The First Grader: Screening at tiff, Canada

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The First Grader is the true story of a Mau Mau veteran in his eighties, who goes to school for the first time when free education becomes policy in Kenya. 

The film will be screened at the Toronto International Film Festival this weekend. For more information about the film and the story, and to view the trailer, visit tiff.net

Screening: We are Together

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It's Liberation Season at London's Frontline Club and as part of the lineup of events, they are screening the award-winning "theatrical documentary,"  We are Together, a story of children in a South African orphanage who use music to overcome hardship and loss. 

The screening takes place at 7pm on September 24th.

Check out goodscreenings.org who are behind this particular screening. It's a very interesting model that's set to revolutionise film distribution.

Chad independence day

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Chad too celebrates 50 years of independence today.

The photograph above is of rock art in Chad, dating from the fifth to the second millennium B.C.. Shot by George Steinmetz, you can download the photograph as wallpaper on the National Geographic website.

Below is a trailer for the award-winning film, Daratt, by Chadian filmmaker, Mahamat Saleh Haroun:

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Burkina Faso independence day

Today, Burkina Faso celebrates 50 years of independence (50 is a popular anniversary for the continent this year!)

In many ways the home of African cinema, Burkina Faso hosts the film festival FESPACO (Festival Panafrican du Cinéma et de la Télévison de Ouagadougou) every 2 years. Several Burkinabè have earned international recognition and acclaim, including Gaston Kaboré, Idrissa Ouedraogo, S. Pierre Yameogo and Dani Kouyaté.

The following are short clips from movies by Burkinabè filmmakers:

 

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Afro Cup Festival

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London’s calling from the 11th of June to the 11th of July. In celebration of the first World Cup on African soil, Rich Mix will be screening all the games and keeping the party going with 25 days and nights of live music, DJs, art, films and food. The Afro Cup Festival has an incredible line-up and the chapati image on the food page is seriously stirring my taste buds! Sure to be an experience filled with positive Afri-love vibrations.

(Oh yes, and entry is free!)