Animation has an extraordinary power to bring to life the oral storytelling so central to cultures across Africa. In this programme of old African animations, you’ll see films from Niger, Burkina Faso, Mali, DRC, and Cote d’Ivoire, telling tales of historical heroines, mythical creatures and shrewd politicians. Each film showcases different styles and techniques used during animation’, including stop-motion, 3D and hand-drawn animation. Rarely seen gems from as early as the 1960s are included, showing that animation has a long and beautiful history on the African continent.
This programme is brought to Bristol in partnership with Africa’s Lost Classics, a project run by Africa in Motion and University of Glasgow, funded through an AHRC Grant and a Glasgow Knowledge Exchange Grant. The project’s main aim is to safeguard the history of Africa’s “lost” films – those that have been forgotten, neglected or lost to the archives. It revisits, showcases and promotes the history of African cinema and, since 2017, has brought (back) to UK screens some of the greatest African films ever made.