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Don’t miss out on the best of new African cinema

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Issue 2527
Director Mandla Dube
Director Mandla Dube

The Royal African Society presents its sixth film festival showcasing its pick of the best new African film and filmmakers this month.

With over 50 titles from across 22 African countries, including world, European and British premieres, Film Africa 2016 takes place across 11 London venues with an eclectic mix of narrative features, documentaries and short films.

A few special strands highlight topical issues and current cultural trends emerging from the continent.

One is titled Why I’m Here: Stories of Migration while Nollywood Nights focuses on popular stars of the world’s second biggest film industry—in Lagos, Nigeria.

A special double bill, Soweto: 40 years on, reflects on the anniversary of the famous black student uprisings in South Africa and explores the country’s current political climate.

Another strand, Music on Film: Sounds of the Continent, celebrates Africa’s musical icons and its rich soundscapes. This will feature live performances.

Along with panel discussions, workshops and also school screenings there is much to enjoy.

As thousands of students have taken to the streets across South Africa in recent months, calling for wide-ranging reforms, a praise song for Solmon Mahlangu could often be heard.

It’s fitting that 2016 should mark the year that his remarkable story finally makes it to the big screen, exactly forty years after the Soweto student uprisings in which Mahlangu played a key role.

South African director Mandla Dube’s debut feature Kalushi: The Story Of Solomon Mahlangu opens the festival this Friday.

Film Africa
28 October—6 November

‘We are the lions’—commemorating the Grunwick Strike 1976-78

Forty years ago Asian women workers at the Grunwick photo processing plant in north west London walked out. Their strike, which lasted for nearly two years, was a game-changer in the struggle against racism.

Explore a piece of radical working class history at this exhibition—based on exclusive archive material and featuring the original strike banner.

Brent Museum & Archives, Willesden Green Library, 95 High Rd, London NW10 2SF.
Mon-Fri 9am-8pm, Sat-Sun 10am-5pm, until 27 March

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