ALLIANCE Française de Maseru (AF) has lined up events to foster the development of the arts at its Kingsway premises on 19 and 20 May 2017.
On 19 May, the French cultural organisation will host a discussion about cinema and movie making by the Open Studio team. According to AF Public Relations Officer, Papali Monyake, the discussion will feature a panel of filmmakers sharing and discussing about their understanding of film, their creative processes, their inspirations and aspirations as well their overall view of film in Lesotho.
After the discussion, a local film by Jeremiah Mosese will be screened.
The following day, AF will host the second edition of the Poetry and Hip Hop Golden Mic Session following the success of the inaugural edition in April last year. The session will feature up-and-coming artists with many surprises in store for revellers according to Monyake.
Monyake told Xpress People in an interview this past week that the events were in line with AF’s efforts to support Lesotho’s cultural scene.
“Alliance Française has been promoting Lesotho’s culture since 1981. And, over the years, we have formed partnerships with Basotho organisations and artists,” she said.
“Our centre is open to all and welcomes different forms of culture and artists. The Golden Mic approached us with their concept of music and poetry and we could not think of a better venue than Alliance Française. The session will now be a monthly event at Alliance Française’s Ouh La La cafe.”
Turning to the Open Studio discussion, she said it was meant to afford budding filmmakers an opportunity to learn the tricks of the trade.
“The discussion is aimed at giving filmmakers and those interested in film and art the chance to gain an insight on the current position and future of film in the country. Like the name says it is open to film makers and anybody interested in film,” Monyake said.
“They (attendees) will be exposed to the challenges filmmakers face and how to overcome them. The panelists will share personal experiences and lessons, the MC will give the floor to the audience after presentations in order for them to also share their experiences about film.”
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