Monday, 4 November 2013

Thank you for signing up to our weekly curated list of Africa related events in London and elsewhere. One of the biggest events in London's cultural calendar is here - and we think you should get into in a big way. Film Africa is London's only annual celebration of African Cinema, and we would like you to get into it in a big way. I've picked out a recommendation of some of the best films to see at this year's festival - and they are only a small selection from a great programme; other listings below, but for me, there's only one thing to do this weekend! 
Dele Meiji Fatunla
Editor, Gateway for Africa
Mother of George | Sun 3rd November | 20:30 | Hackney Picturehouse 
Dir. Andrew Dosunmu. USA. 2013. 106min. Colour.
A mesmeric, visually stunning drama set within a New York immigrant community. Brooklyn restaurant owner Ayodele and his bride Adenike are married and blessed with traditional Yoruba prayers of fertility. But Adenike does not become pregnant and, under pressure from her mother-in-law, must take drastic measures to save her marriage. Get Tickets
Jeppe on a Friday | Mon. 4th Nov | 18.30pm | Hackney Picturehouse | LDN
UK PREMIÈRE Dirs. Arya Lalloo, Shannon Walsh. Canada/South Africa. 2013. 87min. 
Filmed over a single afternoon by eight women filmmakers in Johannesburg’s downtown east side, this fascinating documentary reveals disparate worlds that co-exist side by side. Get Tickets
Something Necessary | Fri 5th Nov | 20:00 | Rich Mix, Shoreditch
Dir. Judy Kibinge. Kenya/Germany. 2012. 85’
Kibinge’s courageous and sensitively-observed film about post-election violence in Kenya tackles a tough subject with grace and insight. (Screens with  His To Keep Dir. Amira Tajdin. Kenya. 2012. 15’ - abou Ex-Mau Mau veteran Wamiti responds to some challenging news about his past. Followed by Q&A with Director Judy Kibinge, hosted by Lindiwe Dovey. Get Tickets
The Virgin, The Copts & Me | 6th Nov. | 18.30 | Cine Lumiere
Dir. Namir Abdel Messeeh.  Egypt. 2011. 85min. Colour. 
If there’s one film at this year’s festival to which you should bring your mother, it is this-  a deeply endearing home movie evoking a fast disappearing world. PRIZE: Best Documentary APT African Film Festival 2012. 
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Mercy Mercy | Wed 6th Nov | 21: 00 | Ritzy Cinema, Brixton
Dir. Katrine Riis Kjær. Denmark. 2012. 85’
This ceaselessly thought-provoking film follows all the participants in the process of the adoption of two children from Ethiopia to Denmark over four years. Followed by a Q&A with director Katrine Riis Kjær, hosted by Journalist and curator, Hannah Pool Get Tickets
Death Metal Angola  | Thu 7 Nov| 18: 45 Hackney Picturehouse
Dir. Joao Viana. Angola/USA. 2012. 90’
What type of music is capable of expressing the trauma of forty years of brutal warfare? The answer is obvious: Death Metal.( Screens with Angola: The Birth of A Movement Dirs. Ana de Sousa, David Lale. UK/Angola. 2012. 24’) A focus on Luaty Beirão, one of Angola’s most prolific hip hop artists and activists. Both films introduced by programmer Emma Dabiri. Get Tickets
The Pirogue (La pirogue) | Thu 7th Nov | 21: 10 |  Ritzy Cinema, Brixton
Dir. Moussa Touré. France/Senegal/Germany. 2012. 87’
Moussa Touré’s visually stunning and politically astute odyssey is among the best films to have emerged from Senegal in recent years. It tells the story of Baye Laye (Ndiaye), a retired boat captain who reluctantly agrees to take a group of 29 African men across the Atlantic Ocean to Spain aboard a small wooden fishing boat. +Mati Diop’s Atlantiques Hosted by film critic Ashley Clark Get Tickets
Film Africa LIVE! Thu 7 Nov | 21:00 | Middle Bar, Hackney Picturehouse
DJ El Moreno brings us the sounds of the Angolan ghetto with an energy-fuelled set of raw kuduro tunes  FREE
visit to see the full programme
Nigerian Monarchs  | Until 3rd November | Bermondsey Project | London |