Celebrate Brighton & Hove Black History Month 2015 with Umi Sinha, Jacob Ross and Amy Zamarripa Solis.
This special showing of The Forgotten Kingdom (2012, 97mins, Lesotho-South Africa 2014, Subtitled) is presented by Legacy Film in partnership with Fabrica and Writing Our Legacy, and will be followed by a special reading by Umi Sinha from her debut, Belonging, and discussion with Jacob Ross and Amy Zamarripa Solis.
In The Forgotten Kingdom, Atang Mokoenya leaves the slums of Johannesburg to return to his ancestral home of Lesotho, where he must bury his estranged father in the remote, mountainous village where he was born. Stirred by memories of his youth, he falls in love with his childhood friend, Dineo, now a radiant young school teacher. Through her, Atang is drawn toward the mystical beauty and hardships of the people and land he had forgotten, and faces his own bittersweet reckoning. The Royal Africa Society, UK, said of the film, ‘The Forgotten Kingdom is a perfect example of what we all want from modern African film. It is an affront to what was possible for black Africans a generation or two ago. Not only is it well written, acted and shot, it is also a story about an African man, an African nation and without explicit reference to the frame of African, a telling of colonialist legacy too.’
After the screening, Indian-British author Umi Sinha will read from her epic historical novel debut Belonging, set in India and Sussex. Her reading will be followed by a discussion with Grenada-born author Jacob Ross and Mexican-American artist Amy Zamarripa Solis (Writing Our Legacy) on the themes in the book such as home, belonging, identity, as well as the creative process from a diverse writer’s point of view.
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