FILM: AFRICA 3.0 – VANITY SHORT FILMS WITH DISCUSSION
In the age of social media what does the impact of our infatuation with image have?
Ranging from satire, sci-fi and the experimental these films all come from a firmly African point of view that will challenge the Western viewer about what technology means to the continent.
Hello, Rain | Nigeria 2018 | 29m
Based on Hello, Moto, a short story by World Fantasy, Nebula and Hugo award winning author, Nnedi Okorafor. It is about three scientist witches who through a combination of juju and technology create magical wigs that grant them untold supernatural powers. As with everything, power corrupts and Rain, the leader finds herself in a confrontation with her friends, where she must stop them before they destroy the entire nation.
We need Many Prayers | Kenya 2018 | 5m
Have you heard of Afrofuturism? In this bold art-world satire, a young African visual artist hatches a sly plan to break through into the global arts market – Will it work? Directed by Jim Chuchu as part of The Nest Collective
BALOJI | Democratic Republic of Congo 2018 | 14m
A journey between hope and dystopia in a hallucinated Kinshasa, Zombie goes from the culture of the hair salon to a futuristic clubbing, from the urban parade to the glory of a dictator in campaign to a modern western. And interrogates the almost carnal relationship we have with our phones, outgrowths of the hand giving us the talent of digital ubiquity…
The Vanity shorts will form part of an interrupted screening during which we will discuss images, race and social media in the digital age. BGAC film programmer Tara Brown will lead the discussion with Helen Gould, a London-based writer, editor, and speaker who talks about politics, racism, and the media. Her previous talks include titles such as ‘Wakanda, Africa, and alternate futures’, and ‘Will you join in our crusade? Portrayals of protest in fiction and reality’. She also writes poetry, fiction, and adventures for indie table-top role-playing games.
This screening is part of Africa 3.0 a touring package of films that shows obsession as represented in cinema from across the African continent and the diaspora, focused on joy, vanity and infatuation.
Part of Film Feels: Obsession, a UK-wide cinema season, supported by the National Lottery and BFI Film Audience. Explore all films and events at www.filmfeels.co.uk