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Film Africa Arrives in London This Friday!

By Kirsty Osei-Bempong |www.misbeee.blogspot.co.uk

Thursday, October 26,  2017.

The latest and best of African documentary, feature, experimental and short films will be showcased from this Friday, 27th October, at London's Film Africa festival.

The festival celebrates African and African diaspora cinema and is claimed to be the largest of its kind in London.

Now in its seventh edition, this Royal African Society event continues to garner interest from the continent's seasoned and emerging filmmakers.

This year, 38 titles from 21 African countries, including 19 UK, European or World premieres will be showcased.

Particular focus will be on women’s stories, new debut features, and films from Ghana to mark her 60th independence year.

Film Africa 2017 opens at the BFI Southbank with South African director John Trengove’s debut feature The Wound. This film is a daring exploration of sexuality, masculinity and the clash between traditional and contemporary values in modern-day South Africa.

In I Still Hide to Smoke, a Turkish bath is the backdrop for director Rayhana’s bold exploration of the woman’s role in present-day Algeria.

And you can catch one of Ghana’s most celebrated works, Kukurantumi – Road to Accra by director King Ampaw, who will be in attendance at the festival. Other highlights include Q&As, discussions and live music events.

Screenings will show at six venues:   Rich Mix, BFI Southbank, Ritzy Brixton, Ciné Lumière, Bernie Grant Arts Centre and the South London Gallery - until Sunday 5 November.

The 10-day event rounds off with a closing party designed to take you on a musical journey of the best African rhythms and sounds from the 1970s right through to the present day!

They welcome New Age Muzik, an Afro-infused collective hailing from North London and spearheaded by lead vocalists Kamo and Prince, for a live performance. Taking to the decks will be vinyl collector and selector Volta 45 warming up the crowd with the finest Afrobeat and rising star DJ Stellar (NTS Radio) playing out the night.

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Kirsty Osei-Bempong is the Thenewblackmagazine.com’s Arts Editor and a writer based in London, UK. She blogs regularly at www.misbeee.blogspot.co.uk

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