African Film Festival

This is going to be the 6th edition of the African Film Festival, always around the 25th of May, Africa Day, to celebrate African diversity and to highlight its cultural potential.

And as the opening of the festival, the LAUNCH OF AFRICA DAY 2013 (by the Mayor of Galway City Cllr Terry O’Flaherty) is today, Tuesday May 21st, at 11 am, in the Galway City Museum. There will be performances by African choirs, music and dance, don’t miss it if you are around (I know, short notice, sorry!)

All the movies of the Festival will be shown in the HUSTON SCHOOL OF FILM & DIGITAL MEDIA, NATIONAL UNIVERSITY OF IRELAND, GALWAY. And all of them are free of charge (and donations welcome, of course)


From Friday at 5 pm until Sunday at 8 pm we can watch 14 movies (and short films) including:

The SouthAfrican comedy Material: 

Cassim is a young Muslim man who works in his father’s fabric shop in Johannesburg. However, Cassim wants to be a stand-up comedian, which his father disproves of. When he gets a gig at a local bar, he has to find a way of keeping it a secret.

Saturday at 6 30 pm. The Nigerian film Phone Swap

Akin and Mary meet for the first time at an airport where they accidentally  swap their phones. This leads to a destination mix up after they receive one another’s text regarding a travel destination. Consequently, Akin ends up travelling to where Mary is supposed to go and vice versa. Neither knows about the swap until they have reached their opposite destinations and “the phone” stops ringing (In Mary’s case) and “Won’t stop ringing” (In Akins’s case). As a result of the phone swap, they agree to help carry out each other’s missions, armed with the information and data on each other’s phone.

Sunday at 6 pm we can watch The Lion’s Point of view, a movie dealing with immigration not from the European but the African opinions, pointing at the misery generated by the neo-colonial and neoliberal policies

Before, at 4 pm, we can watch Zambezia, the story of this little hawk:

The program is quite long for just 3 days, check it here.

Good movies away from the commercial circuit for this weekend, dealing with comedy, drama, social affairs, stories for children and for adults.

Enjoy it!


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