Ahead of the 2017 World Music Day there’ll be 2 days of Film Screening celebrating music as an unrelenting force in the face of oppression.
About The Films
THEY WILL HAVE TO KILL US FIRST: Malian Music in Exile [dir. Johanna Schwartz.] is a feature-length documentary following musicians in Mali in the wake of a jihadist takeover and subsequent banning of music. Music, one of the most important forms of communication in Mali, disappeared overnight in 2012 when Islamic extremists’ groups rose up to capture an area the size of the UK and France combined. But rather than lay down their instruments, Mali’s musicians fought back.
SUMÉ: THE SOUND OF A REVOLUTION [dir. Inuk Silis Høegh]: From 1973 to 1976 the Greenlandic rock band Sumé released three albums and changed the history of Greenland. The group’s political songs were the first to be recorded in the Greenlandic language – a language that prior to Sumé didn’t have words for “revolution” or “oppression”. After 250 years of Danish colonization Sumé set in motion a revival of Greenlandic culture and identity, and paved the way for a Greenlandic home rule government.
Date: 10th June, 2017
Venue: Old Film Unit, Nigerian Film Corporation, [beside Voice of Nigeria] Ikoyi Rd, Obalende, Ikoyi, Lagos.
SONG OF LAHORE examines the lives and the cultural heritage of Pakistan's classical musicians, and asks whether there is still room for them in a society roiled by social and religious upheaval. After toiling in obscurity for years, an innovative album leads Sachal Studios to international acclaim, and a triumphant concert with Wynton Marsalis and his orchestra at Jazz at Lincoln Center. This feature length documentary by Academy Award winning filmmaker Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy and Andy Schocken follows their dramatic journey, and asks if they will ever find an audience at home.
Date: 10th June, 2017
Venue: Old Film Unit, Nigerian Film Corporation, (beside Voice of Nigeria) Ikoyi Rd, Obalende, Ikoyi, Lagos.
Creative Producers International is a new world-wide talent development programme led by Watershed, which will provide fifteen Creative Producers from across the globe with the skills they need to become the city change-makers of the future.
Successful participants will gain the skills and abilities to have a new kind of conversation with city leaders and keep art at the heart of decision making. They will transform how their community engages with city futures and deliver ground-breaking projects at the intersection of creativity, technology and public space.
The result will be a diverse group of people and cities who influence, challenge and support each other, and have sustainable routes for sharing their knowledge and innovation all over the world. The programme will run from the beginning of October 2017 to the end of December 2019.
The successful Producers will receive a £2,000 bursary every year for three years plus travel, accommodation and per diems to attend events in Bristol and Tokyo, a £5,000 ideas development fund, training, mentoring, support throughout and lots more.
Ayobami Adebayo, whose debut novel ‘Stay With Me’ has just been shortlisted for the prestigious Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction, and Yewande Omotoso, South African based Nigerian writer, who was also found by the Baileys' searchlight earlier this year, and whose acclaimed novel ‘Bom Boy’ won South African Literary Award for First-Time Published in 2012, will be on a moderated platform to discuss Literature across African borders.
The Literary Crossroads series brings together African writers on the continent and from the Diaspora to discuss contemporary trends and themes in Literature.
Moderator: Molara Wood
Date: 19th May, 2017
Time: 4:00pm Prompt
Venue: Goethe Institut City Hall, 30 Catholic Mission Street, Lagos Island, Lagos, Nigeria
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