It’s a celebration of culture, music and food but at the heart of the Afrika Eye 2017 Festival is film.
This weekend there will be a superb line-up of films being screened in Bristol, reflecting different elements of the continent’s culture, history and people.
Here are a selection of the best bits coming our way, and details when you can see them. See details of a great ticket discount at the end of the article too!
The best of Africa’s Shorts (short films). Saturday, November 11th, 12.15pm
This feast of short films will bring you some of the most acclaimed short films from recent years including Pumzi, Mwansa the Great, Tinve So and A Place for Myself.
See here for tickets and more information.
La Promesse (film and discussion). Sunday, November 12th, 10am.
Roger uses his teenage son Igor to traffic and exploit undocumented immigrants but when tragedy strikes, Igor is torn between loyalty to his family and a promise he has made. This breakthrough feature by Dardenne Brothers challenges audiences to be aware of those on the fringes of society.
This film will be BSL interpreted and have subtitles.
For tickets and information see here.
Liyana (family screening). Saturday, November 11th, 10am.
Inspired by the darkest memories and brightest dreams of five orphaned Swazi children, Liyana is an enchanting film about the power of storytelling, weaving together the children’s experiences with breathtakingly beautiful animation.
Tickets and more about the film here.
Paa Joe & The Lion (film and Q&Q). Sunday, November 12th. 3.30pm
Master novelty coffin craftsman Paa Joe’s work is celebrated the world over. But back in Ghana, he struggles to survive. Can a once in a lifetime opportunity save his business and preserve his legacy? Or will his name crumble silently, like thousands of his artworks underground?
A short film will be played before this for our partnering Bath based charity Send a Cow. This follows three generations of women on a small farm in Kenya, sharing skills to live of the land.
The Q&A panel will feature film producer, Anna Griffin and director Benjamin Wigley in conversation.
More details here.
Rage (part of Africa’s Lost Classics). Saturday, November 11th, 11om
Three friends from South London find themselves on divergent paths as they grow up in a racist society. Released to critical acclaim, Rage was the first independent film by a black filmmaker to gain national release in the UK.
Tickets and more information here.
Sisters in Law (film and Director’s Q&A). Saturday, November 11th, 10am.
Two tough-minded state prosecutors, Vera and Beatrice, are working to change their Cameroonain village. With compassion, wisdom and wisecracks, they help women find the courage to fight difficult cases of abuse, despite societal pressures to remain silent.
Film details here
Daytime or late night £6.50 full price, £4.50 concessions. Evening screenings £9.
Ticket offer – book a combo ticket for any four screenings and get 20% off!