Three films we have been talking quite a bit about, Half of a Yellow Sun, Ackee & Saltfish and Oya: Rise of the Suporishas , will be screening free at the Peckham & Nunhead Film Festival in London on September 13th.
The city’s largest one-day free African film festival will feature 20+ back-to-back films, from “classic African cinema to new and emerging artists from Africa and the wider African community.”
The screening of Ackee & Saltfish will include a Q&A session with the director Cecile Emeke .
Saturday, September 13, 2014
12:00 pm to 10:00 pm
113 Rye Lane, SE15 4ST
Free (no tickets required)
Half of a Yellow Sun (2013)
Duration: 111 mins
Director: 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 Newto n ) 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.
Akee & Salt Fish (2014)
Duration: 15 mins
Director: 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 & Saltfish , discussing being adopted by Solange (sister of Beyonce), wondering whether Common plays the guitar and arguments over whether couscous is rice or not.
Oya: Rise of the Suporishas
Duration: 13 mins
Director: 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.