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Films From the Commonwealth Celebrated at London's Newest Festival

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Updated: 11 April 2018
Some of the best films from across the Commonwealth will be screened in London this April, highlighting the strength and variety of talent at the newest film festival in the capital.

Set to coincide with the climax of the Commonwealth Games that are currently taking place in Queensland, Australia, The Festival of Commonwealth Film (FCF) will open on April 14th and close the following day.

The festival, which is fully open to the public, will screen seven feature films and a selection of short films from across the region.

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There will be Q&A sessions after most of the films, which include Rungano Nyoni’s BAFTA-winning I Am Not a Witch, also nominated for an Oscar after winning rave reviews last year. If you haven’t seen it yet, this is a definite highlight and a great chance to catch one of the best films of the last few years.

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The seven films to be shown include some British and European premieres. Some were also the official Oscar entries for their countries at this years Academy Awards.

The full list is below along with a handy festival screening schedule guide.

I Am Not A Witch [UK/Zambia], My Pure Land [UK/Pakistan], Leitis in Waiting [US/Tonga], Not My Life [US production, shot in 14 countries including 5 Commonwealth nations], Cargo [Bahamas], Simshar [Malta] and Lipstick Under My Burkha [India].


The festival will be held at the British Museum. Tickets are open to the public and available to purchase from £10 (£5 concessions) via