Event Date and time: November 4 | 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Event website: FILM AFRICA 2016 – THE ARBITRATION | EUROPEAN PREMIERE
Event cost: £11
“I exist because I film” – Abou Bakar Sidibé
A refugee from Mali trying to scale the guarded walls around the Spanish enclave of Melilla is given a camera to record his story in this seminal film on the complexities of modern migration. After 14 months living in the foothills near the border, Abou Bakar Sidibé starts filming, capturing the heartbreak, humour and boredom of camp life as he and hundreds of other refugees await the next futile, and often dangerous, ‘jump’. His footage humanises an increasingly common story, acting as a mouthpiece for African migrants living on the fringes of existence and on the sidelines of a Europe in lock-down.
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.