What’s on this year:
11th – 13th November 2016 at Watershed Media Centre
1 Canon’s Rd, Bristol BS1 5TX
Afrika Eye – the South West’s biggest celebration of African cinema and culture – returns in November with another lively programme of new-to-view films, discussions, family workshops and live music.
Afrika Eye brings you eye-opening films we might never otherwise watch. Our starter this year sees David Oyelowo and Rosamund Pike in a racially charged drama, the romantic tale of a mixed race marriage between a King and a secretary. Directed by Britain’s Amma Asante and based on a true story, A UNITED KINGDOM looks at what happened when Prince Seretse Khama of Botswana outraged society by marrying Ruth Williams, a white English secretary in London in 1947. Kicking off shortly after the screening, our OPENING NIGHT PARTY will sizzle with Ghanaian drummer Abbas Dodoo who’ll take a break from his partnership with Ginger Baker to play for us.
Three music films take us to the heart of different local cultures. AS I OPEN MY EYES from Tunisian director Layla Bouzid follows a young singer whose music becomes her resistance in the build up to the Arab Spring. THEY WILL HAVE TO KILL US FIRST (written by local Andy Morgan who’ll be there for a Q & A) covers the determined fight-back of Malian musicians forbidden by Islamist extremists to play music. Meanwhile, we bring you the sounds of ROOTS REGGAE REBELLION, which explores how Roots Reggae music became a cultural lifeline for young black people in the struggle for civil rights.
Observational documentaries explore life in intimate detail: COLOURS OF THE ALPHABET, set deep in rural Zambia, follows a primary school class over the course of a term, while MANENBERG observes five years in the life of young men caught up in the teeming gangland of South Africa’s Cape Flats. Afterwards we’ll have a discussion with directors and critics on the pros and cons of ‘fly on the wall’ filmmaking.
As always there are particular issues affecting Africa, and LGBT comes near the top. The blistering GOD LOVES UGANDA tackles homophobic American missionaries head on and there will be plenty to discuss with our panel speakers afterwards.
We’ll celebrate Nollywood in style with newly released murder-mystery, THE CEO. Workshops and talks will fill the weekend and you’ll have a tough time deciding what not to watch at Afrika Eye this year!
Taking place from 9 – 25 November 2016, the Into Film Festival will support teachers in delivering the curriculum, across subject areas, in a dynamic and engaging way. It offers all young people wider life experiences and the chance to immerse themselves in the magic of cinema.