Curtain up on Afrika Eye, the South West’s unique celebration of African film and culture

Pioneering African film festival Afrika Eye returns next weekend with another wide-ranging programme of films, talks and workshops.

The South West’s biggest celebration of African cinema and culture, the festival was created to challenge the stereotypes, dispel the myths and explore the traditions and transformations in the ever-changing social and political landscape of the continent.

The festival takes place over the weekend at Bristol’s Watershed media centre. 

It opens next Friday, November 10, with a preview of the new Senegalese drama Félicité (pictured) – which returns for a week-long run later this month – followed by a party with the distinctive sounds of Ballet Nimba.

The festival also features two ‘lost classics’ – Soleil O from 1969, described as a scathing attack on colonialism, and Rage (1999), the first independent film by a black filmmaker to gain national release in the UK.

It closes with the regional premiere of stirring South African coming-of-age story The Wound.

The festival will also include neglected classics of African cinema, plus documentaries about female lawyers in Cameroon and the dying art of fantasy coffin making in Ghana.

Full details of the festival, including workshops and music events over the weekend, are here 

Afrika Eye was founded Simon Bright and Ingrid Sinclair, filmmakers from Zimbabwe, who arrived in Bristol in 2003.

Simon – a supporter-turned-critic of Zimbabwe president Robert Mugabe, which led to him being exiled from the country – won the Best Editor category in the South African Film and Television Awards 2012 and was nominated for Best Documentary for his film Robert Mugabe, What Happened?

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