the world, is rising from the ashes. Construction is flourishing in the capital Bangui. As in other Af-rican countries, skilled migrants from China are at the heart of this modernization. Through the parallel and crossed stories of Chinese immi-grants and Central Africans, Eat Bitter captures the journey of two communities, cultures and men who are diametrically opposed. But they learn to work together with the same goal in mind: to build a bank, a symbol of power and money. Our characters don’t hesitate to strip the earth and destroy their family lives for a seat at the table of prosperity. Indeed, behind this so-called progress and new openness is a less glowing reality. Workers sacrifice their dignity, abuse their bodies, and spoil the environment to extract sand, an essential construction mate-rial. And this disappearing sand is pushing them to take ever more risks to get hold of it.