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Film Africa Is Back-

Film Africa 2013 is not to be missed. Film Africa, The Royal Africa Society return for the 3rd time this year.  Featuring more than 60 contemporary films from across the African continent, the event would take place in six different major venues across London along side a free Special event. It is also an opportunity for the press and members of the public to ask direct Questions to the organisers. It would also comprise of panel discussions, family activities, young people's workshops, Film Africa Live and live music performance. Book a Free space at some of the events here 

The entire event would have bold, fantastic and daring new films, including 25 UK premiere screenings. Check the website for more information and program  Here

Opening NightOf Good Report
Deemed so incendiary at the 2013 Durban Film Festival that it was temporarily banned, Qubeka’s extraordinarily accomplished and darkly comic film, shot in Xhosa and set in underprivileged rural areas of South Africa follows the fortunes of introverted high school teacher Parker Sithole (a beautifully modulated, near-silent performance by Magano). Parker has a quiet passion for literature and, with devilish irony, is presented to his new school as a man “of good report”. Shortly thereafter, he meets a mesmerising young woman, Nolitha (brilliantly played by newcomer Tshuma) in a local bar, and he falls for her. The next day Nolitha walks into his classroom and he realises that the blossoming love which has brought joy into his world is forbidden.  Shot in seductive monochrome, and benefitting from superbly sinister sound design, Of Good Report is a technical achievement of the highest order. 
Followed by a Q&A with Director Jahmil X.T. Qubeka
Fri 1 Nov l 18:45 l Hackney Picturehouse

Mother of George
Sun 3 Nov 20:30 Hackney Picturehouse 
Dir. Andrew Dosunmu. With Danai Gurira, Isaach De Bankolé, Yaya Alafia.
USA. 2013. 106min. Colour

In Dosunmu’s follow-up to the superb Restless City, the director serves up another mesmeric, visually stunning drama within a New York immigrant community. Brooklyn restaurant owner Ayodele (Gurira) and his bride Adenike (Alafia) are married and blessed with traditional Nigerian prayers of fertility. But Adenike does not become pregnant and, under pressure from her mother-in-law, must take drastic measures to save her marriage. With sumptuous cinematography by Bradford Young (Ain’t Them Bodies Saints ), Dosunmu’s exquisitely moving second feature captures the vibrant culture of the Yoruba community in New York. 

Coz Ov Moni II (FOKN Revenge) - UK PREMIÈRE

Fri 8 Nov 21:00 Hackney Picturehouse
Dir. King Lu. With FOKN Bois.
Ghana. 73min. Colour

The GUBA Special Achievement Award-winning duo FOKN Bois, popularly known for thanking God they are not “a Nigerians” after giving the world its first ‘Pidgeon Musical’ Coz Ov Moni, are among the most well-known Ghanaian artists in the world due to their unconventional style, ingenious and shocking lyrics, and progressive sounds. In this uproarious sequel, the Bois are out for revenge on a machete-wielding gang that ambushed, wounded, robbed and left them for dead. Q&A with Mensa Ansah of FOKN Bois

The President (Le President)
Sat 9 Nov l 19:00 l Ritzy Cinema

Dir. Jean-Pierre Bekolo

Cameroon. 2013. 64min. Colour.
Currently censored in its native Cameroon, Bekolo’s characteristically stylish and intelligent film takes a piercing, fictionalised look at current affairs. It’s the night before an important summit, and the head of state vanishes into thin air. Potential heirs and overthrowers converge around the capitol, while bloggers, hangers-on and talking heads tussle with the president’s problematic legacy. Bekolo gestures unmistakably toward Cameroon’s own 31-year president Paul Biya, as well as the varied bigshots across the continent who have consolidated post-colonial power in the vacuum of leadership.
 Followed by a Q&A by director Jean-Pierre Bekolo.  (Screened in partnership with the African Film Conference, Westminster University)

For more about this event, please visit  http://www.filmafrica.org.uk

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