Event Date: Saturday 11th Feburary | 02:00PM – 04:00PM

Venue details: The British Museum, Stevenson Lecture Theatre | Great Russell St, London | WC1B 3DG

Organisers: The British Museum | Film Africa | The Royal African Society 

Event website: U-Carmen eKhayelitsha 

Event cost:  £3 | Members/Concessions £2

Bizet’s opera Carmen, a classic tale of doomed love, has inspired myriad interpretations and adaptations the world over.

Here the love triangle is relocated to contemporary Khayelitsha, a township on the outskirts of Cape Town, where Carmen works in a cigarette factory.

Sung in Xhosa and seething with life, heat and colour, this genre-smashing, fiercely original film has become a modern classic since winning top prize at the 2005 Berlin International Film Festival, the first African film to do so. Internationally renowned South African baritone Njabulo Madlala will introduce the screening, and will be answering questions about the film and Bizet’s famous opera.

Presented in collaboration with Film Africa, the Royal African Society’s annual film festival.

Director: Mark Dornford-May
South Africa, 120 mins, Cert 12

Age: 12+

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