‘Voices of Africa’ brings a rich mix of remarkable artists and filmmakers to the city. New partnerships and community connections have helped shape our programme this year, ensuring a broad spectrum of talent.
Many of our films touch on issues that are currently prevalent worldwide. Africa is at the forefront of tackling the challenges and frustrations concerning climate change, education, human rights and identity politics. Thank you for the Rain, Everything Must Fall and Daughters of the Dust are a few of the films, which clearly resonate with these issues.
Take a moment after our opening night film ‘The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind’ before succumbing to the hypnotic rhythms and mind-blowing Ethiopian grooves of the Krar Collective – dubbed ‘The Ethiopian White Stripes’
Our partnership with S.S. Great Britain has given us an iconic venue for a Senegalese evening of film – Youssou N’Dour’s ‘Return to Gorée’ with authentic Sengalese buffet and live music from kora master, Modou Ndaiye. On board throughout the week is poet in residence, Saili Katebe with a special gathering of poets for an open night of spoken word, music and moves.
We’re especially excited to be partnering with Cables and Cameras, who are curating our Eyeful Shorts’ and delighted to introduce our young guest curator, Asmaa Jama, who will be bringing ‘Girlhood’ to the screen with poetry from Muneera Pilgrim.
Partnering with Mandem, has been a great opportunity to support and share their vision and challenges as young black journalists – with guest speaker Gary Younge, October 5th is definitely one for the diary.
We welcome you to come and experience all that Afrika Eye has to offer in 2019.
Annie Menter – Festival Director