Prominent figures of Afro-American cinema such as Charles Burnett (Killer of Sheep), Billy Woodberry (Bless Their Little Hearts) and Haile Gerima (Bush Mama), and the South American documentary filmmakers Marta Rodriguez (Colombia), Vladimir Carvalho (Brazil) and Mario Handler (Uruguay) are among 50 directors who will be attending the 16th Fribourg International Film Festival from March 10-17 .

The festival, which is dedicated to films from Latin America, Asia and Africa, has selected 12 films ranging from Nazim Abbasov's Fellini and Yan Yan Mik's Ge Ge through Zhanh Qiang's Se Jie to Ariel Rotter's Solo Por Hoy for this year's International Competition lineup. In addition, the Political Press Award has such films in the running as Vladimir Carvalho's Barra 68, Haolin Shu's Zheng Zha and Yun Huang's Jak-Byul.

The festival will be opened by the International Competition entry the Moroccan-French co-production Aoud Rih by Daoud Aoulad-Syad.