FilmAfrica – 30th Oct to 8th Nov – Venues Across London
For its fifth anniversary, FilmAfrica will present 60 films from 26 different African countries, Including several London, UK, European and World Premieres. There’s something for all tastes and moods: stories of love, modern Africa and of diaspora communities; fun and inspiring female-centric films; Bold and daring experimental narrative; and socio-political commentaries on LGBTI rights, civil war and the human stories behind the migrant crisis That is gripping the headlines. 15 visiting filmmakers will present Their film in London representing Rwanda, Burkina Faso, Nigeria, Ethiopia, South Africa, Angola, Algeria and the Diaspora. Book early to avoid disappointment!
Opening & Closing Galas
Opening this year’s festival is run, the debut feature from director Ivorian Philippe Lacôte. Fresh from its Cannes Un Certain Regard Jury Prize win at screening and FESPACO, Run is an extraordinarily cinematic and poetic work on Ivory Coast’s historical conflicts. For the closing, Film Africa hosts the UK premiere of Lyes Salem‘s The Man From Oran, an epic expose of Algeria’s turbulent political history Following independence from France in 1962. Both directors will be present With Their films at the festival. Book Now Lusophone Liberty: 40 Years OnBrought together to signal the 40th Anniversary of Independence of the African countries were once Portuguese colonies did. A mix of classic and contemporary cinematic portrayals from Angola, Mozambique, Guinea-Bissau and Cape Verde wants to provoke conversations and reflections on post-colonialism – or better said -. How different futures can be built out of a common past Book Now
From Africa, With Love
Love is in the air! Tales of passion, tenderness and lust Provide intimate perspectives on the diverse and heterogeneous communities of the continent. Book Now
New Narratives: Ethiopia in Transition
When first-time director Yared Zeleke’s Lamb Became The First Ethiopian feature ever to be screened in competition at the Cannes Earlier this year Film Festival, the film world Took note.FilmAfrica presents three exciting new features from Ethiopia, highlighting the fresh, whimsical and poetic work of a new generation of filmmakers who are undoubtedly, heralding to exciting shift in the country’s cinematic landscape. Book Now
Music On Film: Sounds of the Continent with FilmAfrica LIVE!
Two film powerfully portray music as one of the foundations of personal and national identity, and as a weapon against subjugation, in They Will Have to Kill Us First and beats of the Anotonov; in I Shot Bi Kidude, the life and work of the world’s oldest performer, Zanzibar’s indefatigable diva Bi Kidude, is celebrated, Followed by a live performance of her songs by Zanzibari musicians; and the tango’s African origins are explored in Tango Negro, Followed by live music and tango dancing! Book Now
Sembene Focus: Double Bill
With the release of a new documentary spotlighting the life and art of one of cinema’s greatest pioneers, Film Africa presents an evening Sembene double bill at the British Library, as part of Their West Africa: Cultures of the Word. Exhibition Book Now
Other titles to highlight in this year’s programs include Things of the Aimless Wanderer (Kivu Ruharahoza), Eye of the Storm (Sékou Traoré) Necktie Youth (Sibs Shongwe-La Mer) and The Blue Elephant (Marwan Hamed). Notable documentaries include Mandela, My Dad, And Me (Daniel Vernon) starring Idris Elba, Black President (Mpumelelo Mcata), The Dream of Shahrazad (Francois Verster) and La Belle At The Movies (Cecilia ZOPPELLETTO). Book Features Book Docs
The short film programs this year highlights 12 shorts from 10 different African countries, Which are vying for the 5th Baobab Award for Best Short Film. Book Shorts Special Events There is thus a host of special events Including The Industry Forum at BFI Southbank, a free event Which sheds light on the business of African cinema; FilmAfrica Family Day at the Rich Mix and a school screening programs, in partnership with Picturehouse Education;Westminster University’s 7 th African Film Conference, African Film & Social Change; and a four-day Recreative Film School for Budding Filmmakers at the South London Gallery. Book Special Events Book Industry Forum Book Family Day Book School Screenings