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The Use of Film in Africa: Making Positive Change Through Film – free public event

Posted by on Oct 30, 2013 in Bulletins, News | Comments Off on The Use of Film in Africa: Making Positive Change Through Film – free public event

The Use of Film in Africa: Making Positive Change Through Film – free public event

Afrika Eye is partnering with Temwa and other civil society organisations to produce a free public event at Hamilton House in Stokes Croft, Bristol on the evening of Thursday, November 7 entitled, ‘The Use of Film in Africa: Making Positive Change Through Film’. Our guest speaker is Ingrid Hesling from Purple Field Productions (PFP). There will also be Information and discussion by representatives from Temwa, Afrika Eye, African Initiatives, Soft Power and Deki. Join us and learn about how film is used for education, inspiration and positive change. Other attractions include a secret film screening, Deki Tenner tournament, One World classroom, an African jewellery stall, a Global Education stall, face-painting and much more! Soak up the opportunity to network with like-minded organisations and individuals. Learn more about what is happening in Bristol to foster cultural diversity and to support education and health & well being campaigns in Africa through intercultural dialogue. Afrika Eye – the South West’s biggest celebration of African films and culture – returns to Watershed in Bristol for its eighth successive year from November 8 to 10, with a programme of feature and factual film screenings, Q&As with directors, panel discussions and cultural exchanges around music, food, fashion and dance Tickets are on sale online at Watershed arts and media centre through clicking this link or phone 0117 927...

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Festival tickets now on sale from the Watershed

Posted by on Oct 25, 2013 in News | Comments Off on Festival tickets now on sale from the Watershed

Festival tickets now on sale from the Watershed

Our 2013 festival tickets are now on sale at the Watershed, visit http://www.watershed.co.uk/whatson/season/254/afrika-eye-2013/ to find out more about our exciting...

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Afrika Eye’s 2013 festival programme is unveiled

Posted by on Oct 22, 2013 in News | Comments Off on Afrika Eye’s 2013 festival programme is unveiled

Afrika Eye’s 2013 festival programme is unveiled

Afrika Eye – the South West’s biggest celebration of African films and culture – returns to Watershed in Bristol for its eighth successive year, with a programme of feature and factual film screenings, Q&As with directors discussions and cultural exchanges around music, food, fashion and dance Friday 8 November to Sunday 10 November Watershed, Canons Road, Bristol, BS1 5TX Internationally-praised feature films from Angola, Kenya and Senegal and a Bristol-made documentary about the last absolute monarch in Africa will be among those getting their South West premieres when the region’s biggest celebration of African film and culture – Afrika Eye – returns to Watershed, Harbourside, central Bristol, next month. This year’s Afrika Eye runs from Friday 8 November to Sunday 10 November, offering talks, exhibitions, workshops, cross-cultural entertainments and the chance to work with an ex Simply Red guitarist and a singer from GRAND THEFT AUTO V as well as screenings of the full-length films, shorts and documentaries by film-makers from, or with roots in, Africa. 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. Another festival guest will be director Alain Gomis (Senegal/France), introducing, and later discussing, his internationally-applauded feature, TEY (Aujourd’hui/Today), which stars the actor, musician, poet and hip hop artist Saul Williams (previously seen in the big hit, SLAM). Other African-themed attractions include music, food, fashion, debates, director Q&A sessions, , new shorts, a photo exhibitions and workshops for young people, led by singer Mim Suleiman of Zanzibar (who features on the soundtrack of GRAND THEFT AUTO V). In addition, there will be an exhibition of kanga – the highly colourful and boldly designed cloth wraps worn by men and women in east Africa – an African themed menu and a round table debate about media education and the potential for film club exchanges by Bristol/Nairobi schools. The screening programme also includes the world premiere of THE KING AND THE PEOPLE, an undercover documentary about Africa’s last absolute ruler, King Mswati III of Swaziland, made by the award-winning Zimbabwean-born Bristol-based filmmaker Simon Bright. Full programme details are now available www.watershed.co.uk and bookings have opened online and atthe box office at Watershed , 1 Canons Road, Bristol, BS1 5TX; telephone 0117 927 6444. To keep up to date with other Afrika Eye updates, trailers and offers or support its new membership and crowd- funding campaign, please see http://afrikaeye.org.uk , join Afrika Eye Film Festival on Facebook or follow AfrikaEyeFest on Twitter. Afrika Eye gratefully acknowledges funding and support from Arts Council England; the Arts for All scheme run by the Heritage Lottery Fund; the British Council, Bristol City Council; Bristol Community Radio (BCfm); the University of the West of England;  Watershed and the WOMAD Foundation. This year’s festival is taking place in partnership with the Africa in Motion film festival, Edinburgh; Glasgow, the Cambridge African Film Festival and Film Africa, London. – ends – Media queries: For more info, images, interviews, press tickets, etc, please contact: Pam Beddard, Festival Publicist – 0117 987 0442/ 07767...

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Festival youth activities supported by Grants for the arts

Posted by on Oct 20, 2013 in News | Comments Off on Festival youth activities supported by Grants for the arts

Festival youth activities supported by Grants for the arts

We are pleased to announce a Grants for the arts award from Arts Council England for young people’s cultural activities with Tanzanian singer Mim Suleiman and guitarist Aziz Ibrahim, produced by Annie Menter at WOMAD...

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UK’s big four African film festivals unite to share films and filmmakers

Posted by on Oct 17, 2013 in Media, News | Comments Off on UK’s big four African film festivals unite to share films and filmmakers

UK’s big four African film festivals unite to share films and filmmakers

This year, for the first time, the UK’s biggest four African film festivals – Africa in Motion (AiM) in Edinburgh/Glasgow, Afrika Eye in Bristol, the Cambridge African Film Festival and Film Africa,London – are uniting to share films and filmmakers in a drive to bring a greater variety of contemporary African cinema to a broader UK audience. The festivals have joined forces to tour a quartet of highly-rated new feature films from Africa and to enable UK cinema-goers to talk to three of their makers about their work. The shared programme includes: Judy Kibinge, a rising star on the Kenyan cinema scene, presenting Something Necessary, her riveting drama about political violence in Kenya, followed by a Q&A at AiM, Afrika Eye and Film Africa (with a screening at the Cambridge African Film Festival). South African Jahmil X.T. Qubeka presenting and discussing Of Good Report, his controversial, Lolita-inspired, film noir, at AiM and Film Africa. (Kibinge and Jahmil’s participation is kindly supported by the British Council). Franco-Senegalese director Alain Gomis presenting and discussing his multiple award winning latest film Tey – a contemplative drama following a man (Saul Williams) through his last day of life – at Film Africa and Afrika Eye, with a screening at the Cambridge African Film Festival. Screenings at AiM and Afrika Eye of David ‘Tosh’’ Gitonga’s Nairobi Half Life, a fast-paced urban thriller about a young, aspiring actor surviving on the mean streets of Nairobi. Speaking on behalf of the four festivals, AiM’s founder and curator Lizelle Bisschoff said:  “The collaboration by these four African film festivals, taking place in Edinburgh, London, Bristol and Cambridge  in October and November this year maximises our ability to showcase the best of African cinema and excite audiences with what’s available.” Filmmaker Simon Bright, the Zimbabwe-born co-Director of Bristol’s Afrika Eye festival, added: “Currently only 0.01 % of cinema screenings in the UK show African films. But Africa is where story-telling first began and a new generation of Africans is finding exciting ways to bring this ancient talent to the screen via features and documentaries that thoroughly deserve the attention of UK cinema-goers.” The season of festivals begins with the Africa in Motion (AiM) Film Festival in Edinburgh and Glasgow (Thursday 24 October – Sunday 3 November) then continues with Film Africa in London (Friday 1 November to Sunday 10 November) and the Cambridge African Film Festival (3 – 7 November and other dates) before concluding with Afrika Eye in Bristol (Friday 8 November to Sunday 10 November). All four festivals are showing many other films as well as the shared content and most also feature debates and African cultural celebrations. For programming details and bookings, please see: Africa in Motion (AiM) Film Festival – www.africa-in-motion.org.uk – taking place at Filmhouse  Cinema, Edinburgh – www.filmhousecinema.com  and at Glasgow Film Theatre –www.gft.org.uk Film Africa, London – www.filmafrica.org.uk Cambridge African Film Festival – www.cambridgeafricanfilmfestival.org.uk – taking place at  Cambridge Arts Picturehouse  www.picturehouses.co.uk/cinema/Arts_Picturehouse_Cambridge/ Afrika Eye – http://afrikaeye.org.uk  – taking place at Watershed, Bristol –  www.watershed.co.uk – ends – Media enquiries: For more info about the individual festivals, pix & interview requests, please contact: AiM – Miles Fielder, press@africa-in-motion.org.uk, 07760 284 177 Afrika Eye – Pam Beddard, pam.beddard@btinternet.com, 0117 987 0442/ 07767 621207 Cambridge Film Festival – Michael Boyd, Cambridge African Film Festival, mike@takeonecff.com Film Africa – Nadia Denton, pr@filmafrica.org.uk, 07930 941 080 Notes to editors: This year’s new collaborations by the UK’s four biggest festivals of African film results from an agreement reached at FESPACO, the Pan African film festival held annually in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso. Under the Ouagadopugou Declaration, the...

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Afrika Eye film festival launches in Ghana

Posted by on Oct 17, 2013 in News | Comments Off on Afrika Eye film festival launches in Ghana

Afrika Eye film festival launches in Ghana

Afrika Eye began a new chapter in the organisation’s short history with screenings at the Chale Wote Art Festival in Accra, Ghana in September. The programme was curated by Akua Ofosuhene with the support of Ingrid Sinclair. Akua had attended Afrika Eye festival at the Watershed in 2012 and asked us to help launch Afrika Eye Ghana. Screenings included MBIRA MUSIC – SPIRIT OF ZIMBABWE, ONE EVENING IN JULY (Tunisia), A CLOSE UP ON BINTOU (Burkina Faso) and UNO’S WORLD (NAMIBIA). If you would like to support Afrika Eye, please visit our membership crowd sourcing page at...

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Afrika Eye supports Lord Mayor’s Blood and Organ Donation Campaign

Posted by on Oct 11, 2013 in News | Comments Off on Afrika Eye supports Lord Mayor’s Blood and Organ Donation Campaign

Afrika Eye supports Lord Mayor’s Blood and Organ Donation Campaign

We will be raising awareness to festival goers of Bristol Lord Mayor’s Blood and Organ Donation Campaign. The NHS needs more people from Black and Asian communities to sign up to the Organ Donor Register. There is a real shortage of donors from these communities. As a result, Black and Asian people needing a transplant have to wait longer for a suitable organ than those from the general population. People from South Asian, African and African-Caribbean communities living in the UK are more likely to need a kidney transplant than the rest of the population. Black people are three times as likely as the general population to develop kidney failure The need for organs in the Asian community is three to four times higher. This is because people from these communities are more likely to develop diabetes or high blood pressure, both of which are major causes of kidney failure. Unfortunately, while the need for donor organs is three to four times higher than among the general population, donation rates are relatively low among black and South Asian communities, thus reducing the chance of a successful match being found. Hospitals in England and North Wales need around 7,000 units of blood every day to treat patients with a range of health issues from cancer, thalassaemia and sickle cell anaemia, to those involved in accidents or suffering blood loss in childbirth. Lord Mayor, Councillor Faruk Choudhury said: “Through my campaign I hope to inspire Bristol’s residents to do something life-saving by registering as blood and organ donors. “I am also making a special appeal to the city’s black and South Asian communities, as they are under-represented as blood donors and as potential organ donors. ffi http://www.bristol.gov.uk/node/20953  ...

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Membership Drive

Posted by on Oct 10, 2013 in News | Comments Off on Membership Drive

Membership Drive

We have launched a crowdsourcing campaign to support our organisational development and to fund young people’s events at our annual film festival, which takes place from November 8 to 10 at the Watershed, Bristol this year. To view a video presentation with our patron Lord Paul Boateng, and to make a contribution, please...

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Screenings of Mandela: Son Of Africa, Father of a Nation at AFRIFEST 2013

Posted by on Oct 4, 2013 in News | Comments Off on Screenings of Mandela: Son Of Africa, Father of a Nation at AFRIFEST 2013

Screenings of Mandela: Son Of Africa, Father of a Nation at AFRIFEST 2013

Afrika Eye will be supporting this weekend’s AFRIFEST programme in Bristol with screenings of MANDELA, SON OF AFRICA, FATHER OF A NATION at Westbury on Trym Methodist Church Hall on Friday, October 4 and Malcolm X Centre, St Pauls on Saturday, October 5. AFRIFEST is an annual event that aims to recognise, display and share diverse African and Caribbean heritage and cultures as part Black History Month. The activities are organised under the theme of “Bridging the Gap Between the Motherland – African Continent and the Caribbean. A Tribute to Nelson Mandela and Marcus Garvey.” ffi...

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The King and his People featured on BBC Focus on Africa

Posted by on Sep 19, 2013 in News | Comments Off on The King and his People featured on BBC Focus on Africa

The King and his People featured on BBC Focus on Africa

Simon Bright, Afrika Eye festival’s co-director, was interviewed about his new film, The King and his People, on BBC World Service’s Focus On Africa on Monday, September 16. The documentary explores the autocratic rule of the King Mswati III of Swaziland. The film was previewed at a sell out screening in London later that day, hosted by the Southern African campaigning organisation ACTSA. The King and his People will be premiered at this year’s Afrika Eye Festival.

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