AFRIQUE-SUR-SEINE, Dir. Paulin Soumanou Vieyra, Jacques Mélo Kane and Mamadou Sarr
Special Events

BLACK AUDIO VISIONS: Transforming The Gaze Through Sound

21:00 Wed 15 Jan 2020

ICA Cinema 1

Through the lenses of pan-African cinema-makers, we explore the auditory experience of ‘listening’ to a film with rare archival works in dialogue with contemporary moving image.

Paulin Soumanou Vieyra’s Parisian shot Afrique-sur-Seine, the considered ‘first film’ of African cinema, is our point of departure for exploring how sound shapes and limits our visual perception, with works from Sonia Boyce and sound artist Ain Bailey using the dazzling of light and discordant sound to recalibrate the legacy of jazz singer, Adelaide Hall. Guest programmed by Eirini Fountedaki. 46’

Panellists: Rabz Lansiquot (filmmaker, visual artist), Holly Rogers (sound theorist), Onyeka Igwe (filmmaker, artist)


The Mall, St James's
020 7930 3647
Full £13-4 / Concessions £11-2 / Blue Members £7-8


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    Jacques Mélo Kane / Mamadou Sarr / Paulin Soumanou Vieyra 22 mins (FR, 1957)

    The first film of “African cinema”, Africa on the Seine, immerses us in the lives young Africans living in Parisian exile in the 1950s

    Sonia Boyce / Ann Bailey 7 mins (UK, 2010)

    Sonia Boyce, with the help of the soundtrack realized by Ain Bailey, manipulates and re-imagines found film footage in order to address important questions related to the representation and perception of the female black body.

    Amelia Umuhire 7 mins (DE, 2016)

    Mugabo is an experimental short film about a young girl's return to the idealised homeland, a journey to a place full of borrowed memories.

    Rabz Lansiquot 10 mins (UK, 2017)

    While teaching me how to cook Jollof Rice, my grandmother tells me about her experience back home in Ghana as it became the first African country to gain independence from colonial rule, and her life in the UK since moving to London in the 1960's.