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Inaugural Colours of the Nile Film Festival to hold in Addis Ababa, November 7-11

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RestlessCity1forwebThe inaugural Colours of the Nile International Film Festival (CNIFF) will run in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia from 7-11 November 2012, introducing the best of African cinema to African audiences. The festival will screen 58 titles, all of which will be African, East African or Ethiopian premieres. Films in competition come from Algeria, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Congo, Egypt, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Ivory Coast, Mali, Morocco, Rwanda, Senegal, South Africa, and Tunisia. “We’re very proud of our lineup,” says CNIFF president Abraham Haile Biru, a two-time Best Cinematographer winner at FESPACO for Darrat (Dry Season) and Abouna (Our Father). “The titles show that a new wave of modern African cinema is coming of age; they present a new vision of the continent and its creativity.” Biru is the founder and manager of Blue Nile Film and Television Academy, a pioneering training institute in Addis Ababa that is organizing the festival with The Ethiopian Filmmakers Association. “We’ve got an exciting line-up,” says artistic director Alla Verlotsky, a Ukrainian-born, USA-based scholar and distributor of international cinema. “These films are daring, sophisticated, truly artistic, deeply honest and internationally accessible.” CNIFF has three competitive selections, dedicated to features, documentaries and short films by African directors and/or produced by African countries in the last two years. 11 prizes will be awarded, including The Great Nile Award for Best Feature Film Director. The members of the jury are New York City-based documentary filmmaker Henry Corra; French film director and screenwriter Karim Dridi; Ethiopian director Solomon Bekele Weya; and South African producer Letebele Masemola-Jones. Alla says, “In the past African cinema gave us gems that belong not only to the African film treasury, but the film treasury of the world. One of the first restored projects of Martin Scorsese’s World Cinema Foundation was Touki Bouki by the great Djibril Diop Mambéty. Today, a conversation on film culture is impossible without mentioning the symbolism of Souleymane Cissé’s Yeelen, the poetic realism of Sarah Moldoror’s Sambizanga, and the expressionism of Ousmane Sembene’s Moolaadé. But as our line-up shows, African cinema of today is on the way to establishing a new identity, embracing digital technologies and urban culture, often living in multiple geographical locations, existing in a global context and thinking with universal references.” Alain Gomis is the 2012 filmmaker in focus, with his film Tey, a co-production between Senegal and France, as the opening night film. American slam poet Saul Williams stars as Satche, a man who knows he’ll die in the next 24 hours. After its world premiere in competition at Berlin, The Hollywood Reporter called Tey “an unusually serene, non-Western meditation on the inevitability of death… laced with surprising moments of lightness amid the melancholy tenderness.” To commemorate 50 years of Alger’s independence, CNIFF will host a special screening of A Trip to Algiers/Voyage a Alger, co-presented with Cinematheque Afrique. CNIFF will also feature four non-competitive selections: *The Best of the Fest selection will showcase critically acclaimed films dealing with Africa, like Kim Nguyen’s Berlin and Tribeca winner, Rebelle (War Witch); Mahamet-Saleh Haroun’s Cannes winner, A Screaming Man (Un homme qui crie); Mika Kaurismaki’s Miriam Makeba documentary, Mama Africa; Caroline Kamya’s multi-award-winning Imani; Akin Omotoso’s Nigerian/South Africa co-production about xenophobia, Man on Ground; and Wanuri Kahui’s science fiction short, Pumzi. *A showcase of Ethiopian cinema, curated by Abebe Beyene of The Ethiopian Filmmakers Association; *A homage to Senegalese cinema, co-presented with Cinematheque Afrique; *African documentaries from Al Jazeera English; *Location Africa, a selection of African stories set in Africa, told by non-African directors. CNIFF is made possible with the generous support of partners The Ministry of Culture and Tourism; Encounters South African International Documentary Film Festival; Addis Ababa Tourism Bureau; Seagull Films; and Institut Francais, as well as sponsors European Union; French Embassy; East Africa Audiovisual; Alliance Francaise; Goethe-Institut Addis Ababa; EUNIC; Egypt Air; Italian Cultural Institution; FBC; and NISCO. For more information, visit http://www.coloursofthenile.net/. The eight films in the feature film competition are: Burn It Up Djassa/Le Djassa a Pris Feu (Ivory Coast), Burn It Up Djassa, which screened in the Discovery section of the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival, is a journey into the ghettos of Abidjan just before the country’s civil war. TIFF programmer Rasha Saiti called it “a raw, noir-tinged urban legend set to the cadence of slam poetry and the beat of street dance,” adding that it “signals the arrival of an exciting new artistic movement from Africa’s Ivory Coast.” Sadly debut director Lonesome Solo lost everything in the Ivorian civil war, which broke out just months afterfilming, and has been missing since earlier this year when he disappeared while travelling overland across West Africa to Europe. Watch and embed the trailer at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3wLKphVX8YI Fragrance of a Lemon/Lomi Sheta (Ethiopia) World premiere:   Details to be announced.  Grey Matter / Matière Grise (Rwanda) Kivu Ruhorahoza’s debut film is the first feature directed by a Rwandan filmmaker living in his homeland. A self-referential film about filmmaking, Grey Matter won Best Actor for Ramadhan Bizimana and a Special Jury Mention for Best New Narrative Director at Tribeca 2011 “for its audacious and experimental approach.” As the Tribeca jury said, “This film speaks of recent horrors and genocide with great originality. We wanted to give a special commendation to this filmmaker for his courage and vision.” Watch and embed the trailer at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kK1mSaSdFQo. On the Edge/Sur la Planche (Morocco) Winner of seven international awards, On The Edge is the story of two factory workers flirting with crime in Tangiers. It’s the debut film from Moroccan writer/director Leila Kilani. The Guardian said the film “should appeal to audiences everywhere, with bags of energy, a team of explosive young actresses and a poetic hold-up… suffused by the Arab spring.” Watch and embed the trailer at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2uvYfdfDfgs Otelo Burning (South Africa) Directed by Sara Blecher, Otelo Burning was the most nominated film at the 2012 Africa Movie Academy Awards, where it won Best Cinematography (Lance Gewer) and Best Child Actor (Tsephang Mohlomi). Telling the story of a group of township teenagers who discover the joy of surfing, Otelo Burning was also named Best Film at The Cape Winelands Film Festival and won the Audience Award at CineramaBC in Brazil. Watch and embed the trailer at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gek4b3x0TTQ. Restless City (Congo / USA) The story of an African immigrant surviving on the fringes of New York City, Andrew Dosunmu’s Restless City was an official selection at Sundance, Dubai and BFI London film festivals. Variety called it “extraordinarily beautiful,” while The Hollywood Reporter said it was “stunning… an intense twist on the American dream.”  Watch and embed the trailer at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z4VjY0h4YuI. The Repentant / El Taaib (Algeria) The Repentant tells the story of an Islamic terrorist who takes advantage of a national amnesty to return to society. The winner of Label Europa Cinemas at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival, it’s the latest film by multi-award-winning Algerian writer/director Merzak Allouache (Bab El-Oued City). Virgin Margarita / Virgem Margarida (Mozambique)

In this feature film inspired by true stories, veteran documentary filmmaker Licinio Azevedo focuses on the post-independence Mozambiquan re-education camps that aimed to develop the proper revolutionary spirit in sex workers.

TIFF programmer Rasha Saiti called it an “evocative exposé of a little-known chapter in the contemporary history of Mozambique” and a “dramatic and inspiring elegy to the insurgent spirit of women across nations, histories and cultures.” Watch and embed the trailer at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QFIAFCcpJYU.]]>

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If you’re new to the world of Bitcoin, you may be wondering how to keep your cryptocurrency safe. Bitcoin is a digital asset and, as such, can be vulnerable to theft and fraud. However, with a few simple tips and tricks, you can keep your Bitcoin safe and secure. In this blog post, we will discuss some of the best ways to protect your investment!

 

How to keep Bitcoin safe

When it comes to storing your Bitcoin, it’s important to take the necessary precautions to keep them safe.

Bitcoin is a digital currency that uses cryptography to secure its transactions and to control the creation of new units. Bitcoins are created as a reward for a process known as mining. They can be exchanged for other currencies, products, and services. As of February 2015, over 100,000 merchants and vendors accepted bitcoin as payment.

Bitcoin wallets are programs that allow you to store, send, and receive bitcoins. There are a variety of different wallets available for different operating systems and devices. Choosing the right wallet is important because it will be responsible for Securing your Bitcoins.

Here are some tips on how to do just that:

  1. Choose a hardware wallet

Hardware wallets are the best way to store your Bitcoins, as they are immune to computer viruses and hacks. They come in the form of a small USB device, and you can use them to store your Bitcoins offline.

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  1. Always use a secure internet connection

Make sure you only access your Bitcoin wallet through a secure internet connection, as hackers can easily steal your Bitcoins if they gain access to your device.

  1. Use good and up-to-date antivirus software

Antivirus software is crucial for protecting your device from digital threats, so make sure you have a good and up-to-date antivirus installed on all of your devices.

  1. Do not access unknown or suspicious links

Be very careful about opening links that you don’t know or trust, as they could contain malware that could steal your Bitcoins.

  1. Use a strong password for your online wallet

Make sure you create a strong password for your online Bitcoin wallet, and don’t share it with anyone else. This will help keep your Bitcoins safe from hackers.

  1. Never give away your private key

Your private key is the most important part of your Bitcoin wallet, as it allows you to access your funds. Make sure you never give away this key to anyone else.

  1. Keep a separate wallet for day-to-day transactions

It’s best to keep a separate wallet for day-to-day transactions, as this will help keep your Bitcoins safe if your main wallet gets hacked or lost.

Bottom line

Bitcoin is a digital asset and like any other digital asset, it’s important to keep your bitcoin safe. You can do this by using a variety of methods, including hardware wallets, software wallets, and paper wallets. By following these tips and keeping your bitcoin safe, you can rest assured that your investment will be protected.

So there you have it! These are some of the best ways to keep your Bitcoin safe and secure. Follow these tips and you can rest assured that your investment is safe and protected.

 

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