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After a pre-recorded intro from Film Africa programmer Katarina Hedrén, these short documentaries will include:

Breakfast in Kisumu
Dir: Rebecca Achieng Ajulu-Bushell | 37 mins | English

Shot across 16mm, VHS, DV, and Digital, Breakfast in Kisumu is a personal homage to the 20-year journey of renowned professor and political activist Rok Ajulu. Filmed across six countries between Europe and Africa, with a proxy-archival quality, it follows Rok’s account of his struggles as an exiled freedom fighter of the post-colonial, apartheid era. In conversation with his daughter, he tells of his numerous deportations, prison sentences, and academic career. As Rok recounts the collapse of the apartheid regime, Breakfast in Kisumu shows us a homecoming: his journey back to Africa for the transition of the African National Congress (ANC) from a liberation movement into a governing party, his marriage into the Sisulu Family, and the continental significance of 1994.

Villa Villekulla
Dir: Patricia Bbaale Bandak | 29 mins | Danish, Luganda, English with English subtitles 

In Villa Villekulla, we follow the Bbaale siblings, as they mix Danish traditions for meals and games, with Ugandan prayers, dances and songs. Playful moments alternate with painful intimate conversations between them, as they open up about their own experiences of dealing with trauma, pain, and the lack of adult supervision.

Dafa Metti (Difficult)
Dir: Tal Amiran | 14 mins | Wolof with English subtitles 

Dafa Metti casts a spotlight on undocumented Senegalese migrants who make a living by selling souvenirs under the famed Eiffel Tower. Life is difficult (dafa metti) as they not only support their loved ones with their meagre earnings but their livelihoods and safety are constantly threatened by Parisien police. Deportation is also a constant fear. But they are relentless. Dafa Metti is an unflinching look at a chequered migrant experience.

Footsteps in the Dark
Dir: Shuria Abdi and Azza Satti | 13 mins | English with English subtitles 

Footsteps in the Dark is a poignant, live-action and animated documentary that follows two young people of Somali descent that discuss their experiences of mental health and stigma within the Nairobi Muslim community.

River of Brown Waters
Dir: Laissa Maiih | 15 mins | Maasai, Swahili with English subtitles 

River of Brown Waters is the story of a river called Ewaso Ng’iro in Northern Kenya that crosscuts through the pastoralist counties of Laikipia, Samburu, Isiolo and Marsabit. It is a lifeline to a huge number of pastoralists and their livelihood. The documentary follows the river’s evolution through the eyes of generations who tell of its history, its importance and the threats it is facing.

O Tambor Me Chamou (The Call of the Drums)
Dir: Márcio Cruz | 16 mins | Brazilian Portuguese with English subtitles 

On the eve of the Carnival Parade, O Tambor Me Chamou introduces us to Ilú Obá de Min, an Afro-Brazilian Feminist group that energized and uplifted the 2019 São Paulo carnival – their most political parade to date. The 400-women strong group breaks with carnival’s traditional roles by playing the drums, the preserved domain of men. Music and dance, woman’s body and drum, all unite with the 7 voices and still images into a poetic portrayal, through the interaction between memory, bodies, and Afro-Brazilian percussion instruments. Demonstrating that the history of Afro-Brazilian women is one of resistance, creation and celebration, the film is a compelling vision of an inspiring ‘insurrection’, in the words of Ilú Obá, where ideas and movement are a very special call to arms.

Mbas Mi
Dir: Joseph Gaï Ramaka | 8 mins | Wolof with English subtitles 

In a time of physical distancing, artistic expression becomes an ever so important manifestation of our shared humanity. Mbas Mi (‘the pandemic’, in Wolof) takes the viewer on a walk through the narrow streets of Gorée Island, guided by the voice of Senegalese artist Goo Mamadou Ba, narrating an extract from The Plague by Albert Camus.

Ojumo Ti Mo
Dir: Simisolaoluwa Akande | 16 mins | Yoruba, English with English subtitles 

Ojumo Ti Mo is an inventive, gentle and personal documentary short that follows the experience of three daughters and their mother dealing with the loss of their father and husband, respectively, on camera. With phone conversations, text messages and family photos exchanged over three months, each family member unpacks their grief.

Dir: Kantarama Gahigiri | 14 mins | English with English subtitles 

This is a reflective, poetic and emotionally engaging documentary about migration and the layered concept of ‘home’ for immigrants.

Dir: Sally Feneaux Barleycorn | 6 mins | Catalan with English subtitles 

This moving documentary short gives an account of thousands of Africans that have drowned in the Mediterranean Sea while trying to migrate to Europe. Their bodies were never retrieved. They were never buried.

Single seats
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