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African Film Festival Auckland: 2018

When:

Fri 13 Apr 2018, 8:45pm–10:25pm
Sat 14 Apr 2018, 7:00pm–8:10pm
Sat 14 Apr 2018, 8:30pm–10:10pm
Sun 15 Apr 2018, 7:15pm–8:15pm
Sun 15 Apr 2018, 8:45pm–10:15pm

Where: Rialto Cinema, 167-169 Broadway, Newmarket, Auckland

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Adults: $17.50
  • Students: $14.50
  • Children/Seniors: $12.50
  • Opening Night, from 7:00pm (includes entertainment, refreshments and film): $29.50
  • Closing Night Double Feature (includes glass of wine during interval): $35.00
  • Additional fees may apply

Listed by: geraldl3h

“The darkest thing about Africa has always been our ignorance about it.” – George Kimble

Africa? War... poverty... famine... disease... corruption... that’s Africa, isn’t it?

Well, if you attended the African Film Festival in the last three years, some of those clichés will have already been challenged. Now, in 2018, we are back – with a longer and better Festival – determined to overturn, once again, stale ideas and racial stereotyping.

This year, we are presenting - from right across the continent – a selection of films which portray the astonishing cultural richness and social diversity of Africa. Some films focus on history; some on the problems besetting emerging nations; some on African music; some on the natural beauty of the continent; some on continuing areas of conflict; some on those features of “being human” which bind us all together - African or not.

We have a domestic comedy, in which a black couple adopt a white baby – a beautifully ironic, role-reversing take on a familiar idea. We take an in-depth look at one of Africa’s greatest musical icons – Miriam Makeba.

We are also presenting a fascinating documentary study of a white South African satirist who mocked and defied authority throughout apartheid’s darkest years. Then there is “Clash” – a tense political drama from Egypt, already the winner of numerous international awards.

All regions of the continent are represented, in films which make the audience look at Africa and Africans through native eyes and from new perspectives. The Festival also underlines the astonishing range of artistic and cinematic talent that is blossoming - north, south, east and west - across that vast continent.

For full details of the programme, go to our website, as shown above.

Or visit the Rialto site: https://www.rialto.co.nz/Cinema/Newmarket/EventsFestivals/AfricanFilmFestival

Alternatively, background information and community reaction can be found on our Facebook page:
https://www.facebook.com/africanfilmfestivalnz/

In a world that has recently taken a dangerous lurch back towards narrow nationalism and isolationism, we need to focus our minds on those characteristics which humans everywhere share.

Of course, cultural diversity and individuality are to be celebrated, and these films do just that... but they also offer a telling reminder of what unites us all.

In the words of a great African, Desmond Tutu:
“My humanity is bound up in yours, for we can only be human together.”

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