This is a special year for the consortium of the five African Film Festivals in the UK, TANO (‘five’ in Swahili). Through collaboration on a project led by Africa in Motion (AiM) Film Festival in Scotland and funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), we are revisiting the history of African cinema. The Lost African Classics project brings (back) to UK screens some of the greatest African films that have been banned, censored, lost or forgotten. Old and lost films have been rediscovered, and we have initiated and enabled the restoration of some important African women’s films.

The film screenings take place around the UK at the five African film festivals: Africa in Motion in Scotland, Film Africa in London, Afrika Eye in Bristol, CAFF in Cambridge and Watch-Africa in Wales, during October and November. 2017 marks a year of celebrations of the history of African cinema on a huge scale. Including restored and never-seen-before films, Lost African Classics offers an unprecedented look at the long history behind some of the world’s masterpieces of African cinema.

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Dir: Mohammed Lakhdar-Hamina


Winner of the prestigious Palm d’Or at Cannes in 1975, Chronicle of the Year of Embers portrays Algeria’s struggle for independence from French colonial rule.The story follows a peasant’s migration from his drought-stricken village to his eventual participation with the Algerian resistance movement, just prior to the outbreak of the Algerian War of Independence. Filmed in rich CinemaScope, this stunning epic from director Mohamed Lakhdar-Hamina is one of world cinema’s rarely-seen gems.

Pontio Arts Centre: 1st  November from 2015

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Dir: Ahmed El-Maanouni

Morocco/France/1981/90 mins/Arabic

Moroccan band Nass El Ghiwane is the subject of this captivating music documentary. As storytellers connected to political theatre, the band became an international sensation, referred to by music critics as the ‘Rolling Stones of North Africa’. With political lyrics and sublime acoustic sound, they draw on the trance tradition. Both a concert movie and an audiovisual experiment, this film is a work of cinematic poetry. Trances was the first film to be restored by Martin Scorsese’s World Cinema Fund.

The Magic Lantern, Tywyn: 10rd November from 1900 

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12. RAGE + Q&A with Dir

Dir: Newton Aduaka

UK | Nigeria/1999/120 mins/English

Rage follows three aspiring musicians in London who want to cut their first hip-hop record. London is a melting-pot of cultures, classes and races. Jamie, Godwin and Thomas have been friends for a long time, but tensions that have survived under the skin come to the surface as they realise that growing up is difficult in a racist society, and that they need resources to make their dream come true. Rage is an early film by celebrated Nigerian director Newton Aduaka, made while he was living in London, and a comment on issues of racial integration and belonging in a British context.

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13. Flame + Q&A with Ingrid Sinclair

Dir: Ingrid Sinclair

Zimbabwe/1996/88 mins/English

Flame was the first Zimbabwean film since independence and is a tribute to the Zimbabwe African National Liberation Army’s female guerrillas. In the 1970s in former Rhodesia, the people stand up against the oppressors. As war reaches rural villages, friends Florence and Nyasha run away from home to join the fighters in Mozambican training camps. Both adopt revolutionary identities: Nyasha becomes Liberty, while Florence brands herself Flame. Flame created controversy in Zimbabwe, as the realistic depiction of the treatment of women in the liberation army was seen as anti-nationalist. The film also serves as a critique for post-independence Zimbabwe, and Mugabe’s rule. Filmmaker Ingrid Sinclair and producer Simon Bright will be in attendance to talk to the audience after the screening.

Temple of Peace: 9th November from 1800 

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14. Femmes Aux Yeux Ouverts (Women with Open Eyes) + Q&A

Dir: Anne-Laure Folly

Togo/France/1994/52 mins/French/Local languages with English subtitles

In Femmes Aux Yeux Ouverts, award-winning Togolese filmmaker, Anne-Laure Folly presents portraits of contemporary African women from four West African nations: Burkina Faso, Mali, Senegal and Benin. The film shows how African women are speaking out and organizing around five key issues: marital rights, reproductive health, female genital mutilation, women’s role in the economy and political rights. It has screened to enthusiastic women’s audiences across West Africa, reinforcing their demands for a place at the center of the development process. African American feminist Alice Walker said of the film: “It takes courage to see the true condition of women in the world and to speak out about it. Courage and a strong stomach. The women in this film possess the necessary radical vision that neither romanticizes nor renders remote the obvious consequences of female enslavement.”

Bawso, Clarence House, Clarence Rd, CF10 5FB: 30th  November from 1800

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