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 + Q&A with Norbert Mputu and Fadhili Maghiya
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.
Ty Pawb, Market St, Wrexham, LL13 8BB: 1st September from 1830
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. An isolated Island in Lake Bunyonyi in western Uganda where girls who were pregnant before marriage were taken to suffer a terrible and lonely lives.They were chased away from the community and told never to come back to the community even if when they were saved by other people like men who were looking for wives because the community leaders thought that they were the one who brings Leprosy to their community.
It was named upside down Island because people believed that long ago the Island tend to have turned upside down and it was.They said that the Island is having different types of vegetation that is why they believed that it has turned upside down.
Akampene is now its present name to mean punishment Island. 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,Clarence Rd, Cardiff CF10 5FB: 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, Park Pl, Cardiff CF10 3QN: 11th October from 1800
Burkinabe Is Risingfollowed by Q&A and discussion:
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; Followed by Q&A with Yvonne Connikie
Touki Bouki followed by Q&A with Professor Rachael Langford
Director: Djibril Diop Mambéty
Senegal/1976/ 95 mins/ Wolof | Arabic | French
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.
Temple of Peace, King Edward VII Ave, Cardiff CF10 3AP: 17th November from 1830
French/2015/82mins/French with English subtitles/12A
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.
Tunisia. 1976. 60 mins. Arabic with English subtitles.
Fatma 75 by Selma Baccar is a pioneering film from Tunisia: it is the first non-fiction film by a woman from Tunisia, a feminist essay-film, and the first in a series of powerful films about strong female figures in the country. The film was made in the UN International Women’s Year, 1975, and has long been recognised as one of the most important films from North Africa, but has never officially been seen before due to censorship. Curiously, it was only ever screened once, in the Netherlands. Now, in collaboration with Quinta Gammarth in Tunis, AiM has restored and subtitled this rare gem, and is making it available to its international audiences!
Temple of Peace, King Edward VII Ave, Cardiff CF10 3AP: 24th November from 1800