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Race (Pop up screening)

Posted by on Jun 26, 2015 in News, Screenings | Comments Off on Race (Pop up screening)

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 | Comments Off on The Veejays of Tanzania (Pop up screening)

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 | Comments Off on Joining The Dots

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 | Comments Off on Backpack Cinema : Pedal Power Brings Educational Cinema to Remote Communities

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 | Comments Off on Finding Fela Opens with Afrobeat Party!

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 | Comments Off on Kinshasa Symphony Orchestra | Screening & Live Performance!

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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Breaking the Silence

Posted by on Jun 15, 2014 in News, Screenings | Comments Off on Breaking the Silence

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 traditional African and western instruments, by Juwon Ogungbe Nigerian born, London based composer and musician, who also composed the score. There will be a post-screening Q&A, and a seminar chaired by Dr. Maingard, with guest speakers and Ogungbe; open to all but primarily aimed at university students and silent film audiences.   Workshop: ‘Joining the Dots’ How Music and Film come together,  31st October 2014 , Watershed Cinema,  3pm BUY Tickets: £6/5 cons Film event: Siliva the Zulu (1927) Screening with Live score, Q&A and discussion, November 1st 2014, Watershed Cinema, 13:30  BUY Tickets: £8/6.50...

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Watershed announces a UK tour of Kenyan films after Afrika Eye success

Posted by on Nov 14, 2013 in News | Comments Off on Watershed announces a UK tour of Kenyan films after Afrika Eye success

Watershed announces a UK tour of Kenyan films after Afrika Eye success

Following sold out screenings at Afrika Eye Festival here last weekend, Watershed was delighted to announce that two new Kenyan films – Nairobi Half Life and Something Necessary – will be playing at cinemas and festivals across the UK until March 2014 as part of New Visions from Kenya: Celebrating 50 years of Independence. Audience reaction at Watershed has been outstanding for both films. Tosh Gitonga’s internationally-acclaimed Nairobi Half Life (Kenya’s entry for the Best Foreign Film Oscar®) and Judy Kibinge’s Something Necessary, are the result of workshops run by Marie Steinmann and Tom Tykwer’s One Fine Day Films, in partnership with Nairobi based Ginger Ink. These workshops aim to give African filmmakers a platform to tell their own stories and make films on an international scale. The two films are being brought into wider circulation as a result of new partnerships between some of the UK’s leading African film festivals including Afrika Eye, Africa in Motion (AiM) in Edinburgh/Glasgow, the Cambridge African Film Festival and Film Africa in London, working with television network The Africa Channel. Cinemas and festivals so far backing this significant UK-wide initiative include Showroom in Sheffield, Cornerhouse in Manchester, the National Media Museum in Bradford, Stoke Film Theatre, Borderlines Film Festival / The Courtyard in Hereford, African Film Festival Wales, and WOW Wales One World Film Festival. Mark Cosgrove, Watershed’s Cinema Curator says: ‘Currently only 0.01% of films shown in cinemas in the UK are from Africa. This touring initiative is about developing the availability and range of African films for increasingly diverse UK audiences. It builds on the excellent collaborative work of the UK African film festivals and partnership with broadcasters such as The Africa Channel.’ Pictured at the closing night of Afrika Eye Film Festival 2013: Justine Atkinson and Lizelle Bisschoff of Africa in Motion, Director of ‘Something Necessary’ Judy Kibinge, Director of ‘The King and the People’ Simon Bright, Director of ‘Tey’ Alan Gomis and Afrika Eye Festival Director Ingrid Sinclair. Kenya has become the leading digitally developed country in Africa and coupled with this, the themes represented in Kenyan films are becoming more universal whilst also keeping their national particularity. Director of Something Necessary, Judy Kibinge who visited Watershed as part of Afrika Eye explains further: ‘I think we have a testament, almost a historical piece of what Kenya certainly was, and still to some extent is. Something Necessary is a really important film that someone HAD to make, especially in these times when all we see on TV here are Korean and Mexican Soaps and music videos. It’s about hope and about revealing that no one is all evil or all good – and that all that happens in Kenya happens because each person and each community believes that what they are doing is, absolutely and always, Something Necessary.’ Throughout the year, Afrika Eye Festival collaborates with partners to bring African films from an African perspective to UK audiences, lighting up screens with the richness of African cinema, cultures and lives. Ingrid Sinclair, Director of Afrika Eye says: ‘We show the best of African and African Diaspora films to bring a bigger picture than the mainstream gives. If we don’t show what’s happening in Kenya today, how will we find out that it’s changed since the 1950s images stuck...

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AFRIKA EYE’S FIRST PITCHING PRIZE GOES TO YOUNG BRISTOL FILM MAKER

Posted by on Nov 14, 2013 in News | Comments Off on AFRIKA EYE’S FIRST PITCHING PRIZE GOES TO YOUNG BRISTOL FILM MAKER

AFRIKA EYE’S FIRST PITCHING PRIZE GOES TO YOUNG BRISTOL FILM MAKER

Self-taught film-maker Michael Jenkins has become the first winner of a new talent award from Bristol’s Afrika Eye festival of African film with a proposal for a documentary about the use of blackened faces in English folk customs, including Padstow’s Boxing Day parade. As his prize, 25-year-old Michael, who lives in Henbury, Bristol, gets a £400 script research and development bursary from the festival plus mentoring and production support from the competition’s judges: Karen Alexander, of the RCA; Martin Boothe, of B3 Media; Laura Marshall, MD of Icon Films, Bristol, and Afrika Eye’s co-founder Ingrid Sinclair. The award announcement was made as the finale to a series of Afrika Eye events for emerging film talent that opened earlier this year with a South West wide call for ideas from under 26s with personal ties to Africa or a story on an African theme. Congratulating Michael on his win, Ingrid Sinclair said: “This is the first year that we’ve run a scheme to encourage fresh South West-based talent but we have been delighted by the response. Entries came from a very broad range of people and covered a wide variety of ideas. To make the competition as fair as possible, we ran a workshop to help entrants to convert their ideas into a ‘pitch’ before picking a shortlist of five to go forward to our pitching forum, in front of exactly the types of people all film-makers need to impress if they want to get a production deal.” She added: “Everyone who made it to the shortlist did extremely well but the idea from Michael Jenkins edged ahead as the one the judges could most clearly see getting made, screened and enjoyed by audiences.” Unusually, Michael Jenkins is a self-taught film-maker who first picked up a video camera to shoot music videos for a rap group with which he performed.  He’s since set up 8th Sense Media with the help of enterprise training and a grant from the Prince’s Trust and now makes films for a wide range of customers while also working on another documentary idea about a black soldier in the British Army. Michael received his award on the final day of Afrika Eye – the region’s biggest festival of films from or about Africa or which reflect the African diaspora.  It is held annually at Watershed, Harbourside, Bristol. Other highlights of Afrika Eye 2013 included sold-out screenings of the internationally-successful new features Nairobi Half Life and Something Necessary from Kenya,; the multi-award-winning Tey (Senegal) and Death Metal Angola, (Angola), plus the world premiere of Simon Bright’s latest documentary The King and The People, director talks, exhibitions of kanga and photographs, children’s workshops and music from WOMAD artistes Mim Suleiman of Zanzibar and Abass Dodoo (Ghana). Plans are now being made for a UK tour of some of the festival’s films, curated by Watershed in partnership with Afrika Eye. Afrika Eye gratefully acknowledges the financial support of Arts Council England, the British Film Institute, the National Lottery funded Awards for All scheme, the University of the West of England and  Watershed.   – ends – Media queries: For more info, images, interviews, press tickets, etc, please contact: Pam Beddard, Festival Publicist – 0117 987 0442/ 07767 621207;...

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Now recruiting for the BFI Film Academy, Bristol

Posted by on Nov 5, 2013 in News | Comments Off on Now recruiting for the BFI Film Academy, Bristol

Now recruiting for the BFI Film Academy, Bristol

Are you interested in Film and Filmmaking? Are you aged 16-19 years old? Do you want to learn from film industry professionals and get to see your creative ideas on the big screen? They are now recruiting for the BFI Film Academy Bristol: http://bfifab.org.uk. The deadline for applications is Wednesday 13th November. The Academy is running one evening a week and some weekends January to March 2014 at Watershed or Bristol Old Vic Theatre School. The Academy aims to equip future filmmakers in the south west. It includes free screenings at Watershed, high quality masterclasses and tutorials from professional filmmakers, creating your Silver Arts Award portfolio and making your own short film as part of a crew. Get together with people who share your filmmaking interests and talents, work in a professional but fun environment, learn what its like to work in film, find what your future in film could be! To get in touch if you need any more information or help with the application, contact...

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