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Carlow African Film Festival

A real star of African film will be in Carlow this weekend as the special guest of honour when the annual Carlow African Film Festival takes place. That star is Leleti Khumalo, who appeared alongside Oscar award winner Whoopi Goldberg in the 1992 South African film Sarafina, that told the stories of teenagers involved in the Soweto uprising of 1976.

Khumalo starred as the title character Sarafina in the film, while Whoopi Goldberg played her teacher, who is imprisoned early on in the story. The film was screened at the Cannes Film Festival shortly after its release, and it made more than $7.5 million at the US box office following release there.

Sarafina 40th anniversary

Now it will also be the centrepiece of this year’s Carlow African Film Festival, which this year is a one-day affair, taking place this Saturday, September 24. Sarafina has been chosen for this year’s Festival as 2016 marks the 40th anniversary of the uprising at the heart of the film. Proceedings will begin with a red carpet photo opportunity at 6.30pm followed by opening performances at 7pm, before the film itself is screened in the VISUAL Arts Centre at 7.30pm. Admission is just €5.

Following the screening, there will be an after-party in the Seven Oaks Hotal, from 9.30pm until late. Admission there is €10 and the music will be played by DJ Jay and DJ Zeno. This is the 12th year in succession for the Carlow African Film Festival to take place, so it maintains its standing as both the first and the longest-running event of its type to take place anywhere in Ireland. It continues to provide an annual platform to celebrate the beauty and diversity of Africa through film, honour excellence in African filmmaking and promote cultural interactions in Ireland. CAFF is supported by Carlow Local Authorities, KCLR 96FM and The Seven Oaks Hotel.

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