The new Italian cinema festival ran from November 11 to 21 in Lomé, Togo. The event was the initiative of the Italian embassy in Togo, in collaboration with the minister of communication and culture and the Consulate General of Italy in Lomé. This cultural gathering sought to show the people of Togo what Italy represents today. For eleven days, the public were able to watch recent Italian movies with French subtitles. According to the website of TVT, a Togolese television station,
“At the opening of this cultural encounter, minister of communication and culture Oulégoh Kéyéwa thanked the Italian ambassador for his interest in and support for cultural cooperation between Togo and his country. He noted that giving new life to Togolese culture, particularly its cinema, is one of the concerns of a government that has already taken measures that include passing a new cultural policy, ratifying the Florence agreement on cinematography, and developing a cinema code.
“Italian ambassador Luca Fratini stressed that the event was a first between his country and Togo and a sign of the attention his government has given to developing Togolese culture. Togo’s national cinema director, Kodjo Adoukpoh, has invited all stakeholders in Togolese cinema to use the occasion to add to their skills.”