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From Algeria to South Africa; Cape Verde to Ethiopia, our specially curated strand shines a light on life across the vast African continent and celebrates the powerful voices and creativity of African filmmakers.

ABLED DIFFERENTLY

KENYA

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Directed by Mwixx Mutinda
Written by Mwixx Mutinda & Charlse Njuguna
Produced by Kamau Muthee

Language: Swahili
Duration: 8 mins
Documentary   

Having become disabled herself due to a lack of access to medical help, Maryanne and other community workers dedicate themselves to taking care of disabled children in one of Nairobi’s biggest slums.

Instagram: @afro_imagination
Facebook: facebook.com/afroimaginationke

CALL ME NEGUINHO

CAPE VERDE

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Written & Directed by Selim Harbi
Produced by Murat Suner

Language: English – Creole
Duration: 9 mins
Documentary   

Neguinho, literally: the little Negro, is a name fully charged with colonial and racist meanings as well as the brutal and tragic past of slavery in Cape Verde. Renato carries this name consciously, as a strong statement of awareness and of empowerment. Between dreams and reality, he reconnects with a deep sense of self, refusing a futile reality by empowering his surroundings with Capoeira. Neguinho is on the move, looking for the light.

Website: fairplanet.org/story/breaking-through-the-narrative-of-slavery

FANAN

SUDAN & KENYA

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Directed by Konan Tipen
Written by Rathapel & Reel Mauz
Produced by Artrika

Language: TBC
Duration: 4 mins
Documentary   

In their quest for an Islamic state, the regime in Sudan forced many artists and intellectuals to flee the country while also destroying much of Sudan’s art and history. One Sudanese artist living in Kenya expresses his feelings about all that has happened.

Twitter: @konan_tipen

I AM CHUMA

SOUTH AFRICA

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Directed by Wendy Spinks & Clea Mallinson
Written & Produced by Wendy Spinks

Language: English
Duration: 8 mins
Documentary // Queer  

I Am Chuma explores the story of how a young gay black, disabled woman studying at a business college in Cape Town found herself homeless and living rough on a park bench for 3 years. Chuma Somdaka unexpectedly finds her calling as an artist when – to survive – she responds to an inner voice and embarks on an empowering journey of awakening and healing.

Website: zeropoint528.com/project-3-i-am-chuma
Twitter: @wendyspinks 
Instagram: @wendy.spinks
Facebook: facebook.com/IamChumaFilm

MKUNGA (MIDWIFE)

KENYA

Midwife 16-9

Directed by Nyakundi Isaboke & Mwixx Mutinda
Written by Mwixx Mutinda
Produced by Joseph Muthee & Samantha Musimbi

Language: Swahili
Duration: 7 mins
Documentary   

The ability to give birth in a hospital is a privilege in Kenya and one that comes with a high cost. For women living in the slums, there is no hope of access to such medical luxuries. One woman, a Mkunga (midwife), helps women in the slums deliver their babies safely. A local hero and loved by many, this is the story of Mama Mbela.

Instagram: @afro_imagination
Facebook: facebook.com/afroimaginationke

MORNING AFTER

KENYA

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Written & Directed by Brian Munene
Produced by Brian Munene & Millicent Ogutu

Language: English & Swahili
Duration: 13 mins
Fiction   

Joe’s usual plan of bringing a random girl back from the club to his strict mother’s house and smuggling her out before she realises runs into problems when he discovers the girl’s washed clothes hanging out to dry.

Instagram: @kibandapictures

OMNIPRESENT

ETHIOPIA

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Written, directed & produced by Abel Mekasha

Language: Amharic
Duration: 4 mins
Fiction

A person is co-existing in different places at the same time, unable to comprehend that reality.

Facebook: facebook.com/cintamanifilms

RAWHYA’S SAFE HAVEN 

EGYPT

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Written, directed & produced by Mohmed Fathi

Language: Arabic
Duration: 5 mins
Documentary

Rawhya is a 60-year-old mother who takes care of her 3 adult sons living with special needs. Together under the same roof in a small Egyptian village, Rawhya dedicates herself to their care. But where a story of sorrow could easily be, hers is one of strength, love and faith. Rawhya’s unwavering commitment to her children is a safe haven and one she hopes can endure when she is no longer able to nurture them.

SCALP DEEP

UGANDA

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Written, directed & produced by Naseeba Bagalaaliwo

Language: English
Duration: 7 mins
Animation

Influenced by the intersections of African hair, femininity and personal identity, Scalp Deep captures the struggles of a young African woman as she navigates the expectations of others after she makes the decision to commit to a new look.

THE MINERAL BASKET

UGANDA

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Written, directed & produced by Achiro. P. Olwoch

Language: English & Akarimojong
Duration: 7 mins
Documentary

The region of Karamoja in Uganda has been marked as a mineral basket because of the numerous minerals that have been discovered there. The same region is also rich in culture that is fast being forgotten as a result of the encroaching demands on the land and people.

Website: chiropolwoch.com/themineralbasket

THE SHACK

SOUTH AFRICA

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Written, directed & produced by Tebogo Chologi

Language: Tswana
Duration: 7 mins
Documentary

In a densely populated informal settlement in South Africa, Buti must endure hardships and dangers during the age of Covid. Narrated by The Shack, the story of Buti, like many others living in these conditions, unfolds to reveal a simmering frustration and scathing indictment of class society in South Africa.

THOUGHT POLICE

ZAMBIA

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Written, directed & produced by Auckly Simwinga

Language: English
Duration: 11 mins
Fiction / Queer

Forbidden lesbian love is brought to a devastating halt at the hands of a tyrannical government in this mesmerising melodrama from Zambia.

Instagram: @thoughtpolice.film

TO SURVIVE

UGANDA

To Survive

Directed by Nazzinda Ruth
Produced by Ola Visualz

Language: Luganda
Duration: 8 mins
Documentary

A true story about Uganda’s youngest female chairperson (parish leader) in the history of Ugandan politics and her mission to ensure her community doesn’t go hungry during the Covid-19 lockdown.

WHITE NIGHT

ALGERIA

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Written, directed & produced by Issam Taachit

Language: no dialogue
Duration: 7 mins
Fiction / Animation

Snow covers everything, accumulating in the trees until three snowballs form to begin a magical journey down the mountainside in this wintry Algerian animation.

Facebook: facebook.com/Film-White-Night