BANNERCAFF is delighted to confirm that Senegalese band Abdoulaye Samb & Minnjiaraby will be performing live in our Closing Party!

When: Saturday, October 24, 2015 from 8:30 PM - 11:30 PM
Where: JCR, Clare Bar, Clare College, Old Court, CB2 1 TL
The Cambridge African Film Festival is hosting an exciting and vibrant closing party with a mini fashion show organised by Congolese model Lisette Mibo and a live music concert with Senegalese band Abdoulaye Samb & Minnjiaraby. All welcome!

Tickets: £6 adv (exc. booking fee) /£8 on the door. Book soon as space is limitted! Click HERE
Doors open at 8.30 PM. (Party starts at 9 PM) Minnjiaraby was founded by Abdoulaye Samb, a guitarist, singer and composer from Senegal, now based in London. His original music is inspired by Fula and Mandinka cultures among many others. The name of the band means “love of mixing”, which expresses the richness of Senegalese traditions and ethnicities, the beauty of them coming together, as well as an open-minded approach to all cultures and people, local and global alike. The music has grown from Abdoulaye’s travels, collaborations and research in Africa and Europe and pays tribute to open minds and open hearts.

The Live Music will be preceded by an African fashion show. A message from Congolese model Lisette Mibo: “Hello everyone! I am Lisette Mibo, a model and founder of the annual showcase Passion For Motherland. This year, I am super excited to be apart of the 14th annual Cambridge African Film Festival, which takes place between 16th – 24th October 2015. Join me on Saturday 24th October as I host the closing fashion show to celebrate African culture and talents through fashion.  Amazing designers with African inspired collection to showcase, alongside beautiful models from different backgrounds and cultures.”

Followed by Calabash DJ’s until 11.30 PM! 


The Calabash collective is a small group of six local people – all lovers of African music and dancing. They host a free night at La Raza bar in Cambridge usually on the first Thursday of the month with DJs playing great dance music from across the African continent: from North African Rock and Rai, funky rhythms from the Horn of Africa to exuberant South African and Zimbabwean throw-your-arms-in-the-air songs, crazy Congolese and Central African beats, the best of West African sounds from Senegal, Mali, Ghana, Nigeria and everything in between … music to dance your socks off to!


CAFF 2015 features Love, Music and Resistance

The Cambridge African Film Festival (CAFF) is proud to be celebrating its 14th edition from 16 to 24 October 2015. The longest running annual African film festival in the UK, CAFF is an important date in Cambridge’s cultural calendar. Since 2002,CAFF has been screening some of the best contemporary and classic African films; increasing knowledge and awareness of African and black culture in the East of England; and providing African filmmakers with large and engaged audiences. The festival has always been completely voluntarily run by a group of people who are passionate about African film.

CAFF 2015’s themes are love, music and resistance and the programme will showcase nine fiction films, two short films and two documentary films from Algeria, Burkina Faso, Egypt, Ethiopia, Kenya, Senegal, South Africa and Sudan. It will also feature Q&As with filmmakers and experts, workshops, a book launch, live music events, and a tribute to Senegalese filmmaker Ousmane Sembène.

This 14th edition is supported by prestigious institutions such as the Smuts Memorial Fund, Trinity College, the Centre of African Studies (University of Cambridge), the Cambridge Arts Picturehouse and the Cambridge Film Trust. CAFF 2015 is also part of a film series called ‘From Africa, With Love’, in collaboration with the four other African film festivals in the UK: Africa in Motion (AiM) Film Festival in Scotland, Film Africa in London, Afrika Eye in Bristol, and Watch-Africa in Wales, in association with the BFI UK Audience Network’s LOVE Blockbuster Season.

CAFF 2015 has also partnered up with many more Cambridge-based institutions and organisations, such as the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, Menelik Education, the African Society of Cambridge University, the Eastern African Society of Cambridge University, the French Studies Society of Trinity College, the Festival of Ideas, as well as Passion for Motherland, a platform founded by Congolese model Lisette Mibo, empowering RD Congo based projects.

The festival will take place in different venues across Cambridge, including the Cambridge Arts Picturehouse, the Winstanley Lecture Theatre at Trinity College, and the Riley Auditorium at Clare College.

About our Love theme

LoveTheOneYouLove_posterLast year CAFF was part of the wonderful ‘South Africa at 20: The Freedom Tour’ in partnership with all UK-based African film festivals. This we have once again joined forces to put together a focus on love-themed films. With films to fall in love with, and films to break your heart, this eclectic programme of African Love films will be presented in three strands across five UK African film festivals: Firstly, as part of the Romantic views,showing different cultural interpretations of love across Africa, CAFF will open with South African fiction film Love the One you Love (2014, Jenna Cato Bass), and enjoy the classic Egyptian film Cairo Station (1958, Youssef Chahine) on Thursday. Secondly, Love Brewed in the African Pot rekindles date night with a taste of love by marrying a passion for food with a passion for film in a romantic dine-and-view setting. Enjoy a hearty serving of fine fare and love affairs while watching the award-winning Ethiopian film Price of Love (2014, Hermon Hailay). This event is organised in partnership with Menelik Education. Finally, as part of theLove in conflictstrand, focusing on how love can overcome adversity in conflict situations, CAFF will host the screening of Kenyan film Stories of Our Lives (2014, Jim Chuchu) alongside a series of short films dealing with different aspects of love among the LGBT community. The film will be preceded by experimental animated short Yellow Fever (2012, Kenya, Ngendo Mukii), which explores the effects of Eurocentric beauty ideals disseminated by mainstream media. The other title in this strand is The Great Kilapy (2012, Angola-Portugal, Zézé Gamboa), a rarely shown Lusophone film which does not just revolve around love, but also music and resistance. 2015 marks the 40th anniversary of post-colonisation in the five African Portuguese-speaking countries. The evening will be followed by live music and a fashion show hosted by Congolese model Lisette Mibo’s charity Passion for Motherland.

About the Music and Resistance theme

Tuesday20Oct_FI_Wrestling_lowCAFF 2015 coincides with Cambridge’s well-established Festival of Ideas which this year focuses on the theme of ‘Power and Resistance’. CAFF has therefore chosen to screen the award-winning Sudanese documentary Beats of the Antonov (2014, Hajooj Kuka), about how people of the Blue Nile and Nuba Mountains in Sudan resist the situation created by the civil war through music. The screening will be followed by a Q&A with director Hajooj Kuka, in conversation with Dr Sharath Srinivasan, director of the Centre of Governance and Human Rights and lecturer at King’s College, University of Cambridge.

THEMANFROMORAN3CAFF will also host a screening of the historical fiction film The Man from Oran about the first euphoric years following Algerian independence, followed by a discussion with Dr Jean Khalfa, of Trinity College, University of Cambridge.



Tribute to Sembène

Ousmene Sembene, senegalese film directorLisa Carpenter (001) 212 962 0060CAFF 2015 seeks to highlight the work of acclaimed African filmmakers who have been a source of inspiration in cinematic production in the continent. One such filmmaker is Ousmane Sembène (1923-2007) from Senegal. His biographer and friend Samba Gadjigo has recently made a biographical documentary, Sembène! (2015, USA-Senegal, Samba Gadjigo & Jason Silverman), which we are delighted to screen. We are also showing Sembène’s Black Girl (1966), which features prominently in the documentary and is considered by many to be the first feature length fiction film to be made by a sub-Saharan African.

Book launch

Sunday18Oct_4PMBar_CuratingAfricaWe are delighted to be hosting the UK book launch of Curating Africa in the Age of Film Festivals (Palgrave Macmillan, 2015) by CAFF’s founding director, Dr Lindiwe Dovey. Dr Dovey will tell us about her latest publication which began its journey at the Cambridge African Film Festival. The book offers the first scholarly exploration of the vital yet controversial role played by film festivals in curating particular versions of Africa, African film, African filmmakers, and African audiences. It takes us on a festive, historical tour, analysing the curation of Africans at world fairs, the contemporary curation of African film and African filmmakers at film festivals, and the proliferation of international film festivals across Africa today.

African women filmmakers

Sara-Blecher-1137CAFF has always been committed to highlighting the work and talent of African women directors. This year we are excited to offer a screening programme called ‘Experiments with love: young South African women filmmakers’ with films by Nobunye Levin, Nikki Comninos, and Jyoti Mistry, and with introductions by Dr Lindiwe Dovey and reflections from South African director Sara Blecher, CAFF is honoured to have during the festival. In the past few years, South Africa has witnessed a dynamic new film movement, led by young women of all races, who are experimenting with the medium to seek new ways of representing South Africa’s past and present. What further unites these films is their attachment to questions of intimacy, interiors, and love: familial love, fraternal love, romantic love.

CAFF 2015 is thus screening a total of seven films directed by African women filmmakers.

CAFF Family Day

posterlambAiming to change the perception of the African continent and to showcase its diversity, CAFF believes it is essential to start an early age. For the first time ever we are therefore hosting a family day, with an afternoon screening of Ethiopian film Lamb (2015, Yared Zeleke), and Burkinabé short Les Jumeaux de Samba (2014, Lazare Palé). Earlier in the day there will be a children’s workshop at the Museum of Anthropology and Archaeology in Cambridge, providing an introduction to the diversity of Ethiopia through the tastes, textures, sights, sounds and smells associated with the country. Brought to us by husband and wife team, Lideya Teshome, who is Ethiopian born and bred; and Michael Thomas, a PhD candidate researching cinema in Ethiopia, this workshop offers the opportunity for children and parents alike to learn about Ethiopia through a multi-sensory experience.

CAFF Closing Evening 2015

CAFF 2015 will be offering live music hosted by Cambridge Africa Night during its opening, and music hosted by Menelik Education during its closing. The closing event will also feature a mini fashion show by Passion for Motherland.

Tickets are on sale as of 16 September 2015.

Download the full festival programme here.