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Elsewhere Within Here: African Voices (12A*) + Panel discussion

Chronic Youth Film Festival 2018

Adele, a short by Mirene Igwabi

A film by Alain Gomis (Félicité) is one of a bold selection of shorts by African filmmakers that offers a hazy glimpse into the reality of a childhood surrounded by violence and desolation.

Comprised of four short films, Elsewhere Within Here is styled after French/Senegalese film critic Fanta Sylla's project on the meaning of place and home. This programme's captivating stories explore intimacy, loss, joy and growth through the eyes of its formidable protagonists.

Featuring dreamy vignettes littered with philosophical ponderings, a heartbreaking fairytale with a standout hero and a story filled with dark truths and disrupted youth, this programme shows off some of the outstanding African talent both in front of and behind the camera.

Following the screening, there is a panel discussion with Barbican Young Programmers Kofo Owokoniran, Ayo Akingbade and Victoria Nambi, alongside Fanta Sylla, a cultural critic, editor and teacher whose work explores ideas of representation in relation to blackness, gender and places.

Samedi Cinema (U)

Two children write letters to get enough money to go to the cinema. Saturday is their last chance to see the ending of the movie.

Senegal 2016 Dir Mamadou Dia 11 min

Petite Lumière (U)

A charming vignette of childhood and nascent philosophical awareness in a young girl as she measures the fleetingly glimpsed textures of her daily life in Senegal.

Senegal/France 2003 Dir Alain Gomis 15 min

Mwansa the Great (PG)

Mwansa goes on a journey to prove that he is Mwansa the Great.

UK 2011 Dir Rungano Nyoni 23 min

Adele (PG)

In the face of an African family tradition imposed on her in Australia, fourteen-year-old Adele is torn between high school and the home where she is a wife in an arranged marriage, and a mother-to-be.

Australia 2016 Dir Mirene Igwabi 15 min

Please arrive promptly at the advertised start time

Proof of ID may be requested on entry to films, in compliance with BBFC ratings

* These films have been locally classified by the Barbican Centre


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Introducing: Chronic Youth Film Festival

Our Young Programmers Arjun, Victoria, DipoVaradhraj and Thomas introduce a few of the films showing at this year's Chronic Youth Film Festival.

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