Afrika Eye Festival 2017

Please note: this season finished in Nov 2017
Afrika Eye Festival 2017

The South West’s biggest celebration of African cinema and culture returns with a packed weekend, join us for a fantastic programme of films (features, shorts and documentaries), discussions, workshops and live music, with film talent, artists and academics from across Africa and the diaspora.

The Festival opens with a special preview of the critically acclaimed, Kinshasa set, Félicité directed by Alain Gomis, which will followed by an opening night party in the Café/Bar where the compelling sounds of Ballet Nimba will stir up the party vibe. Special features this year include Africa’s Lost Classics programme - including the 1969 anti-colonial Soleil Ô and Rage (the first independent film by a Black filmmaker to get national release in the UK) - which are both as relevant and remarkable today as they were when released, while La Promesse gives additional voice to the subject of migration in the 20th century.

The every popular Eyefull Short Film Competition offers an eclectic line-up, curated by Irish-Nigerian student Olamiposi Ayorinde, while The Best of Africa’s Shorts showcases four award-winners from recent years. Plus featured shorts filmmaker Daouda Coulibaly’s new political thriller Wùlu, the tale of a fast-rising drug dealer, screens on Saturday night.

We're also showcasing some outstanding and very different documentary filmmaking; Liyana combines documentary and fiction and clearly shows the power to entertain, to inform and to heal; Paa Joe and The Lion is a celebration of craftsmanship and takes a look at the Grandfather of Ghana's Fantasy Coffin trade.

The Festival's closing film is The Wound, a brutal yet beautiful study in identity which juxtaposes male Xhosa initiation with the taboo of homosexuality and which has drawn much acclaim and comparisons with Moonlight.

Join us in the Café/Bar every evening to experience different and distinctive music from across Africa and its diaspora and come along to our family workshops in music and dance, mask-making, circus skills and animation for younger audience members.

Don’t forget to join us on Saturday afternoon for a Latin-flavoured tea dance with the amazing veteran South African dancer Elsa Perez still dancing at the grand old age of 82!

Make sure you look out for the pre-festival film and arts events at venues around Bristol and see the full Afrika Eye season programme here.

Previous screenings & events in this Season

Mbira Masters: Chartwell and Shorai

Event Mbira Masters: Chartwell and Shorai

Sun 12 Nov 2017 19:30

Master mbira player Chartwell Dutiro and his talented son Shorai bring the mesmerising sounds of traditional Zimbabwean music – a gentle acoustic set to close the festival.

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The Wound 18 (CTBA) (S)

Film The Wound

Sun 12 Nov 2017 18:00

This is a film that offers a glimpse into a seldom-seen world, and a character study that looks deeply into the behaviour of very different men who might have loved each other under different circumstances.

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Paa Joe & The Lion 18 (CTBA)

Film Paa Joe & The Lion

Sun 12 Nov 2017 15:30

Ghana 2011. Inside a dusty roadside shack sleeps Paa Joe - the world renowned Grandfather of the fantasy coffin trade. He dreams of his bygone days.

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Power of the Mask: Nigerian Mask-making Workshop Sold Out

Workshop Power of the Mask: Nigerian Mask-making Workshop

Sun 12 Nov 2017 14:00

Oluwa hails from Nigeria and brings a rich Yoruba tradition of mask making. Using recycled materials he will guide you in designing and making your own magical mask.

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Soleil Ô: Africa's Lost Classics 15

Film Soleil O: Africa's Lost Classics

Sun 12 Nov 2017 12:30

Mauritanian director Med Hondo created this experimental masterpiece in 1969, about a man newly arrived in France.

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Kenyan Circus Skills & Street Dance Workshop Sold Out

Workshop Kenyan Circus Skills & Street Dance Workshop

Sun 12 Nov 2017 11:00

An awesome opportunity to learn the tricks of the trade from the master himself, the fabulous Moses Opiyo - hat juggling, clubs and cool moves.

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La Promesse 18 (CTBA) (S)

Film La Promesse

Sun 12 Nov 2017 10:00

The Dardenne brothers feature debut is a stunning achievement, an emotionally powerful coming of age tale, which shows that humanism can prevail in the harshest economic conditions.

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Rage: Africa's Lost Classics 15

Film Rage: Africa's Lost Classics

Sat 11 Nov 2017 23:00

An early film by celebrated Nigerian director Newton Aduaka, made while he was living in London, and is a comment on issues of racial integration and belonging in a British context.

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World Sounds with DJ Métisse

Event World Sounds with DJ Métisse

Sat 11 Nov 2017 22:00

DJ Métisse brings his non-stop global mix to the Festival - his hugely popular club sessions bring the coolest of vibes to Afrika Eye.

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Wùlu 18 (CTBA) (S) Sold Out

Film Wùlu

Sat 11 Nov 2017 20:30

Malian-French director Daouda Coulibaly's auspicious debut is a pulse-pounding political thriller. Wùlu tells the unsettling tale of a man's rise from the bottom rung of the social ladder to the heights of criminal power.

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White Colour Black 18 Sold Out

Film White Colour Black

Sat 11 Nov 2017 17:45

A young mixed heritage man confronts the psychological complexities of his identity in this essential, truly cinematic discovery for anyone interested in Black British cinema.

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Latin American Tea Dance with Elsa Perez

Event Latin American Tea Dance with Elsa Perez

Sat 11 Nov 2017 16:00

Latin American tea dance with the inimitable Elsa Perez. Join Elsa for an uplifting session of afternoon salsa and a cuppa.

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Eyefull Short Film Competition 18 (CTBA) (S)

Film Eyefull Short Film Competition

Sat 11 Nov 2017 15:00

Newly produced films from Africa and the diaspora. Don’t miss this surprise-filled selection of shorts hosted by our Eyefull curator, Olamiposi Ayorinde.

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Dancing our Stories Workshop Sold Out

Workshop Dancing our Stories: Dance Workshop with Ballet Nimba

Sat 11 Nov 2017 14:15

Join Idrissa Camara and friends for a fabulous session of music, dance and storytelling from his home country of Guinea, West Africa.

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On the Move: Animation Workshop Sold Out

Workshop On the Move: Animation Workshop

Sat 11 Nov 2017 12:15

Aardman animator Andy Symanowski (Shaun the Sheep) invites you to join him for an animation masterclass.

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The Best of Africa's Shorts 18 (CTBA) (S)

Film The Best of Africa's Shorts

Sat 11 Nov 2017 12:15

Year after year, African short filmmakers gain critical acclaim internationally, touching audiences with stories from across the continent. The Best of Africa’s Shorts brings you some of our favourite shorts from recent years.

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Guardians from Africa Sold Out

Talk Guardians from Africa

Sat 11 Nov 2017 11:00

A panel discussion led by Dr. Jose Lingna Nafafe from the University of Bristol, follows his ground-breaking new research into the first anti-slavery movement.

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Sisters in Law + Director's Q&A 12A

Film Sisters in Law

Sat 11 Nov 2017 10:00

In a small courthouse in Cameroon, two women are working to change a village. Sisters in Law follows feisty and tough-minded state prosecutor and Court President as they help women find the courage to fight difficult abuse.

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Liyana 12A

Film Liyana

Sat 11 Nov 2017 10:00

Vividly beautiful animation brings to life a story created by group of orphans in Swaziland in this unique documentary hybrid.

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Afrika Eye Opening Party with Ballet Nimba

Event Afrika Eye Opening Party with Ballet Nimba Guinea

Fri 10 Nov 2017 22:30

Under the irrepressible direction of Idrissa Camara, Ballet Nimba invite you to give yourselves up to their compelling beats, soaring vocals, furious percussion, and rootsy strings.

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Preview: Félicité 15 (S) Sold Out

Film Preview: Félicité

Fri 10 Nov 2017 20:00

French/Senegalese director Alain Gomis further cements his reputation as one of the most talented contemporary African filmmakers in this highly acclaimed film, winner of the Silver Bear at Berlinale.

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