Afrika Eye 2019
Afrika Eye 2019

Afrika Eye 2019

Season

Please note: this season finished in Nov 2019

Afrika Eye, the South West’s biggest celebration of African cinema and culture returns to Watershed with a packed weekend of unmissable films, discussions, workshops and live music between Fri 8 - Sun 10 Nov.

This year’s festival will kick off with Chiwetel Ejiofor’s debut as a writer and director in The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind followed by the opening Friday Night Party in Ethiopian style with the distinctive and super cool trio The Krar Collective in the Café & Bar.

Other key highlights include Eyeful Shorts, a programme curated by Gary Thompson (Cables and Cameras) exploring the new wave of short films from the African diaspora and Girlhood – a midday medley of film, poetry and discussion curated by Asmaa Jama on Saturday.

We’ll be closing the festival on Sunday with Daughters of the Dust, the captivating and hugely influential debut from African-American director Julie Dash and a UK preview of Talking About Trees – a feature documentary by Suhaib Gasmelbari.

Check out the full Afrika Eye programme of films and workshops at afrikaeye.org.uk and #AfrikaEyeFest.

With huge thanks to the Festival's funders and supporters: BFI, Arts Council England, The Morel Charitable Trust and Film Hub South West.


Previous screenings & events in this season

Talking About Trees

 Classified 12A  S  Afrika Eye
Talking About Trees
Please note: This was screened in Nov 2019
Film
Sudanese director Suhaib Gasmelbari tells the story of the heroic adventure embarked on by four seasoned filmmakers who want to revive cinema in a country under strict Islamic rule.

Whispering Truth To Power

 Classified PG  PS  Afrika Eye
Whispering Truth To Power
Please note: This was screened in Nov 2019
Film
With exclusive, behind-the-scenes access, Whispering Truth To Power charts the final year in office of South African anti-corruption champion Thuli Madonsela as she attempts to seek justice for ordinary people.

Buddha in Africa

 Classified 12A  PS  Afrika Eye
Buddha in Africa
Please note: This was screened in Nov 2019
Film
Enock Alu, a Malawian teenager raised in a Buddhist orphanage is torn between his African roots and Chinese upbringing, as he struggles to retain his cultural identity.

Daughters Of The Dust

 Classified PG  PS  Afrika Eye
Daughters Of The Dust
Please note: This was screened in Nov 2019
Film
A beautifully restored print of this 1991 majestic first feature from the remarkable African American director Julie Dash.

Jupiter's Dance

 Classified 12A  PS  Afrika Eye
Jupiter's Dance
Please note: This was screened in Nov 2019
Film
A musical journey through the streets of Kinsasha observing the music of the Democratic Republic of Congo and exploring the many gifted yet impoverished musicians who use their talent, humour and energy to help them to survive.

Ruth

 Classified 12A  PS  Afrika Eye
Ruth
Please note: This was screened in Nov 2019
Film
Mozambican director António Pinhão Botelho, brings this unlikely but true story to the screen film about the society of metropolitan Portugal and its African colonies at the beginning of the 1960s.

Everything Must Fall

 Classified 15  Afrika Eye
Everything Must Fall
Please note: This was screened in Nov 2019
Film
When South African universities raised their fees in 2015, what started off as a peaceful protest escalated quickly with dire consequences.

Thank You For The Rain

 Classified 12A  PS  Afrika Eye
Thank You For The Rain
Please note: This was screened in Nov 2019
Film
Over a period of five years Kisilu Musya, a Kenyan farmer, documents his family, his village and the damaging effects of climate change on his community.

Eyeful Shorts

 Classified 18  Afrika Eye
Eyeful Shorts
Please note: This event took place in Nov 2019
Shorts package
Gary Thompson (Cables and Cameras) curates a programme exploring the new wave of short films from the African diaspora with a rich blend of new generation African producers and directors from Bristol to Nigeria and South Africa.

Girlhood: Poetry, Film and Discussion

 Classified 15  S  Afrika Eye
Girlhood
Please note: This event took place in Nov 2019
Event
Young curator and Rife alumni, Asmaa Jama presents a midday medley of film, poetry and discussions.

Krar Collective

Afrika Eye
Afrika Eye Friday Night Party: Krar Collective
Please note: This event took place in Nov 2019
Event
We're celebrating the return of Afrika Eye in style with Krar Collective who'll serving up a colourful feast of mind-blowing Ethiopian grooves in the Café & Bar.

The Boy who Harnessed the Wind

 Classified PG  PS  Afrika Eye
The Boy who Harnessed the Wind
Please note: This was screened in Nov 2019
Film
Chiwetel Ejiofor's debut as writer-director brings to life the story of William Kamkwamba - a 13 year old boy who designs and builds a life saving wind turbine for his village against all odds.