African film festival

Galway African Film Festival is taking place 23rd to 25th of May, with all films being free of charge.

Films will be screened at the Huston School of Film & Digital Media

This festival presents a range of movies to give an overview of the variety of African current and historical issues.

The event includes premieres of emerging film talents as well as showcasing established film makers and actors. Not only is GAFF a one of a kind experience of contemporary film and cinema, it also offers a broad take on the social, political and cultural issues of Africa. This annual festival aims to present audiences with a challenge to the often limited, stereotypical and Western images of Africa. The event provokes thought and broadens the context of African affairs, and the relationships between Africa and the West.

We recommend you one film for every day. But you can check the whole program here

  • Among the movies on Friday: Half of a Yellow Sun at 8 pm

During the mid-to-late sixties, twin sisters Olanna (Thandie Newton) and Kainene (Anika Noni Rose) return to Nigeria after their education in England and they make decisions that shock their family. Olanna moves in with her lover, the ‘revolutionary professor’ Odenigbo (Chiwetel Ejiofor) and his houseboy Ugwu (John Boyega), while Kainene takes over the family interests and pursues a career as a businesswoman, falling in love with Richard (Joseph Mawle), an English writer. As the Igbo people struggle to establish Biafra as an independent republic, the sisters become caught up in the shocking violence of the Nigerian Civil War and a betrayal that threatens their family forever.

 

  • On Saturday, a story from Morocco: Andaluosie, Mon Amour at 5: 15 pm

Saïd and Amine are two students from Casablanca dreaming of Europe. They end up
in a small village in the North of Morocco. With the help of the schoolteacher, they leave
for the European coast on a small boat but they are shipwrecked. The sea washes
Amine back onto the coast of the village. Saïd is washed away on a Spanish beach.
Andalusia seems strange to Saïd. Meanwhile, in the Moroccan village, Amine notices
strange things happening…

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  • And for Sunday, May 25th, we recommend you Mother of George at 6:15 pm

At long last, handsome Ayodele Balogun, owner of a small Nigerian restaurant in Brooklyn, will wed his beautiful fiancée, Adenike, and they will start a new life together in the United States. Their traditional Yoruba wedding culminates in a ceremony where Adenike is named for her yet-to-be-conceived son, George. But as the months pass without pregnancy, Ma George is torn between her Yoruba culture and her new life in America as she faces uncomfortable and unfamiliar choices in her struggle to save her marriage. Acclaimed director Andrew Dosumnu (Restless City) captures the nuances of this unique and fascinating culture by creating a beautiful, vibrant, and moving portrait of a couple whose joys and struggles are at once intimate and universal.

 

 

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