The RomAfrica Film Festival, now in its eighth edition, will take place at the Casa del Cinema in Villa Borghese, Rome, from July 15 to 17, 2022. It was founded in 2015 out of a passion for cinema, which has always been a driving force for information, communication, and art. Starting at 5 p.m. on all three days of the Festival, entrance will be free. The review’s goal is to go beyond the stereotypes about Africa and show the public the diversity and cultural vibrancy that this wonderful continent has to offer.
The theme for this year is ‘Resistance. Restart,’ which comes at a time when Italy, Africa, and the rest of the globe are facing global crises that demand solidarity and mutual understanding more than ever. In partnership with the South African Embassy, a celebration of Mandela Day (18 July) will be held on the evening of the 16th, in honour of a hero who is not simply African.
From July 15 to 17, 2022, there will be three days of screenings. Three moments or time slots will be marked on each day to coincide with the screening of a feature film and a short film or documentary. Some documentaries will be in Italian, while feature films and shorts will be shown in their original language with Italian subtitles. The first screening will take place at 5 p.m., followed by two more at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m.
The numbers of the 2019 edition
The RAFF is organized every year by Internationalia, Itale20, Le Réseau and Nina International. In the 2019 edition, the last one before the pandemic, the RAFF hosted 15,000 spectators over 4 days, presenting 10 feature films, 22 short films and 1 documentary from 12 countries, for a total of 25 hours of screening. There were also several events on the sidelines, such as conferences, round tables and photographic exhibitions.