Dir. Michel K. Zongo
Burkina Faso/2015/90mins/French with English subtitles/TBC
The Siren of Faso Fani explores the disastrous consequences of global economic policies that are blind to local realities. The shutdown of the once-famous cotton factory in Burkina Faso in 2001 put hundreds out of work, plunged thousands into poverty and left an entire city reeling in Koudougou. A decade after this economic and social disaster, Zongo return to a city that is now a shadow of its former self, and to the silent factory that was so central to his childhood. But most of all he comes to see the workers. Stripped of their livelihood and of their pride, they remain convinced that reviving the cotton industry can offer a viable future for the whole community.
Pontio Arts Centre: 1st October from 1730 followed by Q&A with representatives from the sustainability lab, Bangor University. Book Tickets!!
Aberystwyth Arts Centre: 14th October from 1800.
Dir. Zeresenay Mehari
Ethiopia/2014/99mins/Amharic with English subtitles/12
From executive producer Angelina Jolie Pitt comes the award-winning drama DIFRET, based on the inspirational true story of a young Ethiopian girl and a tenacious lawyer embroiled in a life-or-death clash between cultural traditions and their country’s advancement of equal rights. When 14-year-old Hirut is abducted in her rural village’s tradition of kidnapping women for marriage, she fights back, accidentally killing her captor and intended husband. Local law demands a death sentence for Hirut, but Meaza, a tough and passionate lawyer from a women’s legal aide practice, steps in to fight for her. With both Hirut’s life and the future of the practice at stake the two women must make their case for self-defense against one of Ethiopia’s oldest and most deeply-rooted traditions. DIFRET paints a portrait of a country in a time of great transformation and the brave individuals ready to help shape it.
The Magic Lantern Cinema: 15th October from 1345
Dir. Kivu Ruhorahoza
This thought provoking film takes its title from Bantu accounts of European explorers renowned for getting lost in their wanderings, in this highly creative, original and arresting work. A white man meets a black girl. Then the girl disappears. The white man tries to understand what happened to her and eventually finish a travelogue. Against a haunting score and intricate sound design, story fragments portray an African woman as an object of lust, surveillance, fascination, or violence.
Pontio Arts Centre: 2nd October from 1730 followed by Q&A. Book Tickets!
Chapter Arts Centre: 8th October from 1600 followed by Q&A with Director, Kivu Ruhoroza. Book Tickets!
Dir. Simon Rouby
French/2015/82mins/French with English subtitles/PG
12 year-old Adama lives in a remote village in West Africa, sheltered by the Cliffs. Out, beyond, lies “the land of breaths”, the kingdom of wicked spirits hungry for war. When Samba, his elder brother, suddenly vanishes from the village, Adama decides to set off in search of him. Accompanied first by Abdou, a tragically lucid griot, then by Maximin, a street urchin who is his own negative twin, he crosses a Europe in the grip of war. We’re in 1914. Borne by the energy of desperation and the poetry of childhood, Adama travels to the hell of the frontline in order to free his brother. Ultimately, Adama’s love for his brother will open an unexpected way to his initiatory journey.
The Magic Lantern Cinema: 15th October from 1000 followed by storytelling workshop wuth Bevin Magama. Book Tickets!!
Chapter Arts Centre: 8th October from 1000 followed by storytelling workshop with Bevin Magama.
Dir. Sibs Shongwe-La Mer
South Africa/2015/91mins/Afrikaans, English and Zulu with English subtitles/TBC
In the anniversary of the violent Soweto Youth Uprising of June 16th 1976, an affluent group of adolescent friends living in the city of Johannesburg, South Africa are shocked by the live streamed suicide of a young girl in her parent’s family home. A year and some months after the incident, two disillusioned new generation Zulu youths, Jabz and his best friend September rummage through the sleepy manicured northern suburbs of Johannesburg in search of answers, drugs, distraction and salvation.
Chapter Arts Centre: 8th October from 2115. Book Tickets!!
Dir: Abderrahmane Sissako
Mauritania/2015/97 mins/French, Arabic, Bambara, English, Songhay, Tamashek/12A
Passionate, humanistic and enormously powerful, Mauritanian director Abderrahmane Sissako’s Timbuktu was nominated for Best Foreign Language Film at the 87th Academy Awards and screened in competition for the “Palme d Or” at Cannes Film Festival 2014. Based on the forceful takeover of Mail in 2012, Timbuktu is a searing and extraordinary fable about the dangers of religious extremism that positions Sissako at the forefront of African cinema.
Pontio Arts Centre: 5th October from 1400: Book Tickets!!