Bantu Scope will be launching to the public on Heritage Day with ‘Concerning Violence’. The 2014 film is documentary film written and directed by Göran Olsson, narrated by Lauryn Hill. The powerful documentary is based is based on Frantz Fanon's essay, Concerning Violence, from his 1961 book The Wretched of the Earth.
Bantu Scope Cinema is a curated PAN African film segment that will take place periodically at Gallery Fanon. The screenings will introduce independent film makers from across the Continent and the Diaspora. It will accent thought-provoking content for film enthusiasts and the public alike.
Bantu Scope will be hosting their first screening ‘Concerning Violence’ free of charge on Heritage Day at the following times:
Heritage Day, 24 September 2020 Screenings
Screening 1: 14:00 - 15:30 - Limited to 50 tickets
Screening 2: 17:00 - 18:30 - Limited to 50 tickets.
Social distancing regulations apply upon entry.
A: The Anthill, Gallery Fanon, 281 Commissioner Street, Maboneng 2094, Jhb.
M: +27 81 456 1058
For many African filmmakers, the creative expression much like others– exists not only to entertain, but its a practice that is artistic and cultural, it is also political as well as intellectual. It is an embodiment of the African experiences: a monitor to view it’s history and it’s influence on the present– it is also a quill to re-write the narrative of the African, both historically and contemporary.
Since the 1960’s African/Black cinema has seen a spike and the participation of black producers in global cinema has also seen growth. Yet, due to the status quo breaking and disruptive nature of some of these narratives told by Africans, most of their films aren’t palatable for the industry’s gate-keepers and political powers.
Thus the constant mystifying and hard to access culture of such films;birthed by lack of substantial distribution and exposure of these products as well as platforms to showcase them. Hence the inception of Bantu Scope, a monthly Pan African pop up community cinema that will showcase African films produced by filmmakers on the continent as well as those in the diaspora.
Bantu Scope is a cinema that will be situated at Gallery Fanon in Maboneng at the epicenter of Johannesburg’s creativity and culture. The cinema will be a pop up affair that showcases two films (a documentary and a feature film, vice versa) per evening for 3 evenings with two screenings happening on each day/evening.
The screenings will be followed by physical or virtual QnA’s with the film’s directors as well open a floor discussions on topics addressed by films and themes set up on the day of the screenings. The screenings will act as a vehicle to create a warm communal environment where thinkers, creatives as well as film and culture enthusiast can gather with like-minded folks.