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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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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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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 changed tack, and his influence helped bring a change towards democracy in Nigeria, not to mention promote pan African politics to the rest of the world. Gibney blends concert and interview footage of Kuti (wild jumpsuits and giant spliffs abound!) with scenes from Broadway musical Fela! to provide new insights into a complex, provocative and undeniably brilliant performer, his music, and his enduring cultural and political relevance.       Afrobeat Party on Fri 5 Sept Join us in the Café/Bar from 22:00-midnight on Fri 5 Sept for an Afrobeat Party, where our friends from Rise will be playing classics from Fela’s extensive back catalogue alongside classic Afrobeat tracks. Ticket holders for the 19:50 screening will receive priority entry to the party. The evening screening of Finding Fela on Tue 9 Sept is part of our Cinébites deal: get a cinema ticket, veggie or meat salad, and a drink (wine/beer or soft drink) for only £15.   Ticket prices: Screenings before 16:00: £5.50 full / £4.00 concessions. Screenings after 16:00: £8.00 full / £6.50 concessions.   Buy your tickets...

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Kinshasa Symphony Orchestra | Screening & Live Performance!

Posted by on Aug 17, 2014 in Festival Highlights, News, Screenings

Kinshasa Symphony Orchestra | Screening & Live Performance!

Dir: Claus Wischmann /Martin Baer,  DRCongo/Germany,  2010,  Subtitled, (PG) Two hundred orchestral musicians are playing Beethoven’s Ninth when a power cut strikes a few bars before the last movement – this is the least of the worries facing the only symphony orchestra in Congo. In 15 years of existence, they have survived two putsches, immense shortages, and a war. A captivating study of people in one of the world’s most chaotic cities doing their best to maintain one of the most complex systems of human endeavour: a symphony orchestra. A gorgeous, inspiring testimony to the healing joy of music.     The Watershed, Sunday 14th September 2014, 15:00 We are thrilled to screen this landmark documentary for a second time in partnership with Watershed. Further, in partnership with Colston Hall, we are excited to welcome the Kinshasa Symphony Orchestra for a concert of orchestral and choral music in collaboration with musicians from London Southbank Centre’s resident and associate orchestras and members of Bristol Choral Society.   LIVE performance Colston Hall, Tuesday 16th September 2014, 19:30   The Kinshasa Symphony Orchestra is Central Africa’s only symphony orchestra and the world’s first all black symphony orchestra. Established in the mid-1990s by their conductor and musical director Armand Diangienda, theirs is an inspirational story of creating an orchestra from scratch against great odds, and demonstrates the tremendous power of music and the joy it brings to people’s lives. All of the musicians are self-taught. At present, the orchestra numbers 60-100 and support a 100-strong choir. Some of the works to be performed include:   Berlioz   Symphonie Fantastique (movements from) Sibelius Finlandia Beethoven Symphony No.9 Choral Symphony (final movement) In the traditional Congolese Repertoire: 1. Nkolo na biso ( Our Lord) 2. Eh Nziamè (My God) 3. Mvuluzi wutukidi (the savior is born) 4. Mpungia Nsuka (Last Trumpet)     SPECIAL OFFER: Show your concert ticket at the Watershed Box Office and receive £1 off your ticket for the screening or bring your cinema ticket to Colston Hall to get £1 off your concert ticket. Buy Tickets for the film screening HERE and for the live performance HERE....

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