Festival de Cannes is one of the oldest and most prestigious film festivals in the world.  The event hails celebrity red carpets, art house theatre, and charity events. This year marks the first Cannes Artisan Festival International: World Peace Initiative, designed to provoke and promote independent cinema throughout the globe with its World Cinema division.  “It is my belief, if one can understand culture other than one’s own, world peace can begin. Though the initiative is designed to promote peace, and humanitarian efforts, these are not the only type of films in our line-up. Our goal is to create events that bring individuals together to engage in dialogue.  Once dialogue takes place, we can begin mastering peace relations. Cannes is the perfect marketplace to create this type of platform on an international scale” said festival founder and director HRH Princess Angelique Monét, Duchess of Aquitaine.

The world peace initiative is designed to showcase emerging filmmakers from across the globe, fused with music, fashion, and fine art, amongst the industries elite.  The event is scheduled to host screenings in the Marche du Film, private screening venues and cocktail receptions.

International Strategic Partnership Director and Curator Rashid Bahati is excited to bring long time partner AgoraLumiere International as a Strategic Partner, “Artisan Festival International is proud to have a collaboration and strategic alliance with the AgoraLumiere platform in Cannes.  AgoraLumiere for over fifteen years has presented a prestigious awards program and showcased the best films from the African Diaspora.”

A.F.I. Cannes Official Selections include India, Burkina Faso, South Africa, United Kingdom, and the United States.

A.F.I. World Peace Initiative hosts its Signature Event in The Hamptons August 3rd – 5th 2012, and in Miami Beach during Art Basel December 2012. The initiative is seeking to assist with the expansion of cultural diversity, which includes partnerships with embassies, cultural attaches, fine artists, musicians and fashion designers.

"Peace is the main challenge of our time especially on the African Continent.   For this reason and in line with its vision, AgoraLumiere International supports and partners with the Artisan Festival International to enhance and promote its World Peace Initiative,” said Marc Nekaitar, Agoralumiere’s Founder.






Forget Paris by Christopher Presswell
MAY 20th, 2012 1:30 to 3pm Palais (Must have invitation or market badge to attend)

After planning a romantic New Years' getaway to Paris, Dan (Ed Coleman) and Katie's (Mai Cunningham) relationship implodes, leaving him heartbroken. The couple decides to see out their last commitment together, and proceed with the trip. But their holiday quickly descends into a nightmare with Katie expecting one final week of fun, while Dan sees his last chance to win back the love of his life.

Upside Down/ Khalti Doka Varti Paay (80m, India) Ajay Singh Director
May 22, 2012 4:00-6:00 p.m. 21 Quai Saint Pierre Cannes, France

Upside Down is a metaphorical revelation about the ways and means of every day city life as seen through the eyes of a little village kid. Upside Down as a film asks for our attention towards the high paced, highly glamorous and at times unnecessarily excited ways we have started living our lives, which for a naïve village kid is nothing short of spectacle witnessed during rare occasions of carnival or circus. Making us ponder whether we have got it all wrong as in Upside Down.

Kôglb-zanga or Prince Wendemi an example of social exclusion fighter 
Director/Producer: ILBOUDO Yalgabama Run Time: 26 mins

In the quarter of tanghin in Ouagadougou, the capital city of Burkina Faso in the last housing place of some poor old women accused of witchcraft. About 400 women share this new place of their lifetime where they have to learn a new life of exclusion from their society. If accused of witchcraft the one is supposed to be able to eat his fellow’s soul. In Mossis land the majoritarian ethnic of Burkina Faso, it is always women who are accused of witchcraft. “Centre Delwendé” or center Delwende is the name of this place where these women are always welcome for their new life.

FABLE (90m, USA) Maria Restivo
MAY 23, 2012 5:30-7:30 pm Palais D (Must have invitation or market badge to attend)

Young Simon, in his family’s clothing warehouse/home, confronts an intruder (who is the king of a magical cult) trying on costumes. Simon sees that the king is searching for his true identity and no longer sees him as evil. Simon is gentle and understanding. The king is vulnerable and human but Simon knows it is too late to help him. Unfortunately, the King and his magical cult have destroyed too many people’s lives to be redeemed. They have done something far worse than simply taking over the city; they have taken away the people’s will to live. What will happen now that the two worlds have collided? What will the King do to Simon? The innocence of youth that Simon represents confronts the murky confusion of the King’s self-entrapment. In the Fable, the journey of each character’s self-discovery is uniquely interwoven. In order to understand ourselves we must first understand each other.

Khaled (90m, USA) Kervans Barthelem
May 22, 2012 (Private Screening Venue Invitation Only)

KALEB (Fred Toliver Jr.) has been kicked out of his home in Long Island, N.Y. for almost a year. His family’s tense demeanor is apparent as they try to ignore the fact that Kaleb is not there.

One day JACQUE (Atibon Nazaire), Kaleb’s father, sees Kaleb in a local newspaper accused of raping a young girl. The police search for Kaleb and his friends while the incident sparks friction within the family, demanding Jacque to respond to his wife’s ultimatum: FIND KALEB OR LOSE THE REST OF HIS FAMILY.



Bra-et Al Rouh (10m, United Kingdom, Lebanon) Walid Salhab
MAY 22, 2012 (21 Quai Saint Pierre) 4:00 p.m.
MAY 23, 2012 5:30 p.m. Palais D (must have invitation, or market badge)

A six-year-old Arab girl meets a Homeless person on the streets of Edinburgh who reminds her of the plight of her people back home. Things take a turn when she tries to help. The film stars a 6 year old girl, Catherine from Gaza and written and directed by a Lebanese filmmaker. Shot with no budget in an affluent area of 
Edinburgh Scotland to try and high light the difference between the who have 
and the who have not and the forgotten.


Choices (16m, USA) Michael J. Kirkland
MAY 22, 2012 (21 Quai Saint Pierre) 4:00 p.m.
May 23, 2012 5:30 p.m. Palais D (must have invitation or market badge)

We experience the story through the Ian’s shattered mind. An Emergency Room Pediatrician, Dr Ian Chance, struggles to cope with a tragedy he causes by hitting a little girl while driving intoxicated. Ian deals with the tragedy by choosing to forget and then changes his memories. The girl is his daughter. It is hinted that this involved a young girl, as he clings to a worn photograph of a young girl through the story. The story cuts to show happier times with Ian and his daughter Emma doing normal things, but hints that something is not right. He makes a choice to blame and take revenge out on others. He builds a different memory that reflects in own mind. Revenge does not heal, but causes more pain and confusion. His mind becomes sick to the extreme and he begins a series of the ultimate crime.

Goose Family (30m, USA) Seung Yeob Lee
MAY 22, 2012  (Private Screening Venue.)

Jinsoo, the father works in Seoul, South Korea to support his family and Shinae, the mother takes care of two children living in New York, U.S.A. They have lived separately for two years. They struggle for financial and emotional reasons. Jinsoo misses his family a lot but he feels distant from his family because he has not seen them for two years already. Shinae, two children and Jinsoo feel that there are less and less things to share. Shinae meets a new guy at her church and Jinsoo gets fired from his company. The family falls apart.


Ophelia’s Flip (15m, Germany, Slovenia, USA) Tjasa Ferme
MAY 23, 2012 5:30 p.m. Palais D (must have invitation, or market badge)

Ophelia's Flip is a self-portrait video diary of a girl named Ophelia.
'It's about the imperfections of my body, everyday roach existence in New York, pussy language, attempts to make myself eternal, my vagina's Halloween appearances and how my heart, which is an emotionally preconditioned spy-ware is preventing me from being a superhuman.' It doesn't exclude nudity, sexuality, disguises, white lies, rape elements, love experiments, suicidal attempts, but it does include an art manifesto.


The Bench (5m, Switzerland) Gabriel Ash
MAY 22, 2012 (21 Quai Saint Pierre) 4:00 p.m. 

One sunny day, 80 years ago or yesterday, a man takes a break. Unfortunately, that isn't as easy as it sounds, even in a silent film. Two minutes later, the End fast approaching, help comes unexpectedly. Salvation!?  'The Bench' is a film story reduced to its crystalline essence. Five minutes, four acts, three characters, and a surprise ending.


Baby Shoes (4m, USA) by Michael Howard
MAY 22, 2012 16:00 (4:00 p.m.) - 18:00 (6:00 p.m.) Quai 21 (Invitation Only)

As a father begins to sell his son's baby shoes and clothes, we see his thoughts of the child's life.



The goal of Artisan Festival International World Peace Initiative is to bridge the gap in cultural diversity around the world by creating an understanding of culture through open dialogue inspired by the arts. The initiative is comprised of international cinema and is hosting events in Cannes (France) and the Hamptons (USA). The World Cinema Division is the initiatives focus on films, where as the fine art, fashion, and music have their own divisions as well.



Greta Joanne Entertainment is the events producer and a multi-media company based in New York (USA) founded by multi-media talent, the world’s only actress ventriloquist, and former Ms. Black South Carolina USA, HRH Princess Angelique Monét, Duchess of Aquitaine. The company is comprised of a film, television, music, and event divisions. The company has also created a distribution arm through Video On Demand platforms, and a limited theatrical releasing division.


About The AgoraLumiere Cinema Series 

For the last 15 years AgoraLumiere Cinema Series has showcased the best work of filmmakers from Africa and its Diaspora on its European platform at the Cannes Film Festival in France. This year AgoraLumiere in partnership with the Shanghai International Film Festival has established a new platform in China. The Screening Series at the Cannes Festival elevates the visibility of African and Diaspora independent films amongst the industry executives and exhibitors meeting in the world’s largest film market.   In line with its vision and objectives, AgoraLumiere is pleased to partner with the Artisan Festival International and to support the first World Peace Initiative Program at the 65th Cannes Film Festival. This partnership will also contribute toward building an even stronger representation of African and Diaspora Cinema on AgoraLumiere’s platforms.



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