From the 25th to the 27th of May 2012 the Galway One World Centre welcomes everyone to the Galway African Film Festival (GAFF) 2012. The 5th edition of the annual festival will take place in Nuns Island Arts Theatre in Galway and presents a program of current feature films and documentaries from Africa.
Amongst others, this year’s festival features two documentaries from Egypt about the Arab Spring 2011. The kick-off will be the docu-drama All I wanna do from Morocco and as an exiting Saturday late evening movie, the award-winning drama about a Congolese small time hustler Viva Riva will be shown.
As a special treat all movies shown before 6 o’clock are free, all others are 5 Euro.
The event is one of only two African Film Festivals in Ireland and is organised by the Galway One World Centre in conjunction with the Galway Film Society and the Huston School of Film & Digital Media.
The purpose of the festival it to highlight African perspectives about the continent, by African directors, producers and actors. From Blood Diamond to Machine Gun Preacher - the mainstream movies about Africa are mainly from white producers with white main actors that solve self-caused problems inAfrica. What could be better than an African Film Festival showing the diversity of the continent? ‘Africa is a tree with lots of branches’ said Sotigui Kouyaté, an actor fromBurkina Faso. None of the films shown during the festival will be able to represent the ‘whole tree’ but the collage of movies can provide a commentary on African cultural and creative diversity.
This year the festival coincides with International Africa Day on the 25th of May. Africa Day is the annual commemoration of the founding of the Organisation of African Unity.
The Galway African Film Festival is supported by Irish Aid Africa Day, the Galway City Council Arts Office and the Galway Advertiser.
Friday, 25th of May 2012
· All I wanna do (Marocco), directed by: Michelle Medina, year: 2010
· Kinyarwanda (Rwanda), directed by: Alrick Brown, Year: 2011
· Death for Sale (Belgium/France/ Marocco), directed by: Faouzi Bensaidi, year: 2011
Saturday, 26th of May 2012
· Glitterboys and Ganglands (South Africa), directed by: Lauren Beukes, year: 2011
· Forbidden (Egypt) directed by: Amal Ramsis, year: 2011
· Tamantashar Yom/ 18 Days (Egypt), directed by: Sherif Arafa, Kamla Abou Zekry, Marwan Hamed, Mohamed Ali, Sherif Bendary, Khaled Marei, Mariam Abou Ouf, Ahmad Abdallah, Yousry Nasrallah, Ahmed Alaa, year: 2011
· Viva Riva (Democratic Republic of Congo), directed by: Djo Tunda Wa Munga, year: 2010
Sunday, 27th of May 2012
· This is my Africa (Nigeria), directed by: Zina Saro-Wiwa, year: 2008
· Town of Runners (Ethiopia), directed by: Jerry Rothwell, year: 2012
· Anchor Baby (Nigeria), directed by: Lonzo Nzekwe, year: 2010
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