Posts by Afrika Eye

Backpack Cinema : Pedal Power Brings Educational Cinema to Remote Communities

Posted by on Sep 15, 2014 in News

Backpack Cinema : Pedal Power Brings Educational Cinema to Remote Communities

  George Salt, a member of the Afrika Eye board of directors,  has been embarking on a tour across Malawi’s remotest areas with UK charity Purple Field Productions (PFP).  For their 10th anniversary year PFP are running a film festival with a difference by revolutionising film viewing. Educational dramas and documentaries are proving to be a vital part of international community development but distributing the films is a real problem in countries where there is limited electricity, fuel and road access. PFP are using an exciting and innovative BACKPACK CINEMA that relies only on pedal power making it available to even the remotest regions around the world....

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Finding Fela Opens with Afrobeat Party!

Posted by on Sep 1, 2014 in News

Finding Fela Opens with Afrobeat Party!

      The story of Afrobeat pioneer, multi-instrumentalist, human rights activist and all round rhythmic genius Fela Kuti is brought to captivating life by Oscar®-winning documentary maker Alex Gibney (ENRON: The Smartest Guys in the Room). Kuti rose to fame in the 70s by creating Afrobeat, which fused jazz, funk, high life, psychedelic rock and traditional West African chants to become the backdrop to Africa’s postcolonial activism and quest for freedom. It was the sound of rebellion. Despite brutal police beatings and regular raids on the family compound (including one where his 82-year-old mother was thrown out of a window and killed), Kuti never...

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Breaking the Silence

Posted by on Jun 15, 2014 in News, Screenings

Breaking the Silence

Breaking the Silence – Film Screening, Discussion, Seminar, and music workshop This year Afrika Eye is in partnership with the Bristol based silent film organisation Bristol Silents, and the University of Bristol (UoB) and specifically with Dr. Jacqueline Maingard (Reader in Film, Bristol University, Honorary Research Associate University of Cape Town Trustee, Africa in Motion, Scotland African Film Festival), to organise an event and a tour around screening  a remarkable silent film ‘Siliva the Zulu’ (1927), made by the Italian explorer and film-maker, Attillo Gatti, depicting the Zulu’s.  The screening will be accompanied by a live musical score performed on...

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Afrika Eye announces 2013 dates

Posted by on Sep 5, 2013 in News

Afrika Eye announces 2013 dates

News Release Afrika Eye announces 2013 dates – Friday 8 November to Sunday 10 November Afrika Eye – the South West’s biggest celebration of African films and culture – returns to Watershed in Bristol for its eighth successive year, offering regional premieres of features from Algeria, Burkino Faso, Kenya, Nigeria and Senegal as well as director talks, documentaries, shorts, debates and cultural exchanges featuring music and dance. To view a trailer of Nairobi Half Life, which will featured at the festival, watch it below: Award-winning new features from Kenya and Senegal will be among those getting their South West premieres when the region’s biggest...

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Kenya theme for Afrika Eye 2013

Posted by on May 13, 2013 in News

To mark the 50th anniversary of Kenya’s independence, Kenyan films and film-makers are being given centre stage. This includes launching the festival with the first SW screening of David ‘Tosh’ Gitonga’s highly-praised NAIROBI HALF LIFE (which reviewers are describing as Africa’s SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE) and the regional premiere of SOMETHING NECESSARY followed by a Q&A session with its up-and-coming director Judy Kibinge.  As a warm up and to build new audiences we have linked up with George Salt, founder of the Film Club Network. The Film Club Network brings school children in Kenya and Bristol together, allowing them to virtually exchange films through...

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