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YOUNG AFRICANS

About 65% of the total population of Africa are below the age of 35 years, and over 35% are between the ages of 15 and 35 years – making Africa the most youth full continent. By 2020, it is projected that out of 4 people, 3 will be on average 20 years old. About 10 million young African youth arrive each year on the labor market. The African Development Bank has called the continent’s youth bulge a “ticking, demographic time-bomb.”
The Africa Is Rising narrative is being challenged by issues facing many young people in Africa. Youth activism have led to The ‘North Africa Spring’ and less heralded but still significant era of protests has unfolded in the past few years in Sub-Saharan Africa. Some have called this the “Black Spring” or “Sub-Saharan Spring,” The frustration of many of Africa’s youth is manifested in many ways but unemployment, migration and radicalisation challenges have been recently been central in exacerbating the situation. Africa’s transformative agenda is threatened by high level of unemployment, particularly among the youth. The situation is compounded by an increasing mismatch between the skills workers offer and those demanded by the labour market. Whilst recent horrifying incidents of mass drowning of young Africans in the Mediterranean Sea is a vivid testimony of their loss of confidence in the ability of the continent to deliver for them, the lack of opportunity among the youth is a key driver of Religious-inspired extremism.
Despite these challenges there are many things to celebrate in regards to the continent’s youth. Youth activism in ensuring that governments are held accountable can be found in many parts of the continent. Consider recent events in Senegal, Burkina Faso, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). As the Arab Spring began in January 2011, a group of young Senegalese rappers established the “Fed Up” movement to protest the frequent blackouts in Dakar. The growth in Arts sectors across the continent has allowed young people to embrace their Afrikan-ness than ever before. Whether through Music, Film or Art, voices of young Africans are being heard and many of the skilled, young Africa Diasporas from across the World are returning to the continent to open businesses and take a leading role in building their nations.

 

FINDING FELA! + Q & A with Dele Sosimi, Fela’s former bandmate
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Nigeria/2014/English/120 mins
Director: Alex Gibney
A look at the life and music of Nigerian singer Fela Kuti. Finding Fela tells the story of Fela Anikulapo Kuti’s life, his music, his social and political importance. He created a new musical movement, Afrobeat, using that forum to express his revolutionary political opinions against the dictatorial Nigerian government of the 1970s and 1980s. His influence helped bring a change towards democracy in Nigeria and promoted Pan Africanist politics to the world. The power and potency of Fela’s message is completely current today and is expressed in the political movements of oppressed people, embracing Fela’s music and message in their struggle for freedom. Finding Fela was directed by the Academy Award winning director, Alex Gibney.
Hady Ellis Building, Cardiff Unversity: 2nd October from 7pm
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THE FORGOTTEN KINGDOM
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Lesotho/2013/Sesotho/97 mins.
Written and Directed by: Andrew Mudge
Atang Mokoenya leaves the slums of Johannesburg to return to his ancestral land of Lesotho, where he must bury his estranged father in the remote, mountainous village where he was born. Stirred by memories of his youth, he falls in love with his childhood friend, Dineo, now a radiant young school teacher. Through her, Atang is drawn toward the mystical beauty and hardships of the people and land he had forgotten, and faces his own bittersweet reckoning.
The Magic Lantern, Tywyn: 9th October from 7.00 pm     Book Tickets
Aberystwyth Arts Center, Aberystwyth: 23rd October from 8pm      Book Tickets
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LAMB
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Ethiopia/2015/Amharic/94 mins,
Director: Yared Zeleke
Ephraim is a young Ethiopian boy. His father leaves him and his sheep, from which he is inseparable, to be looked after by distant relatives, far from his drought-ridden homeland. Ephraim isn’t very good at farming, but he has a hidden talent: he is an excellent cook. One day, his uncle tells him that they have to sacrifice his sheep for the next religious feast. The young boy, however, is ready to do anything to save his only friend and return home. Selected in Cannes 2015.
Magic Lantern Cinema, Tywyn: 11th October from 11pm    Book Tickets
Butetown Arts & History Museum: 17th October with traditional Ethiopian Coffee ceremony and Story telling worskhop, from 12.00 pm     Book Tickets
Aberystwyth Arts Center; Aberystwyth: 23rd October from 18.00 pm    Book Tickets
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SOLEILS
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Burkina Faso/2013/French/96 mins
Director: Olivier Delahaye, Dani Kouyaté
A road-movie through time and space revisiting relationships between Europe and Africa. An allegorical road-movie that transcends both space and time through a whimsical tracing of African history. Set against the backdrop of Burkina Faso’s stunning landscape, Soleils follows the adventures of Sotigui, a wise griot, who is entrusted with curing Dokamisa, a young girl struck by amnesia. Together they begin a healing journey that takes them through Africa’s rich history – from the Mandingo Empire of the 13th century through to the cells of Robben Island – meeting along the way the many ‘suns’ (icons) of African literature, folklore and politics. Through their quest, Sotigui and Dokamisa reveal the pride of the continent, reminding us of how much Africa has given the world.
The Magic Lantern, Tywyn: 10th October from 11.40 pm    Book Tickets
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UNDER THE STARRY SKY
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Director: Dyana Gayel 
Between Turin, Dakar, and New York, Sophie, Abdoulaye and Thierno’s three destinies cross paths and echo one another, delineating a constellation of exile.Sophie, 24 years old, leaves Dakar to join her husband, Abdoulaye, in Turin. Meanwhile, Abdoulaye has already left for New York through a smuggler’s network. 19-year-old Thierno is traveling in Africa for the first time. With these three characters’ destinies, Under the Starry Sky takes us on a journey through the diversity of the cities the characters travel to, confronting us with the realities, hopes, and dreams of contemporary emigration.
The Magic Lanter, Tywyn: 10th October from 18.15
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BOUND: AFRICANS VERSUS AFRICAN AMERICANS
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America/2014/English/90 mins
Director: Peres Owino
BOUND: African versus African Americans (AVAA) is a hard hitting documentary that addresses the little known tension that exists between Africans and African Americans. AVAA uses personal testimonials to expose this rift, then it takes us on a journey through the corridors of African and African American historical experiences as it illuminates the moments that divide and those that bind Africans and African American.
Butetown Arts & History Museum, Cardiff: 18th October from 7.00pm
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SEMBENE!
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Senegal/2015/82 mins
Directors: Samba Gadjigo, Jason Silverman
In 1952, Ousmane Sembéne, a dockworker and fifth-grade dropout from Senegal, began dreaming an impossible dream: to become the storyteller for a new Africa. SEMBENE!, a feature-length HD documentary, tells the unbelievable true story of the “father of African cinema,” the self-taught novelist and filmmaker who fought, against enormous odds, a monumental, 50-year-long battle to give African stories to Africans. SEMBENE! is told through the experiences of the man who knew him best, colleague and biographer Samba Gadjigo, using rare archival footage and more than 100 hours of exclusive materials. A true-life epic, SEMBENE! follows an ordinary man who transforms himself into a fearless spokesperson for the marginalized, becoming a hero to millions. After a startling fall from grace, can Sembéne reinvent himself once more?
The Magic Lantern, Tywyn: 11th October from 14.15 pm     Book Tickets
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BLACK GIRL
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Senegal/France/1966/French/65 mins
Director: Ousmane Sembene
Coming to France from Senegal, she believed her white employers when they promised she’d be taking care of the kids. Instead, she’s become an all-purpose maid and cook — shall we say slave? The English title of 1966’s Black Girl only captures part of the original French, La Noire de… which means “the black girl of…” and Senegalese director Ousmane Sembène is quite serious in exploring what it means to be owned, or at least under the thumb of raced power. What does it mean to be in a strange nation, far from one’s family and anyone else Black, trapped in a house under the watchful, cranky eye of the same couple who misled you in bringing you here? And how do you protest?
The Magic Latern, Tywyn: 11th October from 16.15   Book Tickets
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100% DAKAR
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Austria/Senegal/2014/French/62 mins
Director: Sandra Krampelhuber

 

“100% DAKAR – more than art” is a portrait about the creative arts scene in Dakar, Senegal. Dakar booms with live and this energy can also be found in the creative, artistic and cultural expressions of the city. Many young artists in Dakar took on the role as agents of change of their generation. “100% Dakar” visits fashion designers, Hip Hop musicians, graffiti artists, a photographer, an art blogger, dancers and many other artists and cultural entrepreneurs who stand for creativity, passion, social conscience and a collective, creative fight against all economic and political burdens in the sense of “l’union fait la force” (“unity is strength”).
With Photo Exhbition in main Gallery by Glenn Edwards
Cinema & Co, Swansea: 23rd October – Q&A  with renowned photojournalist Glenn Edwards   Book Tickets
Hady Ellis Building, Cardiff University: 27th October from 7.00 pm    Book Tickets
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WHITE SHADOW
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Director: Noaz Deshe
The story of Alias, a young albino boy on the run. After witnessing his father’s murder, his mother sends him away to find refuge in the city. He’s brought to the care of his uncle, Kosmos, a truck driver struggling with a few small businesses. In the city, Alias is a quick learner, selling sunglasses, DVDs and mobile phones. He is fond of his uncle’s daughter, Antoinette, although his uncle disapproves. Gradually the city becomes no different than the bush and wherever Alias travels the same rules of survival apply.
Cinema & Co, Swansea: 24th October from 16.00 pm
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BEATS OF ANTONOV
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Sudan/2014/Arabic/68 mins
Director: Hajooj Kuka
Hajooj Kuka’s short yet eloquent, even optimistic documentary about the peoples and music along the war-ravaged border between North and South Sudan is an exemplar of how filmmakers can give dignity to refugees by allowing them their names and their voices. While music is the main feature, “Beats” is really a pic about the resilience of oppressed communities, whose ability to hold onto their culture enables them to remain unified.
Hadyn Ellis Building, Cardiff: 28th October from 7.00 pm    Book Tickets
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NORTH AFRICA SPRING

It is almost been four years have elapsed since a Tunisian fruit vendor, Mohamed Bouazizi, triggered the biggest social and political upheaval of modern times in the Arab world by setting himself on fire. This turmoil, which would afterwards lead to rulers being forced out of power in Tunisia, opened a cataclysmic reaction in other states across North Africa and surrounding countries. The fall from grace of North African rulers continued in Egypt and Libya whilst tensions and protests were found in Algeria, Sudan, Mauritania, Djibouti and Western Sahara with Mali experiencing ‘fallout’ of what was called the ‘‘North Africa Spring’’ or “Arab Spring,”.

The spring brought many promises to the people of these regions. However, if it did help score some progress with regard to freedom of speech, it failed to deliver on peace, stability, and most of all on democracy. The Arab revolutions in Tunisia, Libya and Egypt brought to power Islamists who soon proved that they did not have the same economic DNA as their Turkish cousins of the AKP

The theme, ‘North Africa Spring’ will look at the impact of the spring from a social, economic and political perspectives. It will explore how communities living in these countries have managed to adapt to new structures, giving a microscopic lens to issues and situations they faced before, during and after the spring. From the use of social media during the spring to highlights of key individuals involved in the fight for freedom; rediscovering of old culture and traditions and stories that are coming out related to previous regimes. The theme will look at changes in these dynamics which will retrospectively lead to changes in how citizens go on their day to day basis. For example Berber communities, who were once suppressed and experiencing human rights violations are now being recognised as citizens in most of these states; there is greater emphasis of freedom of speech which creates room for arts and social dialogue and many of these regions have experienced internal transformations and policy shifts in an attempt to recover from the spring.

There has been external policy shift, especially of the two countries of its western facade, Morocco and Algeria. Algeria and Morocco, which have both escaped the “Arab spring” unscathed-although for very different reasons- have both embarked on strategy shifts to magnify their leadership. For example, it has been noted that Morocco is clearly using the economy as its major vector of influence. The North African country is heading southwards, trying to design a new economic partnership with Africa, as clearly evidenced by the Moroccan King’s numerous journeys in West Africa.

 

FROM AFRICA, WITH LOVE

OVERVIEW
Is there anything more universal than the power of love? With the ability to bothcreate and destroy, people are brought together and torn apart by affairs of the heart.Love, undeniably, conquers all. Across the Africa, tales of passion, tenderness and lustprovide intimate perspectives on the diverse and heterogeneous communities of thecontinent. This year, in association with this BFI UK Audience Network’s LOVE Blockbuster Season, five African film festivals across the UK will present a richprogramme of films that promise to immerse you in African love across time and space.So join us in the spirit of l’amour and allow us to ignite the fire of romance in yourheart through the magic of cinema.

STRANDS

With films to fall in love with, and films to break your heart, this eclectic programme ofAfrican Love films will be presented in three strands across five UK African filmfestivals:

1. LOVE BREWED IN AN AFRICAN POT 
Rekindles date night with a taste of love bymarrying a passion for food with a passion for film in a romantic dine-and-viewsetting. Enjoy a hearty serving of fine fare and love affairs with films such as JennaCato Bass’ Love the One You Love (South Africa), Hermon Hailay’s Price of Love.

2. LOVE IN CONFLICT 
Looks at love in times of adversity, dealing with the sometimesnear-impossible circumstances under which love can flourish, as well as thosesituations in which love simply cannot overcome the odds. Films in this strand include Gugu and Andile, a cross-ethnic love story based on Romeoand Juliet set in the tumultuous time just before the end of apartheid; Kanye Kanye(South Africa), a fictional short about star-crossed lovers in a divided town. BreatheUmphefumlo (South Africa) looks at the very corporeal battle against tuberculosis inimpoverished Khayelitsha.
 
3. ROMANTIC VIEWS 
Explores the cultural perceptions and interpretations of love acrossAfrica. Religion, class, tradition and the collision with modernity are just some of theforces that define the way love is understood (and sometimes misunderstood) throughout the continent. This strand, looks at the unique place of love in African life, manifested in marriage,dowries, courting rituals, and the challenges of unconventional love, includes bothclassics and fresh new cinema. These are films such as Hyenas (Senegal), and CairoStation (Egypt), Stories of our Lives (Kenya) and O Grand Kilapy (Angola).

LOVE THE ONE YOU LOVE
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South Africa/2014/ English/105 mins
Director: Jenna Bass
‘Love In An African Pot’
Phone sex operator Terri might be comfortable with voicing the most intimate of thoughts over the phone with strangers. However, words don’t come so easily when it comes to communicating her feelings towards Sandile, her attentive and caring boyfriend who spendshis time looking after animals when he is not pressing her to give up her non committalattitude towards him. Unbeknownst to them, in another corner of Cape Town, a computertechnician struggles to let go of a lost love, rubbing self-indulgent salt in his own wounds by insisting on spending time with his ex’s younger brother. As fate would have it, their parallel paths intersect and they begin to suspect that their love is a peculiar conspiracy – setting inmotion an intimate, funny and bittersweet exploration of some of the more sacred ideals of young life in contemporary South Africa.
The film is part of BFI’s ‘LOVE’ season and will be screened with African food.
Buteotown Art & History Museum, Cardiff: 16th October from 19.00  Book Tickets
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HYENAS
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Senegal/1992/Wolof/113 minutes,
Director: Djibril Diop Mambety
‘Romantic Views’
In a village where everyone walks, Linguere Ramatou arrives by train. The village is Colobane,and Colobane is in trouble. Poverty, hovering over the village’s existence like the hyenas stalking their prey in the desert, threatens the future of Colobane. But Ramatou, driven out of Colobane in disgrace 30 years earlier, returns as a millionairess with ideals of honesty and justice. The problem is, Ramatou’s justice is that of a wrathful goddess. And just how honestis wholesale bribery? The second and final feature of maverick director Djibril Diop Mambety, Hyenas is awash in the hypnotic colours and intoxicating sounds of West Africa – a wicked comedy depicting the devastating effects of greed on a small, poverty-stricken village. Screening as part of the UK-wide “From Africa, with Love” programme, the film is at once an intimate story of love and revenge, and a critique of neocolonialism and the effects ofconsumerism on African culture. 
The film is part of BFI’s ‘LOVE’ season.
Hadyn Ellis Building, Cardiff University: 30th October from 19.00 Book Tickets
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STORIES OF OUR LIVES

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Directed by Jim Chuchu
‘Love In Conflict’
Director Jim Chuchu’s first feature– Stories of Our Lives is a beautifully acted, honest andrevealing anthology of short films depicting different landscapes, homes, ages andrelationshipsre-telling queer stories of Kenyans who identify themselves as gay, lesbian,bisexual, transgender and intersex. Stories of Our Lives is a striking collective short filmseries, produced in collaboration with Kenyan multidisciplinary art collectiveNEST.
The film is part of BFI’s ‘LOVE’ season.
Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff: 21st November from 17.00 BookTickets
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CAIRO STATION
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Egypt/1966/Arabic/75 mins
Directed By: Youssef Chahine
‘Romantic Views’
Cairo Station is the film that put Egyptian master director Chahine on the international map. It plays like a masterpiece of Italian neo-realism. In Cairo’s busy rail terminus, passions aresimmering: hard-working porter Abou Serib forms a workers’ union; his fiancée Hanoumauses her flirtatious charm to sell lemonade to train passengers; news vendor Kenaoui(played by Chahine himself, who was also a master actor) has designs on her, but he’s asimple-minded soul with little choice but to suffer her teasing taunts. Fascinated by girlie images in magazines, he’s yearning for revenge on a world that has excluded him. At first glance, the upfront sexuality startles in a film from an Arab country in 1958, but the bigger picture captures a society experiencing rapid change under Nasser. Chahine excels in social observation, florid melodrama and dark suspense. It’s a strikingly controlled, confident, biting display, which leaves you wondering how it fits in Egypt’s reputation for melodrama.
The film is part of BFI’s ‘LOVE’ season.
Chpater Arts Center, Cardiff: 21st November from 15.00 Book Tickets
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BREATHE UMPHEMULO
Breathe-Umphefumlo-South Africa/2015/Xhosa/90 mins
Director: Mark Dornford-May
‘Love In Conflict’
Following the critical and commercial success of U-Carmen eKhayelitsha (2005) and Son of Man(2006) husband and wife team Pauline Malefane and Mark Dornford-May have turned their attentions to a topical reworking of Puccini’s classic opera La bohème. Returning to the Xhosa township of Khayelitsha, Malefane plays the jazz diva Zoleka, the inadvertent downfall of optimistic young art students Lungelo, Mandisi (Zoleka’s lover), Sizwe and Xolile. Busisiwe Ngeiane stars as thetuberculosis-suffering botany student Mimi, whom Lungelo falls passionately in love with. Malefaneand Dornford-May clearly wish to highlight the scourge that is tuberculosis, a disease that wreaks devastation among the impoverished populations of the South African townships. In this engaging and powerful musical the tragedy of the disease is shown to be the neglectful manner in whichsufferers are treated.
The film is part of BFI’s ‘LOVE’ season
Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff: 21st November from 20.30 Book Tickets
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KANYEKANYE
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South Africa/2013/Zulu/25 min
Dir. Miklas Manneke
‘Love In Conflict’
In a township in South Africa, an argument about which apple is better, the red or the green,causes the greatest divide in the town’s history. A big white line is drawn through the middleof the town to divide the lovers of green and red apples. The one rule that greens and reds do not mix is broken when Thomas, a boy from the green side of town, falls in love withThandi, a girl from the red side of town. A colourful parody of segregation, Kanyekanye is amagical take on the new South Africa.
The film is part of BFI’s ‘LOVE’ season.
Butetown Art and Hisroty Mueum: 17th October from 12.00 pm    Book Tickets
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WHITE SHADOW

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Tanzania/2014/Swahili/117 mins

Director: Noaz Deshe

The story of Alias, a young albino boy on the run. After witnessing his father’s murder, his mother sends him away to find refuge in the city. He’s brought to the care of his uncle, Kosmos, a truck driver struggling with a few small businesses. In the city, Alias is a quick learner, selling sunglasses, DVDs and mobile phones. He is fond of his uncle’s daughter, Antoinette, although his uncle disapproves. Gradually the city becomes no different than the bush and wherever Alias travels the same rules of survival apply.

Cinema & Co, Swansea: 24th October from 16.00 pm

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BLACK GIRL

LANOIREDE-(1000037316)Senegal/France/1966/French/65 mins

Director: Ousmane Sembene

Coming to France from Senegal, she believed her white employers when they promised she’d be taking care of the kids. Instead, she’s become an all-purpose maid and cook — shall we say slave? The English title of 1966’s Black Girl only captures part of the original French, La Noire de… which means “the black girl of…” and Senegalese director Ousmane Sembène is quite serious in exploring what it means to be owned, or at least under the thumb of raced power. What does it mean to be in a strange nation, far from one’s family and anyone else Black, trapped in a house under the watchful, cranky eye of the same couple who misled you in bringing you here? And how do you protest?

The Magic Latern, Tywyn: 11th October from 16.15

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WE ARE THE GIANTS

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USA/UK/ 2014/Arabic/ 92 mins

Director: Greg Barker

Synopsis: ordinary citizens face the same moral questions that have defined revolutionary leaders across the ages, from Jefferson to Che to Mandela. With remarkable access, the film takes its audience inside the lives of six extraordinary people who grapple with the agonizing and universal dilemmas at the heart of all struggles for justice and freedom: whether to take up arms and fight, or to advocate change through peace and non-violence.

St David’s Uniting Church in Pontypridd: 11th October from 7.00 pm    Book Tickets

Cinema & Co, Swansea: 24th October from 7.00 pm       Book Tickets

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BEATS OF ANTONOV + Q&A with Amanda Villepastour

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Sudan/2014/Arabic/68 mins

Director: Hajooj Kuka

Hajooj Kuka’s short yet eloquent, even optimistic documentary about the peoples and music along the war-ravaged border between North and South Sudan is an exemplar of how filmmakers can give dignity to refugees by allowing them their names and their voices. While music is the main feature, “Beats” is really a pic about the resilience of oppressed communities, whose ability to hold onto their culture enables them to remain unified.

Hadyn Ellis Building, Cardiff: 28th October from 7.00 pm    Book Tickets

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100% DAKAR + Q&A

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Austria/Senegal/2014/French/62 mins

“100% DAKAR – more than art” is a portrait about the creative arts scene in Dakar, Senegal. Dakar booms with live and this energy can also be found in the creative, artistic and cultural expressions of the city. Many young artists in Dakar took on the role as agents of change of their generation. “100% Dakar” visits fashion designers, Hip Hop musicians, graffiti artists, a photographer, an art blogger, dancers and many other artists and cultural entrepreneurs who stand for creativity, passion, social conscience and a collective, creative fight against all economic and political burdens in the sense of “l’union fait la force” (“unity is strength”).

With Photo Exhbition in main Gallery by Glenn Edwards

Cinema & Co, Swansea: 23rd October – Q&A  with renowned photojournalist Glenn Edwards   Book Tickets

Hady Ellis Building, Cardiff University: 27th October from 7.00 pm    Book Tickets

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BOUND: AFRICA VS AFRICAN AMERICANS

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America/2014/English/90 mins

Director: Peres Owino

BOUND: African versus African Americans (AVAA) is a hard hitting documentary that addresses the little known tension that exists between Africans and African Americans. AVAA uses personal testimonials to expose this rift, then it takes us on a journey through the corridors of African and African American historical experiences as it illuminates the moments that divide and those that bind Africans and African American.

Butetown Arts & History Museum, Cardiff: 18th October from 7.00pm

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FINDING FELA! + Q & A with Dele Sosimi, Fela’s former bandmate

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Nigeria/2014/English/120 mins

Director: Alex Gibney

A look at the life and music of Nigerian singer Fela Kuti. Finding Fela tells the story of Fela Anikulapo Kuti’s life, his music, his social and political importance. He created a new musical movement, Afrobeat, using that forum to express his revolutionary political opinions against the dictatorial Nigerian government of the 1970s and 1980s. His influence helped bring a change towards democracy in Nigeria and promoted Pan Africanist politics to the world. The power and potency of Fela’s message is completely current today and is expressed in the political movements of oppressed people, embracing Fela’s music and message in their struggle for freedom. Finding Fela was directed by the Academy Award winning director, Alex Gibney.

Hady Ellis Building, Cardiff Unversity: 2nd October from 7pm

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