Afrika Eye

Afrika Eye

Season

Please note: this season finished in Nov 2021

Afrika Eye is back, after a year of not being able to connect with our audiences, we have a live programme across the city exploring global issues with Africa as the focus. As the largest celebration of African film, arts and culture in the South West, we are as always delighted to be partnering with Watershed, our festival home now for over 10 years. Our programme of films tells stories of lives lived and lives imagined, created by remarkable filmmakers from Africa and the diaspora. This year we’re pleased to bring you a number of exceptional documentaries.

We’re thrilled to be opening with Elder's Corner, directed by Siji Awoyinka, a film reaching back in time to the musical icons of 70’s Nigeria, tracing their histories and personal experiences. We're also excited to be screening Lingui - The Sacred Bonds, from Chadian master filmmaker Mahamat-Saleh Haroun, their latest creation is a richly layered film, examining the many challenges that women face living within a patriarchal society.

There will be live music in the Café & Bar on Friday evening, with guitarist extraordinaire Justin Adams and his latest collaboration ‘Lifting Spirits’ with maestro ‘gimbri’ player Mohamed Errebbaa. We believe they will do just that!

We are happy to announce several new festival partnerships, which include, Rising Arts, Queer Vision, Kiki Bristol and Sheba Soul. Akulah Agbami of Sheba Soul will be in conversation with Florence Ayisi, director of The Bronze Men of Cameroon, post Saturday’s screening.

Finally we are especially excited to show our own home-grown documentary, Rooted In Bristol, a story of people of African heritage and their relationship with the land on the allotments of Bristol over many decades.

Please join us for a weekend packed with screen moments that will engage, delight, entertain and offer new perspectives.

Annie Menter, Festival Director

To access our full festival programme and all Watershed weekend screenings, please visit http://www.afrikaeye.org.uk/


Previous events in this season

Lingui: The Sacred Bonds

classified 15 S Afrika Eye
Lingui: The Sacred Bonds
Please note: This was screened in Nov 2021
Film
A riveting and meditative drama that celebrates the way female bonds offer many women a life raft when drowning in the sea of patriarchy.

Rooted in Bristol

classified 12A Afrika Eye
Rooted in Bristol
Please note: This was screened in Nov 2021
Film
Rooted in Bristol is a documentary celebrating the contribution that people of African heritage have made over many decades, in creating and sustaining kitchen gardens across the allotment communities of Bristol.

The Bronze Men of Cameroon

classified 15 S Afrika Eye
The Bronze Men of Cameroon
Please note: This was screened in Nov 2021
Film
The Bronze Men of Cameroon explores cultural heritage, continuity and change in the bronze casting traditions of the Bamum People in the Western Region of Cameroon.

It Must Make Peace

classified 18 S Afrika Eye
It Must Make Peace
Please note: This was screened in Nov 2021
Film
This insightful documentary looks at and celebrates Mali’s musicians and how they use their extraordinary talents to bring peace and unity to a region increasingly susceptible to economic and political uncertainty.
This Is Not a Burial, It's a Resurrection
Please note: This was screened in Nov 2021
Film
A remarkable and otherworldly film from landlocked Lesotho. Tradition, politics and spiritual belief are at the heart of this extraordinarily powerful film.
Guitar and Gimbri - Lifting Spirits
Please note: This event took place in Nov 2021
Performance
A new and exciting UK based collaboration between guitar maestro Justin Adams & Moroccan Gnawa master Mohamed Errebbaa.

Elder’s Corner

classified 12A PS Afrika Eye
Elder’s Corner
Please note: This was screened in Nov 2021
Film
A moving and inspirational film from director and musician Siji Awoyinka, who travels back to Nigeria in search of the musical icons of the ‘highlife’ & ‘juju’ eras, tracing musical histories and personal stories.