Zarafa Saturday 28th October 14:00
Dir. Rémi Bezançon and Jean-Christophelie France/Belgium. 2014. 78 mins. Dubbed in English. PG.
Under a baobab tree, an old man tells a story to a group of children: the story of the undying friendship between 10-year-old Maki and Zarafa, an orphaned giraffe who is a gift from the Pasha of Egypt to the King of France. But Maki doesn’t want Zarafa to go to France. Instead, he goes on a mission to bring his friend back to his native land – even if it means risking his life. Their adventure takes Maki and Zarafa from Sudan to Paris, passing Alexandria, Marseille and the snow-capped Alps, crossing paths with a pilot, a pirate, and a pair of very unusual cows called Mounh and Sounh. Will they succeed in getting Zarafa back to Egypt?
Stories of our Lives Saturday 30th September 19:00
Dir. Jim Chuchu Kenya / South Africa. 2014. 50 mins, colour. Eng. / Swahili with Eng. subtitles
Two young women are in trouble for their ‘peculiar’ relationship; a farmhand is tormented when the woman he has a crush on begins courting another woman; a young DVD seller is drawn by the sounds emanating from a clandestine gay bar. These are among the tales featured in this beautifully rendered collection of narratives from LGBTI Kenyans. Stories of Our Lives started out as an archival project by the multi-disciplinary Nest Collective, and the testimonies given have been tenderly wrought into funny, endearing – and at times heartbreaking – sketches. Suitability: Age 16+. Themes: Inclusion, LGBTI rights, bullying, adolescence, coming of age, Kenyan politics, human rights.
Shakespeare Focus: Makibefo + KANYE KANYE Saturday 28th October, 14:00 Film Africa Festival 2017, Black History Season
Makibefo Dir. Alexander Abela, France, Madagascar 2001. Malagasy / French with Eng. Subtitles
KanyeKanye Dir. Miklas Manneke South Africa 2013 Zulu with English subtitles
This double bill celebrates the influence of Shakespeare on African film, with two intriguing stories given a new twist. Makibefo is a stunning, mysterious re-telling of Macbeth set and shot on the island of Madagascar. Action and gesture take centre stage over dialogue, with Shakespeare’s text woven seamlessly into the narrative in the form of a griot-like observer. KANYEKANYE is a colourful, exuberant take on the Romeo and Juliet story, bringing an energetic warmth to its exploration of the implications of apartheid.
Adama Saturday 25th November, 14:00
Dir. Simon Rouby France. 2015. 85 mins. Animation. French with English subtitles
12-year-old Adama lives in a remote West African village. One night his older brother, Samba, disappears. Defying the village elders, Adama decides to set off in search of him. With the steadfast determination of a child coming of age, he embarks on a quest that takes him over the seas, to the North, to the frontline of the First World War.
Suitability: Age 9+
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