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'Today' takes top prize at Africa's largest film festival

A French-Senegalese director's film about a man who knows he will die at the end of the day took the top prize Saturday at Africa's largest film festival, Fespaco in Burkina Faso. "Aujourd'hui" (Today) by director Alain Gomis follows Satche, played by American hip hop musician and slam poet Saul Williams, on what he and those close to him somehow know will be the last day of his life.

Pan-African Fespaco film festival opens in Burkina Faso

Africa's biggest film festival Fespaco opened its 23rd edition in Burkina Faso's capital Ouagadougou Sunday, with 101 films vying for the top Etalon d'Or prize. Nearly 170 films from all over the continent will be shown during the week-long bi-annual festival which ends on March 2. Opening the festival Sunday night was "Yema", a tale of the life of a mother who suspects jihad to be infiltrating her family, the main character is played by the Algerian director Djamila Sahraoui.
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