Launching tomorrow: Film Africa 2015

Price of Love

Price of Love

Film Africa 2015, the Royal African Society's annual festival celebrating the best films from across the continent and diaspora, returns to London with a packed programme, kicking off with Philippe Lacôte’s Ivory Coast coming-of-age drama Run which comes straight from its Cannes Un Certain Regard screening and a Jury Prize win at FESPACO earlier this year. Run plays at Picturehouse Central on 30 October.

The festival will take place in venues across London from 30 Oct - 8 Nov www.filmafrica.org.uk

Other highlights include:

  • The festival has highlighted seven of the programmed films in the festival that are directed by African women, including All Is Well by Pocas Poscoal and Price of Love by Hermon Hailay and Ayanda by Sara Blecher. Read more here.
  • Director Hicham Lasri's strange, monochrome trip The Sea is Behind.
  • Closing Gala The Man From Oran is director Lyès Salem's ( who also stars) epic exposé of Algeria’s turbulent political history and fight against colonialism.
  • Hope by director Boris Lojkine taps into current concerns about the challenges of migrations, as a young Nigerian woman and a Cameroonian man attempt a desperate journey to Europe. 
  • Necktie Youth: Winner of the Best South African Film and Best Director at Durban International Film Festival, Shongwe-La Mer's black and white study of directionless Johannesburg youth is one to watch.
  • The Dreams of Shahrazad was filmed around the time of the Arab Spring, and director Director Francois Verster's film won the best documentary prize at the Durban International Film Festival.
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