Film Africa heralds a new dawn for the best of African cinema, showcasing more than 50 of Africa’s best films and 15 UK premieres. The film festival also presents an exciting programme of screenings, Q&As, panel discussions and live
performances from the 3rd – 13th November 2011.
Film Africa will open with the multi-award winning film Microphone, featuring a
special presentation by the Egyptian actor, director and human rights activist
Khaled Abol Naga, and a live performance by Dele Sosimi and Dudu Sarr.
Guests in attendance will include filmmakers and actors Zina Saro-Wiwa, Sarah Maldoror,
Ariane Astrid Atodji, Dorylia Calmel, Sara Blecher and Kamauwa Ndung’u, who will all
be present to talk to audiences during the festival.
A riveting programme of African experimental film is one of the unique highlights of
the festival, with five UK premieres in this programme alone, which includes work by
artists such as John Akomfrah, ZinaSaro-Wiwa and Akosua Adoma Owusu.
This year there is also a special focus on Africa’s foremost women filmmakers; Sarah Maldoror – the first woman to make a feature
film in Africa – will be in attendance to present her film Sambizanga and do a Q&A
with audiences. This will be the first time that a festival in the UK has had such a
focus, and is also pioneering on the international level, where the work of African
women directors has often been overlooked.
Other programme highlights include the inauguration of The Distribution Forum, with
panellists who are committed to trying to mainstream African film discussing ways of
improving the distribution and exhibition of African film in the UK (Sunday 6
November, SOAS, free and open to the public); and The Silver Baobab Award for Best
Short African Film, with EcoBank sponsoring a prize of £2000 for the winning film,
which will be presented by filmmaker Sarah Maldoror.
There will also be live entertainment throughout the festival, with 9 nights of
infectious grooves from some of London’s most exciting African-inspired musicians
and DJs, including Grupo Lokito, the Krar Collective, Mashasha&Sam, Namvula Rennie,
Bumi Thomas, Muntu Valdo, Kadialy Kouyate, Sona Jobarteh (tbc), and DJs Rita Ray,
Africathy, Volta 45 and Suga Kan’n.
Film Africa Co-Director and senior lecturer in African film at SOAS Dr Lindiwe
Dovey, comments: “There has never been greater interest in African film, and Film
Africa aims to celebrate and participate in this movement. A half-century after
Africans started making their own films, supplanting the patronising iconographies
evident in colonial cinema set in Africa, African cinema is finally being recognised
across the globe.”
Film Africa will be hosted by the brand new Hackney Picturehouse, and also take
place at The Ritzy (Brixton), the Rich Mix (Shoreditch), the Frontline Club
(Paddington), Screen on the Green (Islington), and the School of Oriental and
African Studies (Bloomsbury).
Film Africa is brought to you by the Royal African Society, in association with the
School of Oriental and African Studies, and is funded by Miles Morland and The Sigrid Rausing Trust, with the
support of the Centre of African Studies (University of London), the Renaissance
Group, the Commonwealth Foundation, EcoBank and Brand Communications. In kind
sponsors include New African, African Business, New African Woman, SAB Miller and
Full Spectrum Print Media. Media partners the Community Channel and Afripop.
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