Afrika Eye – the South West’s biggest celebration of African films and culture – returns to Bristol’s Watershed in November with an extended programme offering the best new feature and documentary films, director talks, debates, world music, talent awards and a marketplace selling authentic African goods and foods.
The main Afrika Eye programme runs from Friday 7 November to Sunday 9 November when highlights will include:
• An Opening Night that starts with the SW premiere of South Africa’s first street dance movie, HEAR ME MOVE, and leads on to a party at which Pinise Saul (the ‘Queen of Afro-jazz”, according to The Guardian) will sing.
• Screenings of more than a dozen new releases, among them the Cannes award-winning TIMBUKTU, the crime thrilled DURBAN POISON, important documentaries and a family-friendly animation KHUMBA
• Talks, Q&As and discussions involving leading film directors including Scottnes Smith (HEAR ME MOVE) and Khalo Matabene (MANDELA: THE MYTH & ME)
• A community choir trained by Pinise Saul bringing songs from Africa along the river Avon by ferry boat and to Millennium Square, Harbourside, Bristol (Saturday)
• An outdoor market selling authentic African crafts, art and food
• Topical debates linked to democracy, World War One, black soldiers and Islamic fundamentalism
• A report from Bristol-based George Salt about the pedal-powered cinema screenings he put on this summer for more than 10,000 rural people in Malawi.
In addition, on Saturday 1 November at Watershed (1.30pm start) Afrika Eye will partner Bristol Silents and the University of Bristol to present the South West’s first ever showing of the 1927 silent film SILIVA THE ZULU, with a live accompaniment on traditional African instruments and piano by the acclaimed Nigerian composer/performer, Juwon Ogungbe.
Festival administrator Clara Shuma says: “We hope that the diversity of this year’s Afrika Eye programme will encourage more people to come along to explore how screen portrayals of Africa and Africans have changed over the years, enjoy a flavour of African culture, join in lively discussions about a range of topical issues and discover the vibrancy of the new stories and talent now emerging.”
Free ‘what’s on’ guides are available from info points across the city and the programme can also be found online at http://afrikaeye.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2014/10/AfrikaEye2014_small.pdf /. To book contact the box office at Watershed, Canons Road, Bristol; telephone 0117 927 5100 or see www.watershed.co.uk.
Afrika Eye news is also available via www.afrikaeye.org.uk; from Afrika Eye on Facebook or by following @AfrikaEyeFest on Twitter, #AE2014.
Afrika Eye gratefully acknowledges funding and support for the festival and its SILIVA screening from the British Film Institute (BFI), the BFI Film Hub South West and Midlands, Bristol Silents, Comic Relief, Screen magazine and the University of Bristol.
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For more info, images, interviews, press tickets, etc, please contact:
Pam Beddard, Festival Publicist – 0117 987 0442/ 07767 621207; firstname.lastname@example.org