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African Film Weekend

The African Film Weekend screens new and original African films each fall on the campus of the University of Richmond. It has been running since 2000 as an initiative from African Studies faculty members under the leadership of Professor Louis Tremaine from the Department of English. Since 2012, a component entitled Africa Week comprising lectures and other cultural events has been added.

African Film Weekend celebrates African culture on the continent and the Diaspora through cinema. Faculty, staff, students, and the general public of Richmond have the opportunity to learn about cultures and issues through the best productions Africa can offer in the realm of filmmaking. Film themes vary from year to year.

Support for African Film Weekend comes from the Office of International Education, the Media Resource Center, the Global Studies program and the Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures.

14th Annual Africa Film Weekend: Exploring South Africa

November 9 – 11, 2018

This annual festival of contemporary film features a selection of the most highly-acclaimed work produced throughout Africa and the diaspora. The 2018 festival is presented by Richmond’s Dr. Kasongo Kapanga and guest curator Dr. Chris Broodryk of the University of Pretoria, South Africa. 

All films will be screened in Ukrop Auditorium, located in the Robins School of Business.

Friday, November 9:

3 p.m.
Call Me Thief (Noem My Skollie)
Dir. Daryne Joshua, 2016, 150 min.

Based on the life of the film’s screenwriter, John W. Fredericks, this film tells the story of a young man in 1960s Cape Town, forced to navigate a world of poverty and violence before being imprisoned for petty crime. Behind bars, he discovers his skills as a storyteller, and finds a way to survive prison life.

7:30 p.m.
The Wound (Inxeba)
Dir. John Trengove, 2017, 88 min.

Xolani, a lonely factory worker, joins the men of his community in the mountains of the Eastern Cape to initiate a group of teenage boys into manhood. When a defiant initiate from the city discovers his best kept secret, Xolani’s entire existence begins to unravel.

Saturday, November 10:

8:30 a.m.
Life Above All
Dir. Oliver Schmitz, 2010, 106 min.

12 year old Chanda learns of a rumor that spreads like wildfire through her small village. It destroys her family and forces her mother to flee. Sensing that the gossip stems from prejudice and superstition, Chanda leaves home in search of the truth, determined to fight the fear and shame that have poisoned her community.

10:50 a.m.
Dir. Sara Blecher, 2015, 105 min.

After tragedy strikes, a young woman begins a journey of self-discovery — struggling to save her father’s car repair shop along with her memory of him. This coming-of-age story explores a vibrant Johannesburg community, alive with love, humor, tragedy and triumph. 

--Lunch Break--

2 p.m.
Fanie Fourie’s Lobola
Dir. Henk Pretorius, 2013, 90 min.

This romantic comedy tells the story of a couple who unexpectedly fall in love. On a dare, Fanie Fourie, an Afrikaner, invites a beautiful Zulu woman, Dinky Magubane, to come as his date to his friend’s wedding. Dinky agrees, provided Fanie pretend to be her boyfriend so she can evade her family’s pressure to marry. Despite their initial false pretenses, the two begin to have true feelings for each other.

4:15 p.m.
Five Fingers for Marseilles
(Menoana e Mehlano ea Marseilles)
Dir. Michael Matthews, 2017, 120 min.

Steeped in tradition of the Western genre, a group of rebellious young friends, dubbed the Five Fingers, fight
back against the oppressive police force. When cops seize quick-tempered Tau’s sweetheart, he goes from throwing eggs to shooting bullets. Tau flees, returning 20 years later to defend his home from corruption.

Sunday, November 11:

7:30 p.m.

Five Fingers for Marseilles
(Menoana e Mehlano ea Marseilles)
See description above.

Africa Week Lectures

South Africa and Siberia: Managing Hope and Fighting Despair in Societies Struggling to Stop HIV Epidemics
Dr. Rebecca Dillingham, Director, Center for Global Health; Associate Professor of Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases and International Health, University of Virginia
Tues., Sept. 11, 6:30–8:30 p.m.
Alice Haynes Room

Rebecca Dillingham, MD, MPH, is a physician and clinical researcher who specializes in treating patients living with HIV. She sees patients at the Ryan White Clinic at UVA and directs a clinic that serves patients co-infected with HIV and hepatitis C (HCV) as well as HCV mono-infected patients. Her research focuses on innovative mobile strategies to improve disease outcomes in HIV and other chronic conditions.

Since 2012, Dr. Dillingham has directed the Center for Global Health at UVA. The center supports UVA students, faculty and community members as they explore and address health inequities.

Beyond the Numbers? Keeping Gender on the Agenda of African Regional Courts
Dr. Josephine Jarpa Dawuni, Assistant Professor of Political Science, Howard University
Thurs., Oct. 25, noon–1 p.m.
Location: T.C. Williams School of Law, Room 101

Josephine J Dawuni, Ph.D., is Assistant Professor of Political Science at Howard University where she teaches courses on African politics. Her research draws on various theoretical strands including feminist legal theories and postcolonial feminism in interrogating women in the legal professions in Africa. She is the editor (with Gretchen Bauer) of Gender and the Judiciary in Africa: From Obscurity to Parity?, the first book on women in African judiciaries. 

South African Summits to Sea: A Watershed Perspective on Society, Biodiversity, and Freshwater Resources
Dr. James Vonesh, Virginia Commonwealth University
Tues., Nov. 13, 4:30–6:30 p.m.
Westhampton Living Room

Dr. James Vonesh's research focuses on aquatic organisms with complex life cycles and seeks to understand how processes within life stages scale-up across stages to influence population and community ecology and linkages between aquatic and terrestrial systems.

Contact Us

If you have questions about the African Film Weekend, contact Kasongo Kapanga or John Forsyth at (804) 289-8096