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BFI Southbank Guide Oct-Nov 2017

FILM AFRICA London’s annual celebration of the best African cinema brought to you by the Royal African Society EVENTS 22 book online at bfi.org.uk Winnie + discussion France-Netherlands-South Africa 2017. Dir Pascale Lamche. 98min. Digital. EST Winnie Mandela’s rise and seeming fall from grace bear the hallmarks of epic tragedy. Intriguing, controversial and often misunderstood, she fought against Apartheid tooth and nail. While Nelson Mandela became the anti-Apartheid movement’s hero, her struggle to bring down the regime on the front lines of the conflict were often met with condemnation, both at home and internationally. Featuring unseen archival footage with Winnie herself, Pascale Lamache’s documentary presents a complex portrait of a figure who came to symbolise the oppression of her people and questions why history habitually silences strong female leaders. FRI 3 NOV 20:20 NFT3 Film Africa 2017 Opening Gala: The Wound + discussion + after party South Africa/Germany/Netherlands/France, 2017. Dir John Trengove. 88min. Digital. Xhosa with EST East Cape, South Africa. Lonely factory worker Xolani (Nakhane Touré) travels to a mountain camp to assist teenage boys about to undergo the traditional Xhosa circumcision rite of passage into manhood. He is responsible for Kwanda (Niza Jay Ncoyini), a priviledged city boy from Johannesburg, who soon notices an attraction building between Xolani and fellow caregiver, the volatile and hyper-masculine Vija (Bongile Mantsai). Unwilling to conform to the age-old values espoused by the camp, Kwanda’s intuition FRI 27 OCT 18:20 NFT1 combine with his rebelliousness to push Xolani into an unbearable existential crisis. Following his acclaimed short The Goat, John Trengove’s powerful feature debut delves deeper into the ritual of Xhosa male circumcision, resulting in a bold exploration of sexuality, masculinity and the clash between traditional and contemporary values in modern-day South Africa. Entry to the after party is included in the ticket price Film Africa returns for its seventh edition, bringing the best contemporary African cinema to venues across London from 27 October to 5 November. Join the festival for 10 days of discovery, lively debate, family fun, live music and more. View the full programme at filmafrica.org.uk DOC TALK Q&A


BFI Southbank Guide Oct-Nov 2017
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