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Film Africa 2017: Baobab Award

Saturday 4 November
140 mins
All orders will be subject to a fee of £1.50 except if your tickets are free or if you are a member


Film Africa has partnered with the National Film & Television School on the Baobab Award for Best Short Film. Students on the recently created MA in Film Studies, Programming & Curation watched over 450 submitted shorts and provided the festival programme committee with a shortlist of 100, from which eight were selected.

The partnership is aimed at encouraging an appreciation and knowledge of African cinema in the next generation of film programmers. 

Established in 2011, the Baobab Award exists to recognise and support new filmmaking voices emerging from across Africa and the African diaspora. Sponsored by curated content network What We See, the Award consists of a £1,500 cash prize.

This year’s jury members are: British film writer/director Destiny Ekaragha; Film Programme Manager as the British Council, Jemma Desai; and Misan Harriman, founder of What We See.

The winning short will be announced and screened for a second time the day after the public screening, at the Film Africa Closing Gala on Sunday 5 November at the Ciné Lumière. Join us for an afternoon of the best new African filmmaking talent, all for just £5!


DIRTY SKIN (Dir. Bruno Ribeiro | Brazil | 2016 | 14mins) << UK PREMIERE >>

In a Rio de Janeiro's upper middle class neighbourhood, a teenage boy comes to terms with his skin colour and sexuality in this beautifully shot coming of age story that subtlety captures the isolation, excitement and confusion of adolescence.

TRANSITIONS [ መሸጋገሪያ] (Dir. Alamork Davidian and Kobi Davidian | Ethiopia, Israel | 2016 | 15 mins) <<UK PREMIERE>>

Mimi reconstructs her immigration story. As her memories from the past mix with the present and future through a stream of consciousness, her identity dissolves and is lost between Ethiopia and Israel.

PIECE OF WOOD [حتة خشبة(Dir. Yassin Koptan | Egypt | 2016 | 16 mins) << UK PREMIERE >>

All Adam wants to do is land the perfect skateboarding trick at his local mall. When his board is confiscated by a grumpy security guard, it's up to him and best friend George to get it back in this charming comedy about friendship and following your dreams.

PANTHEON (Dir. Ange-Regis Hounkpatin | Benin, France | 2017 | 25 mins) << UK PREMIERE >>

Son of a Beninese immigrant, 35 year old Solomon works as taxi driver in Strasbourg. Cut off from his family roots, he is about to donate his deceased father’s Voodoo costume to a museum when a young street-dancer reminds him that the ancestor soul lingers on.

NOMFUNDO (Dir. Sihle Hlophe | South Africa | 2017 |15 mins) << UK PREMIERE >>

When Nomfundo is betrayed by the two people she holds closest to her heart she makes an erratic decision that unleashes a tragic chain of events, changing the course of her life forever. A visually stunning portrait of betrayal and revenge also notable for its use of SiSwati, a minority language that is largely unrepresented in the South African media.

WALY’S PROBLEM [DIAFEE DIAFEEY WALY] (Dir. El Hadj Gueye | Senegal, Belgium | 2017 |13 mins) <<EUROPEAN PREMIERE>>

13 year old Waly has not yet been circumcised. He is a laughing stock at work and the shame of the neighbourhood. Even the girl he has fallen for has rejected him. What can he do…that's Waly’s problem!

THE CRYING CONCH [LE CRI DU LAMBI] (Dir. Vincent Toi | Canada, Haiti, Mauritius | 2017 | 20 mins) << UK PREMIERE >>

A man follows in the footsteps Franswa Mackandal, who in the 18th century was abducted and taken to Haiti as a slave, only to become the leader of the revolt against French colonial rule. This searing modern fable uses the structure of a Greek tragedy chorus to characterise its dark beginnings.

WE ARE JUST FINE LIKE THIS (Dir. Mehdi M. Barsaoui | Tunisia | 2016 |19 mins) << UK PREMIERE >>

In his old age, Baba Azizi (played by renowned filmmaker Nouri Bouzid) is passed from house to house by his children, ending up at his daughter’s. Feb up with his lack of freedom, he invents a clever way of getting his own way. But can he trust his grandson to keep quiet?

Things you need to know:

  • If you choose an e-ticket when booking, the barcode on your smart phone is a ticket. Don't queue at Ground Floor Box Office, just follow the red line on the floor all the way to the cinema!

  • If you don't have a smartphone, collect your ticket at Box Office or print your e-ticket and bring it with you
  • There will be minimum of 5 minutes of trailers before the film begins

Special offers:

  • Mondays mean £6 single tickets or 2 for £10. Select Rich Mix Six when booking online and the discount is applied once you've logged in

  • Monday and Tuesday mean film for £5 for Tower Hamlets residents or Tower Hamlets employees. Simply show an Idea Store or Tower Hamlets library card when booking. Not available online

  • Tuesdays and Wednesdays mean 2 for 1 tickets with Meerkat Movies. It's really easy to get a code, see for details

This event is wheelchair accessible.