THE REVOLUTION WON’T BE TELEVISED

THE REVOLUTION WON’T BE TELEVISED

Sun 30 Oct | 18:30 | Ritzy Brixton     BOOK NOW

Dir. Rama Thiaw
Senegal. 2016. 110 mins. Wolof, French with English subtitles. N/C 15+

Old men who brutally cling to political power has become a recognised feature of African politics. In 2011, when Senegalese President Abdoulaye Wade prepared to fight for office yet again, the people grew tired and a youth resistance movement formed on the streets. From it emerged the now infamous ‘Y’en a marre’ (‘We Are Fed Up’). Founded by popular rappers Thiat and Kilifeu, Rama Thiaw joined the movement to document its progress, observing the meetings, protests, concerts, arrests and sheer hard work that eventually led to Wade’s demise. A rousing testament to the power of music to inform and unify a rising youth population across Africa.

Keur Gui were scheduled to join for the screening and a performance but their visas were refused. Screening followed by a discussion with Rama Thiaw in conversation with Olivia Rutazibwa and Ladis Bapory Site.  LISTEN

keurgui_thiatkilifeu_street_01Keur Gui, founders of the infamous Senegalese youth resistance movement ‘Y’en a marre’, will perform live for the first time in the UK. Keur Gui (Thiat, Kilifeu and DJ Zee) is a high energy hip hop crew, among the most popular artists in Senegal. They’re famous for their activism and focus on social impact, and enjoy a strong following for their tremendous live performance. They will be supported by Waaju, a London-based groove-centered world jazz ensemble that encapsulates influences from West African music, but with a specific focus on the music of Mali.

 

 

Rama Thiaw, réalisatrice franco-sénégalaise.

Rama Thiaw was born in 1978 in Nouakchott, Mauritania, and is half Senegalese. She is a writer, director and producer at BOUL FALLE IMAGES. After gaining a Masters degree in International Economics at the Sorbonne University, she chose a career in cinema and graduated from the University of Paris. In 2002, she participated in a workshop directed by Algerian Director Mohamed Bouamari (assistant on The Battle of Algiers). Rama subsequently  worked in collaboration with Zalea TV where she made a series of portraits of residents of Aubervilliers, set on the theme of the precariousness of housing. The Revolution Won’t Be Televised is her first feature length film.