To celebrate the centenary of SOAS University of London, we are delighted to bring you a programme of films that tell fascinating stories about people’s experiences of intimate, cross-cultural relationships in Africa and Asia.
At a time of closing borders, xenophobia, and the essentialising of identities, these films – set in South Africa, the UK, Japan, Vietnam and Benin – challenge notions of cultural authenticity and celebrate openness to others, while also looking at the painful emotions that arise through war, migration, and racism.
The theme of mother-children relationships runs through several of the films and, notably, three of the four films were made by young women directors.
Each screening will be followed by discussions with filmmakers and academics.
Wednesday 24th May, 4pm: Umbilical Cords
Wednesday 31st May, 4pm: Hafu
Wednesday 7th June, 4pm: Indochina: Traces of a Mother
Hosted by the Centre for Film Studies, SOAS University of London.