Afrika Eye 2012

DelaCosta_10In 2012 we opened with the moving award-winning film about economic migrants from Senegal LA PIROGUE

Saturday morning saw hugely oversubscribed children’s workshops in Jamaican dance and mask making – but we managed to squeeze everyone in. It culminated in a huge street procession all round the docks.

Better Mus Come, a new film from Jamaica that explored the roots of violence through a love story opened with a live performance by the glorious Tan Teddy traditional Jamaican choir

The Fade, a documentary about black barbers all over the world, gave away a free haircut to a lucky prizewinner

State of Mind and Weapon of War were two films about healing trauma. A panel of experts held a lively discussion with a very full house.

We closed with the uplifting Kinshasa Symphony.

Download full programme here.

Thanks to Swift Locksmith London for sponsoring the T-shirts.



African Interactive – the moving image

Live panel discussion with Nairobi : 17.00 – 19.00 and Bristol 14.00 – 16.00






La Pirogue – Opening Film

87’ Dir: Moussa Touré, Senegal. French and Wolof (subtitled). The film, which premiered at Cannes film festival, follows a group of Senegalese men braving the Atlantic ocean on a fishing boat, hoping for a better life in Europe.

Please join us for an after-film opening party in the Watershed bar.




Launch Party

Our famous after party in the Watershed bar, complete with Jamaican DJ shack, sees Ripton Lindsey and Mr Benn ripping up the dance floor with turntables and mics.

In collaboration with WOMAD Foundation.




SAT 10 NOVEMBER –  13.30

Mask making Jamaican style with Dave Cox (ages 8–12)

Inspired by Jamaica’s rich musical history, Afrika Eye have joined forces with the WOMAD Foundation for a double bill of workshops leading to the all-new Afrika Eye procession. Artist David Cox uses Jamaican album covers as inspiration for kids aged 6-12 to get creative and make their own masks.



SAT 10 NOVEMBER – 13.30

Jamaican dance with Ripton Lindsey (ages 13–18)

At this WOMAD Foundation workshop, Ripton teaches his own special brand of traditional and modern Jamaican dance techniques.



SAT 10 NOVEMBER – 14.45

Mask and Dance Parade

Following the above workshops, participants parade their new masks and dances through the bar, out along the Harbourside and back into the next part of the Afrika Eye film festival programme.





SAT 10 NOVEMBER – 14.30

Weapon of War

59’ Dir: Ilse & Femke van Velzen, Congo/Netherlands (subtitled). The first film from the festival’s Healing strand. During decades of conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), possibly hundreds of thousands of women and girls were savagely raped. In WEAPON OF WAR, military perpetrators unveil what lies behind this brutal behavior and the strategies of rape as a war crime.


SAT 10 NOVEMBER –  15.00

In The Footsteps of The Emperor 

50 mins, Dir: Shawn Sobers, 1999, UK, Cert: 18. This documentary presented by Benjamin Zephaniah, charts the extraordinary period 1936–1941 when Ethiopian emperor, Haile Selassie I, lived in the city of Bath. Director’s Q + A with Shawn Sobers will talk about Fairfield House where Haile Selassie lived, and how it is now being turned into a Heritage Centre.



SAT 10 NOVEMBER 15.15 


International African short films (1-20 minutes) are mixed with local African perspective shorts to produce one of the favourite sessions of the festival. Moving, surprising and always sold out, there’s a prize for the best Bristol short.




SAT 10 NOVEMBER – 16.40 

Life and Debt 

80 min Dir: Stephanie Black, 2001, USA/ Jamaica, Cert: 18. Jamaica – land of sea, sand and sun – is a prime example of the complexities of economic globalisation on the world’s developing countries. This searing film dissects the “mechanism of debt” that is destroying local agriculture and industry in Third World countries, while substituting them with sweat-shops and cheap imports.




State of Mind 

Dir: Djo Tunda Wa Munga, DRC (subtitled). Pioneering therapist Albert Pesso is invited to Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), where many people suffer from years of post traumatic stress disorder.  STATE OF MIND captures the sessions in a series of fly-on-the-wall scenes, and candid, heartbreaking interviews with the participants put the effort in a larger context.





A panel of therapists and healers look at some of the therapies in the DRC, where so many have suffered the trauma of civil war. How do such forms of healing work and can they be transferred across cultures? A panel of experts give their views with audience input. This seminar forms part of a half-day session which includes the films WEAPON OF WAR about healing for rapists and those they have raped, STATE OF MIND dealing with post-traumatic stress, and KINSHASHA SYMPHONY exploring the restorative power of music.

Panellists include Sally Potter, Pesso Boyden therapist; Amelia Rana, counsellor specialising in hate crime and trans-cultural training.

We are happy to give certificates of attendance for CPD purposes.


BETTER HAS COME: Jamaican Creative Industries (Seminar)

A stunning line up of artists will discuss the state of Jamaican creative industries today with the audience. Graeme Evelyn (visual artist); Ripton Lindsay (music and dnace) Andy Mundy-Castle (film director), Paul Bucknor (music and film producer BETTER MUS’ COME and THE FULL MONTY). Afrika Eye Festival patron Lord Paul Boateng will moderate.



SAT 10 NOVEMBER – 21.00

Better Mus’ Come 

104 min Dir: Storm Saulter, 2011, Jamaica, Cert: 18 (subtitled). A prize-winning urban love story unfolds against a backdrop of political turmoil.  One of the newest and most important movies from Jamaica today looks back to the 1970’s, where young father Ricky fights to escape the hardships of ghetto life in downtown Kingston. Followed by a Q&A with the film’s producer (and The Full Monty co-producer), Paul Bucknor.



Watch Better Mus’ Come, Life & Debt and attend the seminar for £15.00/ £13.00  To book this offer please call Box Office on 0117 927 5100


SUN 11 NOVEMBER – 14.30

The Fade 

76 min Dir: Andy Mundy-Castle, 2012, Jamaica/UK/Ghana/USA, Cert: 15.  Four barbers, four lives, one story. An intimate portrait of four Afro barbers across the world. Set in Ghana, Jamaica, USA and UK, this brand new observational documentary which reveals exactly what this profession means to society in the 21st century. It’s more than just a haircut!  Followed by a Q&A with the film’s director Andy Mundy-Castle.




SUN 11 NOVEMBER – 16.15


96 min Dir: Mahamat-Saleh Haroun, 2006, France/Belgium/ Chad/Austria, Cert: 18 (subtitled).  Set in Chad, this film beautifully combines Chad’s magnetic desert colours with a story that is both African and universal. Following a government amnesty, sixteen year old Atim is given a gun by his grandfather to kill the man who murdered his father. Despite his disgust, Atim comes to recognise in the killer the father he has always needed, while the killer sees the teenager as a potential son.

Tickets: £5.50/£4



Kinshasa Symphony  – Closing film

95 min Dir: Claus Wischmann & Martin Baer, 2010, Congo/Germany, Cert: 18 (subtitled). Two hundred orchestral musicians play Beethoven’s Ninth when a power cut strikes just before the last movement. This is the least of the worries facing the only symphony orchestra in the Congo. In 15 years, they have survived two putsches, immense shortages and a war. KINSHASA SYMPHONY is a study of people in one of the world’s most chaotic cities doing their best to maintain one of the most complex systems of joint human endeavour: a symphony orchestra. A gorgeous and inspiring testimony to the healing joy of music.