South-to-South Perceptions: African Films in Colombian Cinemas
In Colombia, African heritage is celebrated in May. And, to commemorate the celebration this year, a group of Colombian journalists, filmmakers and cultural activists who form a collective known as SUR organized MUICA (Muestra Itinerante de Cine Africano), an African Film Showcase.
For their first time in South America (they organized a festival in South Africa last year showing Colombian films), MUICA went to three major cities of Colombia: the capital, Bogotá, and also Cali and Cartagena, two cities with a larger percentage of Afro-Colombian population.
MUICA brought a selection of thirteen award-winning films, varying from documentary and animation to social drama and science fiction. Those were films that highlighted the stories, landscapes and portraits of several African countries that left the Colombian audience feeling quite mesmerized by the socially conscious films and their distinct beauty.