Afrika Eye Film Festival Nov 8 – 10 2013


The Afrika Eye Film Festival makes a welcome return for its 9th year and will take place at the prestigious Watershed cinema in Bristol, UK.  This year’s theme is ‘Kenya at 50’ in recognition of Kenya’s 50 years of independence. Kenyan films and film-makers are being given centre stage. This includes launching the festival with the first regional screening of David ‘Tosh’ Gitonga’s highly-praised Nairobi Half-Life and the regional premiere of Something Necessary followed by a Q&A session with its up-and-coming director Judy Kibinge (founder of DocuBox).

Tickets for the festival are now available. The festival programme is also available here. Make sure you follow Afrika Eye’s facebook page and twitter for regular updates and fringe events. View Afrika Eye’s fun and beautiful short promo here:

Another festival guest will be director Alain Gomis (Senegal/France), introducing, and later discussing, his internationally-applauded feature, TEY (Aujourd’hui/Today), which stars the actor, musician, poet and hip hop artist Saul Williams (previously seen in the big hit, SLAM).


Other African-themed attractions include music, food, fashion, debates, director Q&A sessions, new shorts, a photo exhibitions and workshops for young people, led by singer Mim Suleiman of Zanzibar (who features on the soundtrack of Grand Theft Auto V). There is also a short film programme titled EYEFULL which is a 90 minute programme of short films told from an African or Diaspora perspective that will be running alongside the main festival.

at Jahazi Festival 2011 (photo: Peter Bennett)
In addition, there will be an exhibition of Kanga – the highly colourful and boldly designed cloth wraps worn by men and women in east Africa – an African themed menu and a round table debate about media education and the potential for film club exchanges by Bristol/Nairobi schools.
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Kanga Cloth | Art of Communication


Our friends at House of African Art (Japan) posted about this Kanga Cloth exhibition at the Ancient Orient Museum in Ikebukuro.

On East Africa’s coast facing the Indian Ocean, trade occurred with Persians and Arabs for a centuries. As a result, Swahili’s unique culture which was based on contact with Islam was born. One item that symbolizes the Swahili culture is a cloth piece called ‘Kanga’. It not only features beautiful and strong designs, there are also ‘sayings’ or proverbs printed in Swahili. It has since become an important decision criteria for women to buy.

In this exhibition, Kanga’s variety of designs and how it contributed to how women identified themselves over centuries is explored.

May 25 – June 30,  2013

Venue: Ancient Orient Museum planning small exhibition room

Opening hours: 10:00 to 17:00 (admission until 16:30)

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