The 14 to 22 November 2008 sees Verona welcoming the Festival of African Cinema , the 28th edition of this event which has seen a constant growth in interest in both the art of cinema and the magic of the African continent. Prominent names in the world of African cinema and culture as well as Italian filmmakers as well as press, television and communication studies will gather in the historic city of Verona to discuss themes based around African issues. In addition the festival is also a competition with its own rules, jury and prestigious prizes. Feature-length films as well as shorts and documentaries relate the history of the African peoples, offering pause for thought and critical discussion. The festival begins on the 8th November with the pre-festival party and with Federico Bollettin presenting his book Black and White. Lovers of the skin, continuing with a photographic exhibition by Carlo DEste which remains open from the 14 23. On the 17th November Esoh Elam presents his book Social Representations as a New Means of Interculturality; 18th November has Popular African Cinema: from Nollywood on with Sidiki Bakaba and lEquipe de Docteur Boris conducted by Annamaria Gallone, 20th sees Marco Aime presenting his books Timbuktu and The First Book of Anthropology and the 21st offers a concert by the Pyramides from Chad.