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    South African Wins First Prize At Abidjan Film Festival
    December 21, 1998

    Melvis Dzisah, PANA Correspondent
    ABIDJAN, Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) - The South Africa film maker Pelesa
    Katleka-Nkosi has won the prize during the First International Short =
    Festival held in Abidjan, Cote D'Ivoire, 14 to 19 December.=20
    The first episode of her long film, "Africa Dreaming", subtitled =
    enabled her to go home with the "Golden Elephant" trophy plus one =
    million F
    CFA in cash for her work which the jury selected for "its technical =
    and professional presentation". "Mamlambo", tells the story of =
    between a black street boy and a Chinese adolescent in a magical world,
    narrated by Pelesa with such tenderness that won the hearts of the =
    The second prize, the "Prix Djibril Diop Mambety" (named after departed
    Senegalese film maker), worth 500,000 F CFA, went to Abderahmane =
    Sissako of
    Mauritania for his film "Sabriya", which tells the story of an Islamic
    Community where women are outsiders.
    The special mention in the short film category went to Congolese film =
    Joseph Kumbela, for his film entitled "Stranger from Africa". He won =
    the European Union's Human rights trophy and the Francophone Agency =
    worth a million F CFA each.
    Other prize winners during the festival which featured 72 short films =
    their producers (16 of which competed for prizes), included Hubert =
    from Benin, who won Jeune Afrique Economy's nature award of one million =
    CFA plus 500,00 FCFA from the Abidjan city council, for his film, =
    C'est Citer".
    Films which won special mention from the jury are "On the Edge", by =
    I. Aduaka of Nigeria and "Le Genie D'Abou"by Isabelle Boni-Claverie of =
    The Festival paid homage to Bassori Timite, the first Ivorian film =
    Jean-Marie Gaston Kabore of Burkina Faso, winner of the 1997 edition of
    FESPACO, with his film "Buud Yam", the Tunisian Ahmed Atia and the late
    Djibril Diop Mambety of Senegal.
    The second edition of the Abidjan International Short films Festival,
    initiated by the Ivorian film maker, Hanny Tchelley, is scheduled to =
    place in 2000.
    "The cinema from the South exists, it is alive, just simply let the =
    to see them," declared Tchelley at the end of the first edition.

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