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This feature film will also be available to view on Leeds Film Player from 13 to 17 November.

Capturing the spirit of youth, Lula Ali Ismaïl’s vibrant debut feature follows three friends growing up in Djibouti. Coming from different socio-economic backgrounds, the film reveals the pressures that young women face and the choices they have to make. This film is an exuberant portrait of a city blending modernity and tradition. Lula Ali Ismaïl is part of a small group of talented Djiboutian filmmakers who are growing an emerging film industry, also in its youth.

Part of Women Creators of the Future - a programme at LIFF 2022 presented in partnership with the Films Femmes Afrique Festival in Senegal, with support from British Council.

Youth is presented in partnership with Cinema Africa!

Cinema Africa! is a new permanent film strand at Hyde Park Picture House, celebrating the rich variety of African lives and cultures, for all Leeds audiences.

African cinema has historically been excluded and underrepresented locally, nationally and internationally. Cinema Africa! is a new permanent film strand at Hyde Park Picture House which aims to raise awareness of African life and culture through excellent films for the African and non-African audiences in Leeds. We are spoilt for choice, as over 5,000 films a year are now coming from the continent, as well as Africa having a rich heritage of seminal and classic work to share.

The strand is curated by Creative Engagement Officer Mosa Mpetha, alongside the cinema’s programming team, the Independent Cinema Office, an advisory group and partners Maona Art and The New Black Film Collective. They select the best, most intriguing and underrepresented of African cinema, to show on the big screen. The programme is incredibly varied (just like the lives of African people) and therefore you will see lots of cross over with the other Hyde Park Picture House strands. There is something for everyone! 

The strand is supported by Leeds African Communities Trust and is funded by National Lottery Heritage Fund.