Dir. Pascale Lamche
France, Netherlands, South Africa. 2017.125 mins. English.
Intriguing, controversial and misunderstood, Winnie Mandela’s rise and seeming fall from grace bear the hallmarks of epic tragedy. Winnie fought the South African liberation movement against apartheid tooth and nail, far from the isolation of the prison cell where her husband Nelson Mandela served 27 long years. While Nelson became the movement’s hero, Winnie’s struggle to bring down the regime from the front line was met with condemnation from the global press. Featuring unseen archival footage and interviews with Winnie herself, Pascale Lamche’s seminal documentary depicts a complex figure who came to symbolise the oppression of her people, while asking the broader question of why history habitually silences strong female leaders. Screening takes place on: Fri 3 Nov | 20:20 | BFI Southbank
Followed by a Q&A with director Pascale Lamche.
Dir. Peter Sedufia
Ghana. 2017. 98 mins. English.
It’s the ‘80s in rural Ghana. Atswei is heavily pregnant and desperate to get to Ateke to deliver her baby. But when she and husband Boi miss the morning train, the only means of transport to the city, the hapless couple are left stranded in the blazing sun with only Boi’s ghetto blaster for encouragement. A madcap race against time follows in this colourful screwball comedy, with a wry but affection nod to Ghanaian traditions and gender dynamics. Accra-based band Worlasi provides the kinetic heartbeat to this impressive debut that illustrates Ghana’s vibrant contemporary film scene. Screening takes place on: Tue 31 Oct | 18:15 | Rich Mix Thu 2 Nov | 19:00 | Bernie Grant Arts Centre
Followed by a post-screening discussion with director Peter Sedufia.
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