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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

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.

Read More - Mbira Masters: Chartwell and Shorai

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.

Read More - The Wound

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.

Read More - Paa Joe & The Lion

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.

Read More - Power of the Mask: Nigerian Mask-making Workshop

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

Read More - Soleil Ô: Africa's Lost Classics

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

Read More - Kenyan Circus Skills & Street Dance Workshop

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.

Read More - La Promesse

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.

Read More - Rage: Africa's Lost Classics

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

Read More - World Sounds with DJ Métisse

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.

Read More - Wùlu

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.

Read More - White Colour Black

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

Read More - Latin American Tea Dance with Elsa Perez

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

Read More - Eyefull Short Film Competition

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

Read More - Dancing our Stories Workshop

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

Read More - On the Move: Animation Workshop

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.

Read More - The Best of Africa's Shorts

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.

Read More - Guardians from Africa

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.

Read More - Sisters in Law + Director's Q&A

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

Read More - Liyana

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.

Read More - Afrika Eye Opening Party with Ballet Nimba

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.

Read More - Preview: Félicité