Spanish Film Festival rocks nation’s three big cities


… launches at AMA complex on Saturday, November 19

The Spanish Embassy in Ghana, in collaboration with the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture, as part of efforts to bring Spanish and Ghanaian societies closer together and promote cultural diplomacy, has initiated a move to organise a film festival of Spanish movies in three of the nation’s big cities.

The festival, which also aims at contributing to the revitalisation of the cultural scene and industry in Ghana, is slated between the 19th of November and the 8th of December, 2022.

Accra, being the capital city of the country and the home to the embassy, will host the first festival. The movies will be screened at the Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA) auditorium and Casa Hispánica (University of Ghana – Legon) starting on Saturday, November 19 to December 2, 2022.

The first show on Saturday 19th November, will be at the AMA complex while the second and third will be at the Casa Hispánica (University of Ghana – Legon) on November 21 and December 2 respectively.

The festival train will simultaneously be in Kumasi on November 25 and December 2 at the Kumasi National Centre for Culture (KNCC), and the Alliance Française respectively.

In Tamale, the movies will be shown at the Savannah Centre for Contemporary Art (SCCA) and the Red Clay Studio (RCS) on December 2 and 8 respectively.  These two centres in the Northern Regional capital are creations of the famous Ghanaian artist Ibrahim Mahama.

The festival will also offer a unique opportunity to gather relevant members of the film industry – a key sector of Ghana’s cultural business – and those who love cinema.

The festival will help the audience to disconnect from their daily lives, their problems and concerns, and simply be transported to different realities and situations, like the ones that will be shown on the screens.

Apart from being an invitation to know more about the rich and diverse culture of Spain, the movies will leave no one indifferent as themes, such as the transit from childhood to adulthood, dance, love, or even Spanish history, will be present.

Among the selection to be screened, there will be the renowned movie “Las Niñas” (The Schoolgirls), which won four of the prestigious Goya Awards (the Spanish equivalent of the Oscars), including Best Film and Best Director in 2021.

The ‘Spanish Film Festival 2022’, sponsored by the Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation (AECID), has as partners, apart from the institutions mentioned earlier which will host the movies, the Creative Arts Agency, Twins Dntbeg- renowned celebrity photographers, and Globe Productions.

Some Movies to look out for:

Las Niñas (Schoolgirls) – This tells the story of an 11-year-old girl who tries to reconcile the conservative and repressive teachings at her convent school with the free-spirited fun offered by a new student.

Felices 140 (Happy 140) – Elia invites her close friends and family to a fancy holiday home for her 40th birthday celebration. But little do the guests know about the big news that Elia is about to share with them.

Un Novio para Yasmina (A boyfriend for Yasmina) – this tells the story of Yasmina, a young, cultured and attractive Moroccan woman who has come to Spain to continue her university studies but ended up falling in love.

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