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Top South African films head to Afrika Eye Festival

Afrika Eye – the South West’s biggest celebration of African films and culture – returns to Bristol’s Watershed in November with an extended programme offering the best new feature and documentary films, director talks, debates, world music, talent awards and a marketplace selling authentic African goods and foods.

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This November, the Afrika Eye Festival brings top South African films to Bristol.

The fest includes screenings of the following films:

Hear Me Move

'Hear Me Move' film in South Africa at 20 Film Tour. Directed by Scotness L. Smith
Hear Me Move, Directed by Scotness L. Smith

Miners Shot Down

Miners Shot Down, directed by Rehad Desai

Soft Vengeance

Soft Vengeance: Albie Sachs and the New South Africa. Directed by Abby Ginzberg
Soft Vengeance: Albie Sachs and the New South Africa. Directed by Abby Ginzberg

 Four Corners

Four Corners
Four Corners


'Khumba' directed by Anthony Silverston in the South Africa at 20 Film Tour
Khumba directed by Anthony Silverston

Festival administrator Clara Shuma says:

“We hope that the diversity of this year’s Afrika Eye programme will encourage more people to come along to explore how screen portrayals of Africa and Africans have changed over the years, enjoy a flavour of African culture, join in lively discussions about a range of topical issues and discover the vibrancy of the new stories and talent now emerging.”

To whet appetites for what’s to come Afrika Eye is running a series of pop-up screenings between now and the festival’s launch.

Breaking the Silence: Siliva the Zulu

On Saturday 1 November at Watershed, Afrika Eye will present the South West’s first ever showing of the 1927 silent film Siliva the Zulu (1927), with a live accompaniment on traditional African instruments and piano by the acclaimed Nigerian composer/performer, Juwon Ogungbe.

Siliva the Zulu - still

Made by the Italian explorer and filmmaker, Attilio Gatti, the film is a dramatised fictional narrative of romantic rivalry set within rural Zulu life and culture in the late 1920s. Filmed on location in South Africa, Siliva the Zulu adopts documentary techniques to present impressions of everyday life, rituals, and beliefs. The screening will be accompanied by a live musical score performed on traditional African and western instruments, by Nigerian-born, London-based composer and musician Juwon Ogungbe.

The screening will be followed by a Q&A with Juwon Ogungbe and Dr. Jacqueline Maingard, Reader in Film at the University of Bristol, Honorary Research Associate at the University of Cape Town, and a Trustee of Africa in Motion, Scotland African Film Festival

Afrika Eye also organises ‘pop-up’ events and screenings throughout the year and works with Annie Menter of the WOMAD Foundation to take a cultural education programme into local schools and to community organisations. For updates on this year’s cultural programme, please visit

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