Emilie de Brigard

Emilie de Brigard is a visual anthropologist who produced a cine-portrait of Margaret Mead and wrote a history of ethnographic film that has been translated into French, Greek, and Chinese, among other languages. More recently she has written about African cinema. She is a fellow of the American Anthropological Association and a trustee of the Wadsworth Athenaeum in Hartford, Connecticut.

Rumbidzai Bwerinofa

Rumbi Bwerinofa is a essayist who is always writing on the website thefstudent.com. Her topics mainly deal with financial issues of people living in Africa, interspersed with some personal anecdotes. She grew up and lived in Zimbabwe, until she moved to New York where she currently lives, though she visits Zimbabwe frequently.

Gumisai Mutume

Gumisai Mutume is a Zimbabwean who writes for the New York-based United Nations publication Africa Renewal.

Tunde Adegbola

Tunde Adegbola is Executive Director of African Languages Technology Initiative, a research organisation with a mandate of making modern ICTs relevant to African languages. A person with a dual career – he is both a research scientist and a consulting engineer, Mr. Adegbola was involved in investigating the application of Cellular Automata Transforms (CAT) to psychoacoustic theory for the compression of digital audio. His current research interests lie primarily in ICT for development and speech technologies, with particular interests in the Automatic Speech Recognition (ASR) of African tone languages. Among his achievements as a consulting engineer is the design, supply, and installation of Africa Independent Television (AIT), as well as the design of Channels Television and MITV, all in Lagos, Nigeria. As Executive Director of Alt-i, he is actively involved in promoting multidisciplinary and inter-disciplinary cooperation between the sciences and the arts in Nigerian universities and research centers. Tunde has extensive teaching experience, having taught at the tertiary level from 1981 to the present. He taught Telecommunications for many years at the Ogun State Polytechnic (now Moshood Abiola Polytechnic) Abeokuta, Nigeria and has been teaching Artificial Intelligence and Information Networking at the post-graduate level in the Africa Regional Center for Information Science at the University of Ibadan, Nigeria since 1991.

Donald Levit

Donald J. Levit is a free-lance writer with a B.A. from Duke and a Ph.D. from Chicago. Although born in Nashville and raised there and in Brooklyn, he has lived in many other places in the U.S. He also resided for a time in the Caribbean and, for twenty-two years, in Spain. Dr. Levit now calls New York City his home.

Ogova Ondego

Currently the Managing Trustee and Creative Director of the Nairobi-based Lola Kenya Screen audiovisual media festival, skill development programme, and marketing platform for children and youth in eastern Africa, Ogova Ondego is a creative and cultural entrepreneur who works as an arts and culture journalist and critic; media, information and literacy specialist, creative writer, talent and event manager, and audiovisual media producer, promoter and exhibitor. Besides publishing the influential pan-African e-letter and website ArtMatters.Info, Ogova Ondego is Lead Content Generating Investor at Nairobi’s ComMattersKenya consultancy, which convenes IPO-Eastern Africa network for independent audiovisual media content producers, creative & cultural entrepreneurs, social transformers, media educators & festival organisers, and Eastern Africa Regional Director of the Africa Movie Academy Awards (AMAA).

Ina Archer

Ina Archer is a artist and filmmaker born long ago in Paris, France. Consequently, she is devoted to “total filmmaker” Jerry Lewis. She attended Rhode Island School of Design and received her graduate degree in Cinema Studies from New York University. She also participated in the Whitney Museum Independent Study Program. Ina’s video work examines the intersections of race/ethnicity, representation, and technology. She is an advocate for film preservation. She is particularly interested in innovative early sound cinema and musical comedies. Ina’s work has been shown in venues such as The Studio Museum in Harlem, The List Visual Arts Center @ MIT, White Columns, The NY Expo of Short Films, Spelman College Museum of Fine Art in Atlanta GA, and The Cheekwood Museum of Art, Nashville, TN.

Joyce White

Joyce White, a contributing food editor for Heart & Soul magazine, also writes regularly about food, health, lifestyles, and travel for a number of publications. Her work has appeared in the Boston Globe, the New York Times, Newsday, the Chicago Tribune, theMontreal Gazette, and Essence magazine. She has also worked as an associate food editor at Ladies’ Home Journal and as a reporter and editor at the New York Daily News. In 1980 she was awarded a Knight-Ridder journalism fellowship at Stanford University. White is a founding member of the New York Wine Writers Circle and has studied at the Cordon Bleu cooking school in Paris.

Sally Shafto

Sally Shafto is the author of The Zanzibar Films and the Dandies of May 1968 (Paris Expérimental, 2007). A regular contributor to Senses of Cinema, she has recently published a critique of Luc Moullet’s Genèse d’un repas in Gastronomica. She currently teaches at the Faculté Polydisciplinaire of Ourarzazate, University of Ibn Zohn in Morocco.

Patty Chang

Patty Chang was born in 1972 in San Francisco. Her performances, recorded in short films, became notorious for testing the limits of endurance and taste. In Gong Li With the Wind (1996), performed at the New York University Film Center, she consumed and defecated a staggering quantity of beans. For Paradise (1996), an indictment of the international sex trade in Asia, she played a prostitute servicing a customer. In a series of performances titled Alter Ergo (1997), the artist balanced her body in a variety of tortuously uncomfortable poses as a critique of female passivity. Chang has had solo shows at the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía in Madrid (2000), Baltic Art Center in Visby, Sweden (2001), Jack Tilton Gallery in New York (1999 and 2001), Hammer Museum in Los Angeles (2005), and Bowdoin College Museum of Art in Brunswick, Maine (2008), among others. She has appeared in group shows and performances such as the Performance Festival at Kunstpanorama in Lucerne (2000), Quadrennial of Contemporary Art at the Stedelijk Museum voor Actuele Kunst in Ghent (2001), Mirror, Mirror on the Wall at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art in North Adams (2002), Only Skin Deep: Changing Visions of the American Self at the International Center of Photography in New York (2003), Still Points of the Turning World at SITE Santa Fe (2006), Family Pictures at the Guggenheim Museum in New York (2007), and New Directors/New Film Festival at the Museum of Modern Art in New York (2008).

Akiedah Mohamed

Akiedah Mohamed is an award-winning South African documentary filmmaker, writer, and playwright.  Born and raised in Cape Town, she now lives in Johannesburg. Among her best known films is The Malawian Kiss (1999), which follows the life of Faghmeda Miller, a Muslim HIV/AIDS activist.  For the documentary, Akiedah received the Sithengi International Film Market’s Special Jury Merit Award. Her films deal with sensitive or under-addressed issues that affect her religious community or South African society in general.  These themes include polygamy, South Africa’s prison system, and death and dying.  More recently, she adapted a short story by South African author Ahmed Essop about interracial romance into a screenplay titled Gerty’s Brother. Akiedah speaks of “a very conscious decision to explore a wider range of experiences of being Muslim” that has yielded a focus on subjects like the second wife in a polygamous marriage or a woman dealing with her HIV-positive diagnosis. This decision comes from a belief that it is important to move beyond the ideal represented by visible public figures in the public sphere in order to provide a truer picture of any community. She says in an interview that she aims through her writing and filmmaking to give a voice to “the other half of the Muslim population.” In addition to magnifying the voices of the underrepresented, Akiedah has used her talents for the good of her community in other ways: she was recognized by the city of Cape Town for her contributions to a sitcom-style “edutainment video” raising awareness of AIDS. She collaborated with comedian Mark Lottering for the project. Akiedah is a member of the executive board of Women of the Sun, an organization whose goal is the advancement and promotion of women in African film and television industries.

Christian Niedan

Christian Niedan is a producer for films and a blogger. He launched his blog Camera in the Sun. He writes about how film and television have shaped how people view various places around the globe. He also posts interviews with film commissioners across the US, and has expanded to include interviews from Mexico, Canada, and eastern and western Europe.

Hans-Christian Mahnke

Hans-Christian Mahnke, born in 1978, political scientist, and director of AfricAvenir Namibia, is a filmmaker working for the broader aim of an African Renaissance through the medium of film. As director and founder of the Namibian branch of the panAfrican organization AfricAvenir, he has been showing quality African films since 2004 at various places in Germany and Namibia on a regular and systematic basis, tackling challenges like distribution, screening culturem and accessibility of African cinema to African audiences. He has assisted in establishing screening initiatives around Africa. Emphasis is put on a panAfrican approach, fostering cultural exchange, and understanding, and pushing for a decolonization of the screens. Mahnke served on various festival juries in Windhoek, Cape Winelands, Harare (chair), Cairo, and in Ismailia (chair). He works towards regional integration in order to push for higher quality films and self sustainable markets. Under his leadership AfricAvenir has been official partner of the 1st African Film Festival and 15th. Besides the pioneering work of showing African films in Namibia, Cameroon, and Germany, Mahnke has co-created the Namibian Movie Collection to store, showcase, promote and distribute Namibian film products in- and outside Namibia.

Marissa Moorman

Marissa Moorman is a historian of southern Africa. Her research focuses on the intersection between politics and culture in colonial and independent Angola. Her book Intonations explores how music was a practice in and through which Angolans living under extreme political repression imagined the nation and how the particularities of music and historical moment cast this process of imagining in gendered terms. In other words, she is interested in the ways that cultural practice is productive of politics and not just a derivative of it. Much of her evidence comes from interviews with musicians and consumers of music, and she explores how memory, experience, and pleasure shape politics and history. She is currently working on a book project entitled Tuning in to Nation,  which looks at the relationship between the technology of radio and the shifting politics of southern Africa as anti-colonial movements established independent states in the context of a region newly charged by Cold War politics. Another project, tentatively called Kuduro in Transatlantic Translation, studies the contemporary Angolan music and dance genre, kuduro, both in Angola and as it has adapted in Salvador de Bahia (Brazil), Lisbon, Paris, Amsterdam, and New York.

Steve Ayorinde

A journalist, author, and a newspaper administrator, Steve Ayorinde is one of Nigeria’s best known film and art critics. He has served on the Jury of International Federation of Film Critics (FIPRESCI) at major film festivals like Cannes, Berlin, Toronto, Stockholm, Cairo, and Mumbai International Film Festival and is a foundation juror of AMAA since 2005. He’s the country representative and contributor to the influential International Film Guide (IFG). A multiple award-winning journalist/editor, Steve is the author of Masterpieces: A Critic’s Timeless Report (Spectrum Books, 2008) and Abokede: A Cultural Biography (Artpillar Books, 2011). Steve who reckons that film appreciation is in his DNA is the Managing Director/Editor-in-Chief of National Mirror newspapers.

Horst Rutsch

Horst Rutsch is a writer and editor for the UN Chronicle. He has written essays on several topics including violence – against women, and against people in general – , education and educational systems, and about certain policy or changes going on within different regions of Africa. He is also a published author of the book A more secure world: our shared responsibility in 2005.

Life and Debt

Life and Debt (DVD cover), 2001, 86 min.

Director: Stephanie Black
Country: USA
Year: 2001
Running Time: 86 min.
Language: English

This highly acclaimed film about the relationship between Jamaican poverty and the practices of the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund features interviews with both world leaders and sweatshop workers in order to highlight the consequences of globalization.

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Save the Date for Governors Island!!

AFF’s Annual Family Day Celebration returns on Sunday, September 7, from 11:00am – 5:00pm!

RAIN DATE: Sunday, September 14, 11:00am – 5:00pm.

GI8The sights and sounds of Africa are just a seven-minute ferry ride away! Please join African Film Festival, Inc. and the Trust for Governors Island for this exceptional all-day celebration on Governors Island. This event will feature FREE dance classes with world-renowned choreographers and master teachers from USA, Brazil, Senegal, and Guinea.

There will also be FREE storytelling, double-dutch and quilting demonstrations and workshops. Short African films by emerging and veteran directors will be shown throughout the day. African food vendors will be on site. A wonderful treat for the entire family!

LOCATION: Governors Island. To get to Governors Island from Manhattan, take the 1 to South Ferry, the 4 or 5 to Bowling Green or the R to Whitehall Street. Then take the Governors Island Ferry—for a $2 round trip fee— located in the Battery Maritime Building, Slip # 7, to the Island and follow the signs to the festivities. Ferry service from Brooklyn is available on Saturday, Sundays, Memorial Day and Labor Day. Ferries leave from Brooklyn Bridge Park’s Pier 6, at the foot of Atlantic Avenue. Ferry service from Brooklyn to Governors Island is also $2 for the round trip. Please click HERE for the detailed ferry schedule and directions.

FAMILY DAY CELEBRATION SCHEDULE:

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LIST OF SELECTED SHORT FILMS

BELEH 

Eka Christa Assam, Cameroon, 2013, 30min.

Ekema’s hard and uncompromising attitude toward his very pregnant wife, Joffi, is quickly revised when he has to spend an entire day in her shoes..

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BONESHAKER

Frances Bodomo, Ghana/USA, 2012, 12min.

Boneshaker follows a Ghanaian immigrant family taking a road trip to a Pentecostal church in Louisiana to cure their problem child. Starring Oscar-nominee Quvenzhané Wallis.

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KUHANI 

Ntare Guma Mbaho Mwine, Uganda, 2013, 7min.

An experimental short inspired by a Ugandan priest’s open letter to the Church in response to the country’s recently passed Anti Homosexuality Act.

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SOKO SONKO (THE MARKET KING) 

Ekwa Msangi-Omari, Kenya/USA, 2014, 22min.

When her mom gets sick, Kibibi’s dad takes her to the market to get her hair braided before school. Soko Sonko is a hilarious, fish-out-of-water journey, about a well-intentioned dad who goes where no man has gone before…

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WOODEN HANDS

Kaouther Ben Hania, Tunisia, 2013, 23min.

Five-year-old Amira, lives with her mother in a tiny flat in Tunis. In this day of re-entry to Kouttab, little Amira seeks the means of gaining a few hours of more off. She has found nothing better than super glue! She sticks her hand to the balustrade out of the new wooden armchair which furnishes their small living room.

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LOCATION: Governors Island. To get to Governors Island from Manhattan, take the 1 to South Ferry, the 4 or 5 to Bowling Green or the R to Whitehall Street. Then take the Governors Island Ferry—for a $2 round trip fee— located in the Battery Maritime Building, Slip # 7, to the Island and follow the signs to the festivities. Ferry service from Brooklyn is available on Saturday, Sundays, Memorial Day and Labor Day. Ferries leave from Brooklyn Bridge Park’s Pier 6, at the foot of Atlantic Avenue. Ferry service from Brooklyn to Governors Island is also $2 for the round trip. Please click HERE for the detailed ferry schedule and directions.

 

 

Killer of Sheep

Killer of Sheep (DVD cover), 1977, 83 min.

Director: Charles Burnett
Country: USA
Year: 1977
Running Time: 83 min.
Language: English

Killer of Sheep examines the black Los Angeles ghetto of Watts in the mid-1970s through the eyes of Stan, a sensitive dreamer who is growing detached and numb from the psychic toll of working at a slaughterhouse. Frustrated by money problems, he finds respite in moments of simple beauty: the warmth of a coffee cup against his cheek, slow dancing with his wife in the living room, holding his daughter. The film offers no solutions; it merely presents life — sometimes hauntingly bleak, sometimes filled with transcendent joy and gentle humor.

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Karmen Geï

Joseph Gai Ramaka, Senegal, 2001, 82 min

Director: Joseph Gaï Ramaka
Country: Senegal
Year: 2001
Running Time: 82 min
Language: French and Wolof with English subtitles

Prosper Merimée’s novella, adapted in Bizet’s celebrated opera, has already received 52 film interpretations, yet Karmen Geï is the first African Carmen and, arguably, the first African filmed “musical.” Accordingly, Gaï Ramaka has completely replaced Bizet’s score and the usual staging with indigenous Senegalese music and choreography. Like every Carmen, Karmen Geï is about the conflict between infinite desire for freedom and the laws, conventions, languages, the human limitations which constrain that desire. Since this is an African Carmen, freedom necessarily has a political dimension. The opening scene is set in a women’s prison on Gorée Island, site of the notorious slave castle. Karmen and the women in the prison use dance and music as a weapon of resistance against dehumanizing regimentation as has so often been the case throughout the African Diaspora.

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