Afrika Eye 2016

Please note: this season finished in Nov 2016
Afrika Eye 2016

Afrika Eye - the South West’s biggest celebration of African cinema and culture – returns in November with a packed weekend of new films, discussions, family workshops plus live music featuring Abass Dodoo, the Ghanaian master drummer best known for his collaborations with the legendary Ginger Baker. Screenings include features and documentaries from or about Mali, Nigeria, South Africa, Tunisia, Uganda and Zambia. And to open the festival, a very special preview of A United Kingdom (not on general release until Fri 25 Nov). This is the true story of how the marriage of the heir to the throne of what is now Botswana and an English secretary defied convention, tradition, family, apartheid and Empire and inspired the world.

During the weekend we will be welcoming filmmakers, and directors at Q&As and panel discussions so there will be plenty to talk about, enjoy and share - we hope you can join us for what promises to be a great festival.

Find out more about Afrika Eye.

Afrika Eye Festival is made possible with the support of the BFI Film Festival Fund, awarding funds from the National Lottery and also gratefully acknowledges funding and support from Arts Council England, the Morel Trust, The Gibbs Trust, and Watershed.

Previous screenings & events in this Season

This musically-charged French-Tunisian film follows Farah, a young singer in a band, as she navigates family, culture and social ideals in contemporary Tunis.

Read More - As I Open My Eyes

Following the takeover of Northern Mali by Islamist extremists in 2012, all forms of music were banned and musicians faced torture, exile or death. This acclaimed documentary spotlights those who refuse to be silenced.

Read More - They Will Have To Kill Us First

A poignant portrait based on five years anthropological research in South Africa, about coming of age amidst difficult surroundings, about families, life and its conflicts. It is a film about everyday life and dreams of the future.

Read More - Manenberg

An intimate portrait following three children through their first year in a rural Zambian classroom, this bittersweet documentary asks why 40 per cent of the world’s children don’t have access to education in their mother tongue.

Read More - Colours of the Alphabet

Set at a luxury beach resort outside Lagos, this mystery thriller sees five hard-nosed telecom executives from around Africa vie for the top job at a global firm. But the Apprentice-style elimination process soon leads to intrigue and murder.

Read More - Nollywood Nights: The CEO

An illustrated talk about the history, cultural status and patterns of the stunning resist-dyed Adire cloths, plus a rare opportunity to handle the Adire textile collection.

Read More - ‘Adire’ textiles of Nigeria - illustrated talk

Young people are invited to take a self-portrait and with their image using pattern, words and ephemera to reflect their personality and identity.

Read More - 'Who Am I' - Photobooth & Workshop

This powerful documentary exposes the twenty-first century evangelical crusade to import the values of America’s Christian Right and eliminate homosexuality in Uganda.

Read More - God Loves Uganda

Ever popular surprise selection of fantastic shorts from Africa and the Diaspora.

Read More - Eyefull Shorts

Kirikou and the Men and Women is an enchanting animation following the adventures of an unlikely superhero: the mischievous and heroic newborn baby Kirikou.

Read More - Kirikou And The Men And Women

Afrika Eye is delighted to bring you Roots Reggae Rebellion as part of the BBC’s Black And British season exploring the rich culture and history of black Britain.

Read More - Roots Reggae Rebellion

Musician Abass Dodoo invites you for an hour of immersive drumming, dance and storytelling.

Read More - Ghanaian drumming, dance and storytelling

Abu Sheriff of African Voices Forum shows a film about three major peacekeepers and chairs a discussion between representatives of diverse Bristol communities.

Read More - Peacebuilders

Legendary Ghanaian master drummer Abass Dodoo brings the Afrika Eye opening party to life in true Ghanaian style.

Read More - Opening Party with Abass Dodoo

We are thrilled to have a special preview of this impassioned drama telling the tale of Seretse Khama, King of Bechuanaland (now Botswana) whose marriage defied family, apartheid and empire, transformed their nation and inspired the world.

Read More - A United Kingdom (Preview)