Posts tagged ‘alliance’
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
An Olympian’s Solution: From the Unwalkable Walking City and other Paradoxes, to a Healthier and Safer Nairobi
Date & Time: Friday May 10, 2013, 6.00-8.00pm (event starts 6.30pm sharp)
Venue: 3rd Floor, Alliance Française
This month’s conversation will be throwing a spotlight on the potential contribution of Nairobi residents to create healthier and safer urban spaces.
Douglas Wakiihuri will share his experiences as an Olympian, retired competitive runner and current road runner. He will speak to the challenges that the ever evolving urban environment impose on his running activities and the lifestyles of urban residents. Douglas runs the Sotokoto Marathon, mentors a group of young runners (children) in Kibera and encourages city dwellers to lead active lives. Herein lies the challenge, he’s discovered; it’s neither “healthy” nor safe to lead an active life in the city.
Paradoxes exist from the lack of appropriate urban infrastructure (e.g. encouraging walking in an unwalkable city) and facilities (Kenya produces elite runners in spite of the lack of locally accessible training facilities as Wakiihuri points out) to the lack of green spaces. Nairobi’s setup tends to encourage a sedentary or vehicle dependent lifestyle.
Safety, as tragically revealed during the recent events at the Boston Marathon, is also key. In addition to personal safety which is hits closer to home, pedestrian safety, air quality and easily accessible paths are all legitimate concerns for the would be walker, jogger or runner. To that end, Juma Assiago from UN Habitat’s Safer Cities program will engage participants in an exchange about the development of safety measures at city level.
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Artists performing will be patrick Nakaya, Ricy na marafiki, Mitchel Ongaro, Kato, Sage & Threat Band. Come experience some of Kenyas fine Jazz musicians.
Dates: April 25-28, 2013
Venue: Alliance Francaise de Nairobi
Times: Thursday 6 pm, Friday 6 & 8.30 pm, Saturday 3, 6 & 8.30pm and Sunday 3 & 6pm
Tickets: Ksh. 500/=
Tickets Hotline: 0720 861 236 or 0733 720 585 // Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Dates: April 2-14, 2013
Venue: Alliance Française Auditorium
Time: Weekdays 6.30pm, Weekends 3 & 6pm
Tickets: Kshs 500 [0721 608 656]
We have found ourselves demanding for great changes: new constitution, elections, no corruption, transparency etc, etc. We have done this so that our lives can change for the best. But the big question is, have we, ourselves as Kenyans changed? We are quick to ask for change, but we have refused to conform to the change. Do remain the same old liars, immoral, dirty, tribalists, corrupt, thieves, the list goes on.
This gut-crushing comedy will hilariously show how we are asking for a good life but there is no effort on our part in making the change in ourselves as Kenyans.
The Alliance Française exhibition walls are resplendent with African Art from 8 Francophone African countries: The Ancient Kingdom of Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Chad, Congo, Côte d’Ivoire, Gabon, and Mali.
Dates: Until April 28, 2013
Venue: Alliance Française, Ground Floor Gallery
The Arts of Africa constitute one of the most diverse legacies in the world. The objects on display are part of the commercial collection of Aberahaman Njingou and Mounchigam Arouna from West Cameroon.
The diversity of ritual and ceremonial masks on display highlight the importance of masks as mediators between the living world and the spiritual world in traditional African societies.
Namatsi is a spoken word artist who fuses her poetry with Song. She will represent a selection of poetry/songs from her first album entitled ‘Nirvana’, a delicious array of spoken word and melodious tunes… real food for the soul, taking the audience away from the daily hustle of life.
Dr. Ken Ramani, Mr Joe Ageyo, Prof. Levi Obonyo, Head Communications at Daystar University and Ken Njiru of the Ungwana TV Campaign Initiative
Sentinelles and the French Embassy in Kenya invite you to the screening of the film Blood of Women by Christian Lajoumard with the support of the Embassy of France and the Embassy of Switzerland in Kenya.
Date: February 27, 2013
Location: Alliance Française
Time: 2.30 & 7.30 pm
The film addresses female genital mutilation [FGM] and the forced marriage in West Pokot, showing different perspectives within the Pokot community
Two Pokot women shall speak about their experiences after the film screening: Cheruto will give a firsthand account on FGM and the consequences of her health and life. Social worker Damaris will describe Pokot traditions, how Sentinelles aims to lift the plight of Pokot women and raise awareness within the community
Painting & engraving exhibition by Ermias Ekube
Opening: February 5, 2013 at 6.30 pm
Venue: Alliance Ground Floor Gallery
Exhibition Dates: Until February 25, 2013
In breath of consciousness II, Ermias Ekube presents a series of paintings and engravings that mainly focus on women and children.
Ermias Ekube powerful portraits are really striking. His topics, weather painted or engraved, are dynamic and filled with emotion.
Ermias Ekube is a respected artist born and brought up in Ethiopia with Eritrean Nationality. Ekube is a painter, engraver, sculptor and poet. He has studies four years at Addis Ababa college of Fine Arts and Design [DFA in 1990].
Since 1991 he participated in several group exhibitions and exhibited about 20 solo exhibitions in Eriteria, Ethiopia, Djiibuti, Tanzania, Swaziland, Norway, England, Denmark and Italia.
Ermias is now living in Nairobi and currently working on his art at the Kuona Trust.
There will be a dialogue lead by experts from UNEP, FAO and the food packaging industry after the documentary screening
Documentary & Festival Opening: Disputed Fields & Performance by Eric Wainaina + Best Band In Africa, Jan 28 2013 @ Alliance
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
The Think Twice DJ set of Jean-Chrisophe Couderc and Rémy Voet have been at the forefront of their trade for over 10 years. One is a musician, the other a graphic designer. Their common passion for music and discs has kept them together since 1991. They were the resident DJ pair at the popular Paris club ‘La Fabrique’ int the late 90s. They have participated in several festivals around Europe and have toured South America. In 2003, they created the music project ‘Think Twice’ characterized by their special mix of electronic and rock music with a touch of funk.
Think Twice DJ set first travelled to Africa in 2011 on the occasion of the Fête de la Musique festivities in Rwanda. They return to East Africa for concerts in Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda and Ethiopia, sponsored by the Regional Audiovisual Bureau of the Embassy of France.
The play is set in Kiambu County in the plush environs of Windsor, Falstaff makes his love and desires know not to one but two married women in identical letters. Upon comparison Mrs. Ford and Mrs. Page plot their revenge on Falstaff for being so bold and assuming. The revenge plan unveils itself with almost catastrophic but hilarious consequences. The strength of some relationships with doubts creeping and some grow ever so stronger as the inhabitants of this small town watch and are a part of the unfolding comical events that surround Falstaff amorous adventures.
The cast, we believe, represents the best of East African talent features the gigantic talent from Tanzania, Mrisho Mpoto as Falstaff as well as Ogutu Muraya, Neville Misati, Mourad Sadat, Eric Wanyama, Veronica Waceke, Sylvia Namussassi and Kitt Nyan’aya Kiarie.
Wanawake wa Heri wa Windsor
The production was well received at the Globe to Globe Shakespeare festival in London England in April 2012 and received 5 stars from the Guardian Newspaper. Dubbed “Visually intoxicating” and “slapstick…..tinged with genius” by Andrew Gilchrist of The Guardian it is a must see for any theatre lover and enthusiast.
In November 2012 , the production has a successful tour of 3 cities in India it featured at Qadir Ali Baig Theatre Festival in Hyderabad , Ranga Shankara Shakespeare Festival in Banagalore and the United World College (UWC) in Pune.
“a seamless performance providing hilarity non-stop.” Margaretta wa Gacheru, Daily Nation
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)
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)
Full info here: Facebook event page
Full info: Facebook Event Page
This is an exhibition of recent paintings & prints by Ogonga Thom featuring his current body of work where he has combined his ‘typical illustrative paintings & drawings’ while experimenting with conventional printmaking techniques in painting.
He is exploring human relationships while interrogating how humans behave within a space depending on who/what is in that particular space within the threshold of darkness (night-life) as the core theme of his work.
Tom is born, raised, schooled, working and living in Nairobi-Kenya
Ogonga Thom is an artist inspired by fashion, music, urban lifestyles and even more fascinated by the controversial city nightlife. All the activities that color the night excite the artist in him and feature prominently as the theme of his work.
He is also involved in project conceptualization & implemenation and writes art-related articles for his blog (thealternativewriter.blogspot.com) and upon request.
Tom has exhibited widely and featured in various public art projects both locally and abroad.
For more information check the Facebook event page
In 2010, Alliance Française de Nairobi registered Kenya in the first international photography competition launched by the Foundation Alliance Française on the theme ‘J’ai 20 ans dans mon pays’ (I am 20 yrs old in my country).
1400 amateurs from 60 different countries participated and submitted their most beautiful photos on the suject. Selected first at the local level across the 98 participating Alliances Françaises, then at the international level by a professional jury, the best photographs make up this exhibition on the youth of the world. The exhibition was first presented in France then in the United States, South Africa, India and China. It regroups the work of 26 finalists from the around the world.
Don’t miss this exhibition that reveals a new vision of the youth of the world and includes the work of James Otieno, the winner from Kenya.
Featuring: Aziza, Innofaces, Ulopa & Keysha BIG
For more informations visit this Alliance Francaise website
The Friends Ensemble invites you to watch arguably, one of the hottest and funniest Comedies ever scripted! The Hot Mamas
Dates: Oct. 19-21, 2012
Venue: the Alliance Française de Nairobi
Time: Friday 6 & 8.30 pm, Saturday 3, 6 and 8.30 pm and Sunday 3 & 6 pm
Tickets: Kshs 500 [0720 861 236 or 0733 720 585]
Offer: Get your ticket before October 14, 2012 for only Kshs 400
An uncontrollable crazy, sexy, A-Laugh –A-Line Masterpiece!
This play is strictly for adults only!