Programme 2019

Afrikans On Film Festival

Adinkra Arts Collective would like to thank its friends, partners and talented contributors for their kind support throughout the years in making Afrikans On Film Festival one of the most eagerly anticipated festivals in the UK.

I’m Living in Ghana Get Me Out OF HERE

A film by Comfort Arthur

Animation | 2019 | Ghana | 8:00 min
Director | Writer: Comfort Arthur

From being swindled by a immigration officer to fighting with a hairdresser. I’m Living in Ghana Get Me Out OF HERE are short stories about the filmmakers experience migrating from London to Ghana.

I’m Living in Ghana Get Me Out OF HERE


A film by Riptide Pictures VU

Documentary | 2018 | USA/Ghana | 27:53 min
Director: Princess Garrett | Writer: Sarah Harris

This documentary is about the loss of identity and its systemic impact on black males. By exploring the complexities of mental slavery, Sankofa calls its audience to free themselves from the system in which they were born.

Sankofa means “it is not taboo to fetch what is at risk of being left behind” in the Twi language of Ghana. The present is a result of the past, so what can we do now to better the future?

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The World Is Round So That Nobody Can Hide In The Corners - Part I: Refuge

A film by Leandro Goddinho

Documentary | 2017 | Germany | English Subtitles | 13:24 min
Director | Producer: Leandro Goddinho

He was forced to leave Nigeria to save himself and his love. The journey of a gay African refugee seeking asylum in Germany.

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A film by Gabriel Lantigua

Music Video | 2018 | Dominican Republic | English Subtitles | 3:00 min
Director: Gabriel Lantigua

A sequence shoot filmed on one of the most dangerous neighbourhoods in Gualey in the Dominican Republic, but you wouldn’t know it from the locals’ joyous applause at the end of the video, who eagerly lined the streets to be a part of Melymel’s vision.


Proclamation Punctuation

A film by Sewra G Kidane

Experimental Fashion Film | 2017 | USA | Language English | 4:35 min
Director: Sewra G Kidane | Writer: Yvonne Durant

“Proclamation Punctuation” is an enthralling fashion film centered on a fabulously fascinating woman reciting a short soliloquy paying homage to her love for using exclamation points in her missives. Periods are so period, where as an exclamation point livens up a sentence! There is simply nothing worse than a long dragged out sentence ending in an uninspiring dull dot! So when exclamation points are your philosophy on life, one must always keep it on the upbeat!!

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Appeased Village

A film by Issouf Bah

Animation | 2019 | Mali | English Subtitles| 5:22 min
Director | Writer: Issouf Bah

In an isolated village where people lived happily the monotonous routine of their daily lives leads the inhabitants to venture outside the boundary of the village.


Battledream Chronicles

A film by Alain Bidard

Animation | 2017 | Martinique | English Subtitles |  :00 min
Director | Writer: Alain Bidard

Battledream Chronicle is a sci-fi/drama animated series created by Alain Bidard, based on his ground breaking multi-award winning feature film story of Syanna, a young slave who is trying to regain her freedom in a futuristic world where plantations are video games.

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A film by Adeyemi Michael

Short Film | 2018 | UK | 4:36 min
Writer | Director: Adeyemi Michael

What does the immigrant fantasy feel like? Adeyemi Michael reimagines his mother’s idea of moving from Nigeria to Peckham in Entitled, a short film about leaving your country of origin. Adeyemi Michael Fantasy Documentary ‘Entitled’ for Channel 4’s Random Acts screened at BFI London Film Festival (2018) and London Short Film Fest and won Best Short Film at the Screen Nation Awards (2019).

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The Date

A film by Mikiros Garoes

Comedy | 2019 | Namibia | English | 16:31 min
Writer | Director: Mikiros Garoes

‘The Date’ is a romantic comedy about two modern 30 something Namibian women, Lahja & Niki, who set up their friend, Hawa, on a blind date, the first date she’s been on in years. ‘The Date’ starts off simple enough when Hawa meets her blind date, Chris (Bret Kamwi) but the tables soon turn resulting in unexpected and comical mayhem for everyone involved.

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The Date

The Conversation

A film by Peter Lowe

Short Film | 2019 | UK | 31:00 min
Writer: TC Smith | Director: Peter Lowe

Alienation, confusion, academic prejudice and resistance – The real price to pay for a PHD. This experimental short film tackles feelings of racial prejudice and alienation, through the real life PhD thesis of TC Smith.


Panomundo Part 1: The Evolution of the Steelpan

A film by Keith Musaman Morton

Documentary | 2015 | Trinidad & Tobago | English & Subtitles | 42:00 min
Director: Keith Musaman Morton

Slavery may have been the catalyst, but culture and passion formed this sound in Trinidad & Tobago. The steelpan (steel drum) can take the claim of being the only acoustic instrument invented in the 20th century. However, this sound not only moves people today, but it paralleled the island’s history of colonization and the demand for independence. The film highlights the precursors of the steelpan and the creation of the instrument until it gained international recognition in Britain in 1951. Interviews from steelpan legends, such as Ellie Mannette, Sterling Betancourt, Cliff Alexis and Ray.

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The Seamtress

A film by Murugi Thande

Documentary | 2017 | USA | 1:35 min
Director: Murugi Thande

DC-native Sabrina Heard survives drug addiction and an HIV diagnosis. Over the last seventeen years, her life has made a 360-degree turn. This short film was nominated for an Emmy by The National Capital Chesapeake Bay Chapter of The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.

The Seamtress

Birth of a Nation - Children of Azania

A film by Madu Dube

Documentary | 2017 | South Africa | English & Subtitles | 60:14 min
Director: Madu Dube

Madu Dube is a 23 year-old filmmaker from the East rand, Johannesburg. “Birth of a nation” is her first feature documentary. In 2019 it was selected for the prize of the Flemish commission competition of UNESCO at Africa film festival (in Belgium).


I am kenté

A film by Lisette Pires & Rosine Kaboré

Film Short | 2018 | France | English & Subtitles | 3:13 min
Directors: Lisette Pires & Rosine Kaboré

Cristina is an anti-migrant activist, full of racial prejudice. An incident involving a kenté cloth brings Cristina and Hikima together. Cristina doesn’t imagine that Hikima is a refugee because she is an English speaker and doesn’t look like a homeless girl. Cristina thinks that she is a tourist. I am kenté refers to a « no meeting », the kenté (traditional fabric from Ghana) is the only link between them. This fabric reminds Hikima her country and give her hope for the future.

I am kenté

Malika - Warrior Queen

A film by Roye Okupe

Animation | 2019 | USA/Nigeria | English | 14:56 min
Director: Roye Okupe

Set in fifteenth-century West Africa, Malika: Warrior Queen follows the exploits of Queen and military commander, Malika, who struggles to keep the peace in her ever-expanding empire. Growing up as a prodigy, Malika inherited the crown from her father in the most unusual of circumstances, splitting the Kingdom of Azzaz in half. But expansion would not come without its costs. Enemies begin to rise within her council. Malika fights to win the clandestine civil war within the walls of her empire, turning her attention to an indomitable and treacherous foe that plans to vanquish her entire people.


Black Girl

A film by Ousmane Sembène

Drama | 1965 | France/Senegal | Subtitles | 60:00 min
Director: Ousmane Sembène

Sembène’s account of a young Senegalese woman who takes a job in the home of a bourgeois French family recalls Jean Rouch’s tales of everyday struggle in urban West Africa. But, crucially, the perspective is completely that of the African, not the Africanist (who Sembène once accused of ‘looking at us like insects’).


Leave or Remain

A film by Maya Ramsay & Shorsh Saleh

Documentary Short | 2017 | Sicily | 4:00 min
Director: Maya Ramsay & Shorsh Saleh

Leave or Remain’ is filmed on one of the thousands of migrant boats that have attempted to reach Europe, containing passengers fleeing poverty, war and persecution. Shipwrecked migrant boats and migrant deaths have been recorded in European waters since1988, for 31 years.

The true number of migrant deaths at sea is unknown as many of the bodies are never found.

This haunting, docu-film speaks to the tragedy of forced migration, positing echoes of colonisation.


Zena Edwards

Performing her poem 'Britain Calling' - a homage to her grandfather.

Photo credit: Antonio Olmos

“Raised in Tottenham, North London, Zena Edwards has become known as one the most unique voices of performance poetry to come out of London. She is published in several anthologies including Dance the Guns to Silence (Flippedeye publishing). Her passion involves writing poems, articles and blogs for social and environmental issues, race and power and has been mentoring young and emerging artists in professional artists development and creative campaigning for social justice since 2010. As a multidisciplinary collaborator, Zena has worked with internationally acclaimed choreographer and dancer Akram Khan (Xenos), Visual Artist – Theaster Gates (Soul Manufacturing Company) and radical Film Maker Fahim Alam, (Riots Reframed), and The Last Poets.


The Little Fish and the Crocodile

A film by Stefanie Plattner

| Republic of Congo | 16:00 min
Director: Stefanie Plattner

The little Fish and the Crocodile is a fable from the rainforest in the Odzala National Park in the Republic of Congo. A story set in the second largest rain forest in the world and told by the children of the Sanza Mobimba Kindergarden. This beautiful and captivating short film, forms a part of the Tales Of Us project, an ongoing multimedia series that offers a new approach to communicating the urgency of protecting the world’s most powerful and fragile ecosystems and the people who call them home.

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