A little bit more information about the book launch for the new edited collection by Lizelle Bisschoff and David Murphy, Africa’s Lost Classics: New Histories of African Cinema. The launch will take place in Edinburgh’s Filmhouse Cafe Bar on Saturday 25 October at 4pm as part of the annual Africa in Motion Film Festival.
This brand-new book, published by Legenda, grew out of screenings of “lost” African classics at previous Africa in Motion film festivals and contains analyses of early gems of African cinema from across the continent. The launch will be followed by screenings of two films discussed in the book: The Blue Eyes of Yonta (Flora Gomes, Guinea-Bissau, 1992) at 5.30pm, and Come Back, Africa (dir. Lionel Rogosin, South Africa, 1959) at 8.15pm, both at Filmhouse.
Filmmaker, writer and curator Mark Cousins, who contributed the foreword of the book, says: “The relevance and energy of the book, and the Africa in Motion screening events from which it partially derives, are compelling and warrant the editors’ phrase ‘an activist intervention’. Africa’s Lost Classics isn’t only writing, it’s a manifesto, a plea, and a call to arms.”
Lizelle and David will both be at the launch and the book will be available there at a discounted price. More info here.