The Africa Channel launches a new film season


Inspired by the movie awards season, The Africa Channel (Sky 209, Virgin 828) presents award-winning, UK Premiere films, showcased in the channel’s ‘Africa Picture House’ strand. The season offers an array of diverse stories - a moving portrait of everyday life in Uganda; revenge and personal destiny in Chad, and a humorous take on a Malian family finding their feet abroad. ‘Africa Picture House’ also takes the viewer behind the scenes with a series of exclusive Director interviews,  enabling them to personally introduce their films to the UK audience.

The Africa Channel’s film season debuts on 20th February at 9pm, in time to get into the spirit of the Oscars, with the UK Premiere of Imani (2010).  Awards include Best Feature Film at The Zanzibar International Film Festival 2010, and The Silver Award at The Cairo International Film Festival.
Imani paints an intimate portrait of three individuals living in contemporary Uganda; a child soldier returning to the parents who could not protect him, a woman fighting to free her wrongly accused sister from jail, and a youth dance troop leader struggling to simply get through a hometown performance.

Award-winning director Caroline Kamya received glowing reviews for her first foray into feature film.  Critics at the Seattle International Film Festival said ‘her fast and confident directing effortlessly makes the most of the beautiful Ugandan setting.’  Kamya talks exclusively to The Africa Channel about her joint British-Ugandan identity and her goal in bringing an alternative portrayal of Uganda to a global audience. 

The ‘Africa Picture House’ season continues on 27th February at 9pm, with the UK premiere of Sex, Okra and Salted Butter (2008). Directed by one of Africa’s leading filmmakers, Chadian Mahamat-Saleh Haroun, Sex, Okra and Salted Butter offers a refreshingly humorous take on African immigration to France in this hilarious comedy. Considered a leading light in African cinema, Haroun is the first Chadian director to enter, and win, an award in the main International Cannes Festival. 
Haroun will be discussing the making of Sex, Okra and Salted Butter and Daratt (TX Wednesday 6th March) exclusively to The Africa Channel.                                               
Daratt (2007) will TX Wednesday 6th March, 9pm. Another masterpiece from Mahamat-Saleh Haroun, and winner of the prestigious Grand Special Jury at the Venice Film Festival. Daratt, set in the wake of Chad’s civil war; follows 16-year-old Atim, as he leaves his village to seek out the war criminal who killed his father, planning bloody revenge. But when Atim finds his target, Nassara, a strange, uneasy friendship starts to develop.

Africa Picture House will be an ongoing, regular showcase of highly acclaimed Africa inspired films. Further details of upcoming broadcasts will be announced soon.

The Africa Channel is available to viewers across the UK and Ireland on Sky channel 209, Virgin channel 828, 24 hours a day.

The Africa Channel is a global media network inspired by Africa and dedicated to providing bold, high-quality programming including news, current affairs, documentaries (Mandela, Sharpeville Echoes, Ghana Black Gold) lifestyle (Cooking with Siba, The Biggest Loser South Africa), music (Soundcheck at Momo’s), drama (Jacob’s Cross, Scandal, Tinsel) and films (The Athlete, Heart of Fire). This is both acquired programming and wholly owned productions, from or about Africa.