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THE LETTER (UK PREMIERE) – Online Watch Party + Live Director Q&A
November 4, 2020 @ 5:00 pm - 6:25 pm
Dirs. Maia Lekow, Christopher King
Kenya. 2019. 81 mins. English, Swahili with English subtitles.
When Karisa receives a letter from relatives alerting him of accusations of witchcraft levelled against his grandmother, he rushes back home. And so this richly layered documentary unfolds, exposing tensions caused by a volatile mix of Christianity, consumerism, and misogyny. Young Kenyan men accuse their female elders of witchcraft to steal their land, begrudge them for their property because they are women. The Letter investigates the colonial triggers and the lingering structural injustices that give life to this unfortunate phenomenon.
If you can’t make the socially-distanced screening of The Letter at Rich Mix on 3 November, join our Online Watch Party.
Watch the film with your friends and family on BFI Player at 5pm and then join the Live Director’s Q&A live-streamed (BSL interpreted) at 6.30pm on our Facebook page. Put your questions to the Director on the Facebook live-stream chat.
BFI Player offer a free 14-day trial, so you can watch the Film Africa 2020 films for free and then decide whether to keep enjoying their selection of films.
This event is part of the “African Screen Worlds: Decolonising Film and Screen Studies” project, funded by the European Research Council (grant agreement number 819236), and the regular seminar series at the SOAS Centre for Creative Industries, Media and Screen Studies.
We will also be hosting a physical screen for The Letter – BOOK FOR THE RICH MIX SCREENING