1. It bills itself as London’s largest one day African film festival. For the past few years it has been an annual event as part of the Peckham and Nunhead Free Film Festival, which runs for its 5th year this September between the 4th and the 14th September.
2. It screens some of the most insightful films – two of the films screened at Welcome to Busseywood last year were Nollywood Babylon, which was my first insight into the fast paced world of amateur production which has made the Nigerian film industry one of the biggest in the world, and The Fade, a documentary which follows the lives of four Afro barbers in Ghana, Jamaica, USA and the UK, and the differences and similarities in their everyday realities. However my favourite film from last year was Fela NYC: Fresh from Africa, which presented Fela Kuti’s visit to New York City in the mid-1980s using rare intimate footage from a hand held video camera.
3. The festival as part of The Peckham and Nunhead Free Film Festival set the template for a network of free film festivals which has extended across South London and further afield. Each festival is completely volunteer run, and has a community driven ethos; using the medium of film to strengthen the sense of community within London’s individual neighbourhoods.
Adam Laurence Rodgers Johns