Afrika Eye is Bristol’s annual film and arts festival and the South West’s biggest celebration of African visual culture.
Founded in 2005 by two Bristol-based filmmakers, Zimbabwe-born Simon Bright and Ingrid Sinclair who lived and worked in southern Africa for nearly 20 years, it is now run by Annie Menter and Jessica Zausmer.
Its mission remains the same: to offer audiences of all ages and backgrounds opportunities to explore the richness of African creativity, culture and history, using film and arts to challenge stereotypes, dispel myths and explore the traditions and transformations across this vast continent.
In 2018, Afrika Eye expands into a week-long festival. From 4th-12th November, expect films, director Q&As and discussions, workshops and masterclasses in singing, spoken word and Pantsula dance, a photo exhibition on Senegalese women, and a ‘Feast for Mandela’.
The festival’s international project, Our City – Your Eyes, brings an exciting collaboration between Image et Vie Festival (Senegal) and Afrika Eye, offering exchange residencies for young creatives from Bristol and Dakar.
Over the festival period, Afrika Eye will welcome two Senegalese creatives and also showcase work made by Bristol-based rapper and music producer Joel Douglas (Splitz P) and young filmmaker Pierre Niyongira during their visit to Senegal.