by Anna de Pass
Equiano in Africa is a drama documentary, an act of remembrance by its filmmaker Jason Young to document the journey of descendants of enslaved Africans to become British citizens today. Olaudah Equiano was a former slave who campaigned beside William Wilberforce and Thomas Clarkson for the abolition of the slave trade act. Based on his book ‘The Interesting Narrative of Olaudah Equiano or Gustavas Vassa, the African’, and shot in Benin, the film shows what happened to the child Equiano.
This will be followed by Mahamat-Saleh Haroun’s Daratt (2006) winner of the Special Jury Prize at the 63rd International Venice Film Festival. Set in the wake of the long civil war, 16 year old Atim is sent by his grandfather to kill the man, Nassara, who murdered his father. Atim finds Nassrara running a bakery. Unexpectedly, the taciturn Nassara takes Atim under his wing as the son he never had and begins teaching him how to run the bakery. Atim has to face emotional conflicts as he is drawn into the life of Nassara and his pregnant wife before the unexpected finale.
Tickets are available on the door. £8 or £6 for Friends and includes wine and a prize draw. Doors open 7pm.