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Africa First Shorts

Four short films about memory, tradition and modernity showcasing some of Africa’s most exciting new filmmakers.


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  • Director Zelalem Woldemariam
  • Ethiopia 2013
  • in Amharic with English subtitles
  • 18 mins

A young Ethiopian composer deals with a traumatic childhood experience when a deaf spirit inspires him to channel his memories in a new direction.

Kwaku Ananse

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  • Director Akosua Adoma Owusu
  • Ghana-Mexico-USA 2013
  • in Twi with English subtitles
  • 26 mins

Ghanaian mythology combines with elements of autobiography and the fable of the trickster spiderman to show that there are two sides to every coin.


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  • Director Cédric Ido
  • Burkina Faso-France-USA 2013
  • 30 mins

Burkina Faso in 1987 is a country in the throes of revolution. Manu, an eight-year-old who loves comics, tags along with Albert, his big brother. When Albert decides to undergo a magic ritual to become invincible, Manu realises there are real powers to rival those of his comic-book superheroes.


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  • Director Mark Middlewick
  • South Africa 2013
  • in Zulu with English subtitles
  • 15 mins

A lonely security guard working the graveyard shift in a colossal Johannesburg shopping mall finds solace in a storefront mannequin.

Total running time 89 mins

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