Film Africa 2014

by Simon Collings

The Royal African Society’s annual film festival Film Africa opens Friday 31 October and runs to Sunday 9 November. It’s London’s biggest platform for African cinema with 85 films from 23 countries showing this year.

2014 is a year of significant anniversaries for Africans. It’s been 20 years since the Rwandan genocide and the end of apartheid in South Africa, 60 years since the Algerian revolution, and a hundred years since the unification of Nigeria. Film Africa 2014 has films reflecting all of these commemorations including two major classics: Pontecorvo’s The Battle of Algiers (1966), and Rogosin’s influential film about the townships of South Africa, Come Back, Africa (1959).

The festival opens at the Hackney Picturehouse with The Narrow Frame of Midnight, the debut feature from Moroccan-Iraqi filmmaker Tala Hadid.