The Cambridge African Film Festival is back!


















The festival this year will be a strand of the cambridge film festival (Click for more information), with films taking place from the 21 - 25 October.

The Cambridge African Film Festival was generously supported THE cambridge film trust; the Smuts Memorial Fund, managed by the University of Cambridge in memory of Jan Christiaan Smuts;  Trinity College, University of Cambridge; and Menelik Education.


See below for more details.

To see more information on each film, click here.

21 October 2017

17.50 - Emmanuel College


Director: Mbithi Masya.
Starring: Nyokabi Gethaiga, Elsaphan Njora, Paul Ogola.

When Kaleche wakes up in the middle of the wilderness, she has no idea how she got there. She makes her way to a lodge called Kati Kati – a type of purgatory, not Heaven or Hell, but somewhere in between – where souls find themselves with no explanation or reason. No one knows how the residents of this bleak and isolated location, surrounded by African bushland, can ever leave. In this gathering of lost souls, each haunted by demons from their previous life, Kaleche begins to piece together the shards of her own life and the key to leaving Kati Kati.



22 October 2017

18.00 - Arts Picturehouse


Director: John Trengove.
Starring: Nakhane Touré, Bongile Mantsai, Niza Jay.

Xolani and Vija are the caregivers in traditional circumcision ceremonies in South Africa – each year they guide the young initiates into manhood. Xolani is asked by a family friend to be the caregiver for his son, Kwanda, because he has been behaving strangely at home in the city. However, Xolani has a secret as to why he attends the ceremony every year: his feelings for Vija go beyond that of a boyhood friendship. When Kwanda’s sexuality comes into question, Xolani is faced with difficult choices that threaten to upset this sacred ritual of manhood.


23 October 2017

18.00 - Arts Picturehouse


Director: Daouda Coulibaly.
Starring: Ibrahim Koma, Inna Modja, Quim Gutiérrez.

Ladji is a bus driver, desperately working to raise himself and his sister, Aminata, who has been forced into prostitution, out of poverty. When he doesn’t get the promotion he was expecting, he decides to contact Driss, a drug dealer who owes him a favour. Ladji risks his life to carry drugs from Conakry to Bamako and quickly becomes the top trafficker in the drug underworld, giving him easy access to money, women and a life that he had never imagined possible. But the price to pay is high. Nominated for the Sutherland Award at the London Film Festival 2016.


24 October 2017

18.00 - Arts Picturehouse


Director: Alain Gomis.
Starring: Véro Tshanda Beya Mputu, Gaetan Claudia, Papi Mpaka. 

Winner of the Jury Grand Prix at Berlinale, Félicité is the story of a proud woman working as a singer in a bar in Kinshasa. However, life comes crashing down when Félicité’s son has a terrible accident. She desperately tries to raise the money needed for his operation. A breathless tour through the impoverished streets and the wealthier districts of the Congolese capital ensues; a world of music and dreams. Tabu, a regular at the bar, offers to help and she reluctantly accepts. Within the confines of Félicité’s sparse apartment, the trio form an unusual community, thrown together by fate.


25 October 2017

18.45 - The Moving Cinema


Director: Akin Omotoso.
Starring: Warren Masemola, Harriet Manamela, Sihle Xaba.

Three people board the train for Johannesburg – a man looking for a job, a boy seeking out his father’s body and a young woman tasked with delivering a child to her mother. They each go on their separate ways in the urban jungle, yet their paths are fated to cross in the different situations in which they find themselves. Cleverly weaving the three separate plots, Vaya is as much a celebration of the diversity of Johannesburg, as well as a beautifully gripping, deeply moving and often funny narrative about struggling for survival and dignity in the city.



Wednesday, 25 October

18.30 - Winstanley Lecture Theatre, Trinity College



  • Country: Rwanda/UK

  • Release year: 2017

  • Run time: 60 minutes

  • Genre: Documentary

Director: Piotr Cieplak.  

A documentary about how Rwandans use personal and family photographs to remember and commemorate the loved ones they lost in the 1994 genocide.

Followed by a Q&A with the director.