NewBBC2 Series - ‘Ade Adepitan’s Africa’ available on BBC iPlayer.
ITV Documentary on Kariba and the Zambezi (8th February 2019)
Ethiopiaan-born artist Julie Mehretu exhibiting at Kettle’s Yard until 24th March 2019. It is best to first go to the room on the first floor and check out her book to understand the context of her work.
The 2018 Cambridge African Film Festival (26th October - 1st November)
Friday 26 October - 6pm (Winstanley Theatre, Trinity College)
Director: Bamba Diop. Senegal. French with English subtitles.
FREE EVENT + Q&A with Director Bamba Diop
In the villages of Senegal, where oral traditions can constitute an integral element in development projects, the wandering poet, Thierno Seydou Sall, introduces a new system of social communication with the goal of effecting positive change in the comportments and attitudes of rural populations.Two musicians, encouraged by the power of his pertinent and provocative poetry, help him. It is this man who we follow in his wanderings, in his travels, in his interactions with rural communities.
Saturday 27 October - 7.15pm (Arts Picturehouse)
Director: Likarion Wainaina. Kenya. Swahili with English subtitles.
Tickets available: https://www.cambridgefilmfestival.org.uk/film/supa-modo
Likarion Wainaina’s female lead-characters take us through the anxieties of failing health, fantasies of possessing superpowers, and the thrills of filmmaking in one single story. Because of young Jo, a village is inspired to reach beyond itself, as hope emerges for Jo’s mother and sister in the make-believe world of film. Raw, and unpretentious, SUPA MODO reminds us that life is but a wisp of air, refreshing, but transient; real, yet intangible.
Sunday 28 October - 7.30pm (Arts Picturehouse)
Director: Jenna Bass. South Africa. English and Afrikaans with English subtitles.
Tickets available: https://www.cambridgefilmfestival.org.uk/film/high-fantasy
Realism and fantasy walk hand in hand in the dry plains of Jenna Cato Bass’ South Africa, where four racially diverse friends set out on a fun-trip, and capture their reality on a phone-camera. Yet, it’s not quite reality when they mysteriously swap bodies with each other, and begin to see the world differently. From its cinematic choices to its narrative, there’s one thing this award-winning, exploratory film tells us: sometimes, it takes fantasy to experience reality.
Monday 29 October - 6.45pm (Arts Picturehouse)
Director: Theresa Traore Dahlberg. Burkina Faso. French with English subtitles.
Tickets available: https://www.cambridgefilmfestival.org.uk/film/ouaga-girls
Following the lives of a group of girls who are learning to become auto mechanics, OUAGA GIRLS shows bravery through breaking out of traditional stereotypes. The energy, playfulness and sisterhood of the girls is captured in this observation of everyday life, with humour and often poignancy. Touching and personal moments reveal that these women are simply trying to find their place in the world by saying, ‘A woman can do any job she likes, if she decides to.’
Tuesday 30 October - 6.20pm (Arts Picturehouse)
Director: Wanuri Kahiu. Kenya. Swahili with English subtitles.
Tickets available: https://www.cambridgefilmfestival.org.uk/film/rafiki
Although banned in its home country of Kenya, this love story between two teenage girls received a standing ovation at Cannes. RAFIKI is based on the short story by Ugandan author Monica Arac de Nyeko, and director Wanuri Kahiu brings the secret relationship between Kena and Ziki to life on the politically-charged streets of Nairobi. The chemistry between the two characters sparkles with tenderness in a love story which has never been told in this context before.
Thursday 1 November - 6-11pm (St Andrews Street Baptist Church)
Film screening, delicious dinner, musical performance and fashion show!
The end of festival party promises to be yet another night to remember.....a NOT TO MISS party!!! On the Menu: Very special film uplifting film about disability in Sierra Leone; Guest Singer Alexia Waku; Fashion show, and; Selection of food from Africa and more......