ABOUT THE SERIES
Since 1995, African Film Festival, Inc. has worked to increase access to African cinema by expanding its channels of distribution. In order to make the unique experience of watching African cinema available to a wider audience, AFF programs the annual National Traveling Series that travels to cultural institutions, museums, and universities in ten to thirteen cities in the U.S. including Puerto Rico. This package includes several feature films and shorts with promotional and education materials.
Lamia Alami, Morocco, 2011, 15min.
In the midst of an underprivileged Moroccan neighborhood, Fatima, 30, is waiting anxiously to join her husband who migrated to France over a year ago as soon as she received the immigration papers.
AFRICA SHAFTED: UNDER ONE ROOF
Ingrid Martens, South Africa, 2011, 55 min.
Filmed in Africa’s tallest residential building located downtown Johannesburg, South Africa, that housed more than 4000 people, this is a serious, poignant, humorous, and uplifting universal documentary.
BLACK AFRICA WHITE MARBLE
Clemente Bicocchi, USA/Italy, 2011, 77min.
In the Republic of Congo, the long-time dictator plans to sweep aside the country’s most revered spiritual leader. The capital Brazzaville is abuzz with rumors of skullduggery. A lavish spectacle, funded by the French multinational TOTAL, is set to betray the population’s ancient traditions and re-write the nation’s history. Defying the regime, one woman comes to King Makoko’s rescue.
MONICA WANGU WAMWERE: THE UNBROKEN SPIRIT
Jane Murago – Munene, Kenya, 2010, 71min.
Monica Wangu Wamwere – The Unbroken Spirit explores the search for justice by a mother for her three sons and forty nine other detainees locked up during the clamour for multiparty democracy in Kenya. It is a story of courage, determination and power for the powerless. Above all, it is the story of a mother’s unconditional love.
HOW TO STEAL 2 MILLION
Charlie Vundla, South Africa, 2011, 85min.
While Jack served 5 years in prison for robbery, his friend and partner Twala never got caught and proved treacherous by marrying Jack’s fiancée Kim during his prison term. The film is a slick and sexy urban tale set in Johannesburg’s opulent leafy suburbs.
OUR BELOVED SUDAN
Taghreed Elsanhouri, Sudan/ UK, 2011, 92min.
Our beloved Sudan takes the historical trajectory of a nation from birth in 1956 to its death or transmutation into two separate states in 2011 and within this structure it interlaces a public and a private story.
Ahmad Abdalla, Egypt, 2010, 120min.
Microphone is a sparkling mash-up of shooting styles that tells the story of Khaled, who returns to his native Alexandria after a long stay in the United States and becomes enmeshed in a thriving underground arts scene after he chances upon a cooperative of young musicians.