African Odysseys BFI Film Programme
Inspirational films by and about the people of Africa, from archive classics to new cinema.
Explore the African roots in world cinema through BFI Southbank's monthly matinee programme of films and talks.
Each screening will be introduced by a key speaker and followed by a discussion. This programme has been devised in conjunction with the African-Caribbean consultative group at the BFI Southbank.
Tickets for most screenings are £5.00. To book, please call BFI Southbank on 0207 928 3232.
JENDE RI PALENGE
(PEOPLE OF PALENQUE)
Saturday 9th March 2013 at 2pm
Directed by Sergio Giral
With Samuel Claxton, Miguel Gutiérrez, Adolfo Llauradó
Running time: 95min
Maluala takes us into a palenque, a settlement of escaped slaves hidden somewhere in Cuba's eastern mountains, where discord is sown between black "kings" by clever spies working for the Spanish government.
The historically lucid intrigues of Maluala (1979), where the Afrocentric leadership of fugitive palenque communities is pitted against each other COINTELPRO-style by Spanish colonists, is one of those Cuban films that were forged in a righteous, red-hot ferment but still found the courage and wit to ask questions about the society around them.
Jende Ri Palenge
(People of the Palenque)
"We are here in Palenque only by accident, we should all be in the black continent in Angola!"
Documentary about the music and culture of the people of Palenque, the location of the first free slave (or Maroon) community in the Americas. With its own unique style of music and language, heavily influenced by its African heritage, it holds a unique position in the world and is today proclaimed by UNESCO as a Masterpiece of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity.
Both screenings will be presented by Michael La Rose, author, cultural and political activist, and chair of the GPI.
These screenings will take place on Saturday 9th March 2013 at 2pm at BFI Southbank, Belvedere Road, South Bank, London, SE1 8XT
Tickets for both screenings will cost just £5.00 per person.
To book the tickets, please call the BFI Southbank Box Office on 020 7928 3232 (11:30 - 20.30 daily) to book tickets at this special price or click here to book online
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