Film Africa

An exciting and eclectic collection of some of the best contemporary cinema stemming from Africa and its global diaspora.

The Royal African Society is delighted to present the 9th edition of Film Africa, taking place from Friday 30 October to Sunday 8 November 2020. 

To mitigate the ongoing impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, Film Africa 2020 will consist of a venue programme of 12 socially distanced screenings at the Rich Mix and BFI Southbank, and an online offering of 8 fiction and documentary features, available on BFI Player Subscription throughout the 10 days of the festival. This new online access will enable audiences anywhere in the UK to enjoy Film Africa for the first time from the comfort of their own homes. 

At the end of the 2020 festival, BFI Player will present a collection of past hits from previous editions of Film Africa.

Film Africa is supported by a BFI Audience Award, using funds from the National Lottery.

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The Ghost and the House of TruthThe Ghost and the House of Truth

Drama201967 minsDirector: Akin Omotoso

Featuring a magnetic performance from Susan Wokoma, this Nigerian thriller sees an intermediary between convicts and their victims risk everything when searching for her missing 10-year-old daughter.

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In Search...In Search...

Documentary201890 minsDirector: Beryl Magoko

A vital and tenacious documentary grappling with the trauma of female genital mutilation.

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Finding SallyFinding Sally

Documentary202075 minsDirector: Tamara Mariam Dawit

Tamara Dawit pieces together the mystery of her aunt's disappearance, and her involvement with the Ethiopian Communist party, in this gripping documentary.

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Gold Coast LoungeGold Coast Lounge

Crime202071 minsDirector: Pascal Aka

Following a family of criminals who must clean up their act, Gold Coast Lounge puts a twist on the classic 1940s noir.

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The LetterThe Letter

Documentary201981 minsDirector: Maia Lekow

Upon hearing that his grandmother is accused of witchcraft, Karisa hurries home in this powerful documentary exploring misogyny and colonial remnants.

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Le Loup d'Or de BaloléLe Loup d'Or de Balolé

Documentary201963 minsDirector: Aïcha Chloé Boro

A beautiful and incisive documentary capturing the fight for better working conditions at a quarry in Burkina Faso.

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Drama2020103 minsDirector: Amy Jephta

When widow Aisha gathers her estranged family to announce her engagement at an Eid-ul-Fitr celebration, she is met with strong opposition, in this powerful South African drama.

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For Maria Ebun PatakiFor Maria Ebun Pataki

Drama202076 minsDirector: Damilola E Orimogunje

Derin finds herself estranged from all those she loves in this compelling arthouse drama, focusing on postpartum depression.

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