Invitation to opening film 2014

We are delighted to invite you all to our 7th Galway African Film Festival. We kick off the show on Friday 23rd May at the Huston School of Film & Digital Media and would very much welcome you to join us for the opening film & a glass of wine at 5 pm.

The Festival continues until Sunday 25th May
Please go to our website for film info, trailers and a brochure with full listings of films.

All films are free. Please contact Heike on 091 530590 / 086 2100547 / for any further info.

Launch of all things Africa

Launch InviteGalway City Council & Irish Aid invite you to celebrate the Launch of Africa Day 2014 by Mayor of Galway City Cllr Pádraig Conneely on Monday 19th May, 2014 @ 11:00 am

in the Townhall Theatre

including a heart-warming community video about the meeting of two worlds; a group of irish artists with intellectual disabilities and an intercultural group from Ballybane with participants from five African countries

The Galway African Film Festival will preview a selection of  key films

All Welcome!

RSVP Sharon Lawless at 091 536498 /


FilmFest 2014

Yes, it’s that time of the year again – May and the 7th African Film Festival is soon happening!

Films are as varied as ever and include offerings from Senegal, Nigeria, Morocco, Egypt, Lesotho and many more!

Personal favourites this year:

Jonah – for creative imagination, colour and vibe

Tey – for dramatic exploration of a – very often – taboo subject

The Forgotten Kingdom – cinematic vistas that are just simply stunning

– though I’m really looking forward to seeing them all!

For details of films, screening times and venue go and visit the Festival website!

All things Africa

It must be because the autumn is Festival Season – not only do we have two African themed festivals here in Ireland (Nollywood Film Festival, September and the Carlow African Film Festival, October) but there’s Film Africa in November in London (who have teamed up with Africa is a Country – smart move!), Africa in Motion in Edinburgh (Oct. 25th – Nov. 2nd), our special friends at the Cambridge African Film Festival (November) and further afield: Africa in the Picture (Amsterdam, October), the Cordoba African Film Festival (October) and many more.

How apt then that there is also quite a flurry of articles on Africa and Film –

Nollywood: Nigeria’s Mirror (published on Africa is a Country and printed by the Guardian)

“When Nollywood gets it right, there is something marvelous in having your stories told in a way that you can just lap up like syrup. Even when you know that the story has been badly told, you still want to know what comes next. There is a self-flattering in it for many Africans. And beyond that, people are generally looking for answers for questions that they don’t have answers to, and you can’t be too sure whether the next film might provide an answer.

People swallow it like gospel. In some African countries, when an original film star is visiting, you would think it is a head of state — and that is part of what makes it bothersome for me. Young people don’t get their own history told in the right way. In many Nollywood films, it is not about getting it right. It’s not about representation.”

Lights, camera, revolution – the birth of Libyan cinema after Gaddafi’s fall (from the Guardian)

There is now a cultural vacuum in Libya, as well as a political one, thanks to the Gaddaffi regime. “There was no film-making culture here at all under Gaddafi,” says Naziha Arebi, director of Granny’s Flags. “He didn’t want anybody to be more famous than him. Even the football players had just numbers on their shirts, because he didn’t want anyone to know their names. He certainly wasn’t going to let anybody be a film director.”

Ten best African Films – well …. what do you think?

(in fact, the Guardian has a new ‘Africa Blog‘, featuring a number of writers from different African countries and the African Diaspora – well worth checking out!


Film Festival 2012 Possible Film Choices

Hi there, some would say it’s a bit early but I beg to differ, its definitely time to start checking out what films are around and for a change I thought it would be good to put them on the site and see what people think so feel free to comment!

“Anchor Baby”

Married, illegal immigrant couple Joyce (Omoni Oboli) and Paul Unanga (Sam Sarpong) have been ordered by the U.S. immigration to leave the country. They decide that they will leave, but only after Joyce, who is five months pregnant, delivers her baby in the U.S. This will guarantee automatic U.S. citizenship for their child. Ignoring the deportation order the couple goes into hiding. Later, Paul is caught and deported by a team of Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers,led by agent Mark Castello (Michael Scratch). This leaves Joyce to struggle on her own to accomplish their dream. But bureaucracy keeps getting in the way of Joyce achieving her goal and just as she is about to give up hope, she meets Susan Backley (Terri Oliver), a married freelance writer who offers to help in the form of safe, free accommodation until the baby is born. With the help of her newfound friend, Joyce sets out to make the ‘American Dream’ come true for her unborn child.


Irish Aid presents Africa Day events in Dublin

Experience the Richness and Diversity of African Arts, Culture and Traditions.

The Irish Aid Volunteering and Information Centre will host five evenings of African cultural events to include: African Music; Crafts; Poetry and Film.

Monday, May 23rd

17.30 – 19.00 Henna hand design workshop
Learn how to do henna design and the significance of henna, incense and khangas in Swahili East African culture. Participants can create their own henna design.

19.30 – 21.00 Bellydancing workshop
Experience the traditional North African dance form in this workshop with Yasmina

Tuesday, May 24th
19.00 – 21.00 Writers’ night – readings & discussion
Writers and poets – from Zimbabwe, Nigeria and Ireland – will read from and discuss their work. Presented by Dil Wickremasinghe (presenter of Newstalk’s ‘Global Village’ programme).

Wednesday, May 25th
18.30 – 21.00 Film screening and discussion: ‘U-Carmen eKhayelitsha’
Modern remake of Bizet’s opera Carmen, translated into Xhosa and set in the South African township Khayelitsha. Audience discussion facilitated by film reviewer and presenter Sarina Bellissimo.

Thursday, May 26th
18.30 – 20.00 Debate: ‘Mission Accomplished? How Africa views Irish missionaries’
A series of debates in relation to missionaries, chaired by Joe Humphreys. 26th May speakers: Sr. Patricia Murray from Ireland, Fr. Severinus Ndugwa from Uganda, Dr. Sahr Yambasu from Sierra Leone and Salome Mbugua from Kenya .

Further debates 6.30pm 2nd and 9th June.

Friday, May 27th
19.30 – 21.00 Live music event – Niwel Tsumbu trio
Congolese guitarist singer Niwel Tsumbu performs with his band.

All events are free of charge but booking is essential as places are limited

To book contact:

Edel Lawless, Irish Aid at 01 854 6924 /

Irish Aid Volunteering and Information Centre, 27-31 Upper O’Connell St, Dublin 1

To find out more go to:

May 25 is Africa Day, the official day of the African Union. It’s an opportunity to celebrate African diversity and success and join Africans around the world in highlighting the cultural, social and political life of the continent.