Out Of Africa: Seven African Films To Be Screened At The 2024 Dublin International Film Festival (DIFF)

The Dublin International Film Festival (DIFF), one of the biggest film showcases in the Republic of Ireland, is set to put a spotlight on African Cinema at this year’s edition of the Festival. 

DIFF 2024 will feature seven African films. These include Ben Hania’s Oscars-nominated Tunisian docu-drama Four Daughters, CJ ‘Fiery’ Obasi’s Sundance award-winning film Mami Wata, Belgian-Congolese filmmaker Baloji’s Omen, Kamal Lazraq’s Moroccan film Hounds, Mohamed Kordofani’s Sudanese film Goodbye Julia, French-Senegalese director Ramata-Toulaye Sy’s Banel & Adama, and Marie Amachoukeli’s riveting drama Ama Gloria.

Mami Wata in particular is one of the international films selected to tour venues outside Dublin during the Festival. The tour will visit film societies and arts venues across Ireland, including Club Scannán Sailearna, Inverin, Co Galway; Galway Film Society @ Palas, Galway City; Garter Lane Arts Centre, Waterford; Mermaid Arts Centre, Bray, Co Wicklow; Riverbank Arts Centre, Newbridge and Solstice Arts Centre, Navan.

Festival Director, Gráinne Humphreys, noted the festival’s ongoing commitment to supporting African cinema, building on previous years’ focuses such as the 2021 spotlight on Black Women Filmmakers.

Each subsequent year we have been building out our support and celebration of filmmakers of colour. It’s a real honour to share our exciting African Film Season programme with festival audiences this year, and we would like to acknowledge the support of the Arts Council and Dept of Foreign Affairs in bringing this season to audiences around the country”, said Humphreys.

Taking place annually in February, the Dublin International Film Festival is one of the most iconic events in Ireland’s cultural calendar. The programme has evolved over the years, but each Festival is guaranteed to offer a mouth-watering mix of cinema from around the world, with many screenings attended by filmmakers and stars. Since its inception in 2003, the festival has showcased over 1,600 films from 52 countries. 

The Festival’s most prestigious accolade is the Volta. Named after Ireland’s first dedicated cinema, the Voltas are awarded each year to individuals who have made an outstanding contribution to the world of film. To date, no black actor or film practitioner has received the award. With the current emphasis on diversity, it is hoped that this will change in the coming years.


DIFF takes place from February 22 – March 2, 2024. Find out more here.

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