Film Africa: A Photographic Preview Of The UK's Largest African Film Festival

London's fifth-annual Film Africa festival will screen over 60 film titles from 27 different countries.

A still from "Run," directed by Philippe Lacôte. Photo courtesy of Film Africa.

This Friday, Film Africa will launch its fifth edition of celebrating African cinema and filmmakers from across the continent and diaspora in London.

Ethiopia’s flourishing cinematic landscape, Lusophone Africa's 40 years of independence and industry icon Ousmane Sembène are just a few of the themes and subjects highlighted in this year's program, which features over 60 film titles from 27 different countries. Attendees of the 10-day-long event can also expect director Q&As, talks and discussions, professional workshops, master classes, school screenings and family activities.

Established in 2011 by the Royal African Society, Film Africa aims to promote a better understanding of Africa through film by stimulating debate around contemporary socio-political issues.

"From African classics through bold and daring experimental narratives to socio-political commentaries on LGBTI rights, civil war and the human stories behind the migrant ‘crisis’ gripping the headlines, this year’s diverse programme will capture all tastes and moods," reads the Film Africa press release.

The festival will take place from October 30 to November 8 in ten venues across London, including the Hackney Picturehouse, Ritzy Brixton, BFI Southbank, ICA, Ciné Lumière, the British Library and the South London Gallery. To view the full Film Africa 2015 festival program and for more information, visit the Film Africa website.

Take a look at our Film Africa 2015 preview in photos below.

Tango Negro: The African Roots of Tango (Doc)

Director: Dom Pedro

Country: France

Year: 2013

To Catch A Dream

Director: Jim Chuchu

Country: Kenya

Year: 2014

Love the One You Love

Director: Jenna Cato Bass

Country: South Africa

Year: 2014

Beats of the Antonov (Doc)

Director: Hajooj Kuka

Country: Sudan/South Africa

Year: 2014

Lantanda (Doc)

Director: Gorka Gamarra

Country: Spain/Guinea-Bissau/Portugal

Year: 2014

Stories of Our Lives

Director: Jim Chuchu

Country: Kenya/South Africa

Year: 2014


Director: Christa Eka Assam

Country: Cameroon

Year: 2015

Between Rings: The Esther Phiri Story (Doc)

Director: Salla Sorri/Jessie Chisi

Country: Zambia/Finland

Year: 2014

Dark Days

Director: Kayambi Musafiri

Country: Rwanda

Year: 2015

They Will Have To Kill Us

Director: Johanna Schwartz

Country: UK

Year: 2015

All Is Well

Director: Pocas Pascoal

Country: Portugal/Angola

Year: 2011


Director: Yared Zeleke

Country: Ethiopia/France/Germany/Norway

Year: 2015

Things of the Aimless Wanderer

Director: Kivu Ruhorahoza

Country: Rwanda/UK

Year: 2015

The Sea is Behind

Director: Hicham Lasri

Country: Morocco/France/UAE

Year: 2014

The Blue Elephant

Director: Marwan Hamed

Country: Egypt

Year: 2014

The Man from Oran (El Wahrani/L’Oranais)

Director: Lyès Salem

Country: France/Algeria

Year: 2014


Director: Simon Rouby

Country: France

Year: 2015

Eye of the Storm (L’oeil du Cyclone)

Director: Sékou Traoré

Country: Burkina Faso/France/Cameroon

Year: 2015

The Cursed Ones

Director: Nana Obiri Yeboah

Country: UK/Ghana

Year: 2014

Stranded in Canton

Director: Måns Månsson

Country: Denmark/Sweden

Year: 2014


Director: Philippe Lacôte

Country: Ivory Coast

Year: 2014

Necktie Youth

Director: Sibs Shongwe-La Mer

Country: South Africa

Year: 2015


Director: Boris Lojkine

Country: France

Year: 2014

Dazzling Mirage

Director: Tunde Kelani

Country: Nigeria

Year: 2015


Director: Sara Blecher

Country: South Africa

Year: 2015

All images courtesy of Film Africa.

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