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BFI Flare Film Festival 2015 | Afrocentric films

A selection of afrocentric films at this years BFI Flare Film Festival which opens on Thursday. Here are our selections for the festival.

Including Kenyan film, ‘Stories of Our Lives‘ which gets its UK Premiere at the festival but sadly is already sold out.

Mo’Nique returns to the big screen in her first film since winning an Oscar for ‘Precious‘ in ‘Blackbird‘ a story based on Larry Duplechan’s Novel of the same title, with the films screeplay written by Brit Rikki Beadle-Blair.

The Starlite, one of New York’s pre-Stonewall gay bars – a black-owned and operated influential dance club, is celebrated in, ‘We Came To Sweat‘. Some of the disco sound originated at the bar, which is now under the threat of redevelopment.

Plus there’s another chance to see French film, ‘Girlhood‘ and the hottest black film in years, ‘Dear White People‘ as with its London Film Festival outing last year the tickets sold out within an hour.

The festival closes with the documentary, ‘Out To Win‘, looking at the experience of LGBT sportspeople working in professional sport, with contributions from Brit John Amaechi, and remembering Justin Fashanu.


19-29 March 2015.
50 feature films and over 100 short films. BFI Southbank.


Download the film Schedule here.


FEATURE FILMS


Blackbird

A gay boy in a deeply conservative Southern US town deals with the traumas of religious prejudice and coming out.

blackbird-002“Based on a 1986 Larry Duplechan novel, transposed to a Mississippi small town. Randy, a young black man, is wrestling unsuccessfully with his burgeoning sexuality. A member of his church choir, he has a tight cohort of school friends who seem more aware than he is of his sexuality. Meanwhile, at home Randy has to contend with his deeply religious mother (actress Mo’Nique from Precious), grief-stricken since his sister was mysteriously abducted. An unexpected encounter with a young actor and filmmaker changes things for Randy, but nothing runs that smoothly in this ripely melodramatic, emotionally engaging coming-of-age story, replete with plenty of sharp one-liners.” BFI

  • Mar 21, 2015 8:45 PM
  • Mar 23, 2015 1:50 PM

Girlhood Bande de filles

Céline Sciamma’s triumphant film explores of a young girl’s search for identity in the underprivileged suburbs of Paris.

girlhood-002“Céline Sciamma (Waterlilies and Tomboy) returns with this glorious coming of age drama about a quartet of young black girls growing up in the working class outskirts of Paris. Marieme is the eldest daughter of a single mother who works nights, leaving her with full responsibility for her younger sisters and an older brother so authoritarian that his behaviour borders on the abusive. At first a lonely, solitary figure among the young girls on her estate, Marieme is soon adopted by a sassy group, and the quartet find strength and power together in a community where rough boys dominate. Less overtly ‘L, B, or T’ than her previous work, Sciamma’s Girlhood is a nuanced examination of female friendship, gender dynamics and identity. Rihanna’s ‘Diamonds’ provides the backdrop to one of the year’s most electrifying, joyful scenes: ‘eye to eye, so alive, we’re like diamonds in the sky…’.” BFI

  • Mar 23, 2015 8:40 PM
  • Mar 24, 2015 3:50 PM

Dear White People

The diversification of an all-black residence hall forces a group of African-American university students to take a stand.

dear-white-people-002“Sam White is frustrated. Everywhere she looks, she finds racial inequality and coded aggression at her elite university. Her radio show is rubbing people up the wrong way and her ex-boyfriend, the tormented son of the school’s dean, is her opponent in a student election campaign she thinks she will never win. When she does, Sam is forced to face the true complexity of the racial politics she espouses; a complexity that Lionel Higgins, a gay writer casually ridiculed by the black student union Sam runs, is already facing.” BFI

  • Mar 24, 2015 8:40 PM
  • Mar 25, 2015 3:50 PM
  • Mar 28, 2015 1:30 PM

We Came to Sweat

Over 50 years of gay, black American heritage is at stake when this pre-Stonewall Brooklyn bar is threatened by redevelopment.

we-came-to-sweat-001“When a Brooklyn landmark, the black-owned and operated Starlite, is threatened with eviction by new landlords, its 50-year history as a pre-Stonewall gay bar and dance club is in peril. This film is a history of the club, its patrons and its staff, many of whom are also deserving of national treasure status. It’s not just in London that gentrification and rising property prices tempt landlords to sell to developers in the hope of making a fast buck. The community rallies around in protest, but is it enough? The history of the Starlite and its importance to the black gay community as a privileged space is underlined by the rich testimony from elders and family members for whom the venue is simply a part of their life. With a rich soundtrack of great music, reflecting the club’s influence on the creation of disco, the film is a warning to anyone who thinks their favourite gay bar is a permanent fixture.” BFI

  • Mar 24, 2015 8:50 PM
  • Mar 26, 2015 6:10 PM
  • Mar 27, 2015 6:10 PM

Stories of Our Lives

A visually stunning and tenderly wrought collection of stories about LGBTI lives in Kenya.

stories-of-our-lives-003“Two young women are in trouble for their ‘peculiar’ relationship; a farm hand is tormented when his crush begins courting a woman; a young DVD seller is intoxicated by the smoke and sounds of a clandestine gay bar. These are among the tales featured in this beautifully rendered collection of narratives from LGBTI Kenyans. Stories of Our Lives started out as an archival project by the multi-disciplinary Nest Collective, and the testimonies given have been tenderly wrought into funny, endearing – and at times heartbreaking – sketches. The quality and imagination achieved transcends the predictable but nevertheless disappointing response from the Kenyan government; after its Toronto premiere Stories of Our Lives was banned in the country for promoting homosexuality. That many of the actors are not themselves LGBT but were willing to participate at great personal risk is testament to the socially incisive and life-affirming vision of the project.” BFI

  • Mar 26, 2015 8:40 PM
  • Mar 28, 2015 11:45 AM
  • Mar 29, 2015 4:10 PM

Out to Win

Inspirational documentary charting the history of homosexuality in competitive sport, with interviewees including Martina Navratilova and Jason Collins.

out-to-win-JasonCollins1“In the competitive world of professional sports, homosexuality continues to be a big issue. So big that it seems no-one wants to talk about it. With so many athletes afraid that coming out will mark the end of their careers, there is a dearth of proud LGBT sportspeople representing the community and empowering future generations. Thankfully, some brave individuals have spoken out about their sexuality and paved the way for change. Told through the words of these pioneers, Malcolm Ingram’s inspirational documentary charts the history of homosexuality in sport, highlighting the triumphs, and indeed the tragedies, of those fearless forerunners, and profiling the victories of present day stars” BFI

  • Mar 29, 2015 6:00 PM
  • Mar 29, 2015 8:45 PM

SHORT FILMS


The View from Here | Mar 20, 2015 4:00 PM | Mar 21, 2015 11:50 AM
Whether you’re in your teens or well into adulthood, coming out can be one of the most terrifying (and perhaps most thrilling) things you’ll ever have to do, as demonstrated in this poignant collection of short films.

The Return  La Retour – A teenage boy must make sense of the world around him after he learns the truth about his older brother.

Director Yohann Kouam | France 2013 | 22 mins

Pleasures and Perils of Desire | Mar 23, 2015 4:00 PM
A rich haul of shorts about yearning for, finding, and remembering encounters of a sexual nature.

Caged  Uitgesproken – A group of friends hanging out at a sports ground discover one of their number is gay, but it seems he might not be the only one.

Director Lazlo Tonk, Dylan Tonk | The Netherlands 2013 | 13 mins

T/Here I Am | Mar 22, 2015 1:50 PM  | Mar 25, 2015 8:45 PM
Take up space, stand your ground, have no fear of not fitting in – these shorts explore what it means to be a queer body in a strange world.

Black Is Blue – A young homeless transman works as a security guard and is called to shut down a party his ex was rather enjoying.

Director Cheryl Dunye | USA 2014 | 16 mins

Dark Rivers of the Heart | Mar 27, 2015 3:50 PM | Mar 28, 2015 1:20 PM
Sinister desires become violent actions in this often disturbing programme of shorts.

Beyond Plain Sight – A seemingly charming young man hides a very dark and disturbing secret in his South London flat.

Director Joseph a. Adesunloye | UK 2014 | 13 mins

Fragile Things | Mar 29, 2015 12:45 PM
A collection of UK short films – From first encounters to break-ups, via autograph hunters, hand-jobs and a vision of Christ, this selection of homegrown narrative shorts explores infatuation and desire.

When Fragile Things Break – An explosive drama about dreams and hearts breaking.

Director Shanika Warren-Markland | UK 2013 | 7 mins

Mingmong – Annalise and Jude collect autographs together but Annalise’s mind is on other things.

Director Richard Turley | UK 2013 | 12 mins

Followers – Lynn has a vision of the face of Christ on a pair of swimming trunks.

Director Tim Marshall | UK 2014 | 12 mins

London film Festival 2014 | Afrocentric films

The programme for the BFI London Film Festival is now available. I had a pow-wow with film critic EC Forde, and between us, we’ve come up with a list of the Afrocentric films you can see at this years London film Festival.


8-19 October 2014.
248 films. 17 venues. 12 days. One festival.


The festival opens on October 8th with The Imitation Game, a film on the life of British mathematician and cryptanalyst, Alan Turing. It closes on Sunday, 19th with Fury, about a World War Two American tank crew who find themselves behind enemy lines.

Of the films listed below EC’s personal highlights would be, in no particular order:

We’ve almost certainly missed a few titles so definitely explore the festival site for yourself: http://www.bfi.org.uk/lff.


Afrocentric Films (click link for full details of films)



Other Films of Interest (click link for full details of films)


We’ve almost certainly missed a few titles so definitely explore the festival site for yourself: http://www.bfi.org.uk/lff.

Check out our Schedule of when the films are, and download the PDF Schedule.JampotMedia Timetable of Afrocentric films

Tickets go on sale from Thursday 18 September.
(Priority booking opens at 10am for Cinema Members on 11 September and for Champion Members on 10 September.)

Check out the full list of films in the BFI’s Digital Brochure.


 

 

 

 

 

LFF 2014: OUR LIST – Afrocentric & other films

The programme for the BFI London Film Festival is now available. I had a pow-wow with film critic EC Forde, and between us, we’ve come up with this list of the Afrocentric films you can see at this years London film Festival.

8-19 October 2014. 248 films. 17 venues. 12 days. One festival.

Download our Schedule of these films over the festival.


 Afrocentric Films


African Metropolis
African Metropolis

African Metropolis
An exciting journey across six African countries in six short films, highlighting the issues facing peoples seemingly worlds apart, yet with so much in common.

  • Oct 18, 2014 1:00 PM ~ Rich Mix Cinema, Screen 1
  • Oct 19, 2014 6:15 PM ~ BFI Southbank, NFT2

August Winds
August Winds

August Winds
A sensual teen romance unfurls in a remote Brazilian village threatened by global warming in this haunting feature debut.

  • Oct 11, 2014 1:00 PM ~ Rich Mix Cinema, Screen 1
  • Oct 15, 2014 3:30 PM ~ BFI Southbank, NFT2

Beti and Amare
Beti and Amare

Beti and Amare
In 1930s Ethiopia, a young woman escapes Mussolini’s army and is almost attacked by bandits, were it not for the arrival of an otherworldly presence whom she befriends.

  • Oct 18, 2014 3:30 PM ~ ICA Cinema, Screen 1
  • Oct 19, 2014 6:15 PM ~ Ritzy Cinema, Screen 2

Dear White People
Dear White People

Dear White People
Channeling the early work of Spike Lee, this smart college campus comedy explores contemporary race issues in post-Obama America.

  • Oct 9, 2014 6:15 PM ~ Curzon Soho Cinema, Screen 1
  • Oct 10, 2014 9:00 PM ~ Vue Cinema Islington, Screen 1

Difret
Difret

Difret
A young Ethiopian woman faces the death penalty for killing the man who raped her until a brave lawyer decides to take on her case.

  • Oct 18, 2014 2:45 PM ~ Vue West End Cinema, Screen 5
  • Oct 19, 2014 3:45 PM ~ Rich Mix Cinema, Screen 1

Fishing Without Nets
Fishing Without Nets

Fishing Without Nets
Tense, muscular filmmaking that tells the gripping story of a young Somali fisherman reluctantly caught up in piracy.

  • Oct 14, 2014 9:00 PM ~ Cine Lumiere Cinema
  • Oct 19, 2014 1:00 PM ~ Ritzy Cinema, Screen 2

Girlhood
Girlhood

Girlhood
Céline Sciamma’s triumphant third film is a beautifully observed examination of a young girl’s search for identity in the underprivileged suburbs of Paris.

  • Oct 16, 2014 9:00 PM ~ Odeon West End, Screen 2
  • Oct 17, 2014 2:45 PM ~ Vue West End Cinema, Screen 5
  • Oct 18, 2014 8:45 PM ~ Cine Lumiere Cinema

Hard To Get
Hard To Get

Hard to Get
A compact, highly enjoyable and kinetic action thriller unfurls at breakneck speed in downtown Johannesburg.

  • Oct 15, 2014 6:15 PM ~ BFI Southbank, NFT2
  • Oct 17, 2014 6:30 PM ~ Ritzy Cinema, Screen 2

Honeytrap
Honeytrap

Honeytrap
A Brixton-set drama about 15-year-old girl whose desperate need for acceptance leads her to take part in a tragic act of violence.

  • Oct 17, 2014 8:45 PM ~ Ritzy Cinema, Screen 2
  • Oct 18, 2014 3:15 PM ~ Vue West End Cinema, Screen 7

Hoop Dreams
Hoop Dreams

Hoop Dreams
Filmed over five years, Steve James’s classic documentary epic charts the fortunes of two boys hoping to make it as basketball stars.

  • Oct 17, 2014 8:00 PM ~ BFI Southbank, NFT2

Horse Money
Horse Money

Horse Money
Pedro Costa follows his Colossal Youth with a further showcase for Cape Verdean worker hero, Ventura – a haunting, poetic exploration of the night and Portuguese history.

  • Oct 16, 2014 3:30 PM ~ BFI Southbank, NFT2
  • Oct 18, 2014 6:15 PM ~ Cine Lumiere Cinema

I, Afrikaner
I, Afrikaner

I, Afrikaner
A fascinating account of the life of a family of Afrikaaners who are attempting to cope with the dramatic changes that have taken place in their country over the last 20 years.

  • Oct 12, 2014 9:00 PM ~ Ritzy Cinema, Screen 2
  • Oct 14, 2014 3:30 PM ~ BFI Southbank, NFT2

Keep On Keepin' On
Keep On Keepin’ On

Keep On Keepin’ On
Music bridges the generation gap in this poignant documentary about the friendship between two jazz musicians.

  • Oct 8, 2014 8:45 PM ~ BFI Southbank, NFT1
  • Oct 9, 2014 3:30 PM ~ BFI Southbank, NFT2
  • Oct 10, 2014 6:30 PM ~ Rich Mix Cinema, Screen 1

My Friend Victoria
My Friend Victoria

My Friend Victoria
Adapted from Doris Lessing, Jean-Paul Civeyrac’s haunting drama explores race, class and identity in the story of two young, black Parisian women and their different destinies.

  • Oct 10, 2014 6:15 PM ~ Cine Lumiere Cinema
  • Oct 12, 2014 1:00 PM ~ Curzon Mayfair Cinema, Screen 1
  • Oct 15, 2014 1:00 PM ~ BFI Southbank, NFT2

Nas: Time Is Illmatic
Nas: Time Is Illmatic

Nas: Time is Illmatic
An absorbing and stylish documentary of one of hip hops’ defining albums.

  • Oct 9, 2014 8:45 PM ~ Ritzy Cinema, Screen 2
  • Oct 11, 2014 6:15 PM ~ Odeon Covent Garden, Screen 1

National Diploma
National Diploma

National Diploma
An account of life for young students in the Democratic Republic of Congo who face challenges beyond the curriculum.

  • Oct 11, 2014 8:30 PM ~ BFI Southbank, NFT2
  • Oct 15, 2014 1:00 PM ~ ICA Cinema, Screen 1

Second Coming
Second Coming

Second Coming
A family is shaken by an unexplained pregnancy in Debbie Tucker Green’s bold debut.

  • Oct 17, 2014 9:15 PM ~ Odeon West End, Screen 1
  • Oct 18, 2014 6:30 PM ~ Rich Mix Cinema, Screen 1
  • Oct 19, 2014 3:30 PM ~ Ritzy Cinema, Screen 2

Song From The Forest
Song From The Forest

Song From the Forest
An American musicologist’s life among the Bayaka pygmies is portrayed in this haunting documentary.

  • Oct 12, 2014 6:00 PM ~ BFI Southbank, NFT3
  • Oct 17, 2014 3:30 PM ~ ICA Cinema, Screen 1

Sunday Ball
Sunday Ball

Sunday Ball
Campo de jogo
The land of football, Brazil, and the love of this national sport is the subject of this passionate documentary, looking at the role it plays in the lives of ordinary Brazilians.

  • Oct 11, 2014 6:30 PM ~ ICA Cinema, Screen 1
  • Oct 12, 2014 9:00 PM ~ Vue Cinema Islington, Screen 1

Timbuktu
Timbuktu

Timbuktu
In Abderrahmane Sissako’s stunning new film, residents of a Mali town struggle to cope with the imposition of Sharia Law by radical Islamist invaders.

  • Oct 10, 2014 9:15 PM ~ Odeon West End, Screen 2
  • Oct 11, 2014 6:15 PM ~ Curzon Soho Cinema, Screen 1

We Come As Friends
We Come As Friends

We Come as Friends
South Sudan is the focus of acclaimed filmmaker Hubert Sauper, as he uncovers the avarice in the fight over the country’s rich natural resources

  • Oct 16, 2014 8:30 PM ~ BFI Southbank, NFT2
  • Oct 18, 2014 3:45 PM ~ Curzon Soho Cinema, Screen 1

 


 Other Films of Interest


Charlie’s Country

Charlie's Country
Charlie’s Country

Veteran actor David Gulpili both co-wrote and stars in this powerful indictment of Australia’s treatment of Aborigines that is also a heartfelt character study.

  • Oct 9, 2014 9:00 PM ~ BFI Southbank, NFT1
  • Oct 11, 2014 3:00 PM ~ Odeon West End, Screen 1

The Dead Lands

The Dead Lands
The Dead Lands

The old world, myths and legends of ancient Māori tribes are explored in this exciting and exotic, action-packed coming-of-age adventure.

  • Oct 9, 2014 8:30 PM ~ Odeon Covent Garden, Screen 1
  • Oct 11, 2014 8:45 PM ~ Hackney Picturehouse, Screen 1

Flow

Flow
Flow

A portrait of raw creativity and the bruising challenges of success on the fringes of the Danish rap scene, starring Danish rapper Gilli.

  • Oct 18, 2014 6:15 PM ~ Hackney Picturehouse, Screen 1
  • Oct 19, 2014 1:00 PM ~ Curzon Soho Cinema, Screen 1

The Keeping Room

The Keeping Room
The Keeping Room

On the American frontier a young woman is forced to go to any means to defend her kin from the ravages of the barbaric outside world.

  • Oct 12, 2014 8:30 PM ~ Odeon West End, Screen 2
  • Oct 14, 2014 3:00 PM ~ Odeon West End, Screen 2
  • Oct 15, 2014 6:30 PM ~ Vue Cinema Islington, Screen 1

Night Bus

Night Bus
Night Bus

A series of funny, touching and surprising encounters take place one night among the diverse passengers of a London night bus.

  • Oct 12, 2014 3:45 PM ~ Curzon Soho Cinema, Screen 1
  • Oct 15, 2014 9:00 PM ~ Rich Mix Cinema, Screen 1
  • Oct 18, 2014 8:45 PM ~ BFI Southbank, NFT2

Ping Pong Summer

Ping Pong Summer
Ping Pong Summer

Like a time capsule straight outta 1985, Hip Hop has arrived and 13-year old Rad Miracle is about to have the summer holiday that will change everything!

  • Oct 15, 2014 6:15 PM ~ Hackney Picturehouse, Screen 1
  • Oct 17, 2014 6:15 PM ~ Odeon Covent Garden, Screen 1

Tokyo Tribe

Tokyo Tribe
Tokyo Tribe

Sion Sono is here to blow your mind again, this time with an ingenious hybrid of Yakuza gang action and hip-hop musical!

  • Oct 9, 2014 9:00 PM ~  Curzon Soho Cinema, Screen 1
  • Oct 11, 2014 6:15 PM ~ Rich Mix Cinema, Screen 1

War Book

War book
War book

A tense British political drama about a secret nuclear protocol from the 50s that’s put through its paces in the back rooms of Parliament to test real-world scenarios.

  • Oct 13, 2014 6:00 PM ~ Vue West End Cinema, Screen 5
  • Oct 18, 2014 12:15 PM ~ Curzon Mayfair Cinema, Screen 1

Tickets go on sale from Thursday 18 September.
(Priority booking opens at 10am for Cinema Members on 11 September and for Champion Members on 10 September.)

LFF 2014 Digital Brochure.