When Karisa receives a letter from relatives alerting him of accusations of witchcraft levelled against his grandmother, he rushes back home. And so this richly layered documentary unfolds, exposing tensions caused by a volatile mix of Christianity, consumerism, and misogyny. The Letter investigates the colonial triggers and the lingering structural injustices that give life to this unfortunate phenomenon.
Part of Film Africa 2020. Film Africa is supported by a BFI Audience Award, using funds from the National Lottery
Documentary 1975 46 mins Director: Werner Herzog
Werner Herzog’s moving portrait of a record-breaking ski jumper.
Documentary 2012 103 mins Director: Rodney Ascher
Rodney Ascher's enigmatic essay film weaves together the contrasting theories of five different narrators who believe Stanley Kubrick deliberately buried hidden messages in his 1980 adaptation of Stephen King’s novel.
Documentary 1971 85 mins Director: Werner Herzog
Werner Herzog’s profound and deeply moving documentary about the experiences of a community of deaf-blind people.
Documentary 2015 86 mins Director: Michael Beach Nichols
What would you do if a Nazi moved next door? This chilling documentary follows the white supremacist takeover of a tiny Dakotan town.
Documentary 1924 107 mins Silent Director: Herbert G. Ponting
The BFI Archive's restoration of Herbert Ponting's official film record of Captain Scott's tragic expedition to the South Pole, with a new score by Simon Fisher Turner.
Documentary 2020 90 mins Director: Blaise Singh
The modern face of protest is the focus of this timely and necessary documentary.
Drama 2019 67 mins Director: Akin Omotoso
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Documentary 2020 75 mins Director: 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.
Documentary 2018 90 mins Director: Beryl Magoko
A vital and tenacious documentary grappling with the trauma of female genital mutilation.
Crime 2020 71 mins Director: Pascal Aka
Following a family of criminals who must clean up their act, Gold Coast Lounge puts a twist on the classic 1940s noir.
Drama 2019 90 mins Director: Henry Blake
Blistering thriller of a teen groomed to work for a brutal, organised drugs network.
Comedy 2007 93 mins Director: Roy Andersson
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Thriller 2001 142 mins Director: David Lynch
David Lynch’s beautifully baffling, surreal psychological thriller.
Drama 1987 99 mins Director: Gabriel Axel
Gabriel Axel’s Oscar-winning story of a Parisian chef who finds refuge in a Danish village; a magical film about the power of the senses.
Horror 2009 104 mins Director: Lars von Trier
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