Film Africa 2012 Announced; Includes Cane/Cain by Jordache Ellapen

Film Africa – the UK’s premiere African film festival – has announced their lineup for the 2012 festival in London, which includes Cane/Cain by the BFC/A’s own Jordache Ellapen.  The festival will feature over 70 films (with 35 filmmakers present for Q&A sessions) between November 1st and 11th, in venues across London.  This year, in addition to the Silver Baobab (best short film), the festival will unveil the Film Africa Audience Award.

Cane/Cain – heralded for its ‘distinctive, original style’ – will screen on Saturday, November 3rd, at 12:00pm at the Rich Mix (be there, Londonites!).  The film’s synopsis:

During the 2008 xenophobic attacks in South Africa, an Indian storeowner rescues a Pakistani vendor and nurses him back to health. This sexually explicit film about intimacy between men aims to ‘challenge what it means to be Indian in South Africa’.

The opening night of the festival will feature Nairobi Half Life by David ‘Tosh’ Gitonga. The trailer:

For more, check out Africa is a Country for the preview they’ve written and for the continuing coverage they’ll have through the festival.

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The Black Film Center/Archive at Indiana University was established in 1981 as the first archival repository dedicated to collecting, preserving, and making available historically and culturally significant films by and about black people. The BFC/A's primary objectives are to promote scholarship on black film and to serve as an open resource for scholars, researchers, students, and the general public; to encourage creative film activity by independent black filmmakers; and to undertake and support research on the history, impact, theory, and aesthetics of black film traditions. View all posts by BFC/A

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