Held in collaboration with the GOETHE INSTITUT, LAGOS. Some of the films we have screened over the past year:
Unhinged: Surviving Jo’Burg” –
Dir.: Adeian Loveland,
2010, 52 min
Unhinged is an honest, quirky and sometimes frenzied documentary about Johannesburg, South Africa’s biggest city and the world’s gateway to Southern Africa. With rapid narrative, dry humour, trivial factoids, insightful observations and a highly enjoyable soundtrack, the film tells a slice-of-city-life story. It’s a personal video snapshot of today’s city, providing a unique opportunity for viewers to get a glimpse inside a place that the world has a very fuzzy sense of.
Dir.: Shaheen Dill-Riaz,
Every year, the ebb and flow of the Ganges floodplain leaves farmers in northern Bangladesh in need of employment to help them survive the yearly droughts. Many of them travel hundreds of miles south to the shores of Chittagong to labor in one of Bangladesh’s most prosperous industries, dismantling colossal ships and tankers — the discards
of the developed world — for scrap iron. Director Shaheen Dill-Riaz’s documentary confronts us with an elaborate system of exploitation and dependence. Especially the ones that do the most dangerous and hardest work, got into a hopeless debt trap, that only few can escape.
The Big sell out
Dir.: Florian Opitz,
In various episodes the abstract phenomenon of privatization is depicted in stories about very concrete human destinies around the globe. In his film, author and director Florian Optiz reveals the reality of the privatized and globalised world, which is supposed to be effective and shiny. He examines the effects of “The Big Sellout“, the
worldwide privatization of basic public services, such as water supply, electricity, public transportation, and even public healthcare. In South America, Asia, Africa, but also in Europe and the United States, Opitz meets people, for whom these promises are nothing more than hollow phrases. And what he finds is that “The Big Sellout“ has only just begun.
Schadeberg Black – hite
Dir.: Peter Heller,
As Chief Photographer, and Art Director of the South African Drum Magazine, the German Jürgen Schadeberg hotographed pivotal moments in the lives of South Africans in the fifties. These photographs represent the life and struggle of important figures in South Africa’s history such as Nelson Mandela, Moroka, Walter Sisulu, Yusuf Dadoo,
Huddleston and many others during Apartheid including key moments such as during The Defiance Campaign, The Treason Trial, The Sophiatown Removals and the Sharpeville Funeral. His images also capture key personalities and events in the jazz and literary world such as Dolly Rathebe, Miriam Makeba, Hugh Masekela and Kippie Moeketsi. The film Schadeberg Black – White” examines this master photographer’s body of work and bridges the gap between the history of Apartheid and the opposition to the institutional racism of the fifties and sixties and the uneasy present day in the prosperous country on the Cape of Good Hope.
Dir.: Claus Wishchmann & Martin Baer,
Kinshasa Symphony” shows how people living in one of the most chaotic cities in the world have managed to forge one of the most complex systems of human cooperation ever invented: a symphony orchestra. It is a film about the Congo, about the people of Kinshasa and about music.
Dir.: Andy Amadi Okoroafor,
Relentless is a film about a Nigerian peace keeping soldier in war-torn Sierra Leone, whose life is devastated when he finds his fiancée mutilated by child soldiers. On his return to Lagos-Nigeria after the war, he falls in love with a prostitute, and finds himself thrust back into the dark world he hoped he had left in the past.
Lagos-notes of a city
Dir.: Jens Wenkel,
Lagos is with 15 million people Africa’s most populated city south of Cairo. A stream of migrants is attracted by Lagos`s reputation “this is the place to make it!”.
The film features six protagonists and their daily lives.Following the rhythm and the energy of the city through the stream of traffic, to the workplaces and centers of commerce, religion and music, the film encounters the force of belief and the musical and spiritual heritage of Fela Kuti.