World Premiere: "Head Gone" (Nigeria, 2014), with Director Dare Fasasi in Attendance, Tuesday, 16 September 2014, 20h00, Hackesche Höfe Kino

As part of our new film series „New Nigerian Cinema“ curated by actor and producer Wale Ojo, AfricAvenir is presenting the World Premiere of the comedy „Head Gone“ in presence of the director Dare Fasasi. The movie will be screened in Nigeria only in December 2014: this means we are privileged to host the first ever public screening! The movie takes an ironic and amused look at the socio-political framework of Nigeria. Rather a satire than a comedy, this work sheds light on existential questions of the human condition. It casts a long pondering look at mental illness and on what we perceive as crazy and what not. Dare Fasasis’ debut as a director boasts an impressive cast list which features some of Nigeria’s finest actors, musicians and comedians. A must see movie!

On a sunny day a bus starts its journey with mentally ill people to a psychiatric hospital. On the other side of the city a gang prepares an armed assault on its clueless victim. Somewhere else a group of prisoners get transferred to another prison. Bizarre and hilarious situations and scenes arise out of the clash of the psychiatry bus with the armed robbers, their victims and the prison transport.

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Cooperation: Screening of "Otelo Burning", 28 August 2014, 10pm, Haus der Kulturen der Welt

Durban 1989: For sixteen-year-old Otelo Buthelezi and his friends from a township, surfing is the greatest—it represents freedom and a possible means of escaping everyday poverty and racism. Tragedy strikes and on the day of Mandela’s release from prison... |+| read article

Cooperation: Symposium "South Africa: Challenges and Promises of Democracy", 29 August 2014, 10am-5.30pm, Haus der Kulturen der Welt

On Friday, 29 August 2014 from 10h00 a.m., a Symposium featuring prominent intellectuals and analysts from South Africa and Germany will debate different aspects of the following overall topic: Challenges and Promises of Democracy in South... |+| read article

Cooperation: School Screening of "Otelo Burning", 29 August 2014, 10am, Haus der Kulturen der Welt

Screening and discussion for school classes with Stefanie Schlüter and Thabo Thindi. Durban 1989: For sixteen-year-old Otelo Buthelezi and his friends from a township, surfing is the greatest—it represents freedom and a possible means of escaping everyday... |+| read article

Cooperation: Poetry Reading by Antjie Krog, 19 August 2014, 6pm, Haus der Kulturen der Welt

In her Poetry Reading with the title "Belonging to the Voices Who Live in It", the poet, writer and journalist Antjie Krog focuses on her home country South Africa: living there, loving it, being angry at it, displaying its many voices, ancient and... |+| read article

Cooperation: Screening of "Miners Shot Down", 29 August 2014, 7pm, Haus der Kulturen der Welt

August 2012: Escalating police violence during the seventh day of a miners’ strike leads to the “Massacre of Marikana.” Thirty-four workers died and many more were injured. Rehad Desai accompanied the strike from day one and confronts audiences with footage... |+| read article

Cooperation: Screening of "Behind the Rainbow", 29 August 2014, 8pm, Haus der Kulturen der Welt

Thabo Mbeki and Jacob Zuma are the most prominent figures in the ANC. In exile they were brothers in arms, and during Mandela’s presidency they worked together to build an antiracist state. Today they are bitter enemies. Jihan El-Tahri examines the... |+| read article

Cooperation: Screening of "Layla Fourie", 30 August 2014, 6pm, Haus der Kulturen der Welt

A single mother gets a job in a lie-detector company and hopes all will be better for herself and her son. When she hits a man with her car and flees the scene, she soon finds herself trapped in a fatal net of lies and guilt. A thriller which ponders South... |+| read article

Cooperation: Screening of "Nelson Mandela: The Myth and Me", 30 August 2014, 8pm, Haus der Kulturen der Welt

Khalo Matabane questions his childhood hero, Nelson Mandela, pictures of whom were officially forbidden at the time. Although raised to idealize Mandela without reservation, the filmmaker finds himself faced with ever greater doubt. Did Mandela’s policy of... |+| read article

Cooperation: Concert by "Nozinja (Shangaan Electro)", 30 August 2014, 10pm, Haus der Kulturen der Welt

Shangaan Electro, the electronic dance sensation that grew around extravagant producer and entertainer Nozinja has long enjoyed something of a cult status—and not only in “Joburg.” The musical styles of the Tsonga are brought up to 180 bpm and combined with a... |+| read article

Cooperation: Screening of "A Long Night's Journey Into Day", 31 August 2014, 5pm, Haus der Kulturen der Welt

The Oscar-nominated directors depict four cases from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission implemented between 1996 and 1998 as a part of the government’s conciliatory policies. ‘Black’ and ‘white’ perpetrators come face to face with victims and survivors.... |+| read article

Namibian Premiere: "Felix" by Roberta Durrant, Saturday, 30 August, 19h00, Goethe-Centre Windhoek

felix, south african film

Commemorating the 20th anniversary of South Africa’s freedom and democracy since the first democratic elections on 27 April 29914, AfricAvenir Windhoek and the South African High Commission present the screening of the feel-good movie “Felix”, directed by... |+| read article

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