Presenting past favourites from the annual celebration of African cinema.
FIlm African is London’s biggest festival celebrating the best African cinema from across the continent and diaspora brought to you by the Royal African Society.
In 2020, in its tenth year, the festival made a selection of its programme available through BFI Player. Here we present a complementary programme of favourites from previous editions of the festival.
Drama201883 minsDirector: Wanuri Kahiu
Romantic sparks fly between the daughters of two opposing politicians in Wanuri Kahiu’s neon-bright story of forbidden love in Kenya.
Animation & Artists Moving Image201179 minsDirector: Rémi Bezançon
A gorgeously composed French animation following a boy and a giraffe's epic journey from Africa to 19th-century Paris.
Drama201788 minsDirector: John Trengove
A traditional rite of passage ritual forms the backdrop for this tough and complex tale of closeted sexuality in South Africa.
Documentary201461 minsDirector: Jim Chuchu
Five stories of forbidden desire, courageously collected to tell the hidden truths of LGBT life in Kenya.
Drama2016111 minsDirector: Amma Asante
Amma Assante (Belle) directs this impassioned drama starring David Oyelowo and Rosamund Pike depicting an interracial romance that changed the world.
Documentary201468 minsDirector: Hajooj Kuka
A beautiful documentary capturing the lives of the communities of the Blue Nile and Nuba Mountains, who defiantly persist with their musical traditions even while under threat of aerial bombardment.
Drama2013110 minsDirector: Jahmil Xolani Thandikhaya Qubeka
Disturbing but deeply stylish South African drama about a teacher who becomes obsessed with an under-age pupil in his class, with tragic consequences.
Drama201087 minsDirector: Mahamat-Saleh Haroun
Haroun's tale of tension between a father and son working at a hotel pool in war-torn Chad has the emotional power and stark inexorability of tragedy
Drama2011105 minsDirector: Oliver Hermanus
Oliver Hermanus' unblinking look at homophobia, hypocrisy and repressed desire in today's South Africa is tough, troubling and impressive
Drama201399 minsDirector: Zeresenay Berhane Mehari
A young Ethiopian woman faces the death penalty for killing the man who raped her until a brave lawyer decides to take on her case.