Thanks to a tip-off from my friends at African Screens, were I in London during the upcoming 54th BFI London Film Festival, I’d be sure to check out Imani, the debut feature film from Caroline Kamya, about a day in the life of a former child soldier, a maid and a hip-hop dancer in Kampala. You can read an interview with the director here and find out about screenings here.
Other African film highlights of the festival include:
- ‘New African Cinema‘: a trio of shorts – The Tunnel, Pumzi and Saint Louis Blues – made through the Africa First mentoring scheme (14/15 Oct)
- Zimbabwean documentary Shungu: The Resilience of a People (18/19 Oct)
- Microphone, set in Alexandria’s underground music scene, the second feature from director Ahmad Abdalla after last year’s Heliopolis (18/19/20 Oct)
- a story of love and war set in Sierra Leone and Nigeria, Relentless (20/21 Oct)
- a tale of courage in the face of prejudice in a South African community, Life, Above All (26/27 Oct)