Dir. Leyla Bouzid. France/Tunisia/Belgium 2015. Arabic/French with English subtitles.
On the brink of Tunisia’s revolution in 2010, we experience life in Tunis through the eyes of Farah, a young woman on the cusp of adulthood. Farah’s family desires for her to become a doctor, but Farah is irresistibly drawn to music, her outlet for expressing herself. She has a zest for life, sings in a band and is discovering love and her city by night, all to the worry of her mother. As I Open My Eyes is an uplifting, endearing story of the Arab spring as experienced by a gentle teenage girl making sense of the pressures that surround her.
As I Open My Eyes (French: À peine j'ouvre les yeux) is a 2015 French-Tunisian drama film directed by Leyla Bouzid, her first feature film. It was screened in the Contemporary World Cinema section of the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival. Baya Medhaffar stars as a teenage rock singer.
This film screening comprises the final film event of the 2016 Cambridge African Film Festival and will be followed by a Closing Party to which all audience members are welcome. Come and celebrate with us the past seven days of incredible films from te continent of africa, whilst enjoying themed snacks, drinks and live music performed by Gnawa musician, Simo Lagnawi.
Renowned musician Simo Lagnawi and Gnawa London band will be performing. In the last year, Simo was nominated for 2 SONGLINES awards for 2014 BEST NEWCOMER, and BEST ARTIST. Since his arrival in the U.K in 2008 he has performed at the Royal Albert Hall, Glastonbury Festival, V&A, BBC 6Music (Cerys Matthews Show), BBC World Service, British Museum, Leighton House, Larmer tree, Secret garden party, Roundhouse, Ritzy, Rich Mix, Hootananny, Hackney Attik, Passing Clouds, Cecil Sharp House, Shambala, Komedia, Hackney Empire, Wilderness festival, Boom Town Festival, The Third line Dubai, 5.0 Refuse Kuwait, Film Middle East Now Italy, Tabernacle, Troxy, Forge, Green Note, Momo London and Dubai among many others. Playing traditional Gnawa (sacred trance music from Morocco) and Gnawa Fusion with, Electric Jalaba, Gnawa Griot, and Gnawa Blues Allstars. He performs for 'Live Music Now' a Charity which bring exceptional music into the lives of under-priviledged people with 'Gnawa Yinga'. Simo continuously pushes new boundaries fusing Gnawa with music from countries such as Gambia, Burkina faso, Senegal, Guinea, Mali, India, Japan, Venezuela, and the Caribbean. He collaborates with the visual artist Hassan Hajjaj who took the cover photo, and who has designed his first album cover and photographed him for the new album.
We have exclusive whole-venue hire of The Castle Bar on St Andrews Street, Cambridge where there will be african-inspired snacks and drinks too. This will also be the October social for ASCU (African Society of Cambridge University).
Everyone is welcome to attend!