Taking place at six venues – Rich Mix, BFI Southbank, Ritzy Brixton, Ciné Lumière, Bernie Grant Arts Centre and the South London Gallery – Film Africa 2017 will showcase the latest and best feature, documentary, experimental and short films with 38 titles from 21 African countries, including 19 UK, European or World premieres.
A total of 12 filmmakers, onscreen talent and musicians will present their latest work and take part in Q&As, discussions and live music events. This year’s programme gives particular focus to women’s stories and new debut features, a testament to the continued proliferation of African cinema.
Opening Film Africa 2017 at the BFI Southbank on 27 October is South African director John Trengove’s debut feature The Wound, a daring exploration of sexuality, masculinity and the clash between traditional and contemporary values in modern-day South Africa. Lead actor and award-winning musician Nakhane – one of South Africa’s most exciting new talents – will attend the screening and perform live at Rich Mix on 29 October, bringing his melancholic, languid guitars and beautiful soaring vocal harmonies to London audiences for the first time.
NATIONAL MUSEUM OF AFRICAN AMERICAN HISTORY & CULTURE | WASHINGTON, DC
The National Museum of African American History and Culture is the only national museum devoted exclusively to the documentation of African American life, history, and culture. It was established by Act of Congress in 2003, following decades of efforts to promote and highlight the contributions of African Americans. To date, the Museum has collected more than 36,000 artifacts and nearly 100,000 individuals have become charter members. The Museum opened to the public on September 24, 2016, as the 19th and newest museum of the Smithsonian Institution. (Website).