Film Africa 2018
Film Africa is back!
That's right, London's biggest celebration of African and African diaspora cinema, presented by the Royal African Society, is returning for its eighth consecutive year. Running from Friday 2nd November to Sunday 11th November, the festival will showcase 39 titles including 18 premiere screenings, taking place at five venues across London; BFI Southbank, Rich Mix, Ritzy Cinema, Bernie Grant Arts Centre and South London Gallery.
The festival launch will be at BFI Southbank with the UK premiere of Blitz Bazawule’s (aka Blitz the Ambassador) The Burial of Kojo, an assured debut feature by Ghana’s foremost hip-hop artist turned filmmaker. Closing the festival at Rich Mix will be the UK premiere of Kasala! by emerging director Ema Edosio which points to the future direction of Nigerian cinema.
Get ready for burgeoning cinema from two major creative hotspots on the continent, Kenya and Nigeria, through Afrobubblegum: Kenya's Movie Mavericks and The Naija New Wave. From coming-of-age and first-love stories, to documentary accounts of intersex and transgender communities, through experimental, immersive and psychological thrillers - these special strands showcase the expansive imaginations and storytelling prowess of young filmmakers living and working across Africa and the diaspora today. Key titles include Wanuri Kahiu’s daring feature Rafiki; Tristan Aitchison’s observational documentary Sidney and Friends; and the UK premiere of Akin Omotoso’s latest film, A Hotel Called Memory - Nigeria’s first silent movie.
Other strands, Young Rebels and [Up]Rooted, are underpinned by the universal themes of youth, rebellion and the precariousness of migration, including: aKasha, from award-winning Sudanese director Hajooj Kuka, which satirically explores village life and the ideology of rebel-held Sudan; Lost Warrior, co-directed by Nasib Farah and Søren Steen Jespersen, which documents the life of a deported ex-London immigrant now hiding from Al-Shabaab in Somalia; Cédric Ido and Modi Barry’s Chateau, set in the vibrant Afro-Parisian neighbourhood of the same name; and A Season in France, the latest work by celebrated Chadian auteur Mahamat-Saleh Haroun, offering a dark yet compassionate portrait of the struggling immigrant under-class living in Paris.
This festival is definitely one not to be missed so get your tickets before they are snapped up! For more information, visit http://filmafrica.org/