PHOTO STORY: Africa’s biggest film festival marks its 50th anniversary

Some 100,000 people are expected to attend 450 screenings over the next week
Performers arrive to the entrance of the venue where the opening ceremony of the FESPACO Panafrican Film and Television Festival of Ouagadougou is about to start, on February 23, 2019. – Africa’s biggest film festival marks its 50th anniversary, buoyed by its contributions to the continent’s cinema industry but overshadowed by security problems in host country Burkina Faso. (Photo by MARCO LONGARI / AFP)

FESPACO, the Panafrican Film and Television Festival of Ouagadougou opened on Saturday. Africa’s biggest film festival marks its 50th anniversary, buoyed by its contributions to the continent’s cinema industry but overshadowed by security problems in the host country Burkina Faso. Since Fespaco began 50 years ago, no woman has ever won the top prize, the Golden Stallion of Yennenga.


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