Afrikans on Film festival / #AOFF is back for 2017 with another Mutatu load of great films from the African continent and her diasporan family in collaboration with *PNFF and *CLF. 12.00pm – 9pm  Free Entry All Day!

A unique opportunity to see films rarely seen on the big screen.

#AOFF is a well attended festival noted for shining a light on the multi-layered aspect of Afrikan filmmaking. It boasts informed discussions, a unique Afrikan craft market and great cultural food (vegan options available). With performance, poetry and story-telling thrown in for good measure.

A true Afrikan experience that will tingle the senses, inform, insight and educate.

Now in its 6th year the festival has yet again unearthed numerous films both features and shorts rarely seen by the UK public.

Media expert Akua Gyamfi (The British Blacklist), talks industry, race and gender politics, with actress’ Angela Wynter  (Burning an Illusion, Eastenders) Cherelle Skeete (Ordinary Lies), and filmmakers Jenn Nikru (En Vogue), Savanna Leaf (F-Word).

Live performances Hosted by Nat Nye and Stella Bell-Gam

Programme:

Winnie – Documentary | 2017 | English & subtitles | France, Netherlands, South Africa | 98 min

Director / Writer: Pascale Lamche

A documentary that paints a complex portrait of Winnie Mandela, the woman, the paradox, both exalted and villainised in the eyes of history.


A Moving Image – Drama | 2016 | UK | 74 Min

Director / Writer: Shola Amoo | Producer: Rrienkje Attoh

A Multimedia Feature Film about Gentrification in Brixton, South London and beyond.


Laisuotuo – Drama | 2017 | Lesotho | 21.03 Min

Director / Writer: Carl Houston McMillan

A poignant short film about Chinese in Africa and Africans in China takes on prejudice.


F Word – Drama | 2016 | English | UK | 6.40 min

Director / Writer / /Executive Producer: Savanah Leaf

F Word is a short, art film about a young woman, Nicole, raised by a single parent and empowered to make sense of the place (inside her) which is ‘normally’ inhabited by another parent.

The film investigates how and who we choose to inhabit in our lives, both present and absent. It speaks to both young and old alike, who have lost, misplaced, or are missing a person who has been part of their life story.


Dear Mr Shakespeare – Drama Experimental | 2016 | English | UK | 5.30 min

Director: Shola Amoo | Writer / Performer / Animator: Phoebe Boswell

A reinterpretation of Shakespeare’s Othello.

An exploration of Shakespeare’s intentions when writing Othello, exploring the play’s racial themes in a historical and contemporary setting and drawing wider parallels between immigration and blackness in the UK today.

 


Native – Sci-Fi Drama | 2016 | English with Subtitles | US | 15 min

Director / Writer: Stephen Kinigopolous & Travis Champagne

While on a ceremonial walkabout a young boy must defend his tribe against a mysterious force.

 

 

 


Why Not Now? – Short Film | 2017 | US | 2.51 min

Director / Editor: Riley Hooper | Featuring: Vivian Stancil & Turner Stancil

At the age of 49, blind and afraid of water, Vivian Stancil dove in to save her life.

 

 

 


For The Poet – Short Film | 2014 | South Africa | 1.23 min

Written and Rehearsed: by Wordsmith | Filmed and Edited: by Taunyane

A Short Poetry Film

 

 

 


Hi Jack – Short Film | 2015 | South Africa | 0.55 min

A collaboration between T∆UNY∆NE, Wordsmith (Thabiso Nkoana) and Lesiba Mabitsela Studio.

This short film is an adaptation of Thabiso Nkoana’s poem ‘Hi Jack’.

The film follows a day in the life of one of the many faceless homeless people in the country and forces us to examine the idea of a “Rainbow Nation”

“The idea of perspex over cloth came during flashbacks of visits to my grandmother. The need to display but at the same time protect that which is valuable. It forces us all to reflect on our value systems and which of those systems benefit the people of Cape Town.” Lesiba Mabitsela


Arnold – Short Film | 2016 | US | 1.52 min

Director: Riley Hooper | Co-Director: Mo Scarpelli

Arnold spends his days crafting his art and spreading joy at Powell’s Book in Portland, OR.

 

 

 


Pot Of Gold – Short Film | 2015 | South Africa | 0.50 secs

Written and Rehearsed: by Wordsmith | Filmed and Edited: by Taunyane

A Short Poetry Film

 

 

 


Crowning Glory The Revolution will be Texturised – Short Film | 2016 | South Africa | 5.08 min

Director: Danielle O’Neill

Sexualised . Exoticised . Appropriated.

‘Crowning Glory’; part 1 of a series titled BLCK BODY, is a short film about the complexity of navigating the intersections of hair, race and identity, and sheds light on the commodification of hair, Black female identity and the problematic impositions of White Western beauty on women of colour.


Stale – Short Film | 2017 | South Africa | 10.41 min

Director: Danielle O’Neill

Stale is a short glitch documentary that tries to interrogate the neo-apartheid white male agenda in South Africa. Fragility, expiry dates and stale narratives. It’s a mixture of white bread crumbs, conversation, cultural identity, personhood and privilege. Stale tries to explore the intimacy of the “post-democratic” white lie, and other truths, fragilities, and memories.

A visual exposing of full cream tears. Sniff the box before you take a sip.


Shango – Short Film | 2016 | South Africa | 1.39 min

Director: Michael Rhima

This narrative follows Shango, a West African Deity of thunder and fire as he dispenses wrath on his people’s adversaries.

The film was created as my final M.A project for SCAD.

 


Faaji Agba – Documentary | 2014 | Nigeria | 90 min

Director: Remi Vaughan-Richards

Faaji Agba is a six-year journey by film-maker Remi Vaughan-Richards following seven, 68-85 yr old Yoruba master musicians in Lagos, Nigeria. They were forgotten by society, until Kunle Tejuoso, owner of Jazzhole Records, follows a trail to rediscover them and the ‘Faaji Agba Collective‘ is born.


Sir and Kabelo – Short Film | 2017 | Lesotho | 9.04 min

Director: Carl Houston McMillan

It’s about Hope, Sir believes that Kabelo needs to get rid of his false hopes in order for him to be free. But not everyone can be free, Kabelo only sees freedom through his hopes.

 

 


Dawn of Thunder – Short Film | 2016 | Nigeria | 3.03 min

Director: Kolawole Olarewaju

Sango is a popular god of thunder from Oyo State in Nigeria with his signature thunderbolt axe that causes lightning and disruption when used by him. We explored his childhood a bit, from where it all started, the questions he asked, the answers he was given, the visions about his future encounters and ultimately how these experiences will shape his future.

 


Mon bann rêve lé en Créole / My Dreams Are In Creole – Short Film | 2016 | Le reunion | 15 min

Director: Guillaume Kondoki

Erika, a young woman born in a tough district of Reunion Island, is faced with a lack of job opportunities. She works many undeclared casual jobs but still looks for a way out…

 


Ancestral Voices 2 – Short Film | 2016 | Africa, US, Cuba, UK | 15.46 min

Director: Dalian Adofo

A systemic exploration of African spiritual philosophies and practices across millennia from the ancient Black Egyptians to contemporary times.

Ancestral Voices: Spirit is Eternal is a groundbreaking exploration of humanity’s oldest documented faith practice that connects many dots in African cosmology and indigenous spirituality.

Topics covered include the African conception of the Creator/‘God’, nature and the natural forces, nature of humanity, ancestral veneration and communication, various rituals and forms of prayers for living an African-centred spiritual life.


Eleggua – Daymé Arocena – Short Film | 2017 | Cuba | 3.30 min

Director: Savanah Leaf

Featuring young Cuban jazz singer Daymé Arocena inducted into the Afro-Cuban religion of Santeria

An ode to Santería’s god of the crossroads, ‘Eleggua’ combines sacred Afro-Cuban rhythms with horns-driven, steady grooving jazz. Filmed in Daymé’s home of Havana, it sees her striking profile shot in silhouette; framed against the backdrop of her stunning city, her performance is cut-and-spliced with a dancer who – in parallel with the woman he dances around – explores the act of spiritual communication with Eleggua.


Black Barbie – Animation Short | 2016 | Ghana | 4.00 min

Director: C0mfort Arthur

Black Barbie is a Poetry animation that explores the filmmakers experience with skin bleaching products when growing up.

 

 


Aylesbury – Short Film | 2016 | UK | 4.15 min

Director: Joe Gilbert

Originally built to house over 7,000 people, the Aylesbury estate in South East London was one of largest housing projects in Europe when completed in the 1970s. Today it has fallen into rapid decline and perfectly encapsulates the growing housing crisis and problems caused by gentrification.

 


Black Men Cry – Short Film | 2017 | USA | 4.32 min

Director: Chris James

Black Men Cry is a poem written and performed by Chris James that tells the untold pain of black men in America. It challenges the women to hear their cries and to recognize the pain behind the walls of strength.

 

 


The Last Breath – Short Film | 2017 | Uganda | min

Director: Jordan “Braise” Ndawula

A short film Jordan has written with Ian Masters and he directed it, this short film is about a Ugandan girl who comes to terms with grief as she tries to protect her mother’s last breath contained in a red balloon.

 

 


On The Ground At Grenfell – Short Film | 2017 | UK | 35 min

Director: Stowe Films

It’s been nearly 2 months since the Grenfell Tower fire. In this time 9 survivors, local residents and volunteers have felt compelled to make a film to dispel the public’s fear from the Lancaster West community and reveal the deep impact this has had on them as people.

Stowe Films are a collective of film-makers, young people and local residents who met at The Stowe Youth Club on the Harrow Road 10 years ago. We were making a film about the closure of the youth club when the Grenfell fire happened nearby and directly affected members of our team.


Afrikans on Film takes place at CLF ART CAFÉ The Bussey Building 133 Rye Lane Peckham SE15 4ST  – find out more here