Tuesday, September 04, 2007

African docs at the Arcola later this month..

AFRICA MINE: Music and Movement
23rd September - 7th October 2007
Arcola Theatre, 27 Arcola Street, Dalston, London E8 2DJ

Africa Mine – six documentary feature films, bands, DJs, speakers, running projections, housed in Arcola Theatre in Dalston over three consecutive weekends – creates a space where a sundry London audience can gather to enjoy and discuss music, film and politics in Africa.

The subjects range from a charismatic old Zanzibari woman whose story includes the myth of her own death, the Kuti family's ongoing musical legacy to stimulate a Nigerian audience on visceral and political levels, Papa Wemba elegantly smuggling illegal immigrants, to a motley crew of Sierra Leoneans who, whilst living in a refugee camp, formed a band that has ended up touring the world.

Screenings will include panel discussions and an opportunity to meet filmmakers, media professionals and experts from Africa and the Diaspora.

In the bar area, hosted by Kalabash Movement, there will be live African music and DJs between and after the screenings.

Partners include AFFORD (The African Foundation for Development), Kalabash Movement, The Frontline Club, Black Cultural Archives and PocketVisions.

Programme details:
(Sunday double bills, start times are 4pm and 7pm)
Sunday, 23rd September 2007
4pm: Importance of Being Elegant
George Amponsah and Cosima Spender, UK, 2003, 70mins
Followed by Q&A with the director George Amponsah
7pm: Jupiter's Dance
Renaud Barrett, France, 2007, 60 mins
Sunday, 30th September 2007
4pm: Suffering and Smiling
Dan Ollman, Nigeria/US, 2006, 65mins
Presented in collaboration with The Frontline Club and Kalabash Movement
7pm: Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars
Zach Niles and Banker White, Guinea/Sierra Leone/USA, 2005, 78 mins
Sunday, 7th October 2007
4pm: As Old As My Tongue
Andy Jones, UK/ Zanzibar, 2006, 66 mins
Followed by Q&A with the director Andy Jones
7pm: A Lion's Trail
Fran├žois Verster, South Africa, 2002, 55mins
Followed by Q&A with the editor Peter Neal
Full programme info:
Double bill £8
Single screening £5
Booking through the Arcola Theatre
Box Office: 020 7503 1646

Thanks to my fat friend for the link.


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