FILM AFRICA FESTIVAL BLOG – DAY SIX

FILM AFRICA FESTIVAL BLOG – DAY SIX

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Film Africa’s Isabel Moura Mendes with Njinga Producer and Lead Actress Cereon Du and Lesliana Pereira

What a day DAY SIX of Film Africa was. The UK Premiere of Angolan epic NJINGA, QUEEN OF ANGOLA had London at her feet as lead actress Lesliana Pereira and Producer Cereon Du awed with their radiance, grace and charm with their presentation of their accomplished film that documents one of the most important figures in African history.

After the screening, everyone stayed glued to their seats to listen to the film’s star and producer talk about the filmmaking process, the subject matter and filmmaking industry in Angola. You can watch snippets of the interview on Film Africa’s Facebook page.

Grace was also in abundance across the hall as Film Africa welcomed Hafsat Abiola and Joanna Lipper to their screening of the sublime THE SUPREME PRICE. Again we had a packed screen and not one person left as Joanna and Hafsat took to the stage to talk about the film and the charitable work Hafsat does in Nigeria.

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Dir. Joanna Lipper & subject Hafsat Abiola talk with Film Africa moderator Dele Fatunla about doc Supreme Price

The heart of SUPREME PRICE is certainly Hafsat Abiola herself. An eloquent, warm personality, as in the documentary she exuded openness and warmth in real life. Full of funny anecdotes, Hafsat articulate and honest observations about Nigeria kept audiences enraptured. While observing the realities of life for many Nigerians:

At KIND (her charity to that helps women, primarily in education and advancement) we see so many distressing cases and examples of Nigerians dying at the hands of their fellow Nigerians, it is obvious that Nigeria at the moment is unliveable. But it could be a paradise for all because we have that potential. But as Nigerians we seem so cowardly to do anything about it. Even though we are the most driven and audacious people in Africa

There is also an abundance of optimism and hope for her motherland:

In our state we have the highest number of women currently in government office – 40%. Progress is being made. Nigeria can fulfil her potential and I truly believe she will. Her people demands it.

Her spirit so hypnotising it would have been wonderful to listen to her all night (a sample of Hafsat speaking is also on FB). However that wasn’t possible but we were informed via an inquiry from the audience that The Supreme Price will be get a DVD release. If you’re desparate to get your hands on a copy now please visit WomenMakeMovies

http://www.wmm.com/filmcatalog/pages/c881.shtml

It wasn’t just at Hackney Picturehouse where memories were being made, over at the Ritzy in Brixton the disturbingly compelling WHITE SHADOW enraptured audiences. And over the Genesis Cinema we had the near-forgotten masterful documentary PANAFRICAN FESTIVAL OF ALGIERS with an involving panel discussion was rediscovered.

All in all a terrific night of amazing film.

Today we edge closer to the end of Film Africa 2014. But doesn’t mean there’s less to see and do! This evening we continue the South Africa @20 Freedom Tour with the exhilarating dance movie HEAR ME MOVE screening with the experimental short DANCING IN A NIGHTMARE (read this review). At the wonderful South London Gallery we showcase the classic gay love story, the beguiling DAKAN. Stay after the film for a panel discussion. We have visually remarkable KADJIKE that takes us into the little known customs of Guinea-Bissau. For acclaimed drama we enter the gang world of FOUR CORNERS and post-war Mozambique with VIRGIN MARGARIDA.

Check in tomorrow for out penultimate highlights and recommends post including wonderful documentaries ASNI: COURAGE, PASSION & GLAMOUR IN ETHIOPIA, FUTURE SOUNDS OF MZANSI and apt Closing Night aperitif I LOVE KUDURO. Dramas like FEVERS, THE FORGOTTEN KINGDOM, BAOBAB shorts and some good old Nollywood fun with ONYE OZI. Let’s not forget our CLOSING NIGHT PARTY.

BETTER SEE YOU THERE!