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.