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"Africa United" to screen at KWETU on Saturday 22nd September 2012

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The Rwanda Film Festival invites you to the screening the Silver Back Award – winning films at the KWETU Residence Inn. It’s located within Estate 2020 Gaculiro Benjamina street opposite gate #18.

SATURDAY: 22th September 2012


The first grader by Debs Gardner-Paterson/Feature, 88’, Kenya


Africa United is a cheerful, good-natured road movie in which three Rwandan school kids take a wrong turning when heading to Kigali to audition for a warm-up act at the 2010 World Cup. They are an 11-year-old Aids orphan who lectures on condoms and safe sex to his peers, his younger sister who wants to be a doctor, and a middle-class soccer star. They end up in war-torn Congo, escape from an orphanage with a tough, traumatised fugitive child soldier and push on to South Africa for the opening match. On the way they’re joined by a resilient young prostitute, and the quintet bond on the hazardous journey. The middle-class lad throws his mobile into Lake Tanganyika to break away from his censorious mother; the child soldier casts his revolver into a river to signal his rejection of tribal violence.
This somewhat ramshackle affair is packed with action, is handsomely photographed, and has enough realism and danger to keep the lurking sentimentality at bay. It makes an interesting comparison with Alexander Mackendrick’s 1963 movie Sammy Going South, recently released on DVD, in which a 10-year-old British lad orphaned in the 1956 bombing during the Suez invasion makes his way to relatives in South Africa across a very different Dark Continent.
. Africa United
. Production year: 2010
. Country: UK
. Cert (UK): 12A
. Runtime: 88 mins
. Directors: Debs Gardner-Paterson
. Cast: Emmanuel Jal, Eriya Ndayambaje, Roger Nsengiyumva, Sanyu Joanita Kintu, Sherrie Silver, Yves Dusenge

Main Feature starts at 7PM



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