Monthly Archives: March 2013

  • Leonid Maksimov
  • Biography: Leonid Maksimov was a writer and playwright. He was called by some a Dostoevsky of the 20th century and was also called “the hero of Soviet work“, winning much recognition. He came from a family of merchants. Maksimov … read more»

  • Lezare
  • Also Known As: For Today
    Director: Zelalem Woldemariam
    Country: Ethiopia
    Year: 2009
    Running Time: 15 min.
    Language: Amharic

    Lezare is a revealing and touching story about a homeless boy in a small village in southern Ethiopia, using beautiful visuals to … read more»

  • A History of Independence
  • Also Known As: Il était une fois l’indépendance / Nziri Nin Kera Yeremahoronya Waati Ye
    Director: Daouda Coulibaly
    Countries: Mali / Senegal
    Year: 2009
    Running Time: 21 min.
    Language: Bambara

    Following an African cinematic trend of retelling traditional oral stories … read more»

  • Virgin Margarida
  • Also Known As: Virgem Margarida
    Director: Licínio Azevedo
    Countries: France / Mozambique / Portugal
    Year: 2012
    Running Time: 90 min.
    Languages: French / Portuguese

    Veteran filmmaker Licínio Azevedo draws on the stories of real women who endured the Mozambican “re-education … read more»

  • TGV
  • Director: Moussa Touré
    Countries: France / Germany / Senegal
    Year: 1997
    Running Time: 90 min.
    Languages: French / Wolof

    TGV is an express bus service between Dakar, Senegal, and Conakry, Guinea, operated by the enterprising Rambo and his assistant, Dembo. … read more»

  • October
  • Director: Abderrahmane Sissako
    Countries: France / Mauritania / Russia
    Year: 1993
    Running Time: 37 min.
    Language: Russian

    Idrissa leaves the university zone for a few hours to bid farewell to his Muscovite girlfriend Ira. Paralyzed with fear and hidden in … read more»

  • Life on Earth
  • Also Known As: La Vie sur Terre
    Director: Abderrahmane Sissako
    Countries: France / Mali / Mauritania
    Year: 1998
    Running Time: 61 min.
    Languages: Bambara / French

    On New Year’s Eve in the year 2000, Sissako returns to Sokolo, his father’s … read more»

  • Guelwaar
  • Director: Ousmane Sembène
    Country: Senegal
    Year: 1992
    Running Time: 115 min.
    Languages: French / Wolof

    On the morning of the funeral of political activist, Guelwaar, his friends and family discover that his body has disappeared from the morgue. Being that … read more»

  • Borom Sarret
  • Director: Ousmane Sembène
    Country: Senegal
    Year: 1963
    Running Time: 18 min.
    Language: French

    The genesis of Black African cinema can be traced to this short, stark masterpiece that chronicles a day in the life of a Dakar cart-driver. The frustrating … read more»

  • 2014 NY African Film Festival | Venues
    Walter Reade Theater, 165 West 65th St., between Broadway and Amsterdam Ave, Upper Level.
    Tickets: General Admission $13, Students and Seniors (62+) $9, FSLC members, $8. Tickets for the Opening Night Reception and film on … read more»

  • Boneshaker
  • Director: Frances Bodomo
    Country: USA
    Year: 2012
    Running Time: 12 min.
    Language: English

    Boneshaker follows a Ghanaian immigrant family on a road trip to a Pentecostal church in Louisiana to cure its problem child, played by Beasts of the Southern read more»

  • Dolce Vita Africana
  • Director: Cosima Spender
    Countries: France / Mali / UK
    Year: 2007
    Running Time: 69 min.
    Languages: Bambara / French

    A documentary about internationally renowned Malian photographer Malick Sidibé, whose iconic images of his country from the late 1950s through to … read more»

  • Ousmane Sembène, Tout à la Fois
  • Also Known As: Ousmane Sembène, All At Once
    Director: Christine Delorme
    Country: France
    Year: 2011
    Running Time: 52 min.
    Language: French

    Edited in 2011 from super-8 films, the footage for this documentary was shot in 1992. At the time, Ousmane … read more»

  • Christine Delorme
  • Biography: Christine Delorme is a screenwriter, filmmaker, and producer for the French radio station, France Culture. Her work interrogates different worlds, with no apparent ties, that she succeeds in bringing together to reveal unexpected connections. Her meeting with Ousmane Sembène … read more»

  • Jeans and Martò
  • Directors: Claudia Palazzi and Clio Sozzani
    Countries: Ethiopia / Italy
    Year: 2011
    Running Time: 52 min.
    Languages: Amharic / Afaan Oromo

    The story of a young Ethiopian pastoralist who escapes his arranged marriage to fulfill a dream. An apparently normal … read more»

  • Clio Sozzani
  • Biography: Clio Sozzani is an anthropologist and a filmmaker. She worked in Ethiopia and Senegal for International Development Cooperation Projects. For the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs she managed a program of Behavioural Change Communication, directing spots and awareness-raising videos. … read more»

  • Claudia Palazzi
  • Biography: Claudia Palazzi is a sociologist and a filmmaker. In 2005 she directed two documentaries (In Benito’s Land. Predappio and Memories of Crespi d’Adda), selected in various international festivals. Since 2006, she has supervised the scriptwriting of historical … read more»

  • Hugo Berkeley
  • Biography: Hugo Berkeley is a half-British, half-American film director based in London. His directing credits include: Land Rush, a film for the Why Poverty? series about industrial vs. small-scale farming in Africa; The Market Maker for PBS/WNET about agricultural … read more»

  • Land Rush
  • Directors: Hugo Berkeley and Osvalde Lewat
    Countries: Cameroon / Mali / UK / USA
    Year: 2012
    Running Time: 58 min.
    Languages: Bambara / English / French

    For 20 years, the hunger crisis seemed to be under control. But by 2008, … read more»

  • Osvalde Lewat
  • Biography: Osvalde Lewat is an award-winning filmmaker who began making documentaries after several years as a journalist. She produced her first documentary, Upsa Yimoowin (The Pipe of Hope) in Toronto in 2000. That film denounces the sidelining of … read more»