Event Date and time: October 29 | 8:45 PM – 10:45 PM

Venue details: Ritzy Cinema | Brixton Oval, Coldharbour Lane London, SW2 1JG

Organisers: Film Africa0203 073 8337 | |

The Royal African Society | 20 3073 8335 |

Event website: FILM AFRICA 2016 – SHASHAMANE

Event cost: £13

Dir. Giulia Amati
Italy. 2016. 80mins. English. N/C 15+

In 1948, Ethiopian Emperor Haile Selassie donated 500 acres of his own private lands “for the black people of the world” to encourage displaced Africans to repatriate. Since the ‘60s, many have left Jamaica for Ethiopia to establish the oldest Rastafari settlement in the world – Shashamane. But now their spiritual home is under threat. Much of the land is lost and many Ethiopians view them as outsiders, leaving these men and women, descendents of slaves who were taken from Africa by force, in limbo. A compelling look at the lesser explored and ever increasing migration of the African diaspora back to the continent in search of a lost identity.

Followed by a discussion on the relationship between Africa and its diaspora, exploring issues like identity, politics and reparations.

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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