Co-Directors. Florence Ayisi & Catalin Brylla

Zanzibar Soccer Queens (ZSQ) (2007) is a documentary portrait of strong-willed women determined to better their lives through soccer; telling the personal stories and football activities of Women Fighters, a predominantly Muslim women’s team in Zanzibar. Following on, Going for Goals: Zanzibar Soccer Dreams (ZSD) tells the story of a new era and changing times in the playing fields of soccer in Zanzibar as young muslim girls are starting to have equal opportunities and access to soccer training as part of physical education in schools, thus, changing the status of women’s soccer. From playing in the streets to becoming part of Sports Education in government schools, this exotic island in the Indian Ocean is witnessing a female football revolution. 

Zanzibar Soccer Queens & Dreams will be coming to Cardiff as part of a UK wide tour; joined by Director Florence Ayisi and Nassra Mohamed, head coach of Tanzania’s national female football team. 

Below are details of UK wide screenings, and links to book tickets.

Cambridge (Cambridge African Film Festival)

25th Oct. Arts Picturehouse, 38-39 St Andrew’s Srt, CB2 3AR. 18.30


Cardiff (Wales African Film Festival)

4th Nov. The Atrium, USW CF24 2FN. 17.30


 Bristol (Wales African Film Festival)

3rd Nov. The Pickle Factory, Bristol. 19.00


Glasgow (Scotland African Film Festival)

5th Nov, Kinning Park Complex, 40 Cornwall St, G41 1AQ. 18.00



7th Nov. Pyramid Room, 4th floor, K4U.04, King’s building, Strand London WC2R 2LS. 19.00



Dir: Jonas Carpignano
Italy/2015/107mins/Italian , French, English and Arabic with English subtitles/15A
Ayiva and Abas have fled Burkina Faso, dreaming of a better life on the other side of the Mediterranean Sea. After a death-defying crossing they arrive in southern Italy and must quickly readjust to life in Europe which is more violent and hostile than they imagined. An unsentimental and creative look at the refugee crisis.
+ Join us for a panel discussion after the film with Domenico Lucano, Major of Town Riace in Calabria chaired by a representative from the Italian Cultural Centre Wales
Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff: 8th October from 1830. Book Tickets!
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Aberystwyth Arts Centre, Aberystwyth: 14th October from 2000. Book Tickets!




Dir: Abderrahmane Sissako
Mauritania/2015/97 mins/French, Arabic, Bambara, English, Songhay, Tamashek/12A
Passionate, humanistic and enormously powerful, Mauritanian director Abderrahmane Sissako’s Timbuktu was nominated for Best Foreign Language Film at the 87th Academy Awards and screened in competition for the “Palme d Or” at Cannes Film Festival 2014. Based on the forceful takeover of Mail in 2012, Timbuktu is a searing and extraordinary fable about the dangers of religious extremism that positions Sissako at the forefront of African cinema.
Pontio Arts Centre, Bangor: 5th October from 1400: Book Tickets!



Dir. Sibs Shongwe-La Mer
South Africa/2015/91mins/Afrikaans, English and Zulu with English subtitles/TBC
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In the anniversary of the violent Soweto Youth Uprising of June 16th 1976, an affluent group of adolescent friends living in the city of Johannesburg, South Africa are shocked by the live streamed suicide of a young girl in her parent’s family home. A year and some months after the incident, two disillusioned new generation Zulu youths, Jabz and his best friend September rummage through the sleepy manicured northern suburbs of Johannesburg in search of answers, drugs, distraction and salvation.
Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff: 8th October from 2115. Book Tickets!

Book Festival Pass at Chapter!



Dir. Simon Rouby
French/2015/82mins/French with English subtitles/PG
12 year-­old Adama lives in a remote village in West Africa, sheltered by the Cliffs. Out, beyond, lies “the land of breaths”, the kingdom of wicked spirits hungry for war. When Samba, his elder brother, suddenly vanishes from the village, Adama decides to set off in search of him. Accompanied first by Abdou, a tragically lucid griot, then by Maximin, a street urchin who is his own negative twin, he crosses a Europe in the grip of war. We’re in 1914. Borne by the energy of desperation and the poetry of childhood, Adama travels to the hell of the frontline in order to free his brother. Ultimately, Adama’s love for his brother will open an unexpected way to his initiatory journey.
The Magic Lantern Cinema, Tywyn: 15th October from 1000 followed by storytelling workshop with Bevin Magama. Book Tickets!
Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff: 8th October from 1130 followed by storytelling workshop with Bevin Magama. Book Tickets!

Book Festival Pass at Chapter!



Dir. Kivu Ruhorahoza


This thought provoking film takes its title from Bantu accounts of European explorers renowned for getting lost in their wanderings, in this highly creative, original and arresting work. A white man meets a black girl. Then the girl disappears. The white man tries to understand what happened to her and eventually finish a travelogue. Against a haunting score and intricate sound design, story fragments portray an African woman as an object of lust, surveillance, fascination, or violence.
Pontio Arts Centre, Bangor: 2nd October from 1600 followed by Q&A. Book Tickets!
Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff: 8th October from 1600 followed by Q&A with Director, Kivu Ruhoroza. Book Tickets!

Book Festival Pass at Chapter!



Dir. Michel K. Zongo
Burkina Faso/2015/90mins/French with English subtitles/TBC


The Siren of Faso Fani explores the disastrous consequences of global economic policies that are blind to local realities. The shutdown of the once-famous cotton factory in Burkina Faso in 2001 put hundreds out of work, plunged thousands into poverty and left an entire city reeling in Koudougou. A decade after this economic and social disaster, Zongo return to a city that is now a shadow of its former self, and to the silent factory that was so central to his childhood. But most of all he comes to see the workers. Stripped of their livelihood and of their pride, they remain convinced that reviving the cotton industry can offer a viable future for the whole community.
Pontio Arts Centre, Bangor: 1st October from 1730 followed by Q&A with representatives from the sustainability lab, Bangor University. Book Tickets!
Aberystwyth Arts Centre: 14th October from 1800. Book Tickets!


I SHOT BE KIDUDE with live score and Q&A

Dir. Andy Jones
Tanzania-Zanzibar/2015/75mins/English and Swahili with English subtitles/TBC


In 2012, Bi Kidude, fast-talking, chain-smoking, rebel-rocker – and the oldest performer on the world music stage – was kidnapped at a reported age of 102. Andy Jones, director of the award winning Kidude biopic, As Old as My Tongue, returned to Zanzibar to get to the bottom of the mystery. This deeply personal journey reflects on her life and death, and sees the director embroiled in the mystery of her last days on earth.
The Magic Lantern Cinema, Tywyn: 15th October from 2000 followed by Q&A and live music. Book Tickets!



Dir. Zeresenay Mehari
Ethiopia/2014/99mins/Amharic with English subtitles/12

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From executive producer Angelina Jolie Pitt comes the award-winning drama DIFRET, based on the inspirational true story of a young Ethiopian girl and a tenacious lawyer embroiled in a life-or-death clash between cultural traditions and their country’s advancement of equal rights. When 14-year-old Hirut is abducted in her rural village’s tradition of kidnapping women for marriage, she fights back, accidentally killing her captor and intended husband. Local law demands a death sentence for Hirut, but Meaza, a tough and passionate lawyer from a women’s legal aid practice, steps in to fight for her. With both Hirut’s life and the future of the practice at stake the two women must make their case for self-defence against one of Ethiopia’s oldest and most deeply-rooted traditions. DIFRET paints a portrait of a country in a time of great transformation and the brave individuals ready to help shape it.
The Magic Lantern Cinema, Tywyn: 15th October from 1345. Book Tickets!




Dir. Alastair Cole
Zambia/2016/80mins/English, Nyanja and Bemba with English subtitles/PG


Colours of the Alphabet tells the story of three Zambian children and their families over two school terms, and asks the question: does the future have to be in English?
A lyrical, beautifully-filmed documentary which spends 9 months in a Zambian village grade one class – from the rains of January till the cold of August – as the children, and their parents, come to terms with the often bemusing reality of education in their country. A country where there are 72 ethnic languages spoken, however, you are told that to get ahead means understanding the world in the country’s only official language – English. Despite less than 2% of Zambians using the language in their daily lives.
An often humorous, yet inspiring, bittersweet documentary about childhood innocence, language and national identity, with multi-coloured subtitles reflecting the different languages being spoken.
Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff: 8th October from 1330 followed by Q&A with Director, Alastair Cole. Book Tickets!

Book Festival Pass at Chapter

The Magic Lantern Cinema, Tywyn: 13th October from 1900 followed by Q&A with Alastair Cole, Director of the film. Book Tickets!


Dir: Kunle Afolayan
Nigeria/2015/running time and cert TBC
With: Kemi Lala Akindoju, Hilda Dokubo, Aurelie Eliam, Adekunle Gold, Angelique Kidjo


TransWire, a telecom company with footprints across the African continent is seeking to replace a recently departed CEO. Five staff are selected for a retreat where the new CEO will be chosen. What starts off as cordial soon goes sour and a deadly rivalry develops as they attempt to outdo one another to be named The CEO.
+ Join us for a discussion with the cast and crew following the film

Chapter Arts Center: Book Tickets!

Wales African Film Festival