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15 - 27 August 2017: Close-Up on Ousmane Sembène


A former bricklayer and soldier turned trade union organiser, Sembène is widely recognised today as one of the most prolific African writers and film makers.  He is celebrated today throughout Africa and around the world as the first African creative artist with a “virginal faith” in the redemptive and galvanizing power of art and as a filmmaker who used the barrel of the camera to restore the African self-image.
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Showing This Week

18 August 2017: Black Girl + Borom Sarret

18 August 2017: Black Girl + Borom Sarret

The first work by a sub-Saharan black director to have been seen outside the continent, Black Girl represents the essential first step in Sembene’s self-described project to counter the “neocolonialism [that] is passed on culturally through the cinema.”
19 August 2017: Dear Diary

19 August 2017: Dear Diary

Marking the Italian auteur’s birthday – and echoing our On the Road season – we’re pleased to present Nanni Morreti’s wry, affectionate and very funny odyssey through the Roman suburbs, the Aeolian Isles, and the Italian health system. Travelling around a deserted Rome in mid-August, Morretti presents a testimony and love letter to cinema, Italy and life.
20 August 2017: Camp de Thiaroye

20 August 2017: Camp de Thiaroye

A historical fiction based on the Thiaroye transit camp massacre in 1944, Ousmane Sembène and Thierno Faty Sow's Camp de Thiaroye dismantles the myth of colonial assimilation to expose ingrained social and cultural mechanisms of racism, exploitation, and privilege.

Showing Next Week

21 August 2017: Guelwaar

21 August 2017: Guelwaar

When the body of Guelwaar (“the noble one”), a political activist, philanderer, and pillar of the Christian community, is mistakenly buried in a Muslim cemetery, the result is a perfect storm of bureaucratic red tape, family disputes, and religious conflict.
22 August 2017: Ceddo

22 August 2017: Ceddo

Banned in Senegal on an absurd technicality, Ceddo, Sembene’s most ambitious film, uses the story of a beautiful princess’s kidnapping to examine the confrontation between opposing cultural forces: Muslim expansion, Christianity, and the slave trade.
23 August 2017: Black Girl + Borom Sarret

23 August 2017: Black Girl + Borom Sarret

The first work by a sub-Saharan black director to have been seen outside the continent, Black Girl represents the essential first step in Sembene’s self-described project to counter the “neocolonialism [that] is passed on culturally through the cinema.”
24 August 2017: Faat-Kiné

24 August 2017: Faat-Kiné

Faat-Kiné, the manager of a sparkling new gas station, drives an elegant car, lunches with fashionably dressed friends, and worries about her children passing their high school finals. But Sembene contextualizes his heroine’s thoroughly modern triumphs and anxieties within the complex culture and politics of Dakar.
25 August 2017: Xala

25 August 2017: Xala

Zeroing in on the myth of African independence and on the capitulation to white colonial policies by newly empowered black African leaders, this savage and funny satire deals with a self-satisfied, half-Westernized black businessman who is suddenly struck down by the xala: a curse that renders its victim impotent.
26 August 2017: Sembene!

26 August 2017: Sembene!

Sembene!, tells the unbelievable true story of the “father of African cinema,” the self-taught novelist and filmmaker who fought, against enormous odds, a monumental, 50-year-long battle to give African stories to Africans. Sembene! is told through the experiences of the man who knew him best, colleague and biographer Samba Gadjigo.
27 August 2017: Mooladé

27 August 2017: Mooladé

Sembene’s last film delivers an open attack on the tradition of female circumcision still practiced in Muslim and Christian communities in East and West Africa. A wonderful testament to Sembene’s belief in the cinema as the most effective means of social change in Africa.

Coming Soon

30 - 31 August 2017: Peter Hutton's Haikus

30 - 31 August 2017: Peter Hutton's Haikus

Close-Up and Rattis Books pay tribute to the visionary artist Peter Hutton, one year on from his passing. This two-night programme focuses on a cross-section the filmmaker’s intimate and lush portraits of urban, rural and marine environments. We’re pleased to welcome Ed Halter to introduce the programme.
3 - 24 September 2017: Close-Up on Ruth Beckermann

3 - 24 September 2017: Close-Up on Ruth Beckermann

Close-Up presents the first UK retrospective on the films of Ruth Beckermann, curated and introduced by Colm McAuliffe. Born in Vienna in 1952, Beckermann has been creating essay films and documentaries for 40 years and is well known internationally as one of Austria’s most courageous and spirited filmmakers. This programme explores the work of a director equally suspicious of closed narrative forms and linear views of history and memory.
5 September 2017: Non-linear: Magnets

5 September 2017: Non-linear: Magnets

Magnets addresses different identities in production specifically in relation to others around us. Many of the works take physical props and real-time situations as their points of focus; and we watch how these enhance dynamics of attraction, contradiction and confluence. Featuring works by Victoria Sin, Rachel Reupke, Charles Lofton and more. Curated by Shama Khanna for warehouse.

7 September - 26 October 2017: The Incredible Simultaneity Console

7 September - 26 October 2017: The Incredible Simultaneity Console

Gordon Shrigley presents  a season of twenty-eight artists’ film and videos to celebrate ten years of the artists-run DVD publication project Filmarmalade.
30 September 2017: Narrativize

30 September 2017: Narrativize

Unconscious Archives presents an evening of live film, digital art and performative actions exploring de/construction of narrative. Featuring Against Cinema by James Holcombe & Secluded Bronte30/09/2017 Close-Up Cinema, London by Esperanza ColladoOwed to Bussa by Foxy Moron, and abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz by Jörg Piringer. The artists will be present for Q&As following the screening.

Calendar

Sat 19 Aug 7:30pm
Dear Diary
Sun 20 Aug 7:00pm
Camp de Thiaroye
Mon 21 Aug 7:30pm
Guelwaar
Tue 22 Aug 7:30pm
Ceddo
Wed 23 Aug 7:30pm
Black Girl + Borom Sarret
Thu 24 Aug 7:30pm
Faat-Kiné
Fri 25 Aug 7:30pm
Xala
Sat 26 Aug 7:30pm
Sembene!
Sun 27 Aug 7:30pm
Mooladé
Wed 30 Aug 7:30pm
Time and Tide
Thu 31 Aug 7:30pm
Skagafjordur
Sun 03 Sep 5:00pm
Missing Images
Sun 03 Sep 7:30pm
East of War
Tue 05 Sep 7:30pm
Non-Linear: Magnets
Sun 10 Sep 6:00pm
Return to Vienna
Sun 10 Sep 8:00pm
Paper Bridge
Mon 11 Sep 7:30pm
Towards Jerusalem
Sun 17 Sep 8:00pm
Homemad(e)
Mon 18 Sep 7:30pm
Zorro’s Bar Mitzwa
Tue 19 Sep 7:30pm
American Passages
Sun 24 Sep 6:00pm
Those Who Go Those Who Stay
Sun 24 Sep 8:00pm
The Dreamed Ones
Sat 30 Sep 7:00pm
Narrativize