|Malawi – The Warm Heart of Africa|
March 13-22 2009
Mon.-Wed.-Sat.: 10:00-15:00, Tue.-Thu.-Fri.: 10:00-14:30 & 18:00-21:00, Sun. closed
Organized by: Thessaloniki Documentary Festival
In southeast Africa, on the border between Tanzania, Zambia and Mozambique, lies the “peaceful nation of Malawi”, as it is called, since, unlike most of its neighbors, it hasn’t experienced war in quite a few years. But though military conflict may have bypassed Malawi, the same can’t be said of indigence and the ravages of the HIV virus. One of the ten poorest countries in the world, in 2005 Malawi suffered a severe hunger crisis. A year later, in 2006, Vasia Palegrati’s camera captured life in Chiwamba, one of the country’s most remote regions, a place where everything still exists and moves at a primitive level. Burgeoning, colorful nature in stark contrast to the human standard of living, a people who are still close to their instincts and inner voice, and a world full of contrasts are brought into sharp relief in Pelegrati’s photographs, bringing the heart of Malawi to Thessaloniki.