Afrika Eye, Bristol’s annual African film festival, in collaboration with the University of Bristol, Bristol Silents, and the WOMAD Foundation, is screening the fascinating silent film Siliva the Zulu directed in 1927 by Italian explorer and filmmaker Attillo Gatti.
A semi-fictionalised documentary following a story of romantic rivalry, the film portrays Zulu culture through traditional ritual, folklore and witchcraft. Nigerian musician Juwon Ogunbe has composed a brilliant score which he will perform on traditional African and western instruments.
After the screening, a panel of eminent film historians will hold a seminar offering audiences the opportunity to find out more about early African cinema and discuss the depiction of indigenous cultures and historical events on screen. In addition we are delighted that Juwon Ogunbe has agreed to lead a music workshop where participants can find out more about the opportunities and challenges that arise when composing music for film and hear about the creative process that leads to the final accompanying music.
To raise the profile of early African cinema and engage more people with the art of film score composition, the package will tour other UK African Film Festivals and through the South West and West Midlands.