Future Sounds of Mzansi (2014)

Future Sounds of Mzansi (2014)

Saturday 21 January 2017,14.00
Stevenson Lecture Theatre
£3, Members/concessions £2

Explore the South African cultural landscape through the lens of its burgeoning electronic music scene, with internationally acclaimed artist Spoek Mathambo. Featuring a range of talent from what has become the countryís staple of popular culture, the film showcases an array of DJs, musicians and producers, including Aero Manyelo, Black Coffee, Christian Tiger School, Rude Boys and many more.Immersing the audience in the different realities of a country still steeped in poverty, crime and injustice, these are the creative pioneers who are sculpting the future sound of Mzansi.

Presented in collaboration with Film Africa, the Royal African Societyís annual film festival.

Directors: Lebogang Rasetuba & Spoek Mathambo
South Africa, 98 mins, Cert 15 


Mapantsula (1988)

Mapantsula (1988)

Friday 6 January 2017, 18.30
Stevenson Lecture Theatre
£3, Members/concessions

Panic is the guru of pick pockets, nimble, individualistic and cool. He can snatch a manís wallet and rifle through its contents in front of him, brazenly daring him to object. This is the story of Panicís transformation. In this landmark film, the first for, about and by black South Africans, a local gangster must choose between personal gain and a united stance against the apartheid system gripping his country.

Presented in collaboration with Film Africa, the Royal African Societyís annual film festival.

Director: Oliver Schmitz
South Africa, 100 mins, Cert 15 


U-Carmen eKhayelitsha (2005)

U-Carmen eKhayelitsha (2005)

Saturday 11 February 2017, 14.00
Stevenson Lecture Theatre
£3, Members/concessions

Bizetís 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.

Presented in collaboration with Film Africa, the Royal African Societyís annual film festival.
Director: Mark Dornford-May
South Africa, 120 mins, Cert 12