Event Date and time: Tuesday 23 May, 2017 | 10:30 – 13:00

Venue details: Bernie Grant Arts Centre | Town Hall Approach Road | London N15 4RX

Organisers: Film AfricaThe Royal African Society | Film London Bernie Grant Arts Centre

Event website: Film Africa School Screening and Workshop: Felix

Event Cost: £0 – £3:50

Film Africa is the Royal African Society’s annual festival celebrating the best African cinema from across the continent and the diaspora. This year, we are proud to be launching Film Africa Young Audiences: an educational programme of screenings of features films, animation and documentaries by film-makers from Africa and the African diaspora for primary schools, secondary schools, university students and youth groups.

The first screening will be Felix on Tuesday 23 May 2017 at the Bernie Grant Arts Centre. After the screening there will be a workshop to explore Felix’s story in more depth. Students may bring a packed lunch to enjoy after the workshop.

Suitability: Age 9+ Primary Years 5 & 6; Secondary Years 7-11.
Subjects: Music, Geography, Citizenship, English, Media.

Booking information: Student tickets are priced at £3.50 (incl. VAT) with free admission for accompanying teachers. Please book your teachers free tickets as well as students below. If you would like your school to be invoiced instead of paying online, please contact ras_education@soas.ac.uk.


Dir. Roberta Durrant, South Africa, 2013. 97 mins. English, Xhosa with English subtitles.

13-year-old Felix Xaba dreams of becoming a saxophonist like his late father, but his mother Lindiwe thinks jazz is the Devil’s music. When Felix leaves his township friends to take up a scholarship at an elitist private school, he defies his mother and turns to two aging members of his father’s old band, the Bozza Boys, to help him prepare for the school jazz concert. Will he fulfil his dream to follow in his father’s footsteps as ‘King of the sax’?

Film is a key educational tool to engage, inspire and educate children, young people and their teachers. We celebrate the diversity of the African continent through cinema and aim to make the rich tapestry of African peoples, cultures and experiences more visible to young learners.

We hope to see you and your class at this or any of the Film Africa School Screenings during the year.

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