African Odysseys

Inspirational films by and about the people of Africa, from archive classics to new cinema and docs.

African Odysseys presents

UK Premiere: A Bruddah’s Mind + Q&A with director Déo Cardoso

The UK Premiere of a Brazilian film drama exploring racism in a high school in contemporary Brazil.

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UK Premiere: African Redemption: The Life and Legacy of Marcus Garvey + panel discussion

The life of African liberationist, Marcus Garvey, is told through archive, drama, interviews and photography.

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Art in the Making

Celebrating diverse artistic forms, movements and makers.

Sacred Geometry + Q&A with artist Leila Dear

A stunning experimental film that explores ways of viewing nature and, by extension, humanity.

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Convention-breaking artist film and alternative moving-image culture.

The Surviving Films of Franciszka and Stefan Themerson + intro

Recently rediscovered and restored Europa, once looted by the Nazis, is presented alongside three other films by the Themersons.

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Experimenta focus: Stephen Dwoskin

A unique and challenging filmmaker whose themes include disability, sexuality, diaspora, and memory.

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BFI Flare

LGBTQIA+ films and events.


An intensely romantic lesbian love story nestled in the dangerous reality some young women face while coming out.

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Portrait of a Lady on Fire

Céline Sciamma’s masterly film about tentative love in 18th-century France.

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Projecting the Archive

Rediscovered British features from the BFI National Archive.

Hoffman + intro by director Alvin Rakoff

Peter Sellers and Sinéad Cusack star in this taut two-hander.

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Jury’s Evidence + intro by writer Ming Ho

Margaret Lockwood stars in this imaginatively staged courtroom drama from 1936.

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Free and paid matinees, and talks for the over-60s.

Seniors’ free matinee: HG Wells’ The Man Who Could Work Miracles + intro

A charming romantic fantasy with a message for its time from HG Wells.

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Seniors’ free talk: François Truffaut on TV

A rare screening of François Truffaut on primetime UK TV.

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Seniors’ paid matinee: The 400 Blows + intro by Professor Ginette Vincendeau

One of the greatest movies about adolescence.

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Seniors’ paid matinee: Jules et Jim

Truffaut’s classic account of a ménage-à-trois is a bittersweet ode to romantic idealism.

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Seniors’ free matinee: The Night of the Hunter + intro by BFI programmer David Somerset

Two young children are threatened by a murderous preacher, played by a chilling Robert Mitchum.

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Silent Cinema

The best international restorations, often with a live musical accompaniment.

Silent Cinema presents: South: Sir Ernest Shackleton’s Glorious Epic of the Antarctic + live score

An extraordinary story of survival in the wastes of Antarctica.

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The Hill Park Mystery + intro

This pacy detective thriller is a great example of the best of Danish silent cinema – a real charmer.

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Silent Cinema: Intrepid Women

Meet the women explorer-filmmakers who blazed their own trail.

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Terror Vision

The darker side of cinema; films that will horrify and astound.

My Little Eye + intro by Mike Muncer, host of The Evolution of Horror podcast

Big Brother is doing more than just watching in this wickedly inventive contemporary horror.

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The People Under the Stairs

Amid rumours of a Jordan Peele-produced remake, it’s time to revisit Wes Craven’s jaw-dropping original.

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Woman with a Movie Camera

We celebrate women’s contribution to cinema and spotlight female stories.

Preview: Amulet + Q&A with writer-director Romola Garai

Romola Garai joins us to discuss her intelligent, feminist gothic horror.

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T A P E x Invisible Women Present: Touched + pre-recorded Q&A

A sexy, sensuous and surprising programme celebrating female and non-binary desire.

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Preview: Ali & Ava

Clio Barnard’s latest film is a tremendously warm and tenderly written love story.

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