Posts filed under ‘Documentaries’

Documentary Screening: Mogadishu Girls go to the Beach, Apr. 7 2014 @ Tribe

Somalia_cooperatioze italiana

April 2, 2014 at 3:28 pm Leave a comment

Kenya’s Songs of Protest: Documentary & CD Compilation Preview Concert, Jan. 31 2014 @ Alliance Française

Songs of Protest
Date: January 31, 2014
Venue: Alliance Française
Time: 7-11 pm
Free Entrance

Performance by: Just a Band, Sarabi, Eric Wainaina and Makadem
Hosted by: John Sibi-Okumu

January 23, 2014 at 2:36 pm 1 comment

Japanese Anime Festival, Oct. 5 2013 @ Japan Information & Culture Centre – Embassy of Japan

Japanese Anime Festival
The Japan Information & Culture Centre would like to invite you to the Japanese Anime Festival which will be held on Saturday, 5th October 2013. The details of the Festival are as follows:

Date: Saturday, 5th October 2013
Venue: Japan Information and Culture Centre – Embassy of Japan
Gates Open: 9:30 am
Time: 10 am – 4 pm
Entry: Free*

Three movies will be shown during the Japanese Anime Festival. These are ‘Miyori in the Sacred Forest’, ‘5 Centimeters per Second’ and ‘The Place Promised in our Early Days’. In addition to the movie screening, there will be a manga display, fact sheets display and a cosplay competition.

Please find attached a detailed information brochure: Anime Festival Brochure

* In order to attend the Japanese Anime Festival, kindly note that it will be necessary to register beforehand.
Early registration will also be necessary prior to attending functions at the Embassy of Japan. To register, kindly send an email to jinfocul@nb.mofa.go.jp or call 020-2898510.

In addition, kindly note that lunch and drinks will not be served during the Japanese Anime Festival. We encourage you to carry your own.

In case you have any inquiries, please call us on 020-2898-510 or email jinfocul@nb.mofa.go.jp

October 2, 2013 at 11:39 am Leave a comment

3rd Brazilian Film Festival, Oct. 1-4 2013 @ Alliance Francaise Auditorium

Brazilian Film Festival
The Embassy of Brazil in Nairobi presents the third edition of the Brazilian Film Festival in Kenya, which will feature some of the most prominent names of the current generation of Brazilian filmmakers.

Dates: October 1-4, 2013
Venue: Alliance Francaise Auditorium
Time: 5.30 pm Daily
Entry: Free

Programme
Brazilian Film Festival
October 1, 2013 at 5.30 pm– God is Brazilian
October 2, 2013 at 5.30 pm – Gonzaga, Father & Son
October 3, 2013 at 5.30 pm – The Clown | 7.30 pm – Master Building
October 4, 2013 at 5.30 pm – A Dog’s Will | 7.30 pm – No More Blues

For more info visit http://nairobi.itamaraty.gov.br/

September 27, 2013 at 12:45 pm Leave a comment

[Postponed] Film Screening: High Tech Soul – The Creation of Techno Music, Sept. 26 2013 @ Goethe

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In light of the tragic events which occurred over the weekend and the subsequent declaration of 3 days of national mourning this event has been postponed to a future date to be communicated by the organisers.

Date: 26th September 2013
Venue: Goethe-Institut, Auditorium
Time: 6.30 pm
Admission: free

More info here

September 25, 2013 at 1:51 pm Leave a comment

Film Screenings: Images of Kenya, Sept. 10-12 2013 @ Goethe-Institut Auditorium

Dates: September 10-12, 2013
Venue: Goethe-Institut Auditorium
Time: 5 pm
Admission free

September 5, 2013 at 4:31 pm Leave a comment

Documentary [RE] Screening: God Loves Uganda, Sept. 6 2013 @ the NEST

God Loves Uganda
Date: September 6, 2013
Venue: The Nest
Time: 6.30 pm
Entry: Prior Reservation

About
A powerful exploration of the evangelical campaign to change African culture with values from America’s Fundamental Christian Right.

Description
God Loves Uganda explores the role of the American evangelical movement in Uganda, where American missionaries have been credited with both creating schools and hospitals and promoting dangerous religious bigotry. The film follows evangelical leaders in America and Uganda along with politicians and missionaries as they attempt the radical task of eliminating “sexual sin” and converting Ugandans to fundamentalist Christianity.

As an American influenced bill to make homosexuality punishable by death wins widespread support, tension in Uganda mounts and an atmosphere of murderous hatred takes hold. The film reveals the conflicting motives of faith and greed, ecstasy and egotism, among Ugandan ministers, American evangelical leaders and the foot soldiers of a theology that sees Uganda as a test case, ground zero in a battle not for millions, but billions of souls.

Through verite, interviews, and hidden camera footage – and with unprecedented access – God Loves Uganda takes viewers inside the evangelical movement in both the US and Uganda. It features Lou Engle, the creator of The Call which brings tens of thousands of believers together to pray against sexual sin. It provides a rare view of the most powerful evangelical minister in Uganda, who lives in a mansion where he’s served by a white-coated chef. It goes into a Ugandan church where a preacher whips a congregation into mass hysteria with anti-gay rhetoric.

It records the culture clash between enthusiastic Midwestern missionaries and world weary Ugandans. It features a heartbreaking interview with gay activist David Kato shortly before he was murdered. It tells the moving story of Bishop Christopher Senyonjo, a minister excommunicated, ostracized and literally spat on for being tolerant and his remarkable campaign for peace and healing in Uganda. Shocking, horrifying, touching and enlightening, God Loves Uganda will make you question what you thought you knew about religion.

September 4, 2013 at 4:30 pm Leave a comment

Documentary Screening: God Loves Uganda, Aug. 31 2013 @ The Nest

God Loves Uganda
Date: August 31, 2013
Venue: The Nest
Time: 6.30 pm
Entry: Prior Reservation

About

A powerful exploration of the evangelical campaign to change African culture with values from America’s Fundamental Christian Right.

Description

God Loves Uganda explores the role of the American evangelical movement in Uganda, where American missionaries have been credited with both creating schools and hospitals and promoting dangerous religious bigotry. The film follows evangelical leaders in America and Uganda along with politicians and missionaries as they attempt the radical task of eliminating “sexual sin” and converting Ugandans to fundamentalist Christianity.

As an American influenced bill to make homosexuality punishable by death wins widespread support, tension in Uganda mounts and an atmosphere of murderous hatred takes hold. The film reveals the conflicting motives of faith and greed, ecstasy and egotism, among Ugandan ministers, American evangelical leaders and the foot soldiers of a theology that sees Uganda as a test case, ground zero in a battle not for millions, but billions of souls.

Through verite, interviews, and hidden camera footage – and with unprecedented access – God Loves Uganda takes viewers inside the evangelical movement in both the US and Uganda. It features Lou Engle, the creator of The Call which brings tens of thousands of believers together to pray against sexual sin. It provides a rare view of the most powerful evangelical minister in Uganda, who lives in a mansion where he’s served by a white-coated chef. It goes into a Ugandan church where a preacher whips a congregation into mass hysteria with anti-gay rhetoric. It records the culture clash between enthusiastic Midwestern missionaries and world weary Ugandans. It features a heartbreaking interview with gay activist David Kato shortly before he was murdered. It tells the moving story of Bishop Christopher Senyonjo, a minister excommunicated, ostracized and literally spat on for being tolerant and his remarkable campaign for peace and healing in Uganda. Shocking, horrifying, touching and enlightening, God Loves Uganda will make you question what you thought you knew about religion.

August 28, 2013 at 12:16 am Leave a comment

Film Aid 7th Film Festival 2013 – The Right to Tell Our Stories, Aug. 21-23 2013 @ Alliance, Kibera & Mathare

Film Aid Festival NBO
Dates: August 21-23, 2013
Venue: Alliance, Kibera & Mathare

Theme of the Festival: The Right to Tell Our Stories

Programme
Programme
Film Aid Festival: Movies, Documentaries, Film by Refugees, Award Ceremonies, Panel Discussions & Regular Screenings

August 14, 2013 at 1:53 pm Leave a comment

Screening: Israeli Film Festival, Jun. 11-15 2013 @ Alliance

Israel in kenya FF
Dates: June 11-15, 2013
Venue: Alliance Francaise
Time: 5.30 pm and 7.30 pm
Entry: Free

Programme
June 11, 2013: 5.30 pm – Metallic Blues, 7.30 pm – The Matchmaker
June 12, 2013: 5.30 pm – Campfire, 7.30 pm – The Human Resource Manager
June 13, 2013: 5.30 pm – Frozen Days, 7.30 pm – Mabul (the Flood)
June 14, 2013: 5.30 pm – Five hours from Paris, 7.30 pm – Footnote
June 15, 2013: 4.00 pm – Turn left at the end of the World, 7.30 pm – Restoration

June 6, 2013 at 4:10 pm Leave a comment

European Film Festival: Searching for Sugar Man, May 13, 19 & 23 2013 @ Alliance

Searching for Sugar Man
Venue: Alliance Francaise
Tickets: Kshs 50

Screening Dates & Time
May 13, 2013 at 5.30 pm
May 19, 2013 at 5.30 pm
May 23, 2013 at 7.30 pm

Searching for Sugar Man tells the incredible true story of Rodriguez, the greatest ’70s rock icon who never was. Discovered in a Detroit bar in the late ’60s by two celebrated producers struck by his soulful melodies and prophetic lyrics, they recorded an album which they believed would secure his reputation as the greatest recording artist of his generation. In fact, the album bombed and the singer disappeared into obscurity amid rumors of a gruesome on-stage suicide. But a bootleg recording found its way into apartheid South Africa and, over the next two decades, he became a phenomenon. The film follows the story of two South African fans who set out to find out what really happened to their hero. Their investigation leads them to a story more extraordinary than any of the existing myths about the artist known as Rodriguez. — (C) Sony Pictures Classics

Winner of the 2013 Oscar for Best Documentary & BAFTA Film Award for Best Documentary

May 14, 2013 at 3:27 pm Leave a comment

Book Presentation/Film & Panel Discussion: An Evening with Dr. Auma Obama, May 9 2013 @ Goethe Institut

Auma Obama Reading and Film Show
Date: May 9, 2013
Venue: Goethe-Institut Auditorium
Time: 6 pm
Entrance free of charge

Dr. Auma Obama, the elder sister of the US president Barack Obama, launched the original version of her memoir in German in March 2011 at the Goethe-Institut. The memoir has since been translated into English.

Dr. Obama will participate in a discussion of her book “And Then Life Happens”, followed by the screening of a documentary film about her life “The Education of Auma Obama” (by Branwen Okpako, 2011).

Dr. Obama studied German at the University of Heidelberg, Film Production at the German Film and TV Academy in Berlin, and later obtained her PhD from the University of Bayreuth in 1996.

May 4, 2013 at 3:07 pm Leave a comment

Photo Exhibition: Lest We Forget, May 8-26 2013 @ Alliance Francaise

Lest We Forget
Opening Date & Time: May 8, 2013 at 6 pm

Exhibition Dates: Until May 26, 2013
Venue: Alliance Française

The documentary Slave Routes: A Global Vision, a UNESCO production will be screened on this occasion.

May 3, 2013 at 9:39 am Leave a comment

22nd European Film Festival, May 10-26 2013 @ Alliance Francaise

EFF 2013
Dates: May 10-26, 2013
Venue: Alliance Francaise Auditorium
Time:
Weekdays 5.30 & 7.30 pm
Weekends 3, 5.30 & 7.30 pm
Tickets: Kshs 50

Programme
List of Films

May 2, 2013 at 6:14 pm Leave a comment

International Premier Screening: Premier/Divisions, May 2 2013 @ Kuona Trust

may2ndpremiere
Date: May 2, 2013
Venue: Kuona Trust
Time: 1900 Hrs

Premier / Divisions (TRAILER) from chrispauldaniels on Vimeo.

For more info visit Chris Paul Daniels blog

April 26, 2013 at 9:33 am Leave a comment

Opening & Screening: Taking Root – The Vision of Wangari Maathai, Mar. 11 2013 @ Alliance

Date: March 11, 2013
Venue: Alliance Francaise
Time: 6 pm

Taking Root: The Vision of Wangari Maathai by Lisa Merton and Alan Dater (2009) – 53min

Followed by a discussion with:
- Wanjiru Kamau-Rutenberg, Founder and Executive Director, Akili Dada
- Njeri Gakonyo, Chair of the Board of Directors, The Green Belt Movement

Thereafter
Planete Femmes
Cocktail reception to launch the photo exhibition Planète Femmes (The World of Women) winning photos from the 2011 International Photo Competition organized by the Alliance Française Foundation

March 11, 2013 at 3:56 pm Leave a comment

Pawa Salon: How to cover Elections by Boniface Mwangi, Feb. 21 2013 @ Pawa254 Hub

how to cover elections
Join Pawa Boniface Mwangi for a Master talk, on “How to Cover Elections” on Thursday, 21st February 2013, 5-7pm at Pawa Hub.

“I covered the post-election violence at a great personal risk and sacrifice, though l escaped all that mayhem physical unharmed, am sill nursing the psychological violence inflicted by witnessing the violence.”Boniface Mwangi

February 19, 2013 at 3:48 pm Leave a comment

Presentation: Premier/Divisions by Chris Paul Daniels, Feb. 15 2013 @ Kuona Trust

Premier-Divisions
Date – Friday 15th February 2013
Venue – Kuona Trust, Likoni Close
Time – 7 pm
Address – Likoni Lane,Off Dennis Pritt, Hurlingham

British Film and Video Artist, Chris Paul Daniels, presents work made in response to his five week residency at Kuona Trust, Nairobi supported by the Triangle Network and Gasworks Gallery (London) International Fellowship Programme.

Chris will have screenings and video installations on view throughout the grounds of the Kuona space and be performing Live Visuals that showcase filmic collaborations, animations and time-lapse studies made during his Residency accompanied by a live musical performance by Ketebul music’s recording artist Ochieng’ Nelly

The video work previews raw unedited footage of a larger documentary piece titled ‘Premier/Divisions’ which will premiere at Kuona Trust at a later date in March and will therefore be VJ’d as a freely improvised and live visual performance in reaction to the music.

About
Chris graduated from the Royal College of Art in 2010 and subsequently won the Deutsche Bank Award for Art for his collaborative film project – ‘Unravel the longest hand painted film in Britain’ (http://unravelfilm.blogspot.co.uk) which has toured over ninety art spaces throughout the UK including Tate Britain, The National Media Musuem and the British Film Institute. He has worked on several international projects in Iceland, Sweden and the Netherlands and screened work extensively in the UK and internationally.

His work in characterised by experimental documentation of shared memories and communal perspectives and this will be reflected in the documentary he has been producing during his first visit to the continent.

http://www.chrispauldaniels.blogspot.com/
http://www.chrispauldaniels.com/

February 13, 2013 at 8:02 pm Leave a comment

Artist Presentation: by premier film producer – Ruby, Feb. 14 2013 @ Kuona Trust

Artist Presentation
After learning that Brand Kenya would have an exhibition centre during the Olympics, Ruby undertook a project to showcase to both tourists and investors aspects of our country which many people are not familiar with. She also wanted members of the Kenyan Diaspora to get a glimpse of how far we have come, particularly in the last 10 years.

The clip was shown at Kenya House in London and has since been uploaded onto YouTube having about 8,000 views in just 5 days.

View: Kenya Today really worth Knowing

Come interact with the artist and learn more about her work and experiences this Thursday, 14th February at Kuona Trust from 2pm.

February 13, 2013 at 6:26 pm Leave a comment

Images de Nairobi: A week of French Cinema in Nairobi, Feb. 11-16 2013 @ Alliance & Cinemart

Images De France
Recent and critically acclaimed films at the 10th edition of the ‘Images de France’ Film Festival in Nairobi with daily shows at Alliance Française de Nairobi and the newly opened Cinemart cinema in Kawangware (off Naivasha Road, net to Deliverance Church).
Time: Alliance 7 pm daily & Cinemart 4 pm
Entry: Free

Programme
Mon. 11 Feb, 7pm (Alliance Française) & Wed. 13 Feb, 4pm (Cinemart, Kawangware)
THE ARTIST by Michel Hazanavicius, 2011, 1h40, drama, in French with English subtitles – General Exhibition
The story follows the relationship of Georges Valentin (Jean Dujardin), an older silent movie star, and Peppy Miller (Bérénice Béjo), a rising young actress, as silent cinema falls out of fashion and talking films take over.

Tue. 12 Feb, 7pm (Alliance Française) & Thu. 14 Feb, 4pm (Cinemart, Kawangware)
COMME UN CHEF by Daniel Cohen, 2012, 1h24, comedy, in French with English subtitles – General Exhibition
Jacky Bonnot is a talented amateur chef who dreams of owning his own restaurant. Unfortunately his present financial situation makes it highly unlikely that he will ever fulfil his dream. He manages to scrape a living by doing odd jobs which he can just about hold onto, until the day his path crosses that of Alexandre Lagarde, a renowned chef…

Wed. 13 Feb, 7pm (Alliance Française) & Fri. 15 Feb, 4pm (Cinemart, Kawangware)
POLISSE by Maïwenn, 2011, 2h07, drama, in French with English subtitles – 16yrs and above
A gripping police drama based on true accounts from the Parisian Child Protection Unit. The daily grind for the officers of the Child Protection Unit includes taking in offenders, making arrests, interrogations, taking statements but also the sense of solidarity between colleagues during lunch breaks. It is knowing the worst exists and trying to live with it. How do these police officers balance their private lives and the reality they are confronted with every working day?

Thu. 14 Feb, 7pm (Alliance Française) & Tue. 12 Feb, 4pm (Cinemart, Kawangware)
LOUP (The Wolf) by Nicolas Vanier, 2009, 1h42, drama, in French with English subtitles – General Exhibition
Sergei is an Eveny, the nomadic reindeer herders living in the wild mountains of Eastern Siberia. At the age of 16, Sergei is put in charge of his clan’s largest herd. In the Siberian vastness, the wolves remain a perennial threat to the reindeer. Sergei has learnt to hunt the wolves without any qualms, until the day that he encounters a female with a litter of four cubs…

Fri. 15 Feb, 7pm (Alliance Française) & Mon. 11 Feb, 4pm (Cinemart, Kawangware)
UN BONHEUR N’ARRIVE JAMAIS SEUL (Happiness never comes alone) by James Huth, 2012, 1h50, comedy, in French with English subtitles – 16yrs and above
Sacha loves his friends, his piano and partying. At night, he plays in a jazz club and seduces pretty girls. He lives for the moment, looking for pleasure. Charlotte has three kids, two ex-husbands and a thriving professional life. She has no room for a love story. They have nothing in common and shouldn’t be together… but they are made for one another

Sat. 16 Feb, 10am (Alliance Française) & Sat. 16 Feb, 10am (Cinemart, Kawangware)
UNE VIE DE CHAT (A Cat in Paris) by Alain Gagnol, Jean-Loup Felicioli, 2010, 1h10 min, animation, in English – 6yrs and above
Dino is a cat who shares his life between two houses. During the day, he lives with Zoé, the only daughter of Jeanne, a police captain. During the night, he clambers over the roofs of Paris in the company of Nico, a very skillful thief.

February 8, 2013 at 5:26 pm Leave a comment

Documentary & Festival Opening: Disputed Fields & Performance by Eric Wainaina + Best Band In Africa, Jan 28 2013 @ Alliance

Kesho Imefika Opening
Disputed Fields is one of a series of four films produced by InformAction which all focus on messages that have resonance across Kenya. It will open the ‘Kesho Ime Fika’ Festival.
This documentary is a ‘bottom up’ look at issues of land and tensions between the Kalennjin and Kikuyu communities in the region. It takes a sensitive approach, hearing the views of both communities as we had into the elections.

After the screening there will be a Live Performance by Eric Wainaina & the best band in Africa

Find full programme here

January 28, 2013 at 2:39 pm Leave a comment

Festival on Elections and Leadership, Jan. 28 – Feb. 1 2013 @ Alliance

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programme E Flyer
KESHO IME FIKA
A Citizen’s Festival on elections and leadership presented by Alliance Française in partnership with INFORM Action, The XYZ Show, Picha Mtaani & Dan ‘Chizi’ Aceda

Dates: January 28 to February 1, 2013
Time: Daily at 7pm
Entrance: Free

This multidisciplinary festival will tackle issues of unity and diversity, corruption and impunity, land issues and reform, governance and leadership with critical eyes and voices, through the mediums of editorial cartoons, XYZ puppets, ‘Kenya Burning’ photographs, music and performing arts, documentaries and public service announcements.
Cartoons by leading Kenyan cartoonists and ‘Kenya Burning’ photographs by Boniface Mwangi will graphically illustrate the path that must be avoided.

A series of short documentaries by ‘INFORM Action’ that specializes in film and community discussions, led by Maina Kiai, former Chairman of the Kenya National Human Rights Commission and UN Special Rapporteur on the Freedom of Assembly and of Association, will engage Kenyans on the persistent need to demand political and social accountability.

Skits and voice talents from the XYZ show together with musicians and comedians including Dan ‘Chizi’ Aceda, Winyo and Larry Asego will use their artistic expressions to emphasize the essence of the festival.

January 24, 2013 at 5:30 pm Leave a comment

Out of Town: 10th Sauti za Busara Festival, Feb. 14-17 2013 @ Old Fort in Zanzibar

Sauti za Busara
Dates: February 14-17, 2013
Venue: Old Fort in Zanzibar
Festival Tickets*: EA Residents US $29, International Visitors US $109
Programme: Festival Timetable

*Festival admission prices vary with citizeship. Find full info here

The Festival
The festival will celebrate a lifetime achievement of bringing together artists and audiences from around Africa and beyond with enriching cultural experiences, promoting cultural diversity and social development for the past 10 years.
Sauti za Busara is an annual music event in East Africa and widely known as ‘the friendliest festival on the planet’. This edition will feature 200 musicians: more than twenty five groups from East Africa and beyond; acoustic and electric, upcoming and established – all performing live.

The Old Fort will host three nights of non-stop live music, with the main programme continuing Friday through Sunday with performances from 5pm until 1am.

The festival also features African Music Films: documentaries, music videos and live concert footage, all focused on promoting the richness and diversity of African music as screened in the amphitheatre of the Old Fort.

Headline Artist Cheikh Lo – Senegal
Headline artist for the 10th edition of Sauti za Busara is internationally acclaimed Baye Fall artist Cheikh Lo from Senegal. A superb singer and songwriter as well as a distinctive guitarist, percussionist and drummer he has personalized and distilled a variety of influences from West and Central Africa, to create a style that is uniquely his own.

To celebrate ten years of Sauti za Busara, the festival showcases “Best of the Best”; audience favourites of past years including Tanzania’s DDC Mlimani Park Orchestra.

Zanzibar’s Culture Musical Club will also showcase at the 10th edition and they remain the most prolific and successful taarab orchestra from East Africa.

Other main acts include Khaira Arby (Mali), Comrade Fatso and Chabvondoka (Zimbabwe), Atongo Zimba (Ghana), N’Faly Kouyaté (Guinea), Nathalie Natiembe (Reunion), Nawal & Les Femmes de la Lune (Comoros/Mayotte), Wazimbo (Mozambique), The Moreira Project (Mozambique/South Africa), Owiny Sigoma Band (Kenya/UK), Mokoomba (Zimbabwe), Msafiri Zawose & Sauti Band (Tanzania), Mani Martin (Rwanda), Burkina Electric (Burkina Faso/USA), Lumumba Theatre Group (Tanzania), Sousou & Maher Cissoko (Senegal/Sweden), Super Maya Baikoko (Tanzania), Peter Msechu (Tanzania) and many more.

Networking Space
Sauti za Busara will continue to host the Movers & Shakers networking forum for local and visiting arts professionals. This networking space facilitates discussions, exchange and development of ideas on the creative industries in the East African region and beyond.

Fringe Events
It’s not just the festival that puts on a show; the local community is encouraged to take part by hosting Busara Xtra fringe events. These include traditional ngoma drum and dance, fashion shows, dhow races, open-mic sessions, after-parties and performances of Zanzibar’s oldest taarab orchestras as arranged by the local community.

For More Information: www.busaramusic.org

January 19, 2013 at 2:31 pm 1 comment

Screening: Dan Muchina’s Santerium, Dec. 22 2012 @ The Nest

Sanitorium
Date: December 22, 2012
Venue: The Nest
Time: 1-9 pm
Entry: Free BUT you need to get your tickets here

For more info visit: http://www.becauseartislife.org

December 18, 2012 at 6:53 pm Leave a comment

[Update] Kwani? LitFest 2012: Stories of the Horn of Africa, Dec. 9-16 2012 @ Various Venues

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Festival Dates: December 9 -16, 2012
Events Line Up: Public Lectures, Writers in conversation, Readings, Performances, Art Exhibitions, Film Screenings
Venues: various venues – Kifaru Gardens, Kwani? Garden, National Museum, University of Nairobi, Goethe Institut, Kuona Trust, Habesha, Kibera, KICC Helipad, Eastleigh, South B [map below]

Update: All the events scheduled to take place at University of Nairobi have been moved to the National Museum

Kwani Lit Fest Map
Entry to most of the events is Free

Download litfest_programme

Focus: Stories of the Horn of Africa with participating Countries – Somalia, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Egypt, Ghana, Nigeria, Sudan & Kenya

Some of the writers confirmed for the festival are: Hadraawi – Somalia, Warsan Shire – Somalia, Sayadin Hersi – Somalia, Awes Osman – Somalia, Said Juma Hussein – Somalia, Chehem Watta – Djibouti, Meaza Worku – Ethiopia, Jamal Mahjoub – Sudan, Alemseged Tesfai – Eritrea, Nawal El Saadawi – Egypt, Kojo Laing – Ghana, Helon Habila – Nigeria, Deqa Abshir – Somalia/Kenya, Fawaz El Said – Sudan, Yassir Ali – Sudan, Altayeb Daw Elbeit – Sudan, Ermais Ekube – Ethiopia

A Snap Shot of the Programme
Date: December 9, 2012
Venue: Kifaru Gardens
Time: 2-10 pm
Music by: Waayaha Cusub and Kato& Band
DJ Set by: DJ Zelalem
Entry: Free
Date: December 10, 2012
Venue: Goethe-Institut Nairobi, Monrovia Street
Time: 2.30 – 8 pm
Entry: Free
Date: December 11, 2012
Venue: University of Nairobi National Museum
Time: 2– 7 pm
Entry: Free
Date: December 12, 2012
Venue: Louis Leakey Auditorium, National Museum
Time: 2.30-8 pm
Entry: Free
Date: December 13, 2012
Venues: Hotel Intercontinental, Taifa Hall (University of Nairobi) & Louis Leakey Auditorium, National Museum
Time: 2.30– 7.30 pm
Entry: Free
Date: December 14, 2012
Venues: Louis Leakey Auditorium (National Museum) & Kuona Trust
Free Entry
Date: December 15, 2012
Venues: Louis Leakey Auditorium (National Museum) & KICC Helipad
Entry: Free (National Museum)
Entry: Ksh 1,000 (KICC Helipad)

About
The Kwani? Literary Festival is organised by Kwani Trust on a biennial basis where the literary leaders of Kenya, enriched with visiting writers from around the world, turn their attention to one salient subject and explore it through the lenses of the continent’s past, present and emerging literatures. In 2012, the Litfest will focus on several geopolitical trends and shifts in Kenya’s immediate north to host literary conversations with the Horn of Africa.
It thus aims to act as a platform where the story of the Horn of Africa can be told, to an extent, not taking the political crisis narrative as the only story that exists.
Additionally, the pan-African exchange programme of Goethe-Institut Moving Africa will bring a further eight African writers to Nairobi.

For the exact programme please visit the 2012 Kwani? Litfest website: http://litfest.kwani.org
More information on Moving Africa: http://www.blog.goethe.de/moving-africa/

December 12, 2012 at 12:57 pm 2 comments

Screening & Discussion #HRWNairobiFilmFest: Call me Kuchu, Nov 23 2012 @ Alliance


Date: November 23, 2012
Venue: Alliance Francaise Auditorium
Time: 6.30 pm

Directors: Katherine Fairfax Wright and Malika Zouhali-Worrall, Country – US, 2012, Duration 87 minutes, In English and Luganda with English subtitles

In an office on the outskirts of Kampala, veteran activist David Kato labors to repeal Uganda’s homophobic laws and liberate his fellow lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender men and women, or “kuchus.” But Kato’s formidable task just became more difficult. A new “Anti-Homosexuality Bill” proposes the death penalty for HIV-positive gay men and prison for anyone who fails to turn in a known homosexual. Kato is one of the few who dare to publicly protest the country’s government and media. Working with a dedicated group of fellow activists, he fights for Kampala’s kuchus on Ugandan television, at the United Nations, and in the courts. Because, he insists, “if we keep on hiding, they will say we are not here.”

With unprecedented access, Call Me Kuchu examines the astounding courage and determination required to battle an oppressive government, a vicious media and a powerful church in the fight for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights.

Discussants: Pepe Julian Onziema (Sexual Minorities Uganda), Jackson Otieno (GALCK), John “Longjones” Wambere (Spectrum Uganda Initiatives), and Jane Wothaya (Gay Kenya Trust)

November 22, 2012 at 10:28 pm Leave a comment

Mathare Safari Exhibition, Nov. 24-Dec. 2012 @ the Nairobi National Museum


Opening: November 24, 2012
Venue: National Museum of Kenya
Time: 7 pm

website: http://slum-tv.org/

November 22, 2012 at 12:17 pm Leave a comment

Screening & Discussion #HRWNairobiFilmFest: Love Crimes of Kabul, Nov 22 2012 @ Alliance


Date: November 22, 2012
Venue: Alliance Française Auditorium
Time: 6.30 pm

Love Crimes of Kabul, In Dari & Pashto with English Sub-titles, 71 minutes, Tanaz Eshaghian

Jailed for running away from home to escape abuse, for allegations of adultery, and other “moral crimes,” the women of Afghanistan’s Badum Bagh prison band together to fight for their freedom. Love Crimes of Kabul follows three young prisoners as they go to trial, revealing the pressures and paradoxes women in Afghanistan face today, and the dangerous consequences of refusing to fit into society’s norms. Their defiant actions come to be seen as threats to the very fabric of society, and their acts of self-determination as illegal. Will life outside prison enable these women to experience the freedom they desire?
Filmmaker Tanaz Eshaghian brings us into the lives of these “outsiders,” and we watch as teenage romantics learn to become steely-eyed negotiators in an effort to secure their future, brokering their freedom with courage, charm, and skill.

Discussants: Ann Njogu (CREAW), Dorothy Ogutu (African Sex Worker Network) and Judy Okal (Center for Reproductive Rights)

November 22, 2012 at 11:59 am 3 comments

Screening & Discussion #HRWNairobiFilmFest: Words of Witness, Nov 20 2012 @ Alliance


‘Words of Witness’ by Mai Iskander, Egypt/US, 2012, 1h08 In English and Arabic with English subtitles

Date: November 20, 2012
Venue: Alliance Francaise Auditorium
Time: 6.30 pm

Defying cultural norms and family expectations, 22-year-old Heba Afify takes to the streets to report on an Egypt in turmoil, using tweets, texts and Facebook posts. Heba’s words bear witness to the heady optimism of a country on a path to self-determination, the toppling of a dictator, the difficult transition towards democracy and the celebration of a cultural shift where a younger generation inspired a country to “lead themselves”.

Discussants: Irungu Houghton (Oxfam), Aamera Jiwaji (Nairobi Business Monthly), Philip Thigo (Social Development Network, SODNET)

November 20, 2012 at 2:06 pm 1 comment

2nd Edition of Human Rights Watch Film Festival: Films to Inform & Inspire, Nov. 19-23 2012 @ Alliance


Human Rights Watch, one of the world’s leading independent organization dedicated to defending and protecting human rights presents the 2nd edition of the Human rights Watch Film Festival in Nairobi.
The Film Festival brings to life human rights abuses through storytelling in a way that challenges each individual to empathize and demand justice for all people.

Dates: November 19-23, 2012
Venue: Alliance Francaise Auditorium
Entrance: Free

All films will be followed by discussions

Snap Shot of the Programme
Mon. 19th Nov – 6.30pm
‘Special Flight’ by Fernand Melgar, Switzerland, 2011, 1h40
In French with English subtitles

The Chief Guest on the opening night will be Dr. Willy Mutunga, chief justice/president, Supreme Court of Kenya.

Discussants: Roel Debruyne (Danish Refugee Council), Dennis Likule (Refugee Consortium of Kenya), and Jacqueline Parlevliet (UNHCR)

Tue. 20th Nov- 6.30pm
‘Words of Witness’ by Mai Iskander, Egypt/US, 2012, 1h08
In English and Arabic with English subtitles

Discussants: Irungu Houghton (Oxfam), Aamera Jiwaji (Nairobi Business Monthly), and Philip Thigo (Social Development Network, SODNET)

Wed. 21st Nov- 6.30pm
‘The Island President’ by John Shenk, US, 2011, 1h40
In English and Dhivevi with English subtitles

Discussion: John Kioli (Kenya Climate Change Working Group); David Obura (CORDIO – Coastal Oceans Research and Development in the Indian Ocean); and a representative of the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP)

Thu. 22nd Nov – 6.30pm
‘Love Crimes of Kabul’ by Tanaz Eshaghian, Afganistan/US, 2011, 1h10
In Dari and Pashto with English subtitles

Discussants: Ann Njogu (CREAW), Dorothy Ogutu (African Sex Worker Network) and Judy Okal (Center for Reproductive Rights)

Fri. 23rd Nov – 6.30pm
‘Call me Kuchu’ by Katherine Fairfax Wright & Malika Zouhali-Worrall,Us, 2012, 1h27
In English and Luganda with English subtitles

Discussants: Pepe Julian Onziema (Sexual Minorities Uganda), Jackson Otieno (GALCK), John “Longjones” Wambere (Spectrum Uganda Initiatives), and Jane Wothaya (Gay Kenya Trust)

Download the programme 2012_Nairobi_FilmFestival

November 19, 2012 at 11:28 am Leave a comment

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