Event Date and time: November 1 | 8:30 PM – 10:30 PM
Event website: FILM AFRICA 2016 – GURUMBÉ: AFRO-ANDALUSIAN MEMORIES
Event cost: £13
Flamenco is synonymous with Spanish culture. Since its inception, theorists have sidelined the fundamental contribution of Afro Andalusians. Commercial exploitation of the American colonies brought hundreds of Africans to Seville to be sold as slaves, forming a population who over time managed to gain space in a society wrought with racial prejudices. Music and dance were a fundamental part of their expression and the most important affirmation of their identity. As the black population began to disappear from Spain in the late 19th century, so too did their contribution to this extraordinary art form. In Gurumbé, their story is finally told.
Followed by a Q&A with director Miguel Ángel Rosales and a Flamenco performance from Yinka Esi Graves.
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.