Welcome to Busseywood is back. The famous Bussey Building will once again host London’s largest one-day free African film festival from 12 noon to 10pm.
Great films back-to-back, exploring the exciting multi-layered nature of the African film narrative. From classic African cinema to new and emerging artists from Africa and the wider African community. Curated and organised by Peckham local Orvil Kunga (aka Kungadred), in partnership with the Bussey’s CLF Art Cafe and Peckham and Nunhead Free Film Festival.
Half of a Yellow Sun
Nigeria, 2013, cert PG, 111 mins, dir Biyi Bandele
Starring award winning actors Chiwetel Ejifor and Thandie Newton, Half of a Yellow Sun is the biggest film to come out of Africa from an African director, having gained international cinematic release.
Biyi Bandele’s debut feature based on the Purple prize winning book of the same name by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, is set to become an African cinematic classic.,Sisters Olanna (Thandie Newton) and Kainene (Anika Noni Rose) return home to 1960s Nigeria, where they soon diverge on different paths.
As civil war breaks out, political events loom larger than their differences as they join the fight to establish an independent republic. View trailer
Uganda, 2010, cert PG, 82 mins, dir Caroline Kamya
Imani vibrantly captures three vignettes of life in modern day Uganda: a child soldier returning to the parents who could not protect him, a woman fighting to get her wrongly accused sister out of jail, and a youth dance troop leader struggling to simply get through a hometown performance.
These seemingly disparate stories slowly fuse into a profound singular narrative as the characters reveal themselves to be uniformly off balance in their own lives, and the world around them. View trailer
Senegal, 1973, cert PG (tbc), 95mins, dir Djibri Diop Mambety
A true classic of African cinema. A masterpiece of filmmaking, with a stunning mix of the surreal and the naturalistic, Djibril Diop Mambeěty paints a vivid, fractured portrait of Senegal in the early 1970s.
In this French New Wave-influenced fantasy-drama, two young lovers long to leave Dakar for the glamour and comforts of France, but their escape plan is beset by complications both concrete and mystical.
Characterized by dazzling imagery and music, the alternately manic and meditative Touki Bouki is widely considered one of the most important African films ever made. View trailer
Oya: Rise of the Suporishas
UK, 2014, cert PG, 13 mins, dir Nosa Igbinedion
Oya is an exciting action-packed film, written and directed by award-winning director Nosa Igbinedion.
The film resurrects mythical deities from African folklore, known as Orishas, into modern-day superheroes, focusing on Ade, one of the few people in the modern world who still has a connection with one of the gods, Oya.
Oya’s job is to keep the doorway between the world of man and the world of the Orishas firmly closed. If it is opened, the Orishas will wreak havoc upon the Earth as retribution for man’s abandonment of them. To keep the door shut she must find the ‘key’ (a young girl with the potential to open the doorway) and she is tasked in keeping the young girl safe. View trailer
Akee and Salt Fish
UK, 2014, cert PG, 15mins, dir Cecile Emeke
Excellent thought-provoking comedic short film takes a no-holds barred approach to the often-touchy subject of gentrification. On an unusually sunny Sunday in East London, two best friends, Olivia and Rachel, go to pick up takeaway food after Rachel forgets to soak the salt fish. Meet Olivia and Rachel, the stars of Ackee and Saltfish, discussing being adopted by Solange (sister of Beyonce), wondering whether Common plays the guitar and arguments over whether couscous is rice or not. View trailer
Zanzibar/UK, 2013, cert PG, 18 mins, dir Kibwe Tavares
Mbwana and his best friend Juma are two young men with big dreams. These dreams become reality when they photograph a gigantic fish leaping out of the sea, causing their small Zanzibari town to become a big tourist attraction. But the reality is not what they had hoped for and a chance re-encounter with the fish, Mbwana, now old and ruined, means that only one of them can survive.
Award-winning, Brixton-based Factory Fifteen offers a true master class in VFX filmmaking and with the beautiful backdrop of Zanzibar, this short animated film is a must see for anyone interested in the craft of visually compelling story-telling. View trailer
South Africa, 2009, cert PG, 26 mins, dir Jan-Hendrik Beetge
Set in the slums of a small fishing community on the southern coast of South Africa, the drowning depths of illegal abalone poaching has become a dangerous life that Jimmy, a legendary ex-diver, has to escape from.
Wanting to save AB, his rebellious young brother from Gonyama, the violent gangster who AB admires, Jimmy devises a plan to give him and AB a new beginning and a new life.
But on a stormy winter’s day when Jimmy gets his chance to escape, nothing can prepare him for what happens. View trailer
Ivory Coast, 2012, cert U, 15 mins, dir Armand Brice Tchikamen
An old man buys a radio. Whenever he turns it on he hears stories of destruction. He is convinced the problem lies in the radio and takes it to a repair shop. Boni, the engineer, must find a solution. But what if the problem is not with the radio but something much bigger? View trailer
About Welcome to Busseywood
Welcome to Busseywood hopes to become a place where the London community can come and experience stories which are often over-looked in mainstream cinema. As well as films there will be:
African-centred market stalls – selling homemade (vegan friendly) food, handmade crafts, clothes and health products
Panel discussions with UK/African producers and filmmakers
African language taster class
Poetry, story-telling and pop art gallery
Thanks to all our partners, Mickey Smith (CLF), Bussey staff, Soda Pictures and contributors for their continued support of London’s largest one-day free African film festival.
Imani and Abyss Boys are screened courtesy of Ten10 Film Productions, the award-winning production company with offices in South Africa and London, founded by Peckham local Tendeka Matatu, who has allowed us to show these two classic films from Uganda and South Africa.
This is a free event. No tickets required.