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Last November the Cambridge African Film Festival celebrated its 13th edition, with a special focus on South African film, as part of the South Africa at 20 Tour. This season continues until April across the UK. CAFF 2015 will be announcing dates and calling for submissions very soon! In the meantime, make sure you join us for the South African film screenings!

CAFF is very pleased to be hosting a FREE screening at one of the most popular pubs in Cambridge, the Cambridge Brewhouse, as part of the South Africa at 20: The Freedom Tour.  In this case, we will be screening Hear Me Move, the first South African street dance film, which screened in closing evening the 13th Cambridge African film festival, and whose choreographer and director were with us in a Q&A following the screening.

The endearing and highly entertaining Hear Me Move tells the story of Muzi, the son of an amazing pantsula dancer, who embarks on a journey of self-discovery in order to learn the truth about his father’s death and come to terms with his own identity. But will Muzi embrace his destiny and become the man he is meant to be? Hear Me Move is an exciting new South African feature film, creating a local challenge to a genre that includes such well-loved films as Fame and Step Up.

About the South Africa at 20 Freedom Tour

2014 marked the 20th anniversary of democracy and freedom in South Africa. To commemorate this landmark date, South Africa at 20: The Freedom Tour, a season of South African cinema, will take place from October 2014 to April 2015 at venues across the UK. The tour will host a total of 120 screenings throughout the season, across 40 different locations. The films are complemented by an extensive educational and outreach programme, including workshops and discussions, school and pop-up screenings. The tour will also support the Afrovibes season of live South African performance, taking place in venues across the UK from Oct to Nov 2014. The tour is supported by the British Film Institute, awarding funds from the national lottery, and the South African Season in the United Kingdom 2014 & 2015. The SA-UK Seasons is a partnership between the Department of Arts and Culture, South Africa, and the British Council.

After the enormous success of the 2014 festival, we are in the midst of planning for 2015.  We’ll announce details shortly.

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The event, in association with ASCU, will take place this Saturday 14 March at 7pm at the McCrum Lecture Theatre, in Corpus Christi College, Cambridge. Doors open at 6.30 pm!

Last November the Cambridge African Film Festival celebrated its 13th edition, with a special focus on South African film, as part of the South Africa at 20 Tour. This season continues until April across the UK. CAFF 2015 will be announcing dates and calling for submissions very soon! In the meantime, make sure you join us for the South African film screenings!

CAFF is very pleased to be hosting another session of film screenings with the African Society of Cambridge University (ASCU), as part of the South Africa at 20: The Freedom Tour.  In this case, we will be screening two films, Come back Africa, and Four Corners. This is a FREE event, so it is a great chance for you to see some of the best productions of classic and contemporary South African cinema in the best company!

Synopsis Come Back Africa
After witnessing first hand the terrors of fascism as a soldier in World War II, director Lionel Rogosin vowed to fight against it wherever and whenever he saw its threats re-emerging. In an effort to expose “what people try to avoid seeing”, Rogosin travelled to apartheid-struck South Africa and secretly filmed Come Back, Africa, which revealed the cruelty and injustice with which black South Africans were treated. A jarring view of a largely concealed environment of injustice, Come Back, Africa honestly and sincerely captures images of the faces of a people oppressed.

Synopsis Four Corners
Cape Town today – home to South Africa’s toughest maximum security prison – Pollsmoor. When Farakhan, a general in one of the century-old Numbers Gangs, is released after 13 years, he wants a quiet life and a ‘river of peace’. But he finds himself in a world more violent than when he left it. Now ruthless street gangs control the ghetto streets, crack and guns are sold openly, and young boys are disappearing, victims of a serial killer. In this turbulent world, Farakhan seeks to make contact with his son, whom he has never known. Four Corners is a high-octane, multi-thread, coming-of-age crime drama set in a unique and volatile South African subculture. At times raw and violent, at times touching and true, the four lives of the characters Farakhan, Leila, Tito and Gasant converge around the boy Ricardo, weaving universal themes of love, loss, kinship, betrayal and redemption.

Director Ian Gabriel was one of the guests during the last edition of CAFF. To watch the Q&A following the screening, chaired by Dr Chris Warnes (from the Centre of African Studies, University of Cambridge), follow this link: https://vimeo.com/115050533

About the South Africa at 20 Freedom Tour

2014 marks the 20th anniversary of democracy and freedom in South Africa. To commemorate this landmark date, South Africa at 20: The Freedom Tour, a season of South African cinema, will take place from October 2014 to April 2015 at venues across the UK. The tour will host a total of 120 screenings throughout the season, across 40 different locations. The films are complemented by an extensive educational and outreach programme, including workshops and discussions, school and pop-up screenings. The tour will also support the Afrovibes season of live South African performance, taking place in venues across the UK from Oct to Nov 2014. The tour is supported by the British Film Institute, awarding funds from the national lottery, and the South African Season in the United Kingdom 2014 & 2015. The SA-UK Seasons is a partnership between the Department of Arts and Culture, South Africa, and the British Council.

About CAFF
CAFF is the longest running African film festival in the UK. CAFF is a completely voluntarily run festival which aims to show the best of contemporary African films, increase understanding and awareness of African and black culture in the UK, and offer an important counterbalance to the Western media’s stereotyping of Africa. The next edition will take place from the 17 to 24 of October 2015.