Jazz Re:freshed Film Club: Beats of the Antonov

The Jazz re:freshed Film Club is excited to present the multi-award winning documentary, Beats of the Antonov.

Sudan has been in an almost constant state of civil war since it achieved independence in 1956, and it split into a pair of sovereign states in 2011. On the border between the two, Russian-made Antonov planes indiscriminately drop bombs on settlements in the Nuba Mountains below. Yet, incredibly, the people of the Blue Nile respond to adversity with music, singing and dancing to celebrate their survival.

Beats of the Antonov explores how music binds a community together, offering hope and a common identity for refugees engaged in a fierce battle to protect cultural traditions and heritage from those trying to obliterate them. Kuka threads together the voices — speaking and singing — of militants, social workers, intellectuals, and other everyday folk, to reverse conventional representations of victimhood and reveal an alternative narrative of tenacity and resilience.

In addition to the main feature, there will also be a short talk and a Q&A session.

• Peoples Choice Award at Toronto Film Festival (2014)
• Grand Nile Prize for Best Feature Documentary at Luxor African Film Festival, Egypt (2015)
• Best Documentary Award at Cordoba African Film Festival, Spain (2015)
• Best Documentary and Artwatch Africa Freedom of Expression Award at Durban International Film Festival, South Africa (2015)
• Best Film both jury and public award at Festival de cinémas d'Afrique, France (2015)
• MUBI Prize at FAME, la Gaîté lyrique's cinima and pop culture festival, France (2016)

Doors: 1pm / Film: 2pm (sharp)

Tickets: £8

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