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

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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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HYENAS + Q&A

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Senegal/1992/Wolof/113 minutes,

Director: Djibril Diop Mambety in Wolof with English subtitles

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 hyenasstalking their prey in the desert, threatens the future of Colobane. But Ramatou, driven out ofColobane in disgrace 30 years earlier, returns as a millionairess with ideals of honesty andjustice. 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. This towering masterpiece of African cinema is a magnificentopening to the 10-year celebration of Africa in Motion.

The film is part of BFI’s ‘LOVE’ season.

Hadyn Ellis Building, Cardiff University: 30th October from 7.00 pm      Book Tickets

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KANYEKANYE

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South Africa/2013/Zulu/25 min

Dir. Miklas Manneke

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 redsdo 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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CAIRO STATION + Q&A

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Egypt/1966/Arabic/75 mins

Directed By:       Youssef Chahine

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 girlieimages in magazines, he’s yearning for revenge on a world that has excluded him. At firstglance, the upfront sexuality startles in a film from an Arab country in 1958, but the biggerpicture captures a society experiencing rapid change under Nasser. Chahine excels in socialobservation, florid melodrama and dark suspense. It’s a strikingly controlled, confident, bitingdisplay, 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 3.00 pm   Book Tickets

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