Aya Films


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Director: Various

Vanity: In the age of social media what is the impact of our infatuation with image? We will explore this through four experimental films from the DRC, Kenya and South Africa.

BALOJI | Democratic Republic of Congo 2018 | 14m
A journey between hope and dystopia in a hallucinated Kinshasa, Zombie goes from the culture of the hair salon to a futuristic club scene, from an urban parade to the glory of a campaigning dictator, to a modern western. It interrogates the almost carnal relationship we have with our phones, outgrowths of the hand giving us the talent of digital ubiquity...

We need Many Prayers
Jim Chuchu | Kenya 2018 | English and Swahili with English subtitles | 5m
Have you heard of Afrofuturism? In this bold art-world satire, a young African visual artist hatches a sly plan to break through into the global arts market - Will it work?

this country is lonely
Jaco Bouwer | South Africa 2019 | 18m
Ratgirl is the digital avatar of artist Jazzard Jaslyn, who crafts endurance performance pieces staged through Instagram stories which re-enact indignities still faced by marginalised people in post-apartheid South Africa. But this country is lonely is most concerned with the dehumanising and flattening effect social media has on our understanding of complex humanitarian crises.

Hello, Rain
C.J Obasi | Nigeria 2018 | 30m
Sorcery, science and sisterhood rule in C.J. Obasi's colourful screen adaptation of the award-winning author Nnedi Okorafor’s short story Hello, Moto. The plot follows a scientist-witch who, through an alchemical combination of juju and technology, creates magical wigs which grant supernatural powers to herself and her friends. But when these powers grow uncontrollable, she must stop them by any means. Remember, “don’t ever mix juju with technology!”

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