15th May 2015
Hear Me Move (2015) – (Irish Premiere) 88 min SOUTH AFRICA
Director –Scottnes L. Smith
Born and raised in Johannesburg, South Africa, Muzi is a street dance prodigy struggling to keep a promise he made to his mother to never dance again after his equally gifted father was murdered at a street party twelve years earlier. Little does he know that his father’s death was not as everyone believed it to be. When his father’s ex-dance partner, Shoes, approaches Muzi to join Shoes’s crew, Muzi has to choose between finding out the truth about his father’s death or disappointing his mother. What he does not realize is that by joining Shoes’s crew, he will make himself mortal enemies with Prince, the former leader of the crew and head of a new dance crew that’s taking the city by storm.!
20th May 2015
Tijitji (2014) (Irish Premiere) 21min NAMIBIA
Director: Oshosheni Hiveluah, Namibia, Short, Otjihimba with English subtitles
Tjitji, a bright young, rural Himba girl, is torn between her parent’s cultural values and expectations, and her personal desire to embrace the opportunities life has to offer and maybe, even fulfil her dream of becoming a talk show host.
Listen (2014) (Irish Premiere) ZAMBIA
Director: Rungano Nyoni & Hamy Ramezan, Zambia/Finland, Short, Danish & Arabic with English subtitles
Copenhagen. A police station. A foreign woman, wearing a burqa, is there with her young son to file a complaint. Yet, it seems the translator is not willing to report what she is telling. A tense, diamond-hard film about cultural isolation and bureaucratic ignorance. Premiered at Cannes Film Festival.
Dead River 2012 (Irish Premiere) NAMIBIA
Director: Tim Huebschele, Namibia, Short, Drama, German and English
Set during Apartheid in Namibia, ‘Dead River’ follows the unlikely friendship of a farm worker’s son and the farmer’s daughter. As young children David and Lisa meet through the melodies she plays on her flute and he whistles. Lisa’s racist father outlaws the friendship. Events take a turn for the worse and only many years later Lisa returns to the once beloved home.
Elza 2011 (Irish Premiere) GUINEA
Director: Mariette Monpierre, Guadeloupe/Guinea-Vietnam, Feature, Drama, French with English subtitles
Elza’s mother Bernadette has tried hard to give her daughter everything. She is thrilled when Elza, the first college graduate in the family, completes her master’s degree. But Elza breaks her mother’s heart by running off to their native Guadeloupe in search of a distant childhood memory: the father she barely remembers.
21st May 2015
Intellectual Scum 2015 (Irish Premiere) KENYA
Director: Njue Kevin, Kenya, Short, Drama, English
Adaptation to Field Ruwe’s controversial article that went viral in 2012.
On board a commercial airplane, (Ruwe) an African intellect, sits next to a white man (Walter). In their conversation, which is utterly brutal, honest and to some racist, Walter blames the ‘Intellectuals’ as to why Africa is in such a deplorable state.
Kanye Kanye 2013 (Irish Premiere) SOUTH AFRICA
Director: Miklas Mannake, South Africa, Short, Comedy, Zulu with English subtitles
The film centre’s itself in a small township, where many years ago, two best friends had a childish argument about which apple is better, the red or the green. The argument leads to a great division within the town. In this divided town, two star-crossed lovers connect through a very unusual connection that eventually connects the whole town. Internationally acclaimed and multi-award winning.
Soko Sonko 2014 (Irish Premiere) KENYA
Director: Ekwa Msangi, Kenya, Short, Comedy, Swahilli with English subtitles
When her mom gets sick, Kibibi’s dad must take her to the market to get her hair braided before school begins. Soko Sonko is a hilarious, fish-out-of-water roller coaster of a journey, about a well-intended dad who goes where no man has gone before… because only women have been there!
Njinga, Queen of Angola 2013 (Irish Premiere) (CLOSING FILM) ANGOLA
Director: Sergio Graciano, Portugal/Angola, Feature, Drama, Portuguese with English subtitles
In the 17th century a warrior woman fights for the independence of Angola. After witnessing the murder of her son and watching her people being humiliated by Portuguese colonizers, Njinga will become a Queen and struggle for their liberation embodying the motto: those who stay fight to win.
The Miscreants – Certificate 18, Arabic with English Subtitles, 88 mins
Director: Mohcine Besri (Morocco)
On the order of their spiritual leader, three young Islamists kidnap a group of actors who are about to go on tour with their
latest show. When the kidnappers arrive at the place of detention, they find themselves cut off from their base. Ensues a 7-day no exit situation, in which both
sides are forced to live together, confront each other and challenge their mutual prejudices.
The Lions Point of View 8PM
Venue: St. Johns Central College, Sawmill Street
Certificate 12a, French with English Subtitles, 72 mins
Director: Didier Awadi (Senegal)
“50 years of independence. They promised us happiness and prosperity. Nowadays young Africans climb into simple wooden boats, they cross the desert and the sea towards Eldorado.” Why? What are the deeper reasons? And how could it come this far? These were the starting questions from director and hip hop star Didier Awadi. For several years he interviewed ex-presidents and ministers, important UN officials, writers, artists, historians, activists and lay migrants and refugees: 44 people who analyse the situation of their continent and they do not mince matters! The result is a decidedly Pan-African, deliberately subjective and revolutionary documentary whose power of impact leaves little to be desired.
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Mwansa the Great – Certificate PG (7-12), English subtitles, 24 mins
Director: Rungano Nyoni (Zambia)
Mwansa The Great tells the story of an eight year old boy who aspires to be a hero and embarks upon a journey to prove his greatness, with unexpected consequences. The film gives a moving insight into childhood where fantasy jostles with reality as a young boy’s imagination transforms and empowers everyday life.
Once Upon a Time in Africa (Timbuktu) – Certificate U (7-12), English, 20 mins
Director: Brian Kyallo-Msafiri (Kenya)
Once Upon A Time in Africa is an animated educational show that takes its viewers on an exciting journey through African history before colonization. The show follows the adventures of four bright kids from the four corners of the continent (Chep from Kenya, Thandi from South Africa, Dudu from Senegal, and Omar from Egypt) as they travel back in time to fulfill a secret mission: revive the fading knowledge of Africa’s ancient past by experiencing the continents’ major historical events, colorful cultures and sophisticated civilizations. In this first episode the kids travel to the ancient city of Timbuktu.
Yellow Fever – Certificate PG, English, 7 mins
Director: Ng’endo Mukii (Kenya)
The idea of beauty has become globalised, creating homogenous aspirations, and distorting people’s self-image across the planet. In my film, I focus on African women’s self-image, through memories and interviews; using mixed media to describe this almost schizophrenic self-visualization that I and many others have grown up with.
Otelo Burning – Certificate 18, Zulu with English Subtitles, 97 mins
Director: Sara Blecher (South Africa)
Shot in Durban and directed by Sara Blecher (Surfing Soweto), the film tells the story of a group of township kids who discover the joy of surfing. It’s set in 1989, against a backdrop of brewing violence in Lamonville. When 16-year-old Otelo Buthelezi takes to the water for the first time, it’s clear that he was born to surf. But then tragedy strikes. On the day that Nelson Mandela is released from prison, Otelo is forced to choose between surfing success and justice. This is a beautifully made, insightful and entertaining film that captures a turbulent time in the history of South Africa.