The Thursday showings at the Goethe Institut continue with two controversial films, Majub's Journey by Eva Knopf (Germany 2013) and Umunthu by Mwizalero Nyirrenda (Malawi 2013).
The first film covers the life of Majub bin Adam Mohamed, an askari soldier who fought in east Africa against the British forces in world war one. At the end of the hostilities he travelled to Germany to demand his pay and a medal. He was refused both but then turned to acting and eventually became the bit-part character who played the part of black men in most of the important Nazi era films.
Umunthu highlights the problems of gay rights in Malawi and was filmed to open up public debate on this emotional and controversial issue throughout Africa. It has been shown at several film festivals across the continent and also in the USA and Europe.