Busseywood - African Film day at the Bussey Building is part of the Free Film Festival to be held for 2 weeks in Southwark.
FREE 16 hour celebration of film and music on Saturday 14 September at the fabulous Bussey Building in Peckham, 12noon to 4am
CLF Art Café, the cultural hub of Peckham, in partnership with Peckham & Nunhead Free Film Festival, present the second Welcome to Busseywood.
This year's theme - Film Africa.
Three floors of African films, celebrating the vibrancy and diversity of African cinema. With talks, poetry, story-telling, art and live music.
From the animated family classic, Kirikou and the Sorceress, to the hard-hitting film about Nigerian king of Afro-beat Fela Anikulapo Kuti’s (pictured) 1986 visit to New York, Fela NYC: Fresh from Africa.
Plus many more films from across the vast continent.
This promises to be an event not to be missed!
Secret City (2012) – special screening of documentary about the City of London, the Corporation that runs it, and its role in the economic crisis.
Brainwrap Comedy Cinema – showing short and hilarious comedy films.
More details to follow. Come back soon.
African cinema events programmed by Vashti Henry and Kunga
The Busseywood event is completely run by local volunteers.
Join the team as a volunteer as they celebrate being back at the fantastic Bussey Building for the second Welcome to Busseywood.
To volunteer at this event, please send a message to Vashti or email [masked]
Floor one - African cinema:
12.00 noon - A Screaming Man
Chad, 2012, 92 mins, drama, cert PG, Subtitles Nigeria, dir Mahamat Saleh Haroun
Present day Chad. Adam, 55, a former swimming champion, is pool attendant at a smart N'Djamena hotel. When the hotel gets taken over by new Chinese owners, he is forced to give up his job to his son Abdel. Terribly resentful, he feels socially humiliated. The country is in the throes of a civil war. Rebel forces are attacking the government. The authorities demand that the population contribute to the "war effort", giving money or volunteers old enough to fight off the assailants. The District Chief constantly harasses Adam for his contribution. But Adam is penniless; he only has his son. With special thanks to Soda Pictures.
1.30pm - Nollywood Babylon
Nigeria, 2008, 74 min, documentary with English subtitles, directors Ben Addelman & Samir Mallal
Nigeria's film industry, Nollywood, is the third-largest in the world-an unstoppable economic and cultural force that has taken the continent by storm and is now bursting beyond the borders of Africa. "Nollywood Babylon" is a feature documentary detailing the industry's phenomenal success. Propelled by a booming 1970s soundtrack of African underground music, the movie presents an electric vision of a modern African metropolis and a revealing look at the powerhouse that is Nigerian cinema. With special thanks to Dogwoof Ltd
2.50pm - Ties Film Short
South Africa, 2012, 7 Minutes, Director Tebogo Phalane
Ties are a film that was conceptualised and filmed within 48 Hours in September 2012 as part of the 48 Hour Film Project in Johannesburg, South Africa. The film was produced by Tebogo Phalane and Linda Nkosi of Soot Productions and stars Zwo Farisani as Adam a disgruntled Greek Plate salesman and Sara Chitambo as his nagging wife.
3.15pm - Touch
UK, 2013, 14 min, drama, written/directed/produced by Shola Amoo and co-produced by Ian Aryeh
Jessica and George meet in an open field at a specific time and place every day. George is in love – but unbeknownst to him, Jessica hides a devastating secret. As Jessica’s feelings for George grow, she must make an important decision that will change her life forever.
3.35pm - Precipice
UK, 2010, 25 min, drama, PG, written/directed/produced by Julius Amedune
It's the evening before Jasper Morgan's financial wrong doings become public and his co-conspirators are unsure if Jasper will talk or take the fall. So they fly in Roman, a 'fixer' who is hoping that this will be his last ever job. What should be a straightforward pick-up and drop-off is not as Roman's unsuspecting target Jasper needs to make one last stop along the way.
3.55pm - Mary and John
UK, 2009, 6 min, drama, PG, written/directed/produced by Julius Amedune
After 50 years of marriage, Mary comes to terms with John who is a shadow of his former self.
4.10pm - The Fade
Ghana/Jamaica/USA/UK, 2012, 1hr 18 min, documentary, director/producer Andy Mundy-Castle
4 barbers, 4 lives, 1 story... The Fade is an intimate portrait of four Afro barbers across the world over seven days. The observational documentary reveals exactly what this profession means to society in the 21st century. Set in Ghana, Jamaica, USA and the UK the film interweaves their stories and examines the polarized opposites of the locations. Creating an international dialogue of the colourful lives of four men who do the same thing in different time zones, with very different realities.
5.45pm - Q&A panel: Directors to watch
Q&A with directors Anthony Abuah, Julius Amedune and Shola Amoo.
6.45pm - Woolwich Boys
UK, 2012, 1hr 23 min, drama, PG - 15, Director Anthony Abua
A crime/gangster debut from Anthony Abuah. The film focuses on the lives of four Nigerian friends, who embark on a life of fraud crime '419' in South-East London. Based on true events, the story is focused on the meteoric rise of 'Wale', a teenager who has recently arrived in the UK from Nigeria. When he is unable to complete his studies, he is enticed into a life of flashy cars, fancy women and money. Q & A with Woolwich Boys Director Anthony Abuah before the film (see above).
8.10pm - Live music: Miryam Solomon and DJ Red Clay
Eritrean singer/Songwriter Miryam Solomon is blessed with one of the most distinctive voices amongst the new generation of African female singers. She has created a personal music by fusing acoustic roots styles with and urban sounds. Her regal presence on stage shows a confident woman whose soulful voice can melt your heart in an instant and her personal songs speak to us in a remarkable way. Miryam Solomon sings in Tigrinya language and in English.
9.10pm - Fela NYC: Fresh from Africa
USA, 1986, 97 mins, documentary, English/Subtitles, director Jaheed Ashley
A powerful up-close-and-personal view of Fela Anikulapo Kuti’s historic visit to New York City in the mid-1980s. Filled with rare footage of Fela, that gives us a glimpse of his lifestyle and creative musical process. Fela had just been released from prison with the help of Amnesty International. This political firebrand, music pioneer, and cultural leader came to New York to support their efforts to free all political prisoners.
10.50pm - Live music: Yinka Oyewole and Band
He’s been heralded as 'the missing link between Talking Heads and Prince' but London based singer/songwriter Yinka Oyewole is carving out a musical niche that is all his own. Having fronted critically acclaimed rock band SABATTA, Yinka started on a new journey in 2012 - adapting funk, hip-hop, soul, rock and more. While Yinka has been influenced by and drawn comparisons to artists such as Sly Stone, David Bowie, Funkadelic and Elvis Costello, he is a huge hip-hop fan. He also often draws upon his Nigerian heritage via syncopated rhythms, while seamlessly weaving these elements together with excellent storytelling. Yinka has played across the globe - including the UK, USA, Sweden, Turkey and France. He has shared stages with the likes of Janelle Monae and Saul Williams.
Floor two - African cinema and Zeret Kitchen:
Includes art space with artists Alvin Kofi, Kayo Anosike, Thabo Jaiysemi and Leeto Thale (see below for details). Plus cinema space with programme below and food from Ethiopian restaurant Zeret Kitchen.
12noon - An African Election
Ghana, 89 mins, 2011, PG, documentary, English/Akan
The 2008 presidential elections in Ghana, West Africa, serve as a backdrop for this feature documentary that looks behind-the-scenes at the complex, political machinery of a third world democracy struggling to legitimize itself to its first world contemporaries. At stake in this race are the fates of two political parties that will do almost anything to win. Director Jarreth Merz follows the key players for almost three months to provide an unprecedented insider’s view of the political, economic and social forces at work in Ghana. He builds suspense by taking the viewer down the back roads of the nation to capture each unexpected twist and turn in a contest that is always exciting and never predictable. Throughout the film, Merz depicts the pride and humanity of the larger-than-life politicians, party operatives and citizens who battle for the soul of their country.
1.45pm - The Naked Option: A Last Resort
Nigeria/USA, 2010, 1hr 15 min, documentary
The film celebrates the power of an organised group of women who use the threat of stripping naked in public a serious cultural taboo from Yoruba traditions, to make their voices heard. Under the leadership of Emem J. Okon the women are fighting the corrupt Nigerian government and a culture which dictates women are seen and not heard, to hold multinational oil companies accountable to the communities in which they operate. Special thanks to Scorpion Films
5.00pm - African Booty Scratcher
USA, 2007, 14 mins, U, drama, director Nikyatu Jusu
Prom nears and things seem to be spiralling out of control for the typically composed Isatu. In this coming of age story, West African tradition conflicts with American idealism and Isatu is forced to reassess her alliances. Special thanks to Nikyatu Jusu
5.20pm - Kigali Street Kidz
Rwanda, 2013, 19 min, director Bret Syfert
A short film, documenting the hardships and hopes of the street children of Rwanda. It showcases the personal stories of these children, their families and the Rwandan people who are working to rehabilitate and reintegrate them into society. This small community story illustrates a much larger issue, both in the developing and developed world. 6.00pm - Talk with Bret Syfert Acclaimed Documentary Maker
6.05pm - Crisis in the Congo: Uncovering The Truth
Explores the role that the United States and its allies, Rwanda and Uganda, have played in triggering the greatest humanitarian crisis at the dawn of the 21st century.
6.30pm Guest Speaker Friends of the Congo
6.45pm - Spoken Word Performance: Nathaniel Nye and Zena Edwards
Nathaniel Nye is rapidly becoming the voice of the conscious youth. This young man elegantly weaves contemporary social issues with well-researched, historical references and contextualises them with poetic ease and skill. He has a rythmn you can bop to and a directness which will leave you scratching your chin in awe at his word-play. A true word and power exponent and conscious and gifted edutainer and we are pleased to welcome him to the festival. Currently part of Roundhouse Associate Poetry Collective called Elephant, Nathan has performed at various events in London including acclaimed poet El Crisis’ Dark Sea Scrolls Spoken Word Legacy, Rum Punch and has performed at Camp Bestival with the Roundhouse.
Raised in Tottenham, North London, Zena Edwards has become known as one the most unique voices in performance poetry to come out of London. She was nominated for the Arts Foundation Award for Performance Poetry 2007 and won the Hidden Creatives Award 2012. She recently studied at The London International School for Performing Arts. She has written and performed two one woman shows "Security" (2009) and "Travelling Light" (2011) with strong self devised education packages. She has performed in South Africa and across Europe, garnering quality reviews and critical acclaim. A regular on the biggest London stages, she has performed with Lemn Sissay, Linton Kwesi Johnson, Sonia Sanchez and has worked with world class griot, Baaba Maal and has recently recorded with The Last Poets. Her current show, The Three Furies, explores the topic of female anger and protection inspired by the Greek mythology tale. Try and catch her as she continues to soar!
7.15pm - A Town of Runners
Documentary, 80 mins, Ethiopia
The film tells the story of two young girls, living in a rural town as they try to run their way to a different life. Narrated by their friend Biruk, it follows their highs and lows over three years as they try to become professional athletes. Through their struggle, the film gives a unique insight into the ambitions of young Ethiopians living between tradition and the modern world. With special thanks to Dogwoof.
9pm - Live Music: Kyazi Lugangira sings Kihaya Afro-Blues - come and be wrapped in the deep Afro-Blues & sweet Afro-Soul of Africa
Singer/songwriter guitarist Kyazi Lugangira sings Kihaya Beat Blues and Sweet Afro Soul. Born in Uganda, this gifted musician exudes passion for his mother tongue and his craft. His melodic words are soft and his music evokes a beautiful gracefulness that is purely African. This is a rare opportunity to hear Kyazi sing in the rarely heard Kihaya language of his motherland. A true gift!
9.40pm - As Old as My Tongue: The Myth and Life of Bi Kidude
Music documentary, Tanzania, 2006, 66 mins, director Andy Jones
A portrait of Bi Kidude, a living legend on her home island of Zanzibar. She has beguiled audiences around the world on her wide and varied travels. Bi Kidude challenges our perceptions of age, stardom, and of the role of women play in an island which embraces both Islam and African heritage. She would never call herself a rebel, but neither was she bound by the traditions which formed her. She broke the rules ever since she was ten years old and ran away from Koran school to hang out with travelling sailor musicians at the Stone Town docks. In a world where the old are often seen as useless and dependent, Bi Kidude gave us a counterpoint. When she had money, which she often did after a concert tour or a recording session, she was surrounded by hangers-on looking for a handout. Those closest to her often grew frustrated by her generous nature while she herself drew strength from her ability to care for people around her, however tenuous their family connection. With special thanks to Screen Station and Scorpian Films.
11pm - Music - DJ/producer/founder Niita Emvula will play music from the Have Plenty Music vaults
www.haveplentymusic.com is an online platform showcasing emerging sounds and culture from Africa and the African diaspora. Created by artist Niita Emvula, of Have Plenty Media, to provide an alternative media channel for new African music creators and African digital culture.
12.30am-4am - MUSIC UNTIL LATE - Detroit Legend FLASHIN 'EDDIE FOWLKES
Honored by the Detroit Historical Museum's exhibit "Techno: Detroit's Gift to the World," Eddie Fowlkes and three other cohorts were featured for originating Detroit Techno music. The exhibit captured his over 25 years of experience in the music industry, stretching back to when he got his first mixer for Christmas in 1977. That mixer led him to understand the power that music could have on people, which inspired him to make his first hit record, "Goodbye Kiss," released on Metroplex records in 1986. That recording, in turn, inspired Derrick May's and Kevin Saunderson's first acclaimed recordings. Eddie also single-handedly established a new genre of dance music, 'Techno-Soul,' by combining deep, soulful house sounds with more digital, electronic elements of his own sounds. He has now released over 150+ tracks. Also, Eddie has recordings on Sony, BMG, Warner Brothers, Tresor, Azuli, P.I.A.S.(London) to name a few majors and independents. He has remixed and/or produced The Pet Shops Boys, Moby, Martha Wash, Juan Atkins, Amp Fiddler, and countless European artists. Eddie's album "Welcome to my World" was named Top 25 by M8 magazine (London). Now Eddie's focus is on his own labels "Detroit Wax" and "Cityboy Music and Eddie is working' on his new group, "The Black Extra Terrestrials" and the terrestrials are various artists from Detroit. pure Techno-Soul baby..!
Level two - Artist Gallery (12noon - 8.30pm)
Alvin Kofi, born in London of African and West Indian heritage, has been a practicing artist for over 20 years. After studying Design, he spent several years working in advertising before returning to his first love, drawing. On his return from Africa and to the art world in 1998, he quickly established a reputation, having produced the first Black print collection distributed in the UK. The subjects and themes of his work have varied over the years but the tradition of Africa has been constant throughout. He is responsible for starting in 2003 the arts collective, ‘Black Arts Focus’, where he brought together 18 Black artists to explore their work and experiences. He has since organised and participated in numerous collaborations with other artists exhibiting both in the UK and internationally. Having studied and embraced African cosmology and spirituality his style is accessible and contemporary whilst representative of traditional African cultural expression. His knowledge of African art and culture permeates and vibrates across his work.
Kayo Anosike - artist
Kayo Anosike has been painting on silk since high school. She uses ancient techniques from Asia and Africa and sources specialised acid dyes and then create textures by agitating them with water, salt and alcohol. Growing up in Nigeria until the age of 12 has informed her work and the vibrant and vivid tones invigorate and excite. Kayo’s work creates space for self-reflection, meditation and nods to an African presence that is both utopian and evocative. Images dance and leap from the canvas and the viewer is drawn into the scene as the colours wash over you, like the early morning dew from a banana leaf.
Thabo Jaiyesimi - photographer
Thabo Jaiyesimi is a documentary photographer with exceptional eyes and photographic skill. Thabo’s work has been exhibited nationally and internationally most recently as part of the Peckham Rising Revisited exhibition at the V & A. Thabo Jaiyesimi is amongst the foremost documenters of the African and Diasporic image in the UK and his work has featured in broadsheets and various online publications. Thabo connects with people through his ability to beautifully capture an inner-story that many photographers fail to see. His strong narrative permeates the textures of his prints and his silent work continues to speak volumes for his undoubted talent.
Kungadred - Ethiopia and Zanzibar through the Lens
Kungadred (UK). Desalem (Jinka Ethiopia), Salle (Zanzibar) and young boys from Shashamane and Awassa (Ethiopia).
The projected slides form part of a journal compiled by Kungadred as he travelled through Tanzania, Zanzibar and Ethiopia. Some of the images have been taken by the young people Kungadred met whilst traveling. Some of their names were lost to him but their beautiful warm images remain
Artist panel: Is the label 'African artist' useful?
Interviewer musician/broadcaster Art Terry
" I’m from L.A. but now hang in London. My first album just released is titled ANUTHA KINDA BROTHA. My thang is songwriting. I do alternative music that is not what you expect from a Black Musician. Indeed, I produce and co-host a radio show titled 'Is Black Music?' on Resonance FM in London every Tuesday at midnight, that features trippy Black artists that don’t fit into industry stereotypes. We play a lot of Black country, folk, and avant-garde classical music."
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12 noon - Africa United
Drama/comedy, South Africa/Rwanda/UK, 2010, 88 mins, 12A, drama/comedy, director Deborah 'Debs' Paterson
The story begins in Rwanda where young football know-it-all Dudu Kayenzi is teaching a group of children how to make a football (you need an inflated condom, a carrier bag and a piece of string). Teenager Fabrice longs to pursue his ambition of becoming an association football legend and is seen breaking the local record for the most continuous football kick-ups. When Fabrice is offered the chance to audition for the opening ceremony of the 2010 Football World Cup in South Africa, he sets off for Kigali, the capital city of Rwanda, with his 'manager' Dudu and Dudu's sister Beatrice. Beatrice wishes to become a doctor and find a cure for AIDS. Fabrice tries to express his love of football to his wealthy mother, but she simply replies "Africa doesn't need dreams, it needs to wake up".
1.35pm - Storyteller - Chinyere Nwaubani
Chi Creation Stories CIC use the power and magic of storytelling to promote spiritual wisdom, physical strength, emotional happiness and mental well-being to all.
2.15pm - Storyteller - Africa Blagrove
Published nine year old Author, Africa Blagrove, reading from her book ‘Harry the Hedgehog’. Africa Blagrove is an aspiring writer who seeks to encourage and inspire other young people to express themselves through the pen. Her book will excite and delight and we hope she will bring some copies to sign!
2.20pm - Kirikou and the Sorceress
Animation based on West African folk tales, 1998, 71 mins, U, written/directed by Michel Ocelot
In a little village somewhere in Africa, a boy named Kirikou is born. But he's not a normal boy, because he knows what he wants very well. Also he already can speak and walk. His mother tells him how an evil sorceress has dried up their spring and devoured all males of the village except one. Hence little Kirikou decides, he will accompany the last warrior to the sorceress. Due to his intrepidity he may be the last hope of the village.
3.40pm - The 1st Grader
Drama, Kenya/USA, 2010, 103 mins, PG, director Justin Chadwick
Based on a true story. In a small, remote mountain top primary school in the Kenyan bush, hundreds of children are jostling for a chance for the free education newly promised by the Kenyan government. One new applicant causes astonishment when he knocks on the door of the school. He is an old Mau Mau veteran in his eighties, who is desperate to learn to read at this late stage of his life. He fought for the liberation of his country and now feels he must have the chance of an education so long denied - even if it means sitting in a classroom alongside six-year-olds. Moved by his passionate plea, head teacher supports his struggle to gain admission and together they face fierce opposition from parents and officials who don’t want to waste a precious school place on such an old man. With special thanks to Soda Pictures.
4.30pm - We are all Rwandans
Drama, Rwanda, 2008, 25mins, PG, subtitles, director Deborah 'Debs' Gardner Paterson
The true story of the Nyange school students in Rwanda, attacked by rebels in the aftermath of the 1994 genocide. Their refusal to betray each other cost some of them everything, but gave hope to a nation. With special thanks to Deborah 'Debs' Gardner Paterson.
5.00pm -War Dance
Documentary, Uganda, 2007, 103 mins, PG, subtitles/Engoish, directors Sean Fine and Andrea Nix
Three children living in a displacement camp in northern Uganda compete in their country's national music and dance festival. Received with blessings from directors Sean Fine and Andrea Nix.
6.50pm - The Capacity of Cap City
Documentary, South Africa, 22 mins, dir Sara Chitambo
Capacity of Cap City chronicles the rise, decline and resurgence of the hip-hop scene in Pretoria, South Africa.. After moving cities, the filmmaker, Sara Chitambo, was surprised to find little action in the very hip hop scene that had once been the topic of discussion in popular media across the country in the late 90s and early noughties. Through interviews and performances from artists at the forefront of the movement, and use of archive footage from the glory days, the film explores their emotional, nostalgic, frank and sometimes controversial takes on what really happened as the movement peaked and dipped. The film also offers a glimpse into the artists’ hopes for the future of their chosen sub culture.“The Capacity of Cap City” is thus an outsider’s perspective, a visual record which aims to provide answers to the questions Chitambo found herself struggling to understand.
7.10pm - Spoken word: Leeto Thale
Leeto Thale is a published poet, a spoken word artist and a freelance writer whose writing predominantly covers art and social commentary. He also works as a singer/songwriter and has just had work released through Trebleo, a music label headed by the illustrious Dj Domu, on his Discotech album. Leeto regularly features at the African Writers Evening, held bi-monthly at the Poetry Cafe, both as a poet and a fiction writer. Stemming from his intercontinental experience; the wittiness and the warmth of his stage presence, this poet has enjoyed numerous invitations to compere and host events. 'Components'- a monthly multi-media cultural event which includes fashion, spoken word, music and traditional foods – is among his success stories as a host. Polka Theatre, a children's theatre company has invited him to work with them in the area of story telling, focusing on South African stories.
7.30pm - Max and Mona
Comedy, South Africa, 2004, 98 mins, PG-13, English with some Tswana, Afrikaans & Zulu, with subtitles in English.
Traditional beliefs say that the souls of the dead will not join their ancestors until the mourners cry at their graves. Max, from a South African farming community, has inherited his grandfather’s talent for mourning. Max and Mona is a comedy about this village boy with extraordinary mourning skills, who journeys to a Johannesburg to become a doctor. But his riff-raff uncle, Norman, a “Razor” sharp gangster, an eccentric mortician, a beautiful girl and Mona the goat, ensure that he receives a baptism of fire. With special thanks to Tendeka Matatu