And …. we are back again with a great line-up for this year’s Galway African Film Festival!!!

The dates this year are May 27th, 28th & 29th and the venue is again the lovely Huston School of Film & Digital Media at NUI Galway (directions).

We have a truly exciting line-up of 15 films, an online short film competition and an exhibition of works by artists Jean Ryan Hakizimana and Erik O’Eir (click here for your personal copy of our film programme!).

FRIDAY May 27th

Come and join us for a complimentary glass of wine on Friday May 27th at 5pm and enjoy a performance of SONKO, Galway’s own multicultural choir!

Films kick off at 5.30pm starting with the short comedy Soko Sonko by Ekwa Msangi (Tanzania, USA 2014). Based on personal reflection of her childhood, the director created a hilarious comedy about what happens when a man takes his daughter to the hairdresser.

At 6pm, Petter Ringbom surveys what it means to be an artist in today’s South Africa, focusing not only on the controversy surrounding the painting of Joseph Zuma with his genitals exposed, but also on other artists and their struggles and fears around freedom of expression.

Shield & Spear (South Africa, USA 2014) will be screened together with a short film by the promising South African Filmmaker Marius Bonfeu. Number 9 shows that through the love of football, enemies can become friends ….

The last film on Friday at 8pm is Arlette – Courage is a Muscle by Florian Hoffman (CAR, Germany, Switzerland 2015)79592_2
In this docu-drama, a young girl travels to Germany for surgery. Whilst there, war breaks out in her homeland, making her future uncertain.
Arlette will be screened with Agasanduka (Olaf Hamelink | Rwanda 2016), a short film in which a woman finds a magical box.

SATURDAY May 28th

Saturday May 28th kicks off at 4.30pm with a focus on Senegal. In 100% Dakar (Sandra Krampelhuber | Austria, Senegal 2014), we get to know a wide range of artists and activists within Dakar’s creative scene. 100% Dakar will screen with Burkina, Princess Yennenga (Nicole Mackinlay Hahn | USA, Burkina Faso 2015), a short film acknowledging the professional lives of women in Burkina Faso inspired by the legendary Princess Yennenga.

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6pm sees the European Premiere of Welcome to the Smiling Coast, a closer look at what’s behind the tourist image of the Gambia. The film will be introduced by Emiel Martens (producer), senior lecturer at Media Studies & founding director of Caribbean Creativity, who will also be available to answer questions regarding the film after the screening.

Concluding the programme on Saturday is Algerian director Merzak Allouache’s film Rooftops (Algeria 2013), which critics have called a stunning indictment of Algerian society.
The Rooftops will screen with Khawadjat (Bentley Brown | Chad, USA 2016), a short exploration of childhood memories and identity.

SUNDAY May 29th

The last day of the festival will start at 4pm with the Brazilian short The Summer of Gods (Eliciana Nascimento | Brazil 2014), a dreamy exploration of a child’s reconciliation with her heritage.

This will be followed by the documentary I shot Bi Kidude (Andy Jones | UK 2015), featuring world-music’s oldest female singer Bi Kidude – and what happened when she was kidnapped at the age of 102.

Afripedia (Teddy Goitom, Benjamin Taft and Senay Berhe | various countries 2014) showcases Africa’s contemporary culture scene, featuring artists, fashion designers, bloggers and many more. Afripedia will be screened together with Afronauts (Frances Bodomo | USA 2014), exploring events back in the 60s when Zambia was developing its own Space programme.

The closing film of the festival, Timbuktu by Abderrahmane Sissako (Mauritania 2014), offers an African viewpoint on the rise of fundamentalism and efforts of resistance.