Screen Shot 2014-08-27 at 19.45.55There is still a little time for Royal African Society’s annual festival Film Africa, established in 2011, celebrating the best African cinema from across the continent and the Diaspora. But fans of African cinema can get a taste of what is in store with the Film Africa pop up at Southbank Centre’s Africa Utopia festival this September, with a selection of shorts from new young African film makers, including the screening of the meditative documentary about the legacy of Nelson Mandela.

There will also be a special event where a panel of experts discussing contemporary African cinema today. This event features June Givanni, Director of the June Givanni Pan African Cinema Archive, and Tendeka Matatu, Co-Founder of Restless Talent Management & Founder of Ten10 Films.

The films will include:

Young African Voices: Shorts Programme

(Total running time: 84 minutes)

10 – 11.30am & repeated at 3.30 – 5pm

The Film Africa Baobab Award for Best Short Film exists to recognize and support new talent from emerging African filmmakers. This selection of stunning shorts includes past winners and one new candidate for the annual prize.


Dir. Frances Bodomo. USA/Ghana. 2014.

14 min.

It’s July 16, 1969. America is preparing to launch Apollo 11. Thousands of miles away, the Zambia Space Academy hopes to beat America to the moon in this short based on true events.

When They Slept

Dir. Maryam Touzani. Morocco. 2013.

18 mins.

When Sara’s grandfather, Hashem, suddenly dies, as women, Sara and her mother are forbidden to be with him before his burial. Whilst her mother reluctantly complies, eight-year-old Sara boldly defies tradition and spends the night with her beloved grandfather.

Mwansa the Great

Dir. Rungano Nyoyi. Zambia/UK. 2011.

23 min.

This multi award-winning short tells the story of an eight-year-old boy who aspires to be a hero – with unexpected consequences.


Dir. Matthew Jankes. South Africa. 2010.

29 min.

A bewitching fantasy thriller about an orphaned child with supernatural powers who is ‘adopted’ by a violent but empathetic tsotsi from the streets of Johannesburg.

Nelson Madela:

The Myth & Me

Dir. Khalo Matabane. South Africa/

Germany. 85 min.

11.30am – 1pm

A profound meditation exploring Nelson Mandela’s legacy and refl ecting on South Africa’s 20 years of  freedom and democracy.

1pm – 2pm

A panel of experts discuss the dynamic changes taking place in contemporary African cinema, both on a creative and industry level. Speakers include June Givanni,

Director of the June Givanni Pan African Cinema Archive, Tendeka Matatu, Co-Founder of Restless Talent Management & Founder of Ten10 Films. Chaired by Sheila Ruiz, Programme Manager at The Royal African Society.

africa-utopia-brand-webFollowing 2012’s sensational first edition, Africa Utopia is back in 2014 to look at what can be learnt and celebrated from Africa and the African Diaspora. Taking place from September 11 – 14, the weekend long festival looks at how African art and ideas can change the world for the better and how Africa can lead the way in thinking about culture, community, technology, fashion, sustainability and ethical wealth creation.
Tickets can be purchased to see these films and the discussion and also experience a wider day of talks and debates which explore a  explore a range of topics from the role of data, reporting Africa to women and leadership. £12 for a day ticket. Visit for further information.

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