Film Africa, London’s biggest celebration of African and African diaspora cinema presented by the Royal African Society is back for its 10th edition with the premier of Award – winning film ‘Our Father, The Devil’.
Winner of the Audience Award for Best Narrative Feature at this summer’s Tribeca Film Festival, this unnervingly compelling film follows caretaker Marie as her peaceful life in France is upended by the arrival of a charismatic priest who reminds her of her traumatic past.
Film Africa runs from Friday 28 October to Sunday 6 November 2022. The first edition since the end of covid restrictions, the festival will once again return to cinemas across London, showcasing 47 titles from 16 African countries, including 21 UK, European and World premieres, in 7 venues.
With a vision of showcasing the depth and variety of African stories, this year’s curators (Aseye Tamakloe, Accra, Ghana, Nyambura M. Waruingi, Nairobi, Kenya, and Wilfred Okiche, Cleveland, USA via Lagos, Nigeria) have selected films which demonstrate that although a lot of history and experiences are shared by Africans, there isn’t any one way to be or express being African.
The films – feature-length and shorts, fiction and documentary – lay bare discourse around diversity, inclusiveness, power structures, seeking healing, and building communities.
Themes covered include a mother’s love, belonging, sisterly bonds, migration, sexuality, gender, religion, abortion rights, repressed trauma, and freedom struggles.
Film Africa’s mission remains the same: to offer a platform to showcase and celebrate the best contemporary African cinema in London and the UKSarah Wechselberger, Festival Producer at Film Africa