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"L'Afrique Fait Son Cinéma"/The winners of the 2021 edition / The Golden Ubuntu awarded to the film "Yafa le Pardon" by Christian Lara.

This film was our favourite for 3 reasons.

  1. the format, a "UFO" (unidentified cinematic object)

It is a memory-fiction that mixes archive and documentary images in order to raise our awareness of our common history around slavery, France-Africa and the relationship between Africans and Afro-descendants,

  1. The exceptional acting

Especially Luc Saint-Eloy, Sidiki Bakaba, Xavier Letourneur, Bienvenue Koffi and Caroline Ducay

  1. La mise en scène

The intimacy created with the viewer from the very first minutes of the film is to be commended.


Congratulations to the other winners of the other prizes. You will find the detailed list of winners by clicking on the festival page.

And congratulations to all the candidates who did not lose out. Finally, a special thanks to Blaise Pascal Tanguy, the whole team and the organisation.


You will find below the details of the prize list of the 2021 edition through the press release of the organizers of this festival:

"The Jury chaired by Fiona Gelin has just announced the 2021 FULL PALMARES of the festival L'Afrique Fait Son Cinéma...



  • Ubuntu d'or for best feature film: Yafa le pardon, a film by Christian Lara
  • Silver Ubuntu : Petit Jo enfant des rues, a film by Daniel Kamwa
  • Bronze Ubuntu: Chariot of the gods, a film by Anurin Nwunembom
  • Special Jury Prize: Barré Gobon in "Petit Jo enfant des rues"
  • Ubuntu for best actress: Elize De Wee in "Terre des braves"
  • Ubuntu for best actor: Cosson Chinepoh in "Chariot of the Gods



  • Golden Ubuntu for Best Short Film: YAMB, a film by Winnele Veyret
  • Silver Ubuntu : LEÇON, a film by Patrick M. Timbé
  • Bronze Ubuntu: DON'T FORGET US, a film by Oumar Diaw
  • Special Jury Prize: HOMOPHOBE, a film by Steve Bell



  • Golden Ubuntu for best documentary: POISSON D'OR POISSON AFRICAIN, a film by Thomas Grand and Moussa Diop
  • Silver Ubuntu: EL MAESTRO LABA SOSSEH, a film by Maky Madiba Sylla and Lionel Bourqui
  • Bronze Ubuntu: ON THE TRACKS OF MAMANI ABDOULAYE, a film by Amina Mamani Abdoulaye
  • Special Jury Prize: SANTYE PAPANGER, a film by Laurent Pantaléon


Category TV SERIES

  • Golden Ubuntu for the best TV series: MANJAK, a series directed by Hubert Laba Ndao and Siam Marley
  • Special Jury Prize: LES CONTES DE RAYA, a series directed by Adja Mariam Soro
  • Ubuntu of Honour: Alix Benezech (for her young and already rich career)


We look forward to the 2022 edition.

Olivier Laurac Mbilia


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