African Science Film Series

The African Science Film Series is an exploration of the untold stories of groundbreaking scientific developments by people of African descent, from the highly developed culture and civilisation of ancient Timbuktu to the contributions of African-American scientists in the 20th century. Created by Black History Studies in partnership with the Bernie Grant Arts Centre.


Manuscripts of Timbuktu

Timbuktu has become a synonym for being impossibly distant and obscure. This film unearths the amazing truth about this leading cultural, religious, economic and scientific centre of African life.

Thursday, 6th of September @ 7:00 pm


Ancient Astronomers of Timbuktu

Led by astrophysicist Dr Thebe Medupe, discover the scientific prowess of Timbuktu, once a centre of Islamic civilisation.

Friday, 7th of September @ 7:00 pm


Cosmic Africa

Travelling across Namibia, Ghana, Kenya, Mali, the Egyptian Sahara, Dr Thebe Medupe explores Africa’s ancient astronomy and the interaction between humans and the cosmos.

Friday, 14th of September @ 7:00 pm


Hidden Figures

This Oscar and Golden Globe-nominated film tells the story of three African-American mathematicians who were the brains behind NASA’s launch of astronaut John Glenn into orbit.

Thursday, 20th of September @ 7:00 pm