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October 2020

THE GHOST AND THE HOUSE OF TRUTH (European Premiere) – Online Watch Party + Live Director Q&A (BSL)

October 30 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Policewoman poised to fire gun

Join us online for opening night of Film Africa as we host an Online Watch Party for The Ghost and the House of Truth

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Opening Night: THE GHOST AND THE HOUSE OF TRUTH (European Premiere) + Director Intro

October 30 @ 8:40 pm - 10:30 pm
BFI Southbank – NFT1, Belvedere Rd, Bishop's
London, SE1 8XT United Kingdom
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We launch Film Africa 2020 with the European Premiere of The Ghost and the House of Truth

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Beyond Nollywood Shorts: Story for the Gods + Curator’s Intro

October 31 @ 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm
BFI Southbank – NFT2, Belvedere Rd, Bishop's
London, SE1 8XT United Kingdom
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Woman walking with a tray between yellow mini buses

From an exploration of digital love to the loss of religion, this selection of short narratives presents a vibrant West African perspective on the human experience.

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HERE / NOT HERE – Online Watch Party + Live Cast & Crew Panel (BSL)

October 31 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

This year Film Africa partners with the UK’s leading Deaf Film & Arts festival, Deaffest, to present HERE / NOT HERE, an event around Director Bim Ajadi’s latest work, which brings the visual vernacular art form into the mainstream.

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EYIMOFE (THIS IS MY DESIRE) + Pre-Recorded Director’s Intro

October 31 @ 8:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Rich Mix, 35-47 Bethnal Green Rd, Shoreditch
London, E1 6LA United Kingdom
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Dirs. Arie Esiri & Chuko Esiri. Nigeria. 2020. 114 mins. English, Pidgin English with English subtitles. Set in Lagos, Nigeria, Eyimofe follows the life and desires of Rosa, a hairdresser, and Mofe, a factory technician, two economically disadvantaged people who are set on seeking better fortunes abroad. It is the debut feature film of co-directors and brothers, Arie and Chuko Esiri. The film is an intimate portrait of the daily drudgery and struggles of ordinary Lagosians like its lead characters,…

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November 2020

Live Panel: Beyond Nollywood to the World

November 1 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Nadia Denton brings together a panel of Beyond Nollywood leading lights, including Damilola Orimogunje, Chuko Esiri, Peter Okojie and Candice Onyeama.

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YOU WILL DIE AT 20 + Pre-Recorded Director’s Intro

November 1 @ 6:00 pm - 7:45 pm
Rich Mix, 35-47 Bethnal Green Rd, Shoreditch
London, E1 6LA United Kingdom
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Dir. Amjad Abu Alala Sudan, France, Egypt, Germany, Norway, Qatar. 2019. 105 mins.  Arabic with English subtitles. Adapted from a short story by writer and activist Hammour Ziada, You Will Die at 20 is a metaphor for Sudan under the rule of the ousted dictator, Omar al-Bashir. When Muzamil was born, a prophecy by the holy man of the village predicts that he will die when he is 20 years old. Muzamil’s father cannot stand the doom and travels away…

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FOR MARIA EBUN PATAKI (WORLD PREMIERE) – Online Watch Party + Live Director Q&A

November 1 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
woman-laid-on-mound-of-cushions

Dir. Damilola Orimogunje. Nigeria. 2020. 75mins. Yoruba with English subtitles. After a complicated child delivery, Derin finds herself at odds with life and loved ones, including her newborn, Maria. Her bewildered mother-in-law insists that she is not a good enough parent. Her increasingly worried husband Afolabi watches from the sidelines. Made in a compelling art-house style, For Maria Ebun Pataki confronts the realities of postpartum depression.  Watch the film with your friends and family on BFI Player at 6pm and…

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FILM AFRICA 2020 DOC SHORTS + Pre-Recorded Curator’s Intro

November 2 @ 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Rich Mix, 35-47 Bethnal Green Rd, Shoreditch
London, E1 6LA United Kingdom
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Graphic silhouette in raining city

A selection documentary shorts exploring migration and exile, mental health and family histories, among other themes. With a pre-recorded intro from Film Africa programmer Katarina Hedrén.

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THE LETTER (UK PREMIERE) + Pre-Recorded Director’s Intro

November 3 @ 6:30 pm - 7:35 pm
Rich Mix, 35-47 Bethnal Green Rd, Shoreditch
London, E1 6LA United Kingdom
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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…

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