Contemporary African cinema continues to develop at great speed and is increasingly gaining world-wide recognition. We at The Royal African Society are delighted to present the fourth edition of our annual Film Africa festival, showcasing our pick of the best of this growing wave of African film and filmmakers, highlighting their diversity, creativity and vision.
This year we have programmed a whopping 85 titles from 23 different African countries, including World, European and UK premieres. From action-packed thrillers through to poignant dramas, contemplative documentaries and inspiring shorts, we have a great range of films for audiences of all cinematic tastes. Music and literature on film feature prominently in our programme, as do women-centred stories, urban and global movements, and important historical commemorations. Within the latter fall our major strands ‘South Africa at 20: The Freedom Tour’, ‘Algerian Cinema: Towards A New Wave’ and our special double-bill screening marking the 20th anniversary since the genocide in Rwanda. Through our Baobab Award for Best Short Film and the rest of the shorts programme, we bring focus to the prolific and outstanding work of emerging filmmakers who find expression through this form.
We are also very pleased to welcome a number of accomplished filmmakers to present their work and take part in our Q&As and panels, including Tala Hadid, whose debut feature The Narrow Frame of Midnight is opening the festival; Yaba Badoe, who has documented the work and life of leading Ghanaian writer Ama Ata Aidoo; esteemed Nigerian Director Kunle Afolayan; and Algerian filmmaker Belkacem Hadjadj, whose historical biopic Fadhma n’Soumer launches our Algerian strand.
Beyond the films, we once again bring you a brilliant series of events, including our Film Africa LIVE! music nights, the Industry Forum, our schools programme, master-classes and educational workshops. Don’t miss out! We look forward to welcoming you.
Sheila Ruiz, Programme Manager, Royal African Society