Eye on Africa


The Afrika Eye Film Festival returns for a sensational showcase of films from the African continent

The Afrika Eye Film Festival is back with a jam-packed weekend of films of all varieties, discussions, workshops, live music and much, much more! It’s a highlight of the Bristol cultural calendar, and the biggest celebration of African culture and cinema in the South West — make sure you don’t miss out!

Opening Afrika Eye 2017 is a preview of acclaimed film Félicité, directed by Alain Gomis and set in Kinshasa, and a big party in the Watershed’s Café/Bar with noises by Ballet Nimba making sure that everyone gets into the festival spirit!

Highlights of this year’s festival include Soleil Ô, an anti-colonial movie from 1969, and Rage, the first-ever independent film by a black filmmaker to get a national release in the UK. Both are incisive, impressive cinematic works that still have as much power and importance now as they did when they were first released.

The hugely anticipated Eyefull Short Film Competition is back again, with an an exciting bill curated by Irish-Nigerian student Olamiposi Ayorinde. There will also be a showcase of previous winners and featured short pieces, and a new feature by prominent shorts filmmaker Daouda Coulibaly.

As well as an exciting programme of features and shorts, Afrika Eye 2017 boasts a thrilling list of documentaries, including Paa Joe and The Lion, a “celebration of craftmanship” which peers into the world of Ghana’s fantasy coffin trade.

Closing this year’s festival is The Wound, a mind-blowing production which “juxtaposes the honour of male Xhosa initiation with the taboo of homosexulity”. The critically lauded flick has already been festooned with praise and earned worthy comparisons to award-winning film Moonlight.

As well as all the cinematic wonderfulness on offer this year, there will plenty of other activities and workshops to get stuck into, from mask-making to Latin-flavoured tea dancing.

Check out the full programme on the Afrika Eye website, and come down to discover a whole new world of cinema.

When: 10–12 November

Where: Watershed  

Website: www.afrikaeye.org.uk 

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