Africa in Transition



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In Kooperation mit umdenken – Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung Hamburg e.V.
(Gefördert mit Mitteln der Landeszentrale für politische Bildung Hamburg),

What do people in Africa concern themselves with today?
How do they master their daily lives challenged by a world that is changing at a fast pace? The effects of globalization are reaching even remote villages and suddenly confront people with changes and new situations for which they have not been prepared.
The ubiquitous mobile phone, radio, television as well as the internet call old traditions into question and introduce new values and ways of life.
These new media also create a variety of opportunities to communicate and obtain information, which help make local life easier and make it possible to share in national and global events.
Through their stories and money transfers, migrants in different parts of the world contribute to the change in their home countries as well.

This results in various questions that can be discussed:
Which traditions can be integrated into a changing society? In which way do changes in Africa have to be carried out to everyone’s benefit?
Transitions in African countries need to be looked at in the light of European influences. What is at play when local politicians faced with the refugee question suddenly point out that Africa is at our doorstep and one therefore has to „look after“ this continent?
The role of the West and the specific measures currently being discussed need to be examined critically. One plan is intended to deter people already in some Sahel and North African countries from fleeing to Europe. But can the migration movement be stopped this way?
What is to be made of a „Marshall plan“ for African countries? Which and whose interests are driving it?
What needs to change in European politics to allow for an independent development of African countries? And what would need to change in the countries of Africa for that development to secure a future for all people in their native lands?
For our panel discussion we invited one female and two male filmmakers, who revisit the topic of transition in their films.

Es diskutieren:
Rahmatou Keïta from Niger addresses the conflict between tradition and modernity in her movie Zin’naariyâ! – The Wedding Ring“.

– In his fictional film „L´Orage“, Sylvestre Amoussou from Benin calls upon African countries to remember and build upon their own strengths in order to become truly independent.

– As a narrator, Saliou Sarr from Senegal is leading through the documentary „Life Saaraba Illegal“ by Peter Heller. The musician’s cousins tell of the turmoil of their flight, the harsh reality in Europe, and the dream of a better life also in their homeland.

– Moderation: Abdou Rahime Diallo, Intercultural Moderator and Promoter for Migration & Development Policy.