African Movies to be Screened in Hanoi

From June 26-30, Hanoi is set to host a program featuring five African films which were originally screened at the Pan-African Film & TV Festival of Ouagadougou (FESPACO).


The Moroccan film Les chevaux de Dieu (Horse of God) has been selected as the opening film for the Pan-African Film and Television Festival of Ouagadougou (FESPACO). This festival is dedicated to showcasing African films and will take place in Hanoi from June 26th to 30th. Les chevaux de Dieu tells the story of a group of young boys who become involved with a radical Islamist group and explores the themes of poverty, youth, and extremism. It has received critical acclaim and is sure to be a standout film at the festival. Be sure to mark your calendars and catch this thought-provoking movie on the opening night.

Horse of God is a riveting film that delves into the lives of the individuals behind the devastating suicide bombings in Casablanca in 2003. Join us for a screening of this thought-provoking movie at 7:30 pm at the prestigious Vietnam Film Institute, located at 523 Kim Ma Street in Hanoi. Don’t miss this opportunity to gain insight into the motivations and complexities of these tragic events.

 A scene in the film Horse of God. Photo:

Directed by Nabil Ayouch, this immaculate film tells multiple stories in one. It delves into the complex issues of poverty, the struggle for inner peace, and the limited choices and opportunities faced by individuals in certain environments. It goes beyond just exploring the theme of how kids become terrorists, offering a deeper examination of societal challenges and personal struggles.

The Moroccan Embassy in Vietnam, the Asia-Pacific Regional Office of the International Organization of La Francophonie (OIF), the French Institute in Vietnam, and the Wallonia-Brussels Delegation in Vietnam have collaborated to organize the program.

As African cinema is not widely known in Vietnam, this event aims to introduce Vietnamese audiences to the diverse and captivating stories from the continent. By showcasing acclaimed films that have received recognition at renowned film festivals, the event gives the people of the capital city an opportunity to immerse themselves in the richness of African cinema.

Among them are five feature films, including Les chevaux de Dieu (Horse of God, Morocco), La nuit des rois (Night of the Kings, France, Canada, Ivory Coast, Senegal), Bal Poussiere (Dancing in the Dust, Ivory Coast), Freda (Haiti), and Juwaa (Belgium).

The films being shown will provide audiences with a deeper insight into the daily lives of African people, as well as the interplay between the past and present. These films will be screened with Vietnamese, French, and English subtitles, making them accessible to a diverse audience.

 The program introducing African films will take place in Hanoi on June 26-30.

FESPACO, also known as the Pan-African Film and Television Festival of Ouagadougou, is the largest and most prestigious film festival in Africa. Since its establishment in 1969, FESPACO has been held every two years, showcasing the best of African cinema. The 28th edition of FESPACO, which took place in Burkina Faso from February 25 to March 4, had the theme “African Cinema and Culture of Peace”. This edition featured a total of 170 films from across the continent, with 15 of them being nominated for the prestigious “Yennenga Golden Stallion” award, the highest recognition at the festival.