Film Programme

For all four nights of the festival, we screen music films, shorts, clips and videos as a complementary programme to the live performances on the main stage.

The Old Fort’s seated Amphitheatre transforms into a cinema space where festival-goers gather to watch big screen projections of music stories from all around the African continent and diaspora.

 

Sauti za Busara: More Than a Festival

Sauti za Busara [Swahili, Sounds of Wisdom] is held annually during February on the picturesque spice island of Zanzibar and widely known as ‘the friendliest festival on the planet’.
This short film takes the viewer from humble beginnings to the 9th edition in 2012, where through the eyes of musicians, artists, festival organizers and audiences we see how the event has grown to attract African music lovers from all over the world.

More than a festival

Screening date & time: Thurs 12th Feb, 8:20pm
Running time: 24’ 49”
Country: Tanzania
Release year: 2012
Director: Merete Stubhaug
Genre: Music Documentary film
Website: www.busaramusic.org

Tanganyika Msafiri Zawose and Sauti Band

A film about Msafiri Zawose, a Gogo musician best known for his energetic lifestyle of Gogo fusion. Once again, he is performing with his Sauti Band and maintains close ties to his roots and the traditional Gogo rhythms that give the music its unique sound, while creating an energy that is contagious to anyone who hears it. Singing in both, Swahili and his native Gogo language, the music is truly based in the environment and the people that shaped its author who hopes to share his passion with his fellow Tanzanians and the world.

More than a festival

Screening Date & Time: Thurs 12th Feb from 8:55pm
Running time: 15’36”
Country: Tanzania/ Germany
Release year:  2014
Producer/Director: Manuuh Swai
Genre: Music Documentary
Website: www.swahilirecords.com

I Shot Bi Kidude / Tunapenda Bi Kidude

A dramatic investigation into the final days of one of Africa's greatest musical heroines, Zanzibar's very own Bi Kidude. In 2012, this fast-talking, chain-smoking rebel-rocker was kidnapped. Following his earlier film on the myth and life of Kidude, director Andy Jones and his team returned to Zanzibar in Feburary 2013 to get to the bottom of the mystery. Just two months later, Bi Kidude was dead. Featuring exclusive footage of her final stage performance and behind the scenes at her funeral, this is the final chapter in the life of a true legend.

More than a festival

Screening Date & Time: Thurs 12th Feb from   9:15pm
Running time: 80’ (tbc)
Country:  Tanzania / UK
Release year: 2015
Producer/Director: Andy Jones
Genre: Music Documentary, Feature film
Website: www.screenstation.net

More than a festival

Maramaso

Maramaso is a documentary that takes place in Kenya surrounding the March 4th 2013 presidential election. The story focuses on a young musician/activist named Mandela, and unfolds through events leading up to the 2013 election, guided by narration and interviews with political experts, activists, and musicians in Kenya. George, Mandela's mentor, gives a glance into Mandela's past, his character, and his band, Sarabi. Mandela introduces Maramaso, his philosophy promoting the concept of Man Raise Man Society.

Screening Date & Time: Thurs 12th Feb from 11:00pm
Running Time: 57’
Country: Kenya
Release year: 2013
Producer/Director: Ashley Beckett
Genre: Music Documentary

Action Music Tanzania

Once there were some popular Tanzanian musicians. With their rhythm they made the people dance and sing. They had their instruments, traditions and character. Nowadays Tanzanian people still love music. The western world also likes African music, but mostly unaware of the vast variety it has. Western influences seem to overflow Tanzania. With the school; Action Music Tanzania “some local musicians try to bring traditions into the modern life. Will they manage to remember the society of their own character, and of the power behind their resources?

More than a festival

Screening Date & Time: Sun 15th Feb from 8:30pm
Running time: 20’
Country: Tanzania/ Germany
Release year: 2014
Producer/Director: Sonja Beutelmann
Genre: Music Documentary

Santuri Safari

Santuri opens doors to musicians, producers and DJs to work creatively together. Music is made that combines the traditional and the cutting edge. East africa heritage and identity is firmly embedded in the music, but adding that cutting edge, contemporary take is pushing it into the global spotlight. Santuri gives people the skills they need to compete on an international level, and opens up a huge network of likeminded people. DJs are the cultural connectors; they get the music out to the crowds. DJing is an essential part of the Santuri experience, and developing DJ culture fits with our objectives. DJs (Santuri and others) play the tracks we make and people respond positively. Slowly the music culture becomes richer and more diverse, as the santuri idea spreads and others begin to experiment and push the boundaries more.

More than a festival

Screening Date & Time: Sun 15th Feb from 9:10pm
Running time: 20’
Country: East Africa
Release year: 2014
Producer/Director: Eric Mukalazi, David Tinning
Genre: Music Documentary

The last song before the war

The Last Song Before the War

The Last Song Before the War is a feature-length documentary that captures the inspiring rise and uncertain future of Mali's annual Festival in the Desert. The festival history is told from the perspective of the co-founder and festival director, Manny Ansar, the musicians who perform and the intrepid travelers from around the world who make the long journey to attend the festival. Against the backdrop of stunning musical performances, the film subtly reveals the challenges and triumphs of creating an artistic event in such challenging economic and political circumstances. After 12 years of success and unforgettable musical moments, the Festival in the Desert came to a halt in 2012 when separatist rebels and Islamic militants seized control of Northern Mali. The Last Song Before the War chronicles the 2011 Festival--arguably the last edition that still captured its original goals--a global display of peace, reconciliation, and the healing power of music.

Screening Date & Time: Sun 15th Feb from 9:40pm
Running time: 74’
Country: Mali/ USA
Release year: 2013
Producer/Director: Kiley Kraskouskas
Genre: www.thelastsongbeforethewar.com

More than a festival

100% Dakar – more than art

A vibrant portrait of one of West Africa's most lively creative arts scenes, 100% Dakar - More Than Art follows the young artists who see themselves as change agents for their generation. Featuring fashion designers, hiphop musicians, graffiti artists, a photographer, an art blogger, dancers and many other artists and cultural entrepreneurs, this exuberant documentary reveals a world of people who stand for a passionate, collective and creative fight against all economic and political burdens in Senegal's buzzing capital city.

Screening Date & Time: Sun 15th Feb from 11:00pm
Running Time: 62’
Country: Senegal / Austria
Release year: 2014
Producer/Director: Sandra Krampelhuber
Genre: Music Documentary
Website: www.100-dakar.com