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Guests of the festival:

Nick Moran (UK)
Nick Moran is a British actor, writer and producer who plays the role of John Newton in Jeta Amata's The Amazing Grace. Nick has also starred in Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels (1998).

John Barker (South Africa)
John Barker was born in Durban, South Africa. He studied graphic design at ML Sultan in Durban. After working as a graphic designer in Cape Town, he made a change in career paths and began working in the film industry. He has directed various productions, such as the sketch comedy show, The Pure Monate Show, the South African Music Awards, and South Africa's first mockumentary, Blu Cheez (2002). Bunny Chow is his first feature film.

Jeta Amata (Nigeria)
Internationally acclaimed Nigerian film maker, Jeta Amata hails from a Nigerian family with entertainment running in their blood. Already one of Nollywood’s top directors, Jeta Amata has recently worked with the BBC and two of his latest films were shown at the 2006 Berlin Film Festival.


Thursday May 22nd
The New Black Box Theatre: 6pm
Opening Film: Bunny Chow (2006)
Bunny Chow
Official Selection: Toronto International Film Festival 2006, AFI Los Angeles Film Festival 2006, Rotterdam International Film Festival 2006.

Bunny Chow follows the raucous and often ridiculous weekend journey of three stand-up comedians. Ego's run high and careers are at stake as Kags, an arrogant womaniser, Joey, a devout yet conflicted Muslim and Dave, a somewhat innocent and naive "dishwasher" with dreams of making it big on the comedy scene, embark on a road trip to Oppikoppi, South Africa's biggest annual rock festival.

The trio slip out of their normal lives for a few dusty and increasingly absurd days with hopes of mass debauchery, drugs, rampant sex, true love and conquering the rock stages with their comedy, but they get a bit more than they bargained for.

http://www.dogwoof.com/bunnychow/

Director John Barker will be in attendance for an open Q&A session after the film.


Friday May 23rd
The New Black Box Theatre: 1pm
Moolaadé (2004)
Director: Ousmane Sembene

MoolaadéPioneering Senegalese filmmaker Ousmane Sembene directed this controversial drama which deals in part with the barbaric practice of female genital mutilation, still practiced in a number of African nations in the name of "purification." Six girls are scheduled to undergo the traditional purification ceremony escape but four make their way to the home of Colle Ardo Gallo Sy, a wife and mother who is sympathetic to their dilemma. Colle casts a "moolaade" spell, which will bring harm to anyone who attempts to hurt those under Colle's care. Colle finds few supporters in a village where tradition is sacred and change is regarded with great suspicion; the men who rule the tribe and the women who conduct the purification rituals both make their displeasure clear, but none can persuade Colle to vanquish the spell, which the others are obligated to respect.

Meanwhile, Colle's daughter Amsatou is facing a dilemma of her own. Amsatou has fallen in love with a young man who will one day inherit leadership of the tribe; a man who straddles traditional and modern life as he shuttles between an office job in Paris and the village of his birth. But, while he cares for Amsatou, her mother spared her from the purification ritual, and now she's uncertain if he will be willing to violate centuries of tribal tradition and wed a woman who is unclean in the eyes of his family.

Moolaadé was awarded the Un Certain Regard prize at the 2004 Cannes Film Festival.

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Friday May 23rd
The New Black Box Theatre: 3pm
Waiting for Happiness (2002)
Director: Abderrahmane Sissako

Waiting for Happiness
Waiting for Happiness depicts life in the seaside town of Nouadhibou in Mauritania. A young man, Abdallah, visits the town, where his mother lives before emigrating. He feels disconnected from his people because he dresses in Western clothes, and he does not speak the language, but he connects in small ways during his stay. Abdallah's mother vainly urges him to follow traditional customs while he's in town. Filmmaker Abderrahmane Sissako's follow-up to his acclaimed Life on Earth, Waiting for Happiness won the FIPRESCI Award for Un Certain Regard at the 2002 Cannes Film Festival "for its exquisite poetic depiction of the emotional and humorous complications that can
arise in the midst of a simple life
."


Friday May 23rd
The New Black Box Theatre: 6pm
Double screening
Director: John Barker

The Last Days of Anna Van Storm (2004)
Short film.

Blu Cheez (2003)
Blu CheezReminiscient of Spinal Tap, this very funny mockumentary documents the fictitious band Blu Cheez. A journalist from London visits South Africa to report and film the rebirth of punk rock.  He spends three months with the band recording their rehearsals, live gigs, badly planned publicity stunts and inner turmoil amongst band members.

Director John Barker will be in attendance for an open Q&A session after the film.

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Saturday May 24th
The New Black Box Theatre: 1pm
Bamako (2006)
Director: Abderrahmane Sissako

BamakoMelé is a bar singer, her husband Chaka is out of work and the couple is on the verge of breaking up… In the courtyard of the house they share with other families, a trial court has been set up. African civil society spokesmen have taken proceedings against the World Bank and the IMF whom they accuse of being at the heart of Africa's woes…

Amidst the pleas and the testimonies, life goes on in the courtyard. Chaka does not seem to be concerned by Africa's novel desire
to fight for its rights…

http://www.bamako-themovie.com/


Saturday May 24th
The New Black Box Theatre: 3pm
Darratt (2006)
Director: Mahamat-Saleh Haroun

DarrattChad, 2006. The government has granted amnesty to all war criminals. Atim, 16 years old, is given a revolver by his grandfather so that he may kill the man who killed his father...

Atim leaves his village for N’djamena, seeking a man he does not know. He quickly locates him: former war criminal Nassara is now married and settled down as the owner of a small bakery... With the firm intention of killing him, Atim gets closer to Nassara under the guise of looking for work, and is hired as an apprentice baker… Intrigued by Atim's attitude toward him, Nassara takes him under his wing and teaches him the secrets of making bread... Over the weeks, a strange relationship evolves between the two. Despite his disgust, Atim seems to recognise in Nassara the father figure he has always needed, while Nassara sees the teenager as a potential son. One day, he suggests adoption...


Saturday May 24th
The New Black Box Theatre: 6pm
Closing Film: The Amazing Grace (2006)

The Amazing GraceThe Amazing Grace is the most ambitious project to come out of the Nollywood (Nigerian) stable. The first major international feature film from the Nigerian movie industry highlights the epic story of the British slave trader John Newton’s voyage to Nigeria in 1748, and how this experience helped inspire him to compose the world famous hymn, Amazing Grace. The Amazing Grace features a cast of renowned actors from Nigeria, the US and Britain, including Nick Moran, (Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels).

http://www.theamazinggracefilm.com

Director Jeta Amata & actor Nick Moran will be in attendance for an open
Q&A session after the film.

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