Film Africa, day three and it seems that instead of back to work caps it was back to film caps donned instead. London, came out dressed to impress to see Film Africa’s excellent selection of Algerian and Nigerian cinema.

Highlights include: A selection of shorts for children screened at the beautiful Phoenix in East Finchley (the oldest purpose built cinema in London – for all you cinema geeks out there).
Hackney Picturehouse hosted a series of screenings including a collection of insightful and affecting award-winning Algerian shorts curated by The Maghreb Cinema Series. Followed later on in the evening by the UK Premieres of two more short films that explored protest and revolution in Algeria.

The biggest event of the night was the UK Premiere of October 1. Ritzy Cinema was at full capacity as people filled the venue for the sold out event. Kunle Afolayan presented his latest project expressing thanks and gratitude to the film’s collaborators who came out to lend support and to the London audiences who braved commuter traffic and cold weather to come enjoy October 1. Much of the audience stayed behind for the post-screening Q&A where Kunle explained his filmmaking process.


We were also treated to a sneak-peak preview of a new exciting British Council/BFI collaboration Footlights which aims to showcase the astonishing array of archive film footage of Nigeria over the last century.

All in all, a very Happy Monday.


While there may be fewer screenings on Day Four of Film Africa, it’s certainly not lacking in quality. Day Four presents the UK Premiere of vibrant doc 100% Dakar at Hackney Picturehouse, exploring the creative scenes exploding from West Africa in a juicy double bill with the richly affecting Under The Starry Sky, a stunning debut feature by Dyana Gaye. Director of 100% Dakar, Sandra Krampelhuber will be in attendance for a post-screening Q&A.

Buy your tickets. You know you want to:


That’s not all. Over at the Ritzy in Brixton, Film Africa is also hosting another Premiere, this time London, of the simply divine N: The Madness of Reason. If that’s not enough, acclaimed author Ben Okri (of beautiful Famished Road fame) will be in-house to answer some questions after the screening.

Tickets are nearly selling out so please don’t lose out:


And remember there’s still time left to see more cinematic wonders at Film Africa; Day 5 of the festival has many a treat in store including gripping doc Soft Vengeance: Albie Sachs and The New South Africa, more Algerian shorts goodness, the EUROPEAN PREMIERE of the timely Doomed Generation, the devastating Miners Shot Down (of which a review will be published) and the deeply thoughtful but freneticThey Are The Dogs.

That’s not to mention the passionate women in sports doc Desert Foxes, which will be a particular highlight as the screening will be followed by FILM AFRICA LIVE! with special guests the El – Andalus Quartet, who’ll be sure to get you in the mood to get down!

Don’t forget to check out our new film reviews and see you tomorrow!