Night of the Kings 12A

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This film was last shown on 29 July 2021

Spectacular, thrilling and absolutely unique, Night of the Kings is both an exhilarating tale of survival and a beautiful ode to the power of storytelling.

When a young man is sent to the largest prison on the Ivory Coast, he finds himself entering a world as dangerous and complex as the one he was navigating on the outside. Ruled by inmates, the delicate balance of power in the prison is on a knife edge. In order to maintain order, a storytelling ritual takes place on the night of the red moon, where the newcomer must recount a story until the sun rises, to keep his life and stop the prison from falling into chaos.

As part of their nationwide season 'Who We Are', film exhibition company We Are Parable team up with Showroom Cinema to present a very special screening of NIGHT OF THE KINGS on Wednesday 28 July. In addition to the film, there will be live performances from spoken-word artist Otis Mensah and multi-instrumentalist Kweku Sackey aka K.O.G, inspired by the beauty and importance of storytelling in Black culture.

Otis Mensah is a writer and performing artist with an alternative take on Hip-Hop music and abstract poetry. Focusing on art as a means of documenting journeys of introspection, Otis’ work aims to demonstrate the personal and political power of vulnerable expression. Otis takes influence from the rhythmic and expressive freedom of Jazz and uses aesthetic language as an instrument to solo through themes of racial identity, masculinity and coming-of-age.

Kweku Sackey aka K.O.G (Kweku of Ghana) is a multi-dimensional creative force, combining exquisite writing skills with shamanistic live performance, fierce raps, perfectly on pitch singing across a massive vocal range and some absolutely wicked dance moves. Not to mention his skills as a percussionist, arranger, bandleader and art director.

We Are Parable is an award-winning film exhibition company. Who We Are is supported by the British Film Institute and The National Lottery.


Philippe Lacôte
1 hour 33 minutes
Bakary Kone, Jean Cyrille Digbeu, Steve Tientcheu


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