At Africa’s Largest Film Festival, Politics Pervades Films on View

At Africa’s Largest Film Festival, Politics Pervades Films on View

OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso -- For about a decade, Elizabeth Newton, 69, had heard about the Pan-African Film and Television Festival here through mentions in England's Sunday newspapers.

The retired farmer from North Yorkshire never thought about visiting Africa's foremost film festival, a biennial event that began in 1969, until she saw "9/11," a movie in response to the 2001 attacks on the United States by 11 directors around the world.

The contribution of Idrissa Ouédraogo, perhaps this West African nation's foremost director, about two children's attempt to cash in on sighting a man who may or may not be Osama bin Laden, so charmed Newton that she decided to visit the country during FESPACO, as the festival is known by its French acronym.

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