16th National Traveling Series

Fabio Caramaschi, Italy/Niger, 2010, 52min.

 

FEATURED FILMS

ONE WAY, A TUAREG JOURNEY
Fabio Caramaschi, Italy/Niger, 2010, 52min.
Caramaschi’s inspirational documentary chronicles a separated family’s slow, fractured emigration from Niger to Italy, and the adversity and opportunities they find there.

LEZARE (FOR TODAY)
Zelalem Woldemariam, Ethiopia, 2010, 14min.
Lezare is a revealing and touching story about a homeless boy in a small village in southern Ethiopia. A powerful message, and beautifully shot film, about global warming and shortsightedness.

KONGO: 50 YEARS OF INDEPENDENCE OF CONGO
Kongo is a documentary series in three episodes that focus on the colonization of the largest country in Central Africa, Congo, whose destiny was out of ordinary. This movie series offers an original and new perspective on that region, drawing on the historiography and using the latest methods of docudrama movie.

Episode 1: THE UNBRIDLED RACE
Samuel Tilman, Belgium, 2010, 52 Min.
Through the eyes of French, Portuguese, Belgian and African pioneers, this introductory episode retraces the first major phases of Congo’s colonial occupation. From the Portuguese arrival in the XVI Century until the XIX Century, at height of King Leopold II’s sovereign kingdom, from the slave trade to the rubber trade, this episode delves into the inner-workings of this bloody conquest, as described by insider witnesses.

Episode 2: THE GREAT ILLUSION
Daniel Cattier, Belgium, 2010, 52 min.
In 1908, under sharp criticism, Leopold II reluctantly cedes the Congolese Independent State to Belgium. Over the course of the next fifty years, both colonists and indigenes, each on opposite sides, build the Congolese “nation”. This second episode examines both European and African historical figures, sometimes unknown, that shaped history through their ideas and actions. Each figure tells his or her experience of the events that shaped a significant chapter of the 20th Century history.

Episode 3: THE FAILED GIANT
Jean-François Bastin and Isabelle Christiaens, Belgium, 2010, 52 min.
Patrick Emery Lumumba, Congo’s first prime minister, was assassinated during the turbulent times of the independence movement. He is the voice of this third episode. This ephemeral yet immortal hero passionately tells the story of his country’s history from 1960 until 2010, from Joseph Kasa-Vubu to the United Nations at the Monuc. This last episode describes the challenges of building a nation upon the rubble left behind by colonial alienation.

KINSHASA SYMPHONY
Claus Wischmann & Martin Baer, 2010,DRC/Germany, 95min.
Picture 200 musicians playing Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony in the Congo! A fascinating look at the lone Congolese symphony orchestra, which has persevered through war and other crises. This powerful film is about the Congo, the people of Kinshasa, and the power of music.

A SCREAMING MAN (UN HOMME QUI CRIE)
Mahamat-Saleh Haroun, Chad/France/Belgium, 2010, 88min.
Adam, a former swimming champion, is a pool attendant at a hotel in Chad. When the hotel gets taken over by Chinese owners, he must give up his job to his son. Meanwhile rebel forces are attacking the government and the authorities demand that everyone contribute to the “war effort.”

A TRIP TO ALGIERS (VOYAGE À ALGER)
Abdelkrim Bahloul, Algeria/France, 2010, 97min.
In 1962, a young woman has lost everything during the war for independence in Algeria. A Frenchman who is leaving the country offers her and her six children his former home. An unscrupulous government official is trying to take the home away from her.>

Lagos, Nigeria: Lights, Camera, Africa!

2011 African Film Festival presented by AFF and Reel Life Club at Life House,
Victoria Island, Lagos, Nigeria
September 30 – October2,2011


Friday, 30 September, 2011

5.00 pm: Panel discussion and introduction to this years event
6.30 pm:
Epilogue
Ava
White Wedding


Saturday, 1 October, 2011

1.00 pm: Ousmane (Deweneti)
1.30 pm: Soul Boy
2.30 pm: Pumzi (Air)
3.00 pm: Burning in the Sun
4.30 pm: One Way, a Tuareg journey
5.30 pm: Cuba: An African Odyssey
7.30pm: Clouds Over Conakry


Sunday, 2 October, 2011

5.00 pm: The Lunatic Animation
5.10 pm: One Small Step
6.00 pm: A History of Independence
6.30 pm: Sex, Okra and Salted Butter


Thursday, 20 October, 2011

7.30 pm: White Wedding


Thursday, 27 October, 2011

7.30 pm: Cuba: An African Odyssey


Thursday, 3 November, 2011

Clouds Over Conakry


Thursday, 10 November, 2011

Sex, Okra and Salted Butter


For information on participation, sponsorship and film schedules email reelifehouse at gmail.com or call +234 703 4030683 and +234 703 4170400

Nov 2011 – May 2012 Calendar

The following venues are screening African Film Festival’s National Traveling Series throughout the season November 1, 2011 – May 31, 2012. Check this listing for updates to the Traveling Series Calendar. If you want to know how to schedule a Traveling Series screening for your community, contact AFF.


MAINE AFRICAN FILM FESTIVAL
Tuesday, November 1st – Sunday, November 6th, 2011


ATENEO PUERTORRIQUENO
Thursday, December 8th – Friday, December 9th, 2011


PACIFIC FILM ARCHIVE
Sunday, January 29th – Wednesday, February 15th, 2011



THE BALTIMORE MUSEUM OF ART

Saturday, March 24th – Sunday, March 25th, 2012



WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY IN ST. LOUIS

Friday, March 23rd – Sunday, March 25th, 2012



BAMcinématek at BAM Rose Cinemas

Friday, May 25th – Monday, May 28th, 2012


Lupita Nyong’o

Lupita-NyongoBiography: Lupita Nyong’o was born in Mexico, raised in Kenya and educated in the USA. She is a graduate of the Yale School of Drama’s Acting program. She has worked on the production teams of critically acclaimed films, including The Constant Gardener (2005), directed by Fernando Meirelles, and The Namesake (2006), directed by Mira Nair. In 2007, she wrote, produced, directed, and edited her first major film, the award-winning documentary In My Genes. In 2009, Nyong’o was featured as the lead role in MTV’s hit TV series Shuga, an innovative campaign to fight the spread of HIV/AIDS and its stigma in developing countries. Her film debut as an actress was playing Patsey in acclaimed director Steve McQueen’s Twelve Years A Slave (2013), for which she won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress in 2014. Lupita Nyong’o’s stage credits include playing Perdita in The Winter’s Tale, (Yale Repertory Theater), Sonya in Uncle Vanya, Katherine in The Taming of the Shrew, as well as being in the original production of Michael Mitnick’s Elijah.

(Sources:
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm2143282/bio
Through African Eyes – Conversations with the Directors – Volume 2, BONETTI Mahen and SEAG Morgan (Editors), 2010, African Film Festival, Inc. and Printinfo JV LLC, Yerevan, Armenia, p.140.)

Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:
In My Genes (2009, 2010).

Filmography:
Decolonizing the Mind
(2005);
In My Genes (2009).

In My Genes (out of stock)

In My Genes, Lupita Nyong'o, Kenya, 2009, 78 min.

Director: Lupita Nyong’o
Country: Kenya
Year: 2009
Running Time: 78 min.
Language: English and Swahili

In My Genes, Lupita Nyong'o, Kenya, 2009, 78 min.

What is it like to be white in a black society? Agnes, a woman with albinism, overcomes the difficulties of being born with no pigment in a society that discriminates against the condition. In My Genes asks us to consider how it feels to be a member of one of the most hyper-visible and yet effectively invisible groups of people in a predominantly black society.

Kongo: 50 Years of Independence

Kongo is a documentary series in three episodes that focuses on the colonization of the largest country in Central Africa, Congo, whose destiny was out of ordinary. This movie series offers an original and new perspective on that region, drawing on the historiography and using the latest methods of docudrama movie.

Episode 1: THE WILD CHASE
Director: Samuel Tilman
Country: Belgium
Year: 2010
Running Time: 52 min.
Language: French and Lingala with English subtitles

Through the eyes of French, Portuguese, Belgian and African pioneers, this introductory episode retraces the first major phases of Congo’s colonial occupation. From the Portuguese arrival in the XVI Century until the XIX Century, at height of King Leopold II’s sovereign kingdom, from the slave trade to the rubber trade, this episode delves into the inner-workings of this bloody conquest, as described by insider witnesses.

Episode 2: THE GREAT ILLUSION
Director: Daniel Cattier
Country: Belgium
Year: 2010
Running Time: 52 min.
Language: French and Lingala with English subtitles

In 1908, under sharp criticism, Leopold II reluctantly cedes the Congolese Independent State to Belgium. Over the course of the next fifty years, both colonists and indigenous, each on opposite sides, build the Congolese “nation”. This second episode examines both European and African historical figures, sometimes unknown, that shaped history through their ideas and actions. Each figure tells his or her experience of the events that shaped a significant chapter of the 20th Century history.

Episode 3: THE FAILED GIANT
Director: Jean-François Bastin and Isabelle Christiaens
Country: Belgium
Year: 2010
Running Time: 52 min.
Language: French and Lingala with English subtitles

Patrick Emery Lumumba, Congo’s first prime minister, was assassinated during the turbulent times of the independence movement. He is the voice of this third episode. This ephemeral yet immortal hero passionately tells the story of his country’s history from 1960 until 2010, from Joseph Kasa-Vubu to the United Nations at the Monuc. This last episode describes the challenges of building a nation upon the rubble left behind by colonial alienation.