The Wales-Africa Film Club is an informal community of people interested in watching, exploring and getting involved in African film. The club which is part of Watch-Africa will reach out to undeserved areas for cultural/foreign screenings, especially BAME communities. It will allow African films to reach these communities outside the core festival. It will overcome barriers to engagement by bringing African film to BAME communities in venues and settings familiar to them, rather than requiring them to visit venues that are unfamiliar. It will foster engagement among BAME communities by providing opportunities to discover African film, to connect with developments in film on the continent, to become active participants and grow skills and confidence. The Wales Africa Film Club will complement the Watch Africa Film Festival with informal and BAME centred/led opportunities to explore and become involved in film, thereby creating spaces to expand and sustain existing and core festival audiences.
I Am Not A Witch
Director: Rungano Nyoni
Zambia/2017/93 mins/Nyanja, English
Following a banal incident in her local village, 8-year old girl Shula is accused of witchcraft. After a short trial she is found guilty, taken into state custody and exiled to a witch camp in the middle of a desert. At the camp she takes part in an initiation ceremony where she is shown the rules surrounding her new life as a witch. Like the other residents, Shula is tied to a ribbon which is attached to a coil that perches in a large tree. She is told that should she ever cut the ribbon, she’ll be cursed and transformed into a goat.
Punishment Island followed by Q&A and discussion (56 mins)
Director: Laura Cini
“Punishment Island” tells the true story from the direct voices of some survivors, who are still alive today. In fact the luckiest women had a second chance. Poor men with no cows to pay a bride price were going to the island to choose and pick women to marry. Being disowned, no bride price was claimed for them.The practice itself and the amazing natural setting with its fairy-tale look give the occasion to tell the story from an unusual point of view which reflects the animism of traditional religions. The visual style also underlines the interaction between horror and beauty and the incredible and deep bonds existing between men and nature. The story has never been told by its protagonists before and, with the island about to be submerged by the surrounding lake and the last survivors on the final part of their lives, it is a matter of now or never again.”
Clarence House, Cardiff: 2nd October 2018 from 1800
Guided by Vestine, an extravagant star of radio nights, the film discovers rwandan sexuality in search of the water that gushes out the female body and reveals with humor and spontaneity the mystery of female ejaculation.
Sacred Water confronts the western viewer with its own intimacy and immerses you into a modern Rwanda rediscovering its heritage in the most secret way: female pleasure.
Cardiff University Student Union: 11th October from 1830
Burkinabe Is Risingfollowed by Q&A and discussion: In Collaboration with Made In Roath
Director: Iara Lee
Burkina Faso/2017/62 mins/English, French
Burkinabè Rising, a new documentary from Cultures of Resistance Films, showcases creative nonviolent resistance in Burkina Faso. A small, landlocked country in West Africa, Burkina Faso is home to a vibrant community of artists and engaged citizens, who provide an example of the type of political change that can be achieved when people come together. It is an inspiration, not only to the rest of Africa but also to the rest of the world.
Barnabas Arts House, Newport; 27th September from 1830
With a stunning mix of the surreal and the naturalistic, Djibril Diop Mambéty paints a vivid, fractured portrait of Senegal in the early 1970s. In this French New Wave–influenced fantasy-drama, two young lovers long to leave Dakar for the glamour and comforts of France, but their escape plan is beset by complications both concrete and mystical. Characterized by dazzling imagery and music, the alternately manic and meditative Touki bouki is widely considered one of the most important African films ever made.