Afrika Eye unveils 2013 programme
Internationally-praised feature films from Angola, Kenya and Senegal and a Bristol-made documentary about the last absolute monarch in Africa will be among those getting their South West premieres when the region’s biggest celebration of African film and culture - Afrika Eye - returns to Watershed, Harbourside, central Bristol, next month.
This year’s Afrika Eye runs from Friday 8 November to Sunday 10 November, offering talks, exhibitions, workshops, cross-cultural entertainments and the chance to work with an ex Simply Red guitarist and a singer from GRAND THEFT AUTO V as well as screenings of the full-length films, shorts and documentaries by film-makers from, or with roots in, Africa.
To mark the 50th anniversary of Kenya’s independence, Kenyan films and film-makers are being given centre stage. This includes launching the festival with the first SW screening of David 'Tosh' Gitonga’s highly-praised NAIROBI HALF LIFE (which reviewers are describing as Africa’s SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE) and the regional premiere of SOMETHING NECESSARY followed by a Q&A session with its up-and-coming director Judy Kibinge.
Another festival guest will be director Alain Gomis (Senegal/France), introducing, and later discussing, his internationally-applauded feature, TEY (Aujourd’hui/Today), which stars the actor, musician, poet and hip hop artist Saul Williams (previously seen in the big hit, SLAM).
Other African-themed attractions include music, food, fashion, debates, director Q&A sessions, , new shorts, a photo exhibitions and workshops for young people, led by singer Mim Suleiman of Zanzibar (who features on the soundtrack of GRAND THEFT AUTO V).
In addition, there will be an exhibition of kanga – the highly colourful and boldly designed cloth wraps worn by men and women in east Africa – an African themed menu and a round table debate about media education and the potential for film club exchanges by Bristol/Nairobi schools.
The screening programme also includes the world premiere of THE KING AND THE PEOPLE, an undercover documentary about Africa’s last absolute ruler, King Mswati III of Swaziland, made by the award-winning Zimbabwean-born Bristol-based filmmaker Simon Bright.
Full programme details are now available www.watershed.co.uk and bookings have opened online and atthe box office at Watershed , 1 Canons Road, Bristol, BS1 5TX; telephone 0117 927 6444.
To keep up to date with other Afrika Eye updates, trailers and offers or support its new membership and crowd- funding campaign, please see http://afrikaeye.org.uk , join Afrika Eye Film Festival on Facebook or follow AfrikaEyeFest on Twitter.
Afrika Eye gratefully acknowledges funding and support from Arts Council England; the Arts for All scheme run by the Heritage Lottery Fund; the British Council, Bristol City Council; Bristol Community Radio (BCfm); the University of the West of England; Watershed and the WOMAD Foundation.
This year’s festival is taking place in partnership with the Africa in Motion film festival, Edinburgh; Glasgow, the Cambridge African Film Festival and Film Africa, London.