Film Africa pop-up screening of U-Carmen eKhayelitsha at the British Museum
Saturday, 11 February 2017 - 2:00pm to 4:30pm
This Saturday at the British Museum, Film Africa presents U-Carmen eKhayelitsha (2005) as part of the British Museum's South Africa: the art of a nation exhibition, which will runs until 27 February 2017.
Bizet’s opera Carmen, a classic tale of doomed love, has inspired myriad interpretations and adaptations the world over. Here the love triangle is relocated to contemporary Khayelitsha, a township on the outskirts of Cape Town, where Carmen works in a cigarette factory. Sung in Xhosa and seething with life, heat and colour, this genre-smashing, fiercely original film has become a modern classic since winning top prize at the 2005 Berlin International Film Festival, the first African film to do so.
Internationally renowned South African baritone Njabulo Madlala will introduce the screening.
14:00 - 16:30, Stevenson Lecture Theatre (in the lower ground floor of the museum)
Director: Mark Dornford-May
South Africa, 120 mins, Cert 12