African Film Festivals

Two African film festivals coming up this month. The annual Pan African Film Festival (PAFF) which has been running since 1992 starts today in Los Angeles.

The festival has an amazing selection of films including Charles Burnett’s 1977 Killers of Sheep, Zora Neale Hurston: Jump at the Sun, Has God Forsaken Africa, a documentary on the migration of thousands of Africans across the Sahara and the Mediterranean desperate to reach a Europe which does not want them and Skin, which stars British-Nigerian actress, Sophie Okonedo.

Based on a true story, a genetic abnormality caused Sandra, born of white parents in apartheid South Africa, to look like a black person. Tormented and unaccepted by white society though classified as white, she falls in love with a Black man and moves to a township, alienating her parents.

Another film is Divizonz a joint SA/Ugandan film produced by Collywood which I saw at the London Film Festival. The film follows a group of aspiring musician friends through the streets of Kampala as they try to negotiate their way to achieving musical success by overcoming one obstacle after another. Urban, vibrant and fast paced – I loved it.
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The bi-annual FESPACO starts on the 28th – more later