Monthly Archives: July 2011

  • 2011 Family Day Celebration
  • Location: Governors Island, Manhattan
    Date: Sunday, August 28, 2011
    Time: 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM

    Schedule of Events
    Location: Colonels’ Row, Governors Island, Manhattan

    Dance Classes
    (Live drumming with World-Renown Master Drummers)
    Time: 12:15 pm – 1:30 pm Afro-Brazilian Dance… read more»

  • 2011 Bronxafrica
  • Location: Joyce Kilmer Park, Bronx
    Date: Friday, July 15, 2011
    Time: 7:00 pm

    FILMS: All I Wanna Do, Bongo Barbershop
    Music & Dance: Pedro Martinez & Iboru

    Directions: 161st Street and Grand Concourse
    RAIN VENUE: The Bronx Museum of the … read more»

  • 2011 African Music & Film
  • Location: Charles A. Dana Center Lawn, Central Park, Manhattan
    Date: Sunday, August 7, 2011
    Time: 7:30 pm

    FILMS: Kinshasa Symphony
    Music & Dance: Mor Dior Bamba and Toper the Top Band

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  • 2011 First Fridays Africanismo!
  • Location: Joyce Kilmer Park, Bronx
    Date: Friday, August 5, 2011
    Time: 7:00 pm

    FILM: Besouro
    Music & Dance: Davi Vieira presents Hip Hop, Axe and Afro-Brazilian Sound

    RAIN VENUE: The Bronx Museum of the Arts, 1040 Grand Concourse

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  • 2011 Kidflix
  • Location: Fulton Park, Brooklyn
    Date: Fridays, August 5, 12, 19, 26
    Time: 7:30 pm

    FILMS: Soul Boy, Mwwansa The Great, Brownstone To Red Dirt, The Wiz
    Music & Dance: TBA

    Directions: Stuyvesant St. & Fulton St., Brooklyn

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  • 2011 Passport Fridays
  • Location: Flushing Meadows Corona Park, Queens
    Date: Friday, July 15, 2011
    Time: 6:30 pm

    FILMS: Africa United
    Music & Dance: Ballet African International

    RAIN VENUE: Queens Museum of Art

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  • 2011 Sunday Movies
  • Location: Mid-Manhattan Library Annex, Manhattan
    Date: Sundays in July and August
    Time: 2:00 pm

    Date: July 10, 20011
    Film: Black Orpheus

    Date: July 17, 2011
    Film: Shoot the Messenger

    Date: July 24, 2011
    Film: Cosmic Africa

    Date: July 31, 2011… read more»

  • 2011 Big Screen Plaza
  • Location: Behind the Eventi Hotel, Manhattan
    Date: July 7, 2011
    Time: 6:30 pm
    FILM: I am Cuba
    Music & Dance: Ismael Kouyate Dance and Drum Group

    Directions: 6th Avenue, between 29th St.and 30th St.

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Ngozi Onwurah, United Kingdom, 2006, 100 min.
  • Shoot the Messenger
  • Director: Ngozi Onwurah
    Country: United Kingdom
    Year: 2006
    Running Time: 100 min.
    Language: English

    Joe is determined to save the black youngsters at his school from a life of gangs, crime and underachievement. When a seemingly minor incident escalates out … read more»

  • From A Whisper
  • Director: Wanuri Kahiu
    Country: Kenya
    Year: 2008
    Running Time: 90 min.
    Language: English

    This film commemorates the 10th anniversary of the August 1998 terrorist bombing of the US Embassy in Nairobi, Kenya, in which over 250 people died and more … read more»

  • Brownstone to Red Dirt
  • Director: Dave LaMattina
    Country: Sierra Leone and USA
    Year: 2010
    Running Time: 85 min.
    Language: English

    Kids from Boroklyn’s Bed-Stuy projects and orphans from Sierra Leone’s brutal civil war have one thing in common—no one gives them a chance. These … read more»

  • The Wiz
  • Director: Sidney Lumet
    Country: USA
    Year: 1978
    Running Time: 134 min.
    Language: English

    Dorothy, a twenty-four-year-old kindergarten teacher born, raised, and still working in Harlem, is celebrating Thanksgiving with her extended family, but she doesn’t seem to be thankful for … read more»

  • Black Orpheus
  • Director: Marcel Camus
    Country: Brazil
    Year: 1958
    Running Time: 106 min.
    Language: Portuguese


    Black Orpheus is the retelling of the Orpheus and Eurydice Greek legend set in Rio de Janeiro during Carnival. Orpheus (Breno Mello), a trolley car conductor, … read more»

  • Festival in the Desert: The Tent Sessions
  • Director: Sean Barlow and Banning Eyre
    Country: Mali and United States
    Year: 2003
    Running Time: 42 min.
    Language: French, Tamashek, Bambara, and English

    An intimate performance documentary about the 2003 festival featuring Ali Farka Touré, Tartit, Robert Plant and Justin … read more»

  • U-Carmen eKhayelitsha
  • Director: Mark Donford-May
    Country: South Africa
    Year: 2005
    Running Time: 120 min.
    Language: Xhosa

    Based on Bizet’s opera Carmen, U-Carmen eKhayelitsha takes place in Khayelitsha Township in Cape Town. Sung and spoken in Xhosa, this is a story of seduction, … read more»

  • Zero Tolerance
  • Director: Dieudo Hamadi
    Country: Democratic Republic of the Congo
    Year: 2010
    Running Time: 18 min
    Language: French and English

    Rape as a weapon of war has had much press, most notably in the recent Congo wars. Less discussed is the … read more»

  • Yeelen / Brightness
  • Director: Souleymane Cissé
    Country: France, Burkina Faso, and Mali
    Year: 1987
    Running Time: 106 min
    Language: Bambara

    Set in a timeless past, Yeelen recounts the mythic tale of a power struggle between father and son. Soma Diarra, the jealous father … read more»

  • The Witches of Gambaga
  • Director: Yaba Badoe
    Country: Ghana
    Year: 2010
    Running Time: 55 min
    Language: English

    A haunting documentary film about a community of women condemned to live as witches in Northern Ghana. This disturbing exposé is the product of a collaboration between … read more»

  • Why Are They Here? Chinese Stories in Africa
  • Director: Yara Costa
    Country: Mozambique
    Year: 2011
    Running Time: 35 min
    Language: Sotho, Akan, and English

    A tiny village in Lesotho, an isolated island in Mozambique, the bustling capital of Ghana… poor Chinese immigrants come here hoping to thrive and … read more»