This March AfriDocs presents some of the most powerful and important documentaries of the past few years. These films highlight many of the individuals and communities speaking out against oppression and abuse of power in both the personal and political spheres.
The month begins with a celebration of Music Freedom Day. Celebrated in numerous countries on March 3rd, Music Freedom Day is a powerful and united manifestation that supports persecuted, prosecuted and imprisoned musicians, many of whose only crime has been that they have spoken up against authorities and insisted on the right to express themselves through their music.
To commemorate this day, AfriDocs will screen They Will Have to Kill Us First, a documentary that looks at what happened in Mali when music disappeared overnight. In 2012 when Islamic extremists groups rose up to capture an area the size of the UK and France combined, music was literally outlawed overnight, but rather than lay down their instruments, Mali’s musicians fought back.
Throughout the rest of March, AfriDocs will screen other award-winning documentaries including Capitaine Thomas Sankara and A Barefoot Revolution, Nigeria’s The Supreme Price and the internationally acclaimed CitizenFour – the Edward Snowden story.
Don’t miss the opportunity to catch these award-winning films this month at 19:55 Central African time (GMT + 2) on [ED] DStv Channel 190 & GOtv Channel 65 across sub-Saharan Africa.
They Will Have to Kill Us First | Johanna Schwartz | Mali | 2015 | 95 min
They Will Have to Kills us First: Malian Music in Exile is a feature-length documentary that follows the struggle of musicians in Mali in the wake of a jihadist takeover and subsequent banning of music. Music, one of the most important forms of communication in Mali, disappeared overnight in 2012 when Islamic extremists groups rose up to capture an area the size of the UK and France combined. But rather than lay down their instruments, Mali’s musicians fought back.
Symphony Kinshasa | DRC | Kiripi Katembo Siku | 15 min
Take a hard-hitting tour through Congo’s capitol city and discover the consequences of graft, neglect and poverty.
In Your Hands 6 min
Yahir lives in Cali in Colombia, the 11th most violent city in the world. Homicide levels are high and more than 40% of the city’s murders take place in the district of Aguablanca. As Yahir travels through his neighbourhood, he seems to be well known, respected, perhaps feared.
CitizenFour | Laura Poitras | USA | 2014 | 114 min
CIitizenFour is a real life thriller, unfolding by the minute, giving audiences unprecedented access to filmmaker Laura Poitras and journalist Glenn Greenwald’s encounters with Edward Snowden in Hong Kong, as he hands over classified documents providing evidence of mass indiscriminate and illegal invasions of privacy by the National Security Agency (NSA).
Academy Award – Best Documentary Feature
DocImpact Award 2016
The Dream of Shahrazad | Francois Verster | Egypt, Lebanon, Turkey | 2014 | 107 min
Recently nominated for four SAFTA’s, The Dream of Shahrazad is a feature-length documentary film which locates political expression before, during and after the Egyptian revolution – and also within recent times in Turkey and Lebanon – within a broader historical and cultural framework: that of storytelling and music. More particularly, it looks at the legacy of the famous collection of stories known as THE 1001 (or “ARABIAN”) NIGHTS.
Plus Poor Us 7min
A short animated take on the history of poverty and inequality.
The Supreme Price| Joanna Lipper | Nigeria | 2014 | 76 min
The film traces the evolution of the Pro-Democracy Movement in Nigeria and the efforts to increase the participation of women in leadership roles. Hafsat Abiola faces the challenge of transforming a corrupt culture of governance into a democracy capable of serving Nigeria’s most marginalized population: women.
Best Documentary – Africa International Film Festival (AFRIFF)
A Miner’s Tale | Gabriel Mondlane & Nic Hofmeyr | Mozambique | 2001 | 40 min
Joachim is a migrant labourer who is torn between his responsibilities for his junior wife in South Africa and his senior wife and family in Mozambique.
Third Prize, One World Festival, Nordhein, Westfalia, 2003
Capitaine Thomas Sankara| Christophe Cupelin | Burkina Faso | 2014 | 52 min
A portrait composed of archives of Thomas Sankara, president of Burkina Faso between 1983 and his murder in 1987. Ready to liberate his country and transform the mentalities of his fellow citizens, contesting the world’s political order and challenging the powers of his time, Sankara stands out strongly in the history both of Africa and of the world.
Audience Award – Black Movie Film Festival 2013
A Barefoot Revolution
Christian Carmosino | Burkina Faso | 2014 | 54 min
In October 2014 Burkina Faso’s capital Ouagadougou is the theatre of massive demonstrations against the country’s President, Blaise Compaoré, and his attempt to change the Constitution in order to keep the power for 15 more years. As a result of his intransigence, the protest turns into a full revolution, lasting 6 days and nights and ending with Compaoré’s departure, after a dictatorship of 27 years. A transitional government takes over and prepares the elections planned for October 2015.
Sketchaz and her friends | Steps | Lesotho | 2015 | 12 min
Rethabile/”Sketchaz”, whom everyone thinks is lesbian, is a confident young woman. She shows her vulnerability when she takes the decision to disclose her bisexuality to her friends.
AfriDocs screens every THURSDAY at 19:55 Central African time (GMT + 2) on [ED] DStv Channel 190 & GOtv Channel 65 across sub-Saharan Africa. Repeats on Sundays – www.afridocs.net or www.facebook.com/AfriDocs