Film Africa 2016

The sixth instalment of the Royal African Society's annual film festival brings 52 films from 22 African countries to venues across London

Film Africa, the annual festival of African cinema organised by the Royal African Society, returns this autumn for its sixth year. Between 28 October and 6 November, 52 films from 22 African countries will be displayed in London. 33 of the screenings will be European or UK premieres.

The festival aims to bring African cinema - which very seldom makes it to general release, even in the arthouse circuit - to the UK. Broad in remit, it allows for fiction and documentary features alongside experimental and short work.

A focus on debut works aims to garner support for young directors while spotlighting the wealth of new creativity present on the continent. This year's line-up begins with Kalushi: The Story of Solomon Mahlangu, the first feature by the South African director Mandla Dube. It tells the tale of Mahlangu - a freedom fighter involved in the 1976 Soweto student uprising who was later convicted of murder and hung. The festival will closes with another inaugural offering by the Malian filmmaker Daouda Coulibaly. Wulu looks at more recent political history: Mali's 2012 coup d'état, which saw the president deposed by the military.

This year's strands include Why I'm Here: Stories of Migration, which gathers personal stories around migration, and Nollywood Nights, which looks at Nigeria's insurgent film industry. Two further topics return: Soweto: 40 Years On and Sounds of the Continent, a selection of documentaries about Africa's musicians.

Film Africa will take place at cinemas including BFI Southbank, Ciné Lumière, the ICA, Hackney Picturehouse and the Ritzy, and at cultural institutions like the British Library and the South London Gallery.