Posts by Afrika Eye

Race (Pop up screening)

Posted by on Jun 26, 2015 in News, Screenings

Race (Pop up screening)

          Ranvir and Rajiv are half brothers who own a huge stud farm in South Africa. Ranvir is a very shrewd and aggressive man while Rajiv is laid back, and a chronic alcoholic. Sophia, Ranvir’s personal secretary adores and loves him. Ranvir is unaware of her feelings. Shaina, an Indian ramp model in Durban loves Ranvir but through a twist of fate gets married to his younger brother Rajiv. When she discovers that Rajiv is a chronic alcoholic, her world is shattered. Ranvir too is disturbed as he has sacrificed his love for his younger brother because Rajiv had promised to leave alcohol for good if he marries Shaina. In a weak moment Ranvir and Shaina come very close to each other. When Rajiv starts suspecting, all hell breaks loose. A murder is committed, a contract killing is issued. A sharp tongued detective R.D., getting wise on the proceedings, starts an intriguing investigation with his brainless bimbo assistant...

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The Veejays of Tanzania (Pop up screening)

Posted by on Jun 26, 2015 in News, Screenings

The Veejays of Tanzania (Pop up screening)

Come and meet the VJs of Tanzania! The Veejays of Tanzania (PG)  Dir. Andres Carvajal and Sandra Gross, 53 mins, 2010, Tanzania In different parts of East Africa – from Tanzania to Uganda – a hugely popular film culture has existed for more than a decade: that of “video jockeying” (or VJing), where blockbusters – mostly Hollywood, Bollywood, and kung fu films – are translated into local languages for local viewers. But, far more than word-to-word translation, VJs offer viewers their distinctive style of often hilarious commentary and insights as they work to educate and entertain audiences, becoming celebrities in their own right. This documentary is a fascinating insight into the strategies that human beings use to resist disempowerment using the only thing that they cannot get taken away: their creativity. A warm, humorous documentary, with fascinating insights into the creative world of VJ’ing. Screened entirely using PEDAL POWER!! Free screening—Donations most welcomed. PEDAL POWERED FACEBOOK EVENT VEEJAYS der FILM (Filamu kwa Kiswahili) Official Trailer (2010) from andrescarvajal on Vimeo.  ...

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Joining The Dots

Posted by on Oct 26, 2014 in News, Screenings

Joining The Dots

  London-based English Nigerian musician and composer Juwon Ogungbe invites you to join him for a participatory workshop exploring the exciting opportunities and challenges that arise when composing music for film. Juwon will share examples of his work and the basic principles involved in scoring a piece of music for film. Juwon is a renowned pianist and vocalist drawing influences from African folk traditions, western art music and urban dance scores. This is a great opportunity to ‘have a go’ and also gain insight into this rarely discussed art form. Bring an instrument if you have one – some percussion will be provided. A workshop for musicians and non-musicians alike! Young people aged 11+ are welcome but should be accompanied by an adult. Tickets: £6.00 full / £5.00 children and concessions. BOOK HERE. Also part of Breaking the Silence: See the remarkable silent film Siliva The Zulu with Juwon Ogungbe performing his live score at 13:30.     About Breaking The Silence Breaking the Silence is a unique event aiming to bring early African film to a diverse range of modern audiences through film, music and discussion; developing a dialogue and awareness about problematic issues surrounding the representation of indigenous cultures on film. The dialogue will be extended through a practical music workshop giving people the opportunity to learn about how music and film work together....

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Afrika Eye 2014 Programme

Posted by on Oct 17, 2014 in Programme 2014

Afrika Eye 2014 Programme

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. BOOK TICKETS 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  BOOK TICKETS 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 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. BOOK TICKETS     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. BOOK   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 BOOK Come Back Africa 12.50 – 14.25, Watershed After witnessing firsthand the terrors of fascism as a soldier in World War II, director Lionel...

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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. The entire kit, including projector, screen, soundbox, DVD player and pedal powered generator fits into a couple of backpacks and can easily be carried by a two person team and set up in minutes. Forget the old idea of pedaling frantically on a bicycle to create energy – the new kit is designed for relaxed pedaling and easy enough for almost anyone to operate.   “We know from our work that film is a powerful method of communication and a fantastic way of getting vital information out to remote communities without electricity or access to mass media. The new pedal power cinema will mean we can bring these vital films to more people on a regular basis” – Elspeth Waldie, Founder of PFP   To celebrate and mark Purple Field Production’s tenth anniversary year, George Salt, PFP’s UK representative along with the two Malawian team members, Lemani Makina and Steward Magombo are travelling along Lake Malawi from north to south and on to Blantyre for six weeks during August and September screening PFP films for the KUGAWANA MOBILE FILM FESTIVAL – Kugawana means “Sharing” in both  Chichewa and Swahili. The films are made in Malawi with local people in their own languages. Documentaries and dramas are full of information on health, welfare and farming issues and are designed to improve the quality of life in the poorest rural communities. The BACKPACK CINEMA will also provide essential opportunities to bring communities together, exchange ideas and share their views and of course to enjoy the experience of going to the cinema. Follow George’s journey on instagram! For more information contact PFP admin@purplefieldproductions.org and visit www.mbeuyosintha.com the latest drama to be made by PFP which features in Kugawana. Photos available. @PFPIngrid...

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