Afrika Eye 2014 Programme

Posted by on Oct 17, 2014

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Today we announce the entire 9th Afrika Eye Film Festival line-up! This year, Afrika Eye showcases 10 features with a strong focus on South Africa in celebration of the country’s 20 years of democracy with a range of special screenings and events. Download the full programme HERE.

 

 

Fri 7 Nov

Malawi: Adventures in Pedal Powered cinema (FREE TALK)

13.00-14.00, Watershed, Bristol

In August 2014, UK film production company, Purple Field Productions, organised a six week film festival of its educational dramas and documentaries throughout Malawi, managing to reach large audiences in remote, rural areas by using a pedal-powered cinema kit. 40 screenings were held to over 9,000 men, women and children, who were keen to engage in discussion about the films’ health and social issues.

George Salt, the project’s UK representative, carried out the festival with two Malawian charity workers and here talks about how the six week journey went and also how Purple Field Productions manage to make their films with local communities, in local languages, to stimulate important debate.

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Hear Me Move (15) (introduced by the Director)

20.00 – 22.30, Watershed, Bristol

The endearing and highly entertaining Hear Me Move tells the story of Muzi, the son of an amazing pantsula dancer, who embarks on a journey of self-discovery in order to learn the truth about his father’s death and come to terms with his own identity. But will Muzi embrace his destiny and become the man he is meant to be? Hear Me Move is an exciting new South African feature film, creating a local challenge to a genre that includes such well-loved films as Fame and Step Up.

‘It may not look like it, but this is a political film. Because it’s the first film which lets us talk in a language that is our language. The language of our dance’

– Scotness Smith

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Pinise Saul and Friends (Afterparty Tickets to opening film give priority entry to the party).

22.45 – 00.15, Watershed, Bristol

Celebrate Afrika Eye’s 2014 opening with the extraordinary genius of Pinise Saul. Pinise sang with the late great South African musician Dudu Pakwana, and combines her rural Xhosa roots with the influence of the vibrant township dance music scene of the ’50s & ’60s. Together with her band she embodies the feel of both South African struggle and victory.

 

Sat 8 Nov

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WW1 and present day black soldiers (Films and discussion presented with African voices forum)

10.00-11.30, Watershed

What is the relevance of Remembrance Day to people of African descent? We invite present day Bristol soldiers to share their experience in a facilitated discussion after two Bristol-made short films, plus a presentation on the African contribution to WW1.

Mendi (film in the presence of the director)

The SS Mendi transported black South African troops to join WW1. She was accidentally hit and sunk near the Isle of Wight.  Of the 646 lives lost, 607 of which were black South Africans, almost none are remembered.

Black Soldier, White Army (film in the presence of the director)

The experience of Patrick Cyrus, black Bristol-based soldier. This short gained a standing ovation last year.

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Ferry Boat Choir (event)

Time: 10.30-11.00

Bristol community choir singers, trained by Pinise Saul, sing their way through the docks and up to the Harbourside to celebrate twenty years of majority rule in South Africa.

Sing Out for South Africa (event)

Time: 11.30 – 12.00

South African singer Pinise Saul conducts the choir at the top of the waterfall steps in the City Centre, or the ground floor of the Colston Hall if it’s raining. Come along and join in where you can.

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Pitching (Q & A)

11.45-12.45, Watershed

Following last year’s pitching workshops, we’re offering a session where anyone can pitch and get feedback or ask questions about pitching to an expert panel: Producer Simon Bright and directors Ingrid Sinclair, Kahlo Matabane and Scotness Smith

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Come Back Africa

12.50 – 14.25, Watershed

After witnessing firsthand the terrors of fascism as a soldier in World War II, director Lionel Rogosin vowed to fight against it wherever and whenever he saw its threats reemerging. In an effort to expose “what people try to avoid seeing,” Rogosin travelled to apartheid-struck South Africa and secretly filmed Come Back, Africa, which revealed the cruelty and injustice with which black South Africans were treated.

Before beginning the production of Come Back, Africa, Rogosin spent several months touring Africa, becoming accustomed to the way of life in South Africa.

A jarring view of a largely concealed environment of injustice, Come Back, Africa honestly and sincerely captures images of the long faces of a people oppressed. Casting occurred before the script for the movie was written; the script itself was a vague sketch of plot points which the actors added to with their own dialogue, to make the film a more authentic representation of the living conditions of the time.

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Khumba (Cinekids Film & Workshops)

13.00 – 14.30, Watershed

A half striped zebra, rejected by his superstitious herd for being different, Khumba ventures beyond the fence on a daring quest, meeting both friend and foe in the Great Karoo, to find courage, self-acceptance, and earn his stripes.

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Workshops

Painting With Light (6 – 11 years)

14.40 – 15.40, Watershed

Andy O’Rourke helps create stunning images and animations in a matter of minutes. Long exposure photographs capture trails of light as you paint and draw in the air with light sabres, torches and illuminated gadgetry. Flashing lights and flash photography WILL be used.

Pinhole Camera (12 – 18 years)

‘Capture 6 months of sunshine’!

Come and work with Justin Quinnel to make a pinhole camera which can take a 6 month image of the sun crossing the sky. Then have some fun seeing the world as it should be seen, upside down, by wearing a giant camera obscura on your head!

All materials provided. (They make fantastic Christmas presents!)

 

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Eyefull (18)

15.00-16.30, Watershed

An eclectic programme of African and Diaspora shorts with a prize for the best local entry. Up and coming African stars are here.

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Concerning Violence

15.10-16.45, Watershed

Narrated by Lauren Hill, this brilliant archive-driven documentary covers the most daring moments in Third World liberation struggles, exploring decolonization through Frantz Fanon’s landmark book ‘The Wretched of Earth’. Fanon’s landmark book, written over 50 years ago, is still a major tool for understanding and illuminating the neocolonialism happening today, as well as the violence and reactions against it. A searing look at European involvement in backing oppressive regimes and a tool for understanding both oppressed and oppressors once ‘freedom’ is achieved.

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Democracy Cinema: South Africa at 20 (Panel Discussion)

17.00 – 18.15, Watershed

Two talented South African directors share perspectives on democracy in South Africa. Matabane asks who Mandela’s legacy really serves, while Smith’s Hear Me Move gives youth culture a chance to express itself the way it knows best. Chaired by Simon Bright

Fee: £2.00 (NB We suggest you pre-order supper before discussion if you want to see next film)

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Nelson Mandela: the Myth and Me film + Director Q&A

19.00 – 21.00, Watershed

Nelson Mandela is the focus for tricky universal questions: What is freedom? Who is a hero? When does a revolution end? How does democracy work? Director Khalo Matabane asks the questions and answers come from a huge variety of thoughtful people: struggle comrades like Ronnie Kasrils through to Albie Sachs, Colin Powell and the Dalai Lama.

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Four Corners

21.00 – 23.00, Watershed

Thriller probing life for young men in the Cape Flats townships. A young boy comes of age while a father searches for his long lost son in streets divided by gang war. The 100 year-old Number Gang allocates, usurps and controls notions of family and identity. Finally the boy is forced to make a choice between the family of the gangs and the real family he’s never known.

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Sun 9 Nov

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Soft Vengeance + Skype Q&A with Albie Sachs

10.45 – 12.45, Watershed

Anti-apartheid activist Albie Sachs was blown up by a car bomb set by South African apartheid forces. He survived, but lost an arm and an eye. He recuperated in England and at the installation of democracy in 1994, returned to help write South Africa’s new constitution. Held by many as the best in the world, this constitution is Albie’s ‘soft vengeance’. A positive and uplifting view of the values of forgiveness.

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Veve

13.00 – 14.40, Watershed

Following the success of Nairobi Half Life and Something Necessary (Afrika Eye 2013), Kenyan production house One Fine Day’s latest film follows the lives of multiple characters trying to find themselves in a world of political intrigue, revenge, love and longings for success complemented by the background of the thriving yet unregulated veve (khat) business.

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Miners Shot Down

15.00 – 16.30, Watershed

In August 2012, workers in one of South Africa’s biggest platinum mines began a strike for better wages. Six days later the police brutally suppressed the strikers, killing 34 and injuring many more. Miners Shot Down shows the courageous fight waged by low-paid workers against the combined forces of the mining company, the ANC government and their allies in the National Union of Mineworkers.

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Durban Poison

17.00 – 18.40, Watershed

A passionate affair self-destructs as lovers end up as serial killers. An emotional S. African version of Bonnie and Clyde, we follow both culprits and police as they return to the scenes of the crime. A combustible tale of murder and romance, truth and lies, set amongst the marginalised white underclass.

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Timbuktu + Q&A

19.30 – 21.40, Watershed

As desert nomads, Kidane and his family are spared the chaos of Timbuktu when fundamentalists take over. But their destiny changes when Kidane accidentally kills Amadou, the fisherman who slaughtered his beloved cow. He now has to face the new laws of the foreign occupants. Widely tipped as Cannes winner. ‘One of the true humanists of recent cinema with this stunningly shot and deeply empathetic drama’. Variety

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