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5 - 11 November

If you want to change the world, change the stories.

If you want to build audiences, meet them where they are.

Electric Africa is the first free, online, virtual reality festival in Africa, born out of a commitment to build audiences in Africa for virtual reality content. Our programme showcases the work of African artists working in virtual reality both on the continent and in the diaspora, alongside international works of narrative fiction and non-fiction.

Africans have always had stories to tell, Electric Africa offers audiences an opportunity to discover new voices, new dimensions, new realities, a new focus and new histories in 360 video for seven days, from 5 – 11 November 2020.

Join us for our industry programme of live talks tailor-made to the creatives, technologists, thinkers, designers, producers and makers of XR in Africa. Webinars take place each day of the festival (except Sunday), in which we host one-on-one talks with directors and producers, leaders in creative technologies, acclaimed artistic teams and the thinkers helping to ensure the inclusion of voices and stories from the global South.

Partner events include a Metaverse Africa Meetup in VRchat and a closing night event available via desktop and mobile.

Electric Africa is proudly presented by Electric South and supported by South Africa’s Department of Sports, Arts and Culture, the National Film and Video Foundation, the Bertha Foundation, French Institute of South Africa and LucidWeb. 

Don’t miss Africa’s first free, online, virtual reality festival.

FESTIVAL PROGRAMME

All works are free and available to view at any time between 5 - 11 November 2020.

The WebVR experience is accessible on your desktop, mobile or using our partner site in a headset.

TALKS SCHEDULE

Thu 5 Nov @ 4.30pm - 6pm
ELECTRIC AFRICA: WHAT’S HAPPENING IN THE IMMERSIVE SPACE RIGHT NOW
Thu 5 Nov @ 9pm
VR SOCIAL - METAVERSE AFRICA MEETUP
Fri 6 Nov @ 4.30pm - 6pm
ATOMU: A CASE STUDY
Sat 7 Nov @ 4.30pm - 6pm
BEHIND THE SCENES
Mon 9 Nov @ 5.30pm - 6.30pm
(OUR) NEW REALITIES
Tue 10 Nov @ 12.30pm - 2pm
ANOTHER KIND OF DYING

NEW VOICES

A new wave of VR/360 videos to come from Africa
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South Africa

Another Kind of Dying: Virtual Experience

This 360-degree virtual experience is an adaptation of the play from Another Kind of Dying by Amy Louise Wilson.
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South Africa

Azibuye - The Occupation

A stereo 360 documentary about Masello and Evan, two homeless artist/activists who take up residence in a crumbling mansion, vacant for 20 years.
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Nigeria

Daughters of Chibok

On April 14th 2014, the sleepy agrarian community of Chibok, was thrust into the global spotlight when the terrorist group Boko Haram, stormed the town and abducted 276 teenage schoolgirls from their dormitories.

NEW FOCUS

An invitation to refocus the past and present
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France

Accused #2: Walter Sisulu

“Mandela would, without fail, seek out Sisulu before making any kind of big decision.”
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Ethiopia, USA

Ferenj: A Graphic Memoir in VR

What does it mean for home to be constructed immaterially, via fragments of culture and oral history distorted by the filter of time and migration?
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USA

Traveling While Black

Traveling While Black is a cinematic VR experience that immerses the viewer in the long history of restriction of movement for black Americans and the creation of safe spaces in our communities.

NEW REALITIES

New realities currently at play on our planet and beyond
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Ecuador, Venezuela

Cross (Cruzar)

It tells the story of Agny, a Venezuelan woman who crosses Ecuador to reunite with her cousin, to work with him, and get the money she needs to regroup her children.
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USA, Mexico, Guatemala

Dreams of the Jaguar’s Daughter
(El Sueño de la Hija del Jaguar)

Achik', the spirit of a young immigrant, guides viewers through her dreams and memories of the arduous journey north.
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Chad, Kenya, Zimbabwe

Le Lac

“Le Lac” is a dreamscape where liquid gives way to dust. The oasis of the Sahel, Lake Chad, is not who she used to be.

NEW DIMENSIONS

Parallel, present-day, alternate and new futures in VR/360
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Argentina

4 Feet: Blind Date

Juana, an 18-year-old girl in a wheelchair, is anxious to explore her sexuality. (16LNS)
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South Africa

Gr8ness

70% of 20 million youth in South Africa have been victims or perpetrators of crime.
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Taiwan

Jiou Jia (Home)

In the summer afternoon, the family gathers beside grandma to show their love, even though she's no longer able to move, react or hear clearly.

NEW HISTORIES

A new lens on African Cinema history
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Mali, France

A Visit at Cissé Films

Considered a founding father of African cinema, Souleymane Cissé, 80, takes us on a 360 tour in his Cissé Films offices, located in the popular neighborhood of Niarela in Bamako, the capital of Mali.

FESTIVAL TALKS

Our industry programme is free and open to the public and takes place live via Zoom, unless otherwise stated. 

All talks will be livestreamed to our Facebook page and archived on our YouTube channel.

Register to join any of the talks in our industry programme using the links below. 

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ELECTRIC AFRICA: WHAT’S HAPPENING IN THE IMMERSIVE SPACE RIGHT NOW
Thu 5 Nov @ 4.30pm - 6pm
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VR SOCIAL - METAVERSE AFRICA MEETUP
Thu 5 Nov @ 9pm
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ATOMU: A CASE STUDY
Fri 6 Nov @ 4.30pm - 6pm
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BEHIND THE SCENES
Sat 7 Nov @ 4.30pm - 6pm
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(OUR) NEW REALITIES
Mon 9 Nov @ 5.30pm - 6.30pm
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ANOTHER KIND OF DYING
Tue 10 Nov @ 12.30pm - 2pm
DJ Boeta Gee
CLOSING NIGHT EVENT
Wed 11 Nov @ 6pm - 7pm

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