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Screening Urban Transformations in Africa with AFFR and AITP

AFFR Architecture Film Festival Rotterdam, Africa in the Picture and African Architecture Matters


Urban Transformations in Africa

Sunday 13 October 15h00:

Urban Transformations in Africa: Africa Shafted – Ingrid Martens, South Africa, 2011 Jonah – Kibwe Tavares, UK / Tanzania, 2013 discussion with Ingrid Martens, Kibwe Tavares, Lesley Lokko and Berend van der Lans.

Sunday 13 October 17h00:

Jerusalema – Ralph Ziman, South Africa, 2010

(Screenshot Africa Shafted)

On Thursday 10 October, the 7th edition of the Architecture Film Festival Rotterdam will take off in film theatre LantarenVenster in Rotterdam. On Sunday 13 October, AFFR is programming, together with the Amsterdam based Africa in the Picture film festival and African Architecture Matters, a series of films about current developments in African cities: Urban Transformations in Africa.

Africa Shafted is a revealing portrait of the inhabitants of Ponte Tower, the tallest building in the notorious district Hillbrow, Johannesburg. While standing in the elevator, they talk openly about their lives as African immigrants in South Africa. Jonah is an amazing animation film in which two youngsters in Zanzibar inadvertently photograph a gigantic fish, turning their town into a big tourist attraction. Jerusalema is a spectacular film based on the true life story of Lucky Kunene, who took over all the real estate in Hillbrow, Johannesburg in the nineties.

(Screenshot Jonah)

Directors Ingrid Martens and Kibwe Tavares will attend the screening. With the Ghaniain-English writer and architect Lesley Lokko and Berend van der Lans, co-founder of African Architecture Matters and AITP board member, they will discuss the consequences of migration, informal economy and self-regulation for the African city and the way in which film throws light on these themes.

Films and discussion in English; please buy your tickets online at

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