Beyond the headlines: 4 Contemporary African Films at ttff/12

Four groundbreaking films on modern day Africa will be showcased at this year’s film festival. The issues of genocide, homophobia, dispossession and organized crime throughout the African subcontinent have been making international headlines for years. The four films from Rwanda, South Africa, the Congo and Uganda will take viewers beyond the news headlines to explore and deconstruct some of the misconceptions about contemporary African life.

 Call Me Kuchu is an extraordinary film documenting the persecution of the homosexual community in Uganda. It chronicles the activism and murder of David Kato as he labours to repeal Uganda’s homophobic laws and liberate his fellow lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender men and women, or “kuchus.” This nuanced and prolific film “takes the viewer beyond the chronicle of victimization depicted in international news media”, highlighting the courage of an endangered community as they fight for change.

Showtimes: Mon 24 Sept, 3.00pm, 
Mon 01 Oct, 3.00pm, Little Carib Theatre

Kinyarwanda, is a series of interconnected narratives inspired by true stories from the Rwandan genocide of 1994. More than a reconstruction of harrowing events, this is an ennobling film about the flowering of hope in the midst of despair, and the need for the healing power of forgiveness.

Showtime: Wed 26 Sept, 8.30pm, MovieTowne POS. The film’s director Alrick Brown’ will be present for a Q&A session.

Lucky is a memorable, quietly moving portrait of an unlikely friendship in modern-day South Africa between Padma, a formidable Indian widow and Lucky a dispossessed young orphan in Durban. Despite the barriers of language, race and culture, they bond in extraordinary moments of odd-couple humour, discovery and redemption.

Showtimes: Mon 24 Sept, 5.30pm Little Carib Theatre

Sun 30 Sept, 8.30pm, MovieTowne POS

Viva Riva! This revenge crime thriller, set in the Democratic Republic of Congo, is presented in association with the Delegation of the European Union. When a small time hustler is pitted against an Angolan gangster amidst the chaos fueled by a petrol shortage in a big city, intimidation and violence ensues.  Described by Roger Ebert as “a slick, exciting, well-made crime thriller, dripping with atmosphere”, this is arguably one of the most exciting new films from the region.

Showtime: Fri 28 Sept, 6.15pm, UWI, Institute of Critical Thinking

These are but four of the 120+ new feature-length and short films showing  at this year’s ttff.  Other countries represented include Trinidad & Tobago, the Caribbean and its diaspora, Latin American countries in the Caribbean Basin and India.

The seventh annual trinidad+tobago film festival (ttff) takes place from 19 September to 02 October. Screenings will take place at MovieTowne (POS and Tobago), the Little Carib Theatre and other venues throughout both islands. Tickets are $25 at MovieTowne and the Little Carib and available at the time of screenings and in advance at the box office. All other screenings are free.

The trinidad+tobago film festival is held annually in September and is presented by Flow, given leading sponsorship by RBC Royal Bank and bpTT, and supported by the Trinidad and Tobago Film Company, the National Gas Company, the Ministry of Arts and Multiculturalism and Copa Airlines.

Visit www.ttfilmfestival.com for the full schedule.

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