Programme

Tue 10.5.

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17:20 Ben and Ara

(86 min)

Ben, a passionately agnostic PhD student, is surprised to find a muse for his dissertation in Ara, a devout Muslim. Both soon fall in love but grapple with differences in their core beliefs and lifestyle choices. When two cultures touch each other, the consequences can be magical and tragic…

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19:20 Born in Battle

(20 min)
Born in Battle tells the story of Oneka, a former child soldier who has escaped the clutches of his rebel masters. In order to survive his past he escapes into his own fantasy world far away from his nightmarish present

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19:55 Layla

(15 min)
Layla is living her life as usual: eating, doing household work and waiting for her husband to come home. Time passes and Layla receives many letters from her husband who is at war, telling her he will come back soon. Months come and go and nothing happens. When he eventually comes home she has stopped counting the years.

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20:35 Lumumba

(118 min)
In the infinite nocturnal beauty of an African savannah, two men were given the task to cut three dead bodies. To burn them. To bury them. Here ends the life of Patrice Lumumba, who was for three months Prime Minister of the newly independent Congo. But here also begins his story…

 

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Wednesday 11.5.

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17:20 W.A.K.A
(95 min)
Mother of Adam during the day and prostitute at night, the protagonist is ready for any sacrifice to raise her child. The movie captures the underworld of prostitution in Cameroon. Beautifully shot, the film tells a gripping story focused on friendship, trials of motherly love, passion and brutality.

 

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19:55 OUTED - the Painful Reality
(66 min)
2014: a Ugandan tabloid published names and photographs of persons thought to be homosexuals. This outing not only provoked widespread hate messages towards people perceived to be of LGBTQ orientation but it also instigated widespread debate among the Ugandan society. Based on a true story.

 

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21:00 Bala Bala Sese

(102 min)
A story of boyfriend’s battle for love through perseverance. In the outskirts of Sese Island, John is madly in love with Maggie and both are willing to take their love to highest level. In a dramatic comedy that tells of the tragedies driven by despair and mistrust

 

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Thursday 12.5.

Opening of the 7th Helsinki African Film festival!

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17:20 La Isla

(84 min)
Director/Producer in Attendance

Off the Moroccan coast, a soldier is sent to a deserted island. Committed to monitor smugglers and illegal immigrants, he finds a Sub-Saharan man, washed up on the beach. The unlikely pair then inadvertently trigger a diplomatic incident that crescendos into a regional military crisis. Based on a true story

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19:00 Official Opening

The official opening of the 7th Helsinki African Film Festival

19:50 Out of the Village

(17 min)
Shot in West Africa with a local cast and crew, OUT OF THE VILLAGE explores the social and cultural impact of the Ebola epidemic from the perspective of an orphaned brother and his sister. It stars Abraham Attah (Beasts of No Nation).

 

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20:15 Red Leaves

(84 min)

After decades in Israel, an immigrant puts all his efforts to retaining his Ethiopian culture. He does not speak Hebrew and is totally isolated from society. Moving within his family circles, he soon realizes that he belongs to a disappearing class. In a world he does not belong, he has to take to survive, but according to his own ways.

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Friday 13.5.

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17:20 The Cursed Ones
(101 min)
Disillusioned reporter, Godwin, arrives in a West African village to cover the local festival, but soon finds himself swept up in a witch hunt. A series of misfortunes lead a village to accuse a young, mute girl of being a witch, whose life Godwin attempts to save. Based on true events.

 

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19:40 Hope

(86 min)
Leonard fled Cameroon, Hope fled Nigeria. Brought together by chance, they both end up facing injustice, racism, and violence once they arrive in Morocco. Initially suspicious, they will get to love each other, and will try to go through many trials that their travel between southern Morocco and Europe holds.

 

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21:40 Dar Noir

(103 min)
Dar Noir is the story of a narcotics cop trying to balance his heroin addiction with a day job in law enforcement. The only positive force in his life is a street-wise sexual worker who refuses to let a good man go to waste. Grim, witty and thought-provoking, Dar Noir has opened a new chapter in Tanzanian cinema.

 

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Saturday 14.5.

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12:20 Where the Road Runs Out

(91 min)
George, a scientist living in Holland needs to return to his African roots. While building some new life with beloved ones in Eq. Guinea, an old friend shows up to throw their lives into disarray. George discovers there are many obstacles on the road to redemption and a few more before the road runs out.

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14:20 Free State

(100 min)
A random act of kindness sparks a forbidden love affair between a white girl and an Indian man during the 1970s Apartheid era in South Africa. The film explores the effects on family members and society when love challenges the foundation of every rule governing that particular society.

 

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16:30 Un homme qui crie
(92 min)
The hotel in N’Djamena where he has been working gets purchased by some Chinese. Adam should forfeit his position and let his son take over. The armed rebels are threatening the government, and people are encouraged to be involved in the ” war effort”. Adam has only his son to give to the war…

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18:30 Alda et Maria

(94 min)
Summer 1980, Lisbon. Two sisters, 16 and 17 years old, arrive from Angola to escape war. Left on their own, Alda and Maria will have to learn how to survive without money, in the drab and polluted suburb of this foreign city.

 

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20:30 Pako

(66 min)
During the Iraqi-Iranian war, a Kurdish soldier goes back to the army after a break. Most of his fellows being lost or dead, he escapes from the battlefield to return to his village.Having been announced as a deceased soldier by the army, he hides himself in his house’s basement to avoid getting arrested, and there the drama starts.

 

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Sunday 15.5.

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12:20 Before the Spring

(92 min)
A young blogger who lost both of his eyes during the Egyptian Revolution recounts the story of the Arab Spring. His insight often surpasses his ability to see. Based on a true story of 5 blogger activists who should receive the greatest credit for inspiring the Egyptian Revolution.

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14:30 The Eye of Cyclone
(100 min)
In an African country plagued by civil war, a young idealistic lawyer is officially assigned to defend a rebel accused of war crimes. The case opens up a can of worms, where their past history threatens to tear her and her family apart.

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16:40 Katutura

(102 min)
Katutura weaves the lives of three people, an ex-convict, a gangster and a wheelchair bound teenager who helps street kids in the midst of a love crisis. Their paths intertwine and their lives collide in both hopeful and brutal ways. This is the first action and feature film from Namibia since it became independent..

 

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18:40 The Purple House

(30 min)
Hsan, an unemployed man in his fifties, has been looking for work in his neighborhood. On his wife’s insistence, he decides to go and see Ammar, head of the RCD district cell to ask for help. Ammar agrees to find him a job under one condition: that he paints his house purple! Meanwhile, the Tunisian Revolution took place, turning all things upside down, leaving Hsan in total disarray.

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19:10 The Road to Aleppo
(84 min)
Rony, of Syrian descent and living in Germany, crosses the border to Syria in search of his mother. Soon after his arrival, he meets Nora, a dedicated blogger reporting about the civil war who offers to accompany him. Both are then roughly confronted with the brutal reality of an emerging civil war.

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