This year’s festival will be held on Friday 24th May until Sunday 26th May. We are having a change of venue this year and are happy to be showing the films at the Huston School of Film & Digital Media. Please find directions here:  (near Galway Cathedral).

To download brochure with all details – click here


Friday 24th May


Mwansa the Great (Director: Rungano Nyoni/Zambia/ Short/ 24 mins) Cert. PG

Mwansa The Great tells the story of an eight year old boy who aspires to be a hero and embarks upon a journey to prove his greatness, with unexpected consequences. The film gives a moving insight into childhood where fantasy jostles with reality as a young boy’s imagination transforms and empowers everyday life.


Fluorescent Sin (Director: Amirah Tajdin/Kenya/ Short/ 8 mins)  Cert. 15

At Nairobi’s iconic central station, a lithe, majestic drag queen sits on a bench, smoking a cigarette and descending into a breakdown through a poetic soliloquy. In 8 minutes, filmmaker Amirah Tajdin challenges our ideas of beauty, sexuality, and Kenyan attitudes to ‘otherness’ in a film that suggests being caught between two places might in fact be no bad thing.

Followed by:-

Call Me Kuchu (Directors: Malika Zouhali-Worrall, Katherine Fairfax Wright/Uganda & USA/ Doc/87 mins)  Cert 18

In Uganda, a new bill threatens to make homosexuality punishable by death. David Kato – Uganda’s first openly gay man – and his fellow activists work against the clock to defeat the legislation while combating vicious persecution in their daily lives. But no one, not even the filmmakers, is prepared for the brutal murder that shakes the movement to its core and sends shock waves around the world.


Dirty Laundry (Director: Stephen Abbott/South Africa/ Short/16 mins) Cert. 12

It’s 1:08AM and Roger is doing his laundry at The Wishy Washy. For Roger this is merely routine, but tonight there’s something strange in the laundromat’s water. Before the night is out Roger will be abused by a middle-aged philandering businessman, subjected to severe scrotal attack by a short angry man, mistaken for a B-grade spy in a bathrobe, severely beaten, and finally scowled at by amorous teenagers. And all Roger wanted was a 40-degree rinse and a mild spin cycle.

Followed by:-

Material (Director: Craig Freimond/South Africa/Feature/93 mins) Cert. PG

“Life is not a funny business”

CASSIM is a young Muslim man working in his father’s (EBRAHIM) textile store. It’s Ebrahim’s dream for Cassim to take over the shop, but Cassim has discovered a talent for stand-up comedy, and he soon finds himself in direct conflict with his father, his family and his community.

Saturday 25th May (Nollywood Day)

Nollywood: Doing It Right Part 1 & Part 2 (Director: Jane Thorburn/UK/ Doc/ 55 mins) 12a

Two part documentary looking at  Nigeria’s vibrant independent movie industry, producing over 2000 video dramas every year, the fastest growing film industry in the world!


Last Flight to Abuja (Director: Obi Emelonye/Nigeria/Feature/ 81 mins) Cert.  12a

Based on true events…

A set of everyday Nigerian travelers board the last Flamingo Airways flight scheduled to fly from Lagos to Abuja on a fateful Friday night in 2006. The plane cruises at 30,000 feet, tranquil and on schedule. But like a bolt out of the blue, through a mixture of human error, technical failure and sheer bad luck, the plane rapidly develops major difficulties that sends it teetering on the brink of disaster. As the pilots fight with the controls of the stricken aero plane, a series of flashbacks unravel the twists, turns and leaps of fate that put each passenger on the fateful flight. Young lovers, an elderly couple, a corporate party, a sportsman on the threshold of greatness; all the passengers are caught up in the nightmare scenario and sense the final moments of their lives approach. All…except one!

What does he know? Will they survive…The last flight to Abuja?


Phone Swap (Director: Kunle Afolayan/Feature/ Nigeria/120 mins) Cert. 12

Akin and Mary meet for the first time at an airport where they accidentally bump into each other and mistakenly swap their identical phones. This leads to a destination mix up after they receive one another’s text regarding a travel destination. Consequently, Akin ends up travelling to where Mary is supposed to go and vice versa. Neither knows about the swap until they have reached their opposite destinations and “the phone” stops ringing (In Mary’s case) and “Won’t stop ringing” (In Akins’s case). As a result of the phone swap, they agree to help carry out each other’s missions, armed with the information and data on each other’s phone. But it’s not as easy as they both think as new obstacles and complications rise at every turn as they both struggle to adapt to their alien environment and situation. Mary has to walk in Akins shoes and represent him in a company meeting while Akin has to represent Mary in her the family meeting. This they do with hilarious results.


Alaskaland (Director: Chinonye Chukwu/Nigeria/Feature/75 mins) Cert. 15

In this gorgeous, knowing debut film, Chukwuma, an Alaska-raised Nigerian struggles to balance his cultural heritage with the pressures of the world around him. After a family tragedy forces a two-year estrangement from his younger sister Chidinma, the siblings reconnect in their hometown.

Sunday 26th May


Zambezia (Director: Wayne Thornley/South Africa/Feature/83 mins) Cert.  PG

Set in a bustling bird city on the edge of the majestic Victoria Falls, Zambezia (or Adventures in Zambezia) is the story of Kai – a naïve, but high-spirited young falcon who travels to the bird city of Zambezia where he discovers the truth about his origins and, in defending the city, learns how to be part of a community.


Yellow Fever (Director: Ng’endo Mukii/Kenya/Short/ 7 mins) Cert. PG

In this short film, Kenyan filmmaker and recent graduate of the Royal College of Art, Ng’endo Mukii, explores the globalization of beauty ideals and its impact on African women’s self image.

Followed by:-

Lions Point of View (Director: Didier Awadi/Senegal/Doc/72 mins) Cert. 12a

“50 years of independence. They promised us happiness and prosperity. Nowadays young Africans climb into simple wooden boats, they cross the desert and the sea towards Eldorado.” Why? What are the deeper reasons? And how could it come this far? These were the starting questions from director and hip hop star Didier Awadi. For several years he interviewed ex-presidents and ministers, important UN officials, writers, artists, historians, activists and lay migrants and refugees: 44 people who analyse the situation of their continent and they do not mince matters!


Hasaki Ya Suda  (Director: Cedric Ido/Burkina Faso /France/Short/24 mins)  Cert. 15

It is 2100, and global warming has forced the people of the south to migrate to the north, where they must fight for their right to survive. Opening with a dramatic animated sequence, and influenced by Japanese masters such as Akira Kurosawa, this stunningly shot futuristic Afro-samurai film is as tongue-in-cheek as it is visually sumptuous.

Followed by:-

La Pirogue (Director: Moussa Touré/Senegal/France/Feature/87 mins) Cert.  15

Baye Laye is the captain of a fishing pirogue. Like many of his Senegalese compatriots, he sometimes dreams of new horizons, where he can earn a better living for his family. When he is offered to lead one of the many pirogues that head towards Europe via the Canary Islands, he reluctantly accepts the job, knowing full-well the dangers that lie ahead. Leading a group of 30 men who don’t all speak the same language, some of whom have never seen the sea, Baye Laye will confront many perils in order to reach the distant coasts of Europe.


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