FROM AFRICA, WITH LOVE

OVERVIEW
Is there anything more universal than the power of love? With the ability to bothcreate and destroy, people are brought together and torn apart by affairs of the heart. Love, undeniably, conquers all. Across the Africa, tales of passion, tenderness and lust provide intimate perspectives on the diverse and heterogeneous communities of the continent. This year, in association with this BFI UK Audience Network’s LOVE Blockbuster Season, five African film festivals across the UK will present a rich programme of films that promise to immerse you in African love across time and space. So join us in the spirit of l’amour and allow us to ignite the fire of romance in your heart through the magic of cinema.

STRANDS

With films to fall in love with, and films to break your heart, this eclectic programme ofAfrican Love films will be presented in three strands across five UK African film festivals:

1. LOVE BREWED IN AN AFRICAN POT 
Rekindles date night with a taste of love by marrying a passion for food with a passion for film in a romantic dine-and-viewsetting. Enjoy a hearty serving of fine fare and love affairs with films such as Jenna Cato Bass’ Love the One You Love (South Africa), Hermon Hailay’s Price of Love.

2. LOVE IN CONFLICT 
Looks at love in times of adversity, dealing with the sometimes near-impossible circumstances under which love can flourish, as well as those situations in which love simply cannot overcome the odds. Films in this strand include Gugu and Andile, a cross-ethnic love story based on Romeoand Juliet set in the tumultuous time just before the end of apartheid; Kanye Kanye(South Africa), a fictional short about star-crossed lovers in a divided town. BreatheUmphefumlo (South Africa) looks at the very corporeal battle against tuberculosis inimpoverished Khayelitsha.
 
3. ROMANTIC VIEWS 
Explores the cultural perceptions and interpretations of love acrossAfrica. Religion, class, tradition and the collision with modernity are just some of theforces that define the way love is understood (and sometimes misunderstood) throughout the continent. This strand, looks at the unique place of love in African life, manifested in marriage,dowries, courting rituals, and the challenges of unconventional love, includes bothclassics and fresh new cinema. These are films such as Hyenas (Senegal), and CairoStation (Egypt), Stories of our Lives (Kenya) and O Grand Kilapy (Angola).

LOVE THE ONE YOU LOVE ALONG WITH KANYKANYE: ‘DINE AND VIEW’.
FILM WILL BE SCREENED ALONG WITH DELICIOUS AFRICAN FOOD AS PART OF THE THEME ‘LOVE IN AN AFRICAN POT’
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South Africa/2014/ English/105 mins
Director: Jenna Bass
‘Love In An African Pot’
Phone sex operator Terri might be comfortable with voicing the most intimate of thoughts over the phone with strangers. However, words don’t come so easily when it comes to communicating her feelings towards Sandile, her attentive and caring boyfriend who spendshis time looking after animals when he is not pressing her to give up her non committalattitude towards him. Unbeknownst to them, in another corner of Cape Town, a computertechnician struggles to let go of a lost love, rubbing self-indulgent salt in his own wounds by insisting on spending time with his ex’s younger brother. As fate would have it, their parallel paths intersect and they begin to suspect that their love is a peculiar conspiracy – setting inmotion an intimate, funny and bittersweet exploration of some of the more sacred ideals of young life in contemporary South Africa.
The film is part of BFI’s ‘LOVE’ season in partnership with Plusnet bfi.org.uk/love.
Buteotown Art & History Museum, Cardiff: 16th October from 19.00    Book Tickets
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HYENAS + Q&A WITH DR RACHEL LANGFORD (CARDIFF UNIVERSITY)
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Senegal/1992/Wolof/113 minutes,
Director: Djibril Diop Mambety
‘Romantic Views’
In a village where everyone walks, Linguere Ramatou arrives by train. The village is Colobane,and Colobane is in trouble. Poverty, hovering over the village’s existence like the hyenas stalking their prey in the desert, threatens the future of Colobane. But Ramatou, driven out of Colobane in disgrace 30 years earlier, returns as a millionairess with ideals of honesty and justice. The problem is, Ramatou’s justice is that of a wrathful goddess. And just how honestis wholesale bribery? The second and final feature of maverick director Djibril Diop Mambety, Hyenas is awash in the hypnotic colours and intoxicating sounds of West Africa – a wicked comedy depicting the devastating effects of greed on a small, poverty-stricken village. Screening as part of the UK-wide “From Africa, with Love” programme, the film is at once an intimate story of love and revenge, and a critique of neocolonialism and the effects ofconsumerism on African culture. 
The film is part of BFI’s ‘LOVE’ season in partnership with Plusnet bfi.org.uk/love
Hadyn Ellis Building, Cardiff University: 30th October from 19.00     Book Tickets
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STORIES OF OUR LIVES + Q&A WITH LUKE YOUNG FROM STONEWALL CYMRU

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Directed by Jim Chuchu
‘Love In Conflict’
Director Jim Chuchu’s first feature– Stories of Our Lives is a beautifully acted, honest andrevealing anthology of short films depicting different landscapes, homes, ages andrelationshipsre-telling queer stories of Kenyans who identify themselves as gay, lesbian,bisexual, transgender and intersex. Stories of Our Lives is a striking collective short filmseries, produced in collaboration with Kenyan multidisciplinary art collectiveNEST.
The film is part of BFI’s ‘LOVE’ season in partnership with Plusnet bfi.org.uk/love
Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff: 21st November from 18.00    Book Tickets!
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CAIRO STATION + Q&A
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Egypt/1966/Arabic/75 mins
Directed By: Youssef Chahine
‘Romantic Views’
Cairo Station is the film that put Egyptian master director Chahine on the international map. It plays like a masterpiece of Italian neo-realism. In Cairo’s busy rail terminus, passions aresimmering: hard-working porter Abou Serib forms a workers’ union; his fiancée Hanoumauses her flirtatious charm to sell lemonade to train passengers; news vendor Kenaoui(played by Chahine himself, who was also a master actor) has designs on her, but he’s asimple-minded soul with little choice but to suffer her teasing taunts. Fascinated by girlie images in magazines, he’s yearning for revenge on a world that has excluded him. At first glance, the upfront sexuality startles in a film from an Arab country in 1958, but the bigger picture captures a society experiencing rapid change under Nasser. Chahine excels in social observation, florid melodrama and dark suspense. It’s a strikingly controlled, confident, biting display, which leaves you wondering how it fits in Egypt’s reputation for melodrama.
The film is part of BFI’s ‘LOVE’ season in partnership with Plusnet bfi.org.uk/love
Chapater Arts Center, Cardiff: 21st November from 15.00     Book Tickets!
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BREATHE UMPHEMULO
Breathe-Umphefumlo-South Africa/2015/Xhosa/90 mins
Director: Mark Dornford-May
‘Love In Conflict’
Following the critical and commercial success of U-Carmen eKhayelitsha (2005) and Son of Man(2006) husband and wife team Pauline Malefane and Mark Dornford-May have turned their attentions to a topical reworking of Puccini’s classic opera La bohème. Returning to the Xhosa township of Khayelitsha, Malefane plays the jazz diva Zoleka, the inadvertent downfall of optimistic young art students Lungelo, Mandisi (Zoleka’s lover), Sizwe and Xolile. Busisiwe Ngeiane stars as thetuberculosis-suffering botany student Mimi, whom Lungelo falls passionately in love with. Malefaneand Dornford-May clearly wish to highlight the scourge that is tuberculosis, a disease that wreaks devastation among the impoverished populations of the South African townships. In this engaging and powerful musical the tragedy of the disease is shown to be the neglectful manner in whichsufferers are treated.
The film is part of BFI’s ‘LOVE’ season in partnership with Plusnet bfi.org.uk/love
Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff: 21st November from 20.30      Book Tickets!
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KANYEKANYE FOLLOWED BY ‘LOVE THE ONE YOU LOVE’
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South Africa/2013/Zulu/25 min
Dir. Miklas Manneke
‘Love In Conflict’
In a township in South Africa, an argument about which apple is better, the red or the green,causes the greatest divide in the town’s history. A big white line is drawn through the middleof the town to divide the lovers of green and red apples. The one rule that greens and reds do not mix is broken when Thomas, a boy from the green side of town, falls in love withThandi, a girl from the red side of town. A colourful parody of segregation, Kanyekanye is amagical take on the new South Africa.
The film is part of BFI’s ‘LOVE’ season in partnership with Plusnet bfi.org.uk/love
Butetown Art and Hisroty Mueum: 16th October from 19.00 pm    Book Tickets
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