Afrika Eye starts today – and here’s some not-to-be-missed highlights

November 9, 2012

Bristol’s pioneering African film festival Afrika Eye starts today and co-director and co-founder, Zimbabwean filmmaker Simon Bright, here selects his highlights for this year. All events take place at Watershed:

* African Interactive at 2 pm today. A free event featuring a live link up with Kenyan capital Nairobi, hosted by digital media expert Tim Kindberg to explore where digital practice will take the African moving image and how digital distribution can help African films reach a wider audience, both within Africa and in the wider world.

* The award-winning film La Pirogue tonight at 8pm. This is a sensational new film from Senegalese director Moussa Touré. Winning a standing ovation at this year’s Cannes festival, La Pirogue is the moving story of a group of Senegalese men who, desperate to escape poverty, set off for Europe on a simple fishing boat, hoping for a better life. Book tickets now from Watershed

* Darratt at 6pm on Sunday. This is a gem of a film from Chad directed by Mahamat-Saleh Haroun, one of Africa’s finest filmmakers. It has a fascinating slow Sarahan rhythm about its drama and a wonderful reconciliation.

* And of course there will be fabulous films, discussions and workshops throughout Saturday and Sunday.

The full programme is now available to view or download on the Afrika Eye website, and tickets can be purchased from Watershed. Click here to find out more.

Afrika Eye is a vibrant blend of African film and Jamaican music and dance – inaugurating a festival that celebrates 50 years of Jamaican independence and pays tribute to the power of healing trauma in Africa.

Bristol Business News is honoured to be media partner and support of Afrika Eye.




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