Last night saw the launch of the Film Africa film festival at the Ritzy in Brixton. The programme opened with a screening of ‘Microphone’ followed by Q&A from its co-producer and lead actor Khaled Abol Naga.
Screening Africa strongly recommends that you check out their strong programming over the next 10 days. The Film Africa festival team have selected over 50 films from all across Africa, in what promises to be a showcase of the powerhouse that is modern African Cinema.
Check out their website for more details on the exciting films and venues: filmafrica.org.uk
This October Screening Africa has teamed up with Tangle at Yinka Shonibare’s Studio (www.guestprojects.com) and will present “I SEE THE STARS AT NOON” by Saeed Taji Farouky, followed by a director Q&A session.
4:30PM: Doors open
5:00PM: Screening of “I see the stars at noon”
6:15PM: Q&A with director Saeed Taji Farouky
In January of 2004, in the northern Moroccan city of Tangiers, first time documentary filmmaker Saeed Taji Farouky met a 26 year-old Moroccan named Abdelfattah. He was a clandestine, one of many Africans who try to cross the narrow Straits of Gibraltar and illegally enter Spain by stowing away on cargo ships or boarding inflatable rafts. By the end of their first meeting, Abdelfattah had agreed to let Saeed follow him to film every aspect of his journey, including his dealings with people-smugglers, his struggle to raise the 750 Euro fee, and his final days with his family before leaving.
Saeed Taji Farouky is a documentary photographer, filmmaker and writer who specialises in documenting issues of human rights and social justice in the Middle East and North Africa.
His work has been published by The Observer, The Telegraph, The Independent, Reuters, BBC Online and The Economist Group amongst others.
He is currently a TED Senior Fellow, was previously named Artist-in-Residence at the Tate Britain and The British Museum.
‘African Perspective takes an in-depth look at life in Africa:
We present Hitting Budapest by Noviolet Bulawayo. The winner of the 2011 Caine Prize for African writing, the prestigious literally award given each year for a short story written in English. Judges said Noviolet’s story has moral power and weight and is written with the artistry to refrain from commentary in a language that “crackles”. Enjoy.’
‘Coming Up is the Channel 4 talent scheme where new writers and directors have the opportunity to make an original film with a guaranteed network broadcast.
We take a look behind the scenes on the making of Coming Up’s ‘Home’ with director Baff Akoto (Football Fables: http://footballfables.co.uk) and Ade Bamgbala director of the behind the scenes for ‘Home’
Ade Bamgbala director of the behind the scenes for ‘Home’
“MIGRATION STORIES” Screening Africa at the Africa Centre
“MIGRATION STORIES” - Screening Africa at the Africa Centre in partnership with the South London Gallery
FREE ADMISSION – All Welcome
SUNDAY 31 JULY, 5PM at the Africa Centre Screening Africa at the Africa Centre and the South London Gallery have teamed up to deliver an exciting youth-oriented film programme this summer.
Following the successful launch on Sunday, 26 June, under the theme of Breaking Stereotypes, this month we explore MIGRATION STORIES. As part our July event, we will be screening a short film made by members of Refugee Youth , ‘Waiting for Happiness’ directed by Abderrahmane Sissako, and we will also have a special performance (details to follow).
Waiting for Happiness Abdallah is in flux, waiting to leave a land he no longer feels connected to and whose language he can’t speak. Abdallah’s future lies in Europe and his spirit has already left the shores of Africa, but his body remains waiting. Waiting for Happiness explores notions of belonging and change. The film serves as a microcosm for a continent whose men are leaving in their droves in search of work, whose women have few rights and many responsibilities, and whose children are increasingly exposed to cultures the elderly regard with disdain.
*These screenings are supported by GT Bank, Awards for All & DreamCoat Productions.
Programme for the day:
5:00 Doors open
5:40 Refugee Youth Film (4 min) followed by Q&A
6:15 Waiting for Happiness dir Abderrahmane Sissako (90min)
8:00 Live performance (Special guest)
ADDRESS: The Africa Centre, 38 King Street, London WC2E 8JT
FREE ADMISSION – All Welcome
FOOD & BAR: Home-made Nigerian food will be on sale for £5 per plate and our reasonably priced bar will be open before and after the screenings.
Please RSVP to ensure your place by emailing Sheila Ruiz on email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
Note for drivers: Parking is free around the Africa Centre on Sunday
Screening Africa is a not-for-profit project, designed to bring people together in celebration of the diversity of Africa through film screenings and beautiful African food.
We showcase some of the most insightful, refreshing and thought-provoking Cinema from around the Continent of Africa, ranging from old masters to contemporary visionaries, coupled with special Q&As with the filmmakers.
'Screening Africa at the Africa Centre' is the monthly screening event usually on the last Sunday of the month at The Africa Centre in Covent Garden, London.