Boubacar Coulibaly’s 12-year dream of seeing a festival of films from his native Africa play in Auckland will become a reality on Thursday night when Andrew Mudge’s The Forgotten Kingdom opens the week-long African Film Festival NZ.
Coulibaly has worked long and hard to bring the idea to fruition since immigrating here several years ago.
The festival is running a no-second-chances programme with each of its 10 titles getting only a single outing each. While the festival will get little benefit from word of mouth, it’s an appropriately cautious approach for a first edition which adheres to the old showbiz principle: leave ’em wanting more. The opening night has already been bumped into a larger theatre at Rialto, and is sold out.
Opening night feature The Forgotten Kingdom
The AFFNZ runs 9 – 15 April at Rialto, Auckland. The festival programme is online here.