The Cultural Agency has been established to support and encourage the talent and vision of filmmakers from the whole of the African continent: north and south of the Sahara, as well as from the African islands. Despite increased production and brilliant work, relatively few films are making it to UK screens.
We believe that it is by sharing our ways of being through film and culture, that as a people we are better equipped to recognise and respect our differences, celebrate our shared values and interconnectedness, and together embrace becoming Citizens of the World.
Rosa Abidi, founder of The Cultural Agency, is an Algerian-born and UK-based film curator and author. She studied African and Arab film at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London, obtaining her Masters degree with Distinction.
Rosa started curating in 1998 at the British Film Institute’s National Film Theatre, now BFI Southbank, where she worked for several years in Programme Planning. It is there that she presented the first full retrospectives of African filmmakers in the UK, that of Burkinabé Idrissa Ouédraogo and Gaston Kaboré.
For a time, she worked in film production as assistant to producer Sally Hibbin on films such as Blind Flight (Dir. John Furse, 2003) and Yasmin (Dir. Kenny Glenaan, 2004). She has also been part of the programming teams of the London Film Festival, Africa at the Pictures, Film Africa and Festival CinéSud, and has curated for the British Museum and Ciné Lumière.
To mark the 60th anniversary of the Algerian revolution, Rosa curated the largest retrospective of Algerian cinema in the UK. Algerian Cinema: Towards a New Wave comprised of 15 UK premieres and 2 classics, and screened at London’s Hackney Picturehouse, the RichMix, the Roxy and the Genesis cinemas, in collaboration with the Royal African Society‘s Film Africa.