Maona presents African Cinema at the UPP

Maona presents African Cinema at the UPP

Mar 26, 2024 | News

Maona is an organization founded by Tatenda Jamera, a filmmaker and curator, in response to the lack of authentic African stories being exhibited on the big screen. The name “Maona,” meaning “you have seen” in the Shona language from Zimbabwe, reflects the organisation’s passion for allowing others to see and experience African stories through film and art. Through carefully curated programmes, Maona’s vision is to see African cinema being consistently screened in cinemas and bespoke spaces within the United Kingdom and worldwide.

“We understand that there is a demand for people to experience African culture through the medium of film and cinema. Our priority is that our audience find a space and a place where they can come and indulge in the richness of African culture and heritage. We are confident that Maona will be a place where one will get to experience, appreciate, and value this vibrant culture.” Tatenda Jamera, Maona

Join us at The Ultimate Picture Palace for monthly screenings of African films, including the following events:

Omen (Cert-TBC)
Tuesday 30th April, 6.15pm
Having spent years in Belgium, a young Congolese man decides to return to his birthplace of Kinshasa. However, upon his return, a nosebleed is mistakenly interpreted as a curse, leading to his ostracisation by his family and a struggle to reconcile with the culture of his homeland. Directed by Belgian rapper and filmmaker Baloji, this striking Congolese drama explores the complexities of identity, culture, and belief. Winner of the New Voice Prize at the 2023 Cannes Film Festival.
CLICK HERE to buy tickets for Omen

Mapantsula (15)
Tuesday 21st May, 6.15pm
A small-time hustler working on the streets of Soweto gets caught up in anti-apartheid demonstrations. After being targeted by the local police, he must choose between individual gain and becoming a part of the movement in the fight against racism. A true classic of guerrilla filmmaking, Oliver Schmitz’s 1988 cult-classic crime drama is now available to watch in stunning 4K after years of suppression, marking the 30th anniversary of South African Freedom Day.
CLICK HERE to buy tickets for Mapantsula

To find out more about Maona, click here to visit their website.

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Our beautiful art deco inspired auditorium can be found just off East Oxford's Cowley Road. We are open 7 days a week. We open the cinema and box office 30 minutes before the scheduled start time of each film, and the Box Office then closes 10 minutes after the film starts. We don’t show adverts, just a couple of trailers, so don't be late as the film itself starts very close to the advertised time!