Event Date and time: October 30 | 3:45 PM – 5:00 PM

Venue details: The Phoenix Cinema | 52 High Road East Finchley | London, N2 9PJ

Organisers: Film Africa0203 073 8337 | |

The Royal African Society | 20 3073 8335 |

Event website: FILM AFRICA 2016 – TO THE FOREST OF CLOUDS [VERS LA FORÊT DE NUAGES]

Event cost: £12

Dir. Robin Hunzinger
France. 2015. 62 mins. French with English subtitles. N/C 18+

Eight- year-old Timothée is getting ready to take the plane to Africa, the land of ‘witches and elephants’, for the first time. By his side is his mother Aya. Timothée knows little of his mother’s past. Despite the ongoing war, she’s taking her son to Ivory Coast to visit her father’s grave and reconnect with family. Robin, Timothée’s father and Aya’s husband, films them on their journey to the land of Aya’s ancestors. Simultaneously capturing the awe and wonder of youth with the melancholy of lost time, this beautifully observed doc offers insight into one family’s search for a sense of belonging that will be familiar to many.

Screening with short

MOTHER(S) [MAMUN(S)]

Dir. Maïmouna Doucouré

France. 2015. 21 mins. French with English subtitles. N/C 18+

8-year-old Aida lives in an apartment in the Parisian suburb. Family life is turned upside down when her father returns from Senegal with a young woman, whom he introduces as his second wife. Aware of her mother’s distress, Aida decides to take matters into her own hands.

The screenings will be followed by a Q&A with director Robin Hunzinger and  his wife Aya.

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Film Africa is the Royal African Society’s  annual festival celebrating the best African cinema from across the continent. Launched in 2011, Film Africa is now the UK’s largest festival of African film and culture. Every year, Film Africa brings London audiences a core programme of fiction and documentary films alongside a vibrant series of accompanying events, including director Q&As, panel discussions, talks, workshops, master classes, family activities and Film Africa LIVE! music nights.
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