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Our Africa: Thousands of Kilometres of Soviet Film (London, Nov. 6)


Our Africa: Thousands of Kilometres of Soviet Film

Our Africa: Thousands of Kilometres of Soviet Film
Tue, 6 November 2012, 6:30pm

The Ritzy

Brixton, London


06:30PM – 08:30PM

+ Film Africa LIVE! with Karama

We are delighted to welcome Russian filmmaker Alexander Markov to give a sneak preview into the thousands of kilometres of Soviet archival footage of Africa he is drawing on to make the film Our Africa. In the early 1960s, the Soviet political elite extended many gestures of friendship to Africa, particularly to those countries fighting for independence. Soviet filmmakers also rushed to Africa, making films whose titles speak to the emotion with which they were imbued: Hello, Africa!, We Are with You, Africa!, Good Luck to You, Africa! The Soviet Union wanted to fashion Africa in its image and likeness, to forge a ‘Soviet friendship’ and in some cases Africa willingly adopted external attributes of the Soviet regime: military parades, ranks of marching sportsmen, red ties, collective farms, and the one-party system. Markov wants to free this newsreel footage to tell its own story, to help it take a step away from agitprop and towards the art of documentary cinema.

£6.50 / £5 conc / £4.50 memb

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