Autumn Highlights

September 28, 2012 – December 31, 2012


Co-presented by African Film Festival, Inc. and Bronx Library Center

Saturday, October 20, 2012, 2:30pm
Bling, Raquel Cepeda, Sierra Leone / USA, 2007, 85 min.

Untold Stories From Africa and The Diaspora

Film screenings followed by discussions and reception

Co-presented by AFF, Doc Watchers, and Caribbean Cultural Center

Monday, October 1 – 7:00PM
In My Genes, Lupita Nyong’o, Kenya, 2009, 78 min

Monday, November 12 – 7:00PM
Roots, Evan Turk, USA, 2011, 4 min.
Based on the history of the African Burial Ground in Lower Manhattan, this animated short explores the ritual of coffins and burial as an unbreakable connection between the Africans brought to America as slaves and those who stayed behind in West Africa.

Twinkl, Gilles Elie-Dit-Cosaque, Martinique, 2008, 51 min.
In the seventies, whilst Martinique was facing social unrest, one man Robert Saint-Rose, a great admirer of Aime Cesaire, planned an incredible project: to be the first Frenchman in space. Thanks to the testimony of politicians, scientists and personalities of this period in time, and, of course, Robert Saint-Rose’s family, “Twinkl”, describes this extraordinary adventure and finally draws the portrait of a man, a dream, a society.

Tuesday, December 4 – 7:00PM
Daughters of the Dust, Julie Dash, USA, 1991, 112 min.

National Traveling Series, Nov 2012 – May 2013

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.

Our 2012-2013 package includes short- and feature-length films with promotional and education materials. To learn more about how your community can host AFF Traveling Series screenings, contact us.

Short Films

Farewell Exile, Lamia Alami, Morocco, 2011, 15min.
In Arabic
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. The absence of the husband, the misery that surrounds her, the lack of job and finances, along with the harmful environment that her naïve son, Mohammed, 10, is immersed in gives her very little hope. Will the husband’s letter potentially secure a brighter future for her and her son Mohammed or will she have to make a crucial sacrifice?

Africa Shafted: Under One Roof, Ingrid Martens, South Africa, 2011,55 min.
In English
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. It gives you an honest glimpse at the tragic reality of xenophobia through the eyes of people from every corner of Africa living under one roof. It also conveys a powerful message that through dialogue and understanding, respect starts to take root.

Feature Films

Black Africa White Marble, Clemente Bicocchi, USA/Italy, 2011, 77min.
In English, Italian, and French
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.
In Kikuyu and English
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.
In English and Zulu
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. After being released Jack wants to start a construction business but his loan gets rejected. With a third partner, Olive, Twala suggests a home invasion at his father Julius’ home. When the robbery goes wrong the tension builds towards an explosive and surprising finale. 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.
In Arabic and English
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. Inviting key political figures to reflexively engage with the historical trajectory of the film while observing an ordinary mixed race family caught across the divides of a big historical moment as they try to make sense of it and live through it.

Microphone, Ahmad Abdalla, Egypt, 2010, 120min.
In Arabic
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. Once more stimulated by the city he had long given up on, Khaled finds things getting complicated when a documentary film crew starts to take an interest in him.

Lights, Camera, Africa!

Co-hosted by The Life House and AFF in Lagos, Nigeria, from September 28 to October 1, 2012.

This year’s Lights, Camera, Africa! Film Festival falls on the long holiday weekend to mark Nigeria’s Independence Day and film picks will revolve around the theme ‘Shine your Eye.’ ‘Shine Your Eye,’ a Nigerian expression urging to look beneath the surface, speaks to the need for active citizens to ask questions, seek answers and possess their space.

This second edition of the Lights, Camera, Africa! Film Festival comes against a backdrop of grassroots movements which spurred seismic and even incremental shifts across the African continent. Over the past year, communities have mobilised, with one ‘Occupy’ movement emboldening the next. In North Africa, a revolution triggered by a fruit seller led to the fall of feared strongmen. The growing sense of urgency has fuelled the courage of ordinary citizens to actively participate in change that proves to be inevitable.