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Women on the ground

In honour of WE ARE TANO, a specially curated season of 10 contemporary African features from the past 10 years from UK’s five biggest festivals of African cinema, The Guardian’s Peter Bradshaw selected the great landmarks from the continent’s dazzling movie-making history. Read More

WE ARE TANO
5 festivals. 10 films. A decade of great African Cinema (2010-2019).

Join the UK’s five biggest festivals of African cinema – Film Africa in London, Africa in Motion in Scotland, Afrika Eye in Bristol, the Cambridge African Film Festival (CAFF), and Watch-Africa Cymru in Wales – on an online journey of discovery during Black History Month, from 1 to 21 October 2020.

The five festivals, collectively known as TANO (which means 5 in Swahili) are delighted to present “WE ARE TANO” – a specially curated season of 10 contemporary African features from the past 10 years, which have been most popular with our festival audiences.

The films start streaming on Thursday, 1 October, at 7PM GMT, and will be accessible to audiences throughout the UK. Each film will be available for 48 consecutive hours and may be viewed as many times as you wish. Films will be FREE to watch, but we encourage donations. All proceeds from audience donations will go towards supporting the participating filmmakers and the TANO festivals.

SOMETHING NECESSARY
Judy Kibinge | Kenya/Germany | 2012 | 1h25m | Swahili, Kikuyu, English, Kalenjin with English Subtitles
Streaming from Wednesday, 7 October, 7PM to Friday, 9 October, 7PM

BEATS OF THE ANTONOV (DOC)
Hajooj Kuka | Sudan/South Africa | 2014 | 1h5m | Arabic with English subtitles
Streaming from Friday, 9 October, 7PM to Sunday, 11 October, 7PM

AS I OPEN MY EYES
Leyla Bouzid | Tunisia/France/Belgium | 2015 | 1h2min | Arabic with English subtitles
Streaming from Sunday, 11 October, 7PM to Tuesday, 13 October, 7PM

ZIN’NAARIYÂ! [THE WEDDING RING]
Rahmatou Keïta | Sonrhay Empire Productions, Niger | 2016 | 1h36m | Songhoy-Zarma, Hausa, Fulani with English subtitles
Streaming from Tuesday, 13 October, 7PM to Thursday, 15 October, 7PM

NOEM MY SKOLLIE [CALL ME THIEF]
Daryne Joshua | South Africa | 2016 | 2h5m | Afrikaans with English subtitles
Streaming from Thursday, 15 October, 7PM to Saturday, 17 October, 7PM

SUPA MODO
Likarion Wainaina | Kenya/Germany | 2018 | 1h14m | English, Kikuyu, Swahili with English Subtitles
Streaming from Saturday, 17 October, 7PM to Monday, 19 October, 7PM

FILM FESTIVAL FILM (DOC)
Mpumelo Mcata, Perivi Katjavivi | South Africa/Namibia | 2019 | 46m | English with English subtitles
Streaming from Monday, 19 October, 7PM to Wednesday, 21 October, 7PM

For more information and to stream the films, please visit wearetano.org