By Melanie Eversley

Africa’s largest film festival is running now through Oct. 23rd in Ouagadougou, the capital of Burkina Faso.

The 27th annual Pan-African Film and Television Festival, also known as Fespaco, is welcoming crowds from around the world after an 8-month postponement due to the pandemic. The gathering celebrates films by Africans featuring Africans.

This year, security is tight because the capital has faced attacks by jihadist groups since 2015, the BBC reported. 

“It’s not the first time that the Fespaco is facing (security) difficulties,” Alex Moussa Sawadogo, the festival’s delegate-general, told the BBC. “We will implement the same strategy but this time we are also taking into account the sanitary situation.”

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