Sat 1 Nov | 12:00| Rich Mix
The Art of Ama Ata Aidoo [DOC] UK PREMIERE
Dir. Yaba Badoe
Ghana/USA/UK. 2014. 78min. Colour. English.
Described as a trailblazer for an entire generation of writing talent including internationally acclaimed Nigerian writer Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Yaba Badoe’s riveting documentary, follows the great Ama Ata Aidoo over the course of an eventful year. We join Aidoo as she travels home to her ancestral village in Ghana, is feted at a Colloquium in her honour in the United States and attends the premiere of her seminal play Anowa. The Art of Ama Ata Aidoo celebrates and reflects on the artistic contribution of one of Africa’s most important female writers working today.
Followed by a Q&A with director Yaba Badoe.
+ Ken Bugul – Nobody Wants Her [DOUBLE BILL]
Dir. Silvia Voser
Switzerland/France. 2013. 62min. Colour. French with English subtitles
An expressive aesthetic as rhapsodic as the written words of Bugul herself, Ken Bugul: Nobody Wants Her is a filmic ode to the brilliance of this revered Senegalese writer. Determined to set her own path in life, Ken Bugul left Senegal and spent 20 years living in Europe, only to feel an even deeper loneliness and alienation. She belonged neither here nor there. Encountering crushing rejection upon her return to Senegal, at her most destitute and desperate, Bugul sought refuge in her writing. Her debut novel, The Abandoned Baobab, already captured Bugul’s unique idiosyncratic style and cemented her position as a novelist. Painting a mosaic picture of Bugul’s life and times, this powerful documentary leads us into the secret world of a transgressive African woman artist and her brave fight for freedom and acceptance.