The Art of Ama Ata Aidoo

Director: Yaba Badoe
Country: Ghana
Year:
2014
Running Time:
78 min.
Languages: 
English

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The Art of Ama Ata Aidoo explores the artistic contribution of one of Africa’s foremost women writers. Director Badoe charts Aidoo’s creative journey over seven decades, from colonial Ghana, through the tumultuous era of independence, to a more sober present day Africa.

 

Sandra Krampelhuber

SandraBiography: Sandra Krampelhuber is an Austrian Cultural Anthropologist. She graduated from the University of Vienna in 2002. In 2006, she directed the music documentary Queens of Sound about women in the Jamaican music industry. The film was shown at film festivals worldwide. In 2006 she also travelled to Dakar, Senegal for her first time and after many encounters with Senegalese artists and musicians, she decided to portray this thriving community in 100% Dakar, which screened at Sauti Za Busara festival (Tanzania), Kuumba Festival (Canada), Goethe Institute (Senegal) and many other festivals.

Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:
100% Dakar – More Than Art (2015).

Filmography:
Queens of Sound (2006)
100% Dakar – More Than Art (2014)

100% Dakar – More Than Art

Director: Sandra Krampelhuber
Country: Austria/Senegal
Year:
2015
Running Time:
62 min.
Languages:
French with English subtitles

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100% Dakar – More Than Art is a portrait about the creative arts scene in Dakar, Senegal. Dakar booms with live and this energy can also be found in the creative, artistic and cultural expressions of the city. Many young artists in Dakar took on the role as agents of change of their generation. “100% Dakar” visits fashion designers, Hip Hop musicians, graffiti artists, a photographer, an art blogger, dancers, many other artists and cultural entrepreneurs.

 

Love the One You Love

Director: Jenna Bass
Countries: South Africa
Year: 2014
Running Time: 105 min.
Language: English, Xhosa with English subtitles

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Across the city of Cape Town, a sex-line operator, a dog handler, and an IT technician begin to suspect that their romantic relationships are the subject of a bizarre conspiracy, involving their friends, family, and possibly even greater forces. Love the One You Love’s parallel stories question the ideals we hold too sacred: love, happiness, and the New South Africa.

Ghosts of Amistad

Director: Tony Buba
Countries: USA
Year: 2014
Running Time: 57mins
Language: English and Mende with English subtitles

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In 1839, a small group of enslaved Africans rose up and seized their ship (the Amistad), and sailed it from the north coast of Cuba to Long Island, where they were captured by the American navy, charged with “piracy and murder,” and jailed in Connecticut. American abolitionists flocked to the jail, where they formed an alliance with the Africans. The rebels returned home to their native Sierra Leone in triumph in 1842.

Ghosts of Amistad chronicles a journey to Sierra Leone in 2013 to interview village elders about local memory of the Amistad rebellion (1839), to search for the long-lost ruins of the slave-trading factory Lomboko, and to recover a lost history from below in the struggle against slavery.

Tony Buba

Biography: Tony Buba has made over thirty films including four feature films exploring working-class issues in and around his hometown since 1974. Buba began his career with “The Braddock Chronicles,” a dozen short documentary portraits of the stubborn signs of life in a dying mill town. Buba’s work has been showcased in one-person shows at The Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, Anthology Film Archives, The Carnegie Museum of Art and more than 100 museums and universities. His awards include fellowships from the NEA, AFI, and the Rockefeller and Guggenheim Foundations. Buba’s many awards include Alfred I. duPont–Columbia University Award and Pennsylvania Media Artist of the Year.

(Source: http://www.ghostsofamistad.com/about/filmmakers-bios/)

Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:
Ghosts of Amistad (2015).

Filmography:
J. Roy: New and Used Furniture (1974)
Betty’s Corner Cafe (1976)
Sweet Sal (1979)
The Milk Hunk Herald (1980)
Voices from a Steeltown (1983)
No Pets 1988 Lightning Over Braddock: A Rustbowl Fantasy (1994)
Struggles in Steel: The Fight for Equal Opportunity (1996)
Year on the Throne (2007)
We Are Alive! The Fight to Save Braddock Hospital (2012)
Ghosts of Amistad (2014).

Senay Berhe

Biography: Senay Berhe, born 1979 is a director based in Stockholm, Sweden. His award-winning work crosses adeptly between documentaries, commercials, music videos and shorts. He is constantly renewing himself and sees no boundaries in his work. He has travelled across the world with Stocktown Films, capturing the creative generation that are reshaping the image of Africa. The documentary and the project Afripedia launched in 2014 worldwide.

(Source: http://www.cphlab.dk/?filmmakers=senay-berhe-2)

Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:
Afripedia Series  [Angola, Ghana, Kenya, Senegal and South Africa] (2015, 2016 – Teddy Goitom, Benjamin Taft and Senay Berhe).
Afripedia New York (2016)

Filmography:
Afripedia Series  [Angola, Ghana, Kenya, Senegal and South Africa] (2014 – Teddy Goitom, Benjamin Taft and Senay Berhe).
Afripedia New York (2016)

Teddy Goitom, Benjamin Taft and Senay Berhe

Biography: Born in Jerusalem in 1973, raised in Sweden and with roots in East Africa, Teddy Goitom created the global network Stocktown in 1998. Since then Teddy has produced cutting edge and social engaged content for film, TV and digital media for Swedish Television, Utbildnings Radio and MTV. Together with his network, they produced the Stocktown TV music documentary series, which succesfully aired on TV in Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Japan, Spain, Brazil and film festivals worldwide. He also was an active member of the CinemAfrica film jury, bringing African films to a Swedish audience. Teddy runs his own production company, Soeasy, working with both commercial and underground productions, operating worldwide, knowing no boundaries.

Biography: Born in Sweden in 1982, Benjamin Taft is a filmmaker, photographer, editor and motion designer based in Vancouver, Canada. Having joined forces with Teddy Goitom while at MTV, Benjamin travelled across the globe for clients such as H&M, Puma football, Canadian Olympic Committee, Grolsch Block Party, Pilsner Urquell, Peroni, Santa Maria, Marcus Samuelson, UR Swedish broadcasting, BKW & MTV Sweden. He co-directed the documentary Stocktown X: South Africa.

Biography: Senay Berhe, born 1979 is a director based in Stockholm, Sweden. His award-winning work crosses adeptly between documentaries, commercials, music videos and shorts. He is constantly renewing himself and sees no boundaries in his work. He has travelled across the world with Stocktown Films, capturing the creative generation that are reshaping the image of Africa. The documentary and the project Afripedia launched in 2014 worldwide.

(Sources:
http://www.creativeafricanetwork.com/person/9775/en
http://stocktown.com/africa/
http://www.cphlab.dk/?filmmakers=senay-berhe-2
– http://vimeo.com/taft)

Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:
Stocktown X: South Africa (2012 – Teddy Goitom, Benjamin Taft).
Afripedia Series  [Angola, Ghana, Kenya, Senegal and South Africa] (2015, 2016).

Filmography:
My Way (Date unknown – Benjamin Taft);
Marcus Samuelsson wedding in Ethiopia! (2009 – Teddy Goitom);
Burning Man Video Postcard (2010 – Benjamin Taft);
Stocktown X: South Africa (2011 – Teddy Goitom, Benjamin Taft)
Afripedia Series  [Angola, Ghana, Kenya, Senegal and South Africa] (2014).

Housemaids (Doméstica)

Director: Gabriel Mascaro
Countries: Brazil
Year: 2013
Running Time: 76 min
Language: Portuguese with English subtitles

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Seven adolesecents take on the mission of filming, for one week, their family’s housemaids, and hand over the footage to the director to make a film. The images that confront us uncover the complex relationship that exists between housemaids and their employers, a relationship that confuses intimacy and power in the workplace and provides us with an insight into the echoes of a colonial past that linger in contemporary Brazil.

August Winds (Ventos de Agosto)

Director: Gabriel Mascaro
Country: Brazil
Year: 2014
Running Time: 77min
Language: Portuguese with English subtitles

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In a small seaside village, Shirley cares for her ailing grandmother while working  on a coconut farm and longing to become a tattoo artist. She passes her time with her boyfriend, Jeison, who works as a diver off the coast of their village. When one of Jeison’s dives turns up a human skull, the duo embarks on a quest to identify the remains while confronting their own ideas about desire, love, life, death, and destiny.

 

Gabriel Mascaro

Biography: Gabriel Mascaro (1983) lives and works in Recife (Brazil). He graduated in Social Comunication from the Federal University of Pernambuco. His work explores the negotiation of power relationships in their most diverse forms. Spanning cinema and the visual arts, his work has been shown at the Contemporary Art Museums of Barcelona, MOMA Documentary Fortnight – New York, La Casa Escendida – Madrid, AB4 Athens Biennale, 32nd Panorama of Brazilian Art at MAM-SP, Videobrasil and at important film festivals, such as Rotterdam, Oberhausen, Visions du Rèel, IDFA, Munich, Jihlava, Bafici, Los Angeles, Miami, IndieLisbon, Bratislava, Bangkok. His work has been reviewed in various magazines, including Variety (USA), Cahiers du Cinema (FRA). Mascaro participated in the Videobrasil/Videoformes Artist in Residence Program (FRA) and has been awarded at Videobrasil with another residency at Wexner Center for Art -Ohio (USA).

Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:
Housemaids (2015);
August Winds (Ventos de Agosto) (2015).

Filmography:
The Beetle KFZ-1348 (2008);
High-Rise (2009);
Avenida Brasilia Formosa (2010);
As Aventuras de Paulo Bruscky (2010);
Housemaids (2013);
A Onda Traz, O Vento Leva (2012);
August Winds (Ventos de Agosto) (2014);
Neon Bull (2015).

Shield and Spear

Director: Petter Ringbom
Country: South Africa
Year: 2014
Running Time: 89min
Language: English, Afrikaans and Zulu with English subtitles

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This documentary spotlights the changing political climate of South Africa, where a revolution is taking place as artists, musicians and designers tackle issues of politics, race and history. This newest film by director Petter Ringbom follows some of the most recognized artists in South Africa today, exploring what it means to live and work in the new democracy. Artist Brett Murray’s painted caricature of South African president Jacob Zuma results in a lawsuit and death threats. Photographer and activist Zanele Muholi’s work exposes hate crimes in the LGBT community. The Smarteez design collective creates international styles while running a free after-school program for kids. Musician Xander Ferreira of Gazelle parades on stage as a character based on an archetypal African dictator. Shield and Spear presents intimate stories about the artists, art, music, identity, race and freedom of expression in South Africa 20 years into democracy.

Petter Ringbom

Biography: Petter Ringbom is a New York-based director of documentary and narrative films. His debut feature documentary, The Russian Winter, a film about American musician John Forté, premiered at Tribeca Film Festival in 2012 and screened at IDFA, Moscow International Film Festival, and Gothenburg International Film Festival. His short film May Fly premiered at Stockholm International Film Festival and screened at festivals around the world. Ringbom’s video collaboration with the artist Karl Haendel, Questions for My Father, has been shown at Harris Lieberman Gallery, Susanne Vielmetter Projects, Utah Museum of Contemporary Arts, Wexner Center for the Arts, and was selected for the Art Video program at Art Basel Miami in 2012. After studying at the Cooper Union School of Art in New York, Ringbom partnered in the creative agency Flat, where he served as an art director for clients like MoMA, Red Cross and Knoll. He has taught at Parsons School of Design and New York University and served on the board of the American Institute of Graphic Arts.

Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:
Shield and Spear (2015).

Filmography:
May Fly (2009);
Questions for My Father (2011);
The Russian Winter (2012);
Shield and Spear (2014).

Ngardy Conteh George and Allan Tong

Biography: As a Sierra Leonean-Canadian, Ngardy Conteh George always wants to tell stories of the African Diaspora. As a director she has achieved this with Soldiers for the Streets, a short documentary for the NFB, broadcast on CBC Television and Literature Alive, a documentary series featuring Caribbean-Canadian authors broadcast on Bravo!. She is also an accomplished video editor working on various documentaries and television shows including I Want to Be a Desi 2 (documentary short, Dir. Allan Tong), Something Beautiful (half-hour documentary on development in Kenya), Cypher for AUX TV, Arts & Minds for Bravo!, The Rhyming Chef Barbuda, Food & Drink TV and The Marilyn Denis Show for CTV.  She is a former scholarship athlete and graduate of the University of New Orleans.

Biography: Allan is a Toronto filmmaker who wrote and directed the shorts Little Mao and I Want To Be a Desi, which Bravo aired after enjoying award-winning festival runs. His short drama, Grange Avenue (2008) also played festivals and was broadcast on the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. Previously, Allan apprenticed as a documentary director and producer at the National Film Board of Canada. He has served as an office manager, post-production manager and associate producer at documentary production companies. His articles about cinema regularly appear in the IFP’s Filmmaker magazine, and he has programmed for several film festivals. Allan is writing scripted television after recently completing the WGC-Bell Media Diverse Screenwriters Program.

(Source: http://www.flyingstarsdoc.com/filmmakers/)

Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:
The Flying Stars (2015).

Filmography:
Literature Alive (2005 – Ngardy Conteh George)
The Rhyming Chef Barbuda (2009 – Ngardy Conteh George)
The Flying Stars (2014).

Ngardy Conteh George

Biography: As a Sierra Leonean-Canadian, Ngardy Conteh George always wants to tell stories of the African Diaspora. As a director she has achieved this with Soldiers for the Streets, a short documentary for the NFB, broadcast on CBC Television and Literature Alive, a documentary series featuring Caribbean-Canadian authors broadcast on Bravo!. She is also an accomplished video editor working on various documentaries and television shows including I Want to Be a Desi 2 (documentary short, Dir. Allan Tong), Something Beautiful (half-hour documentary on development in Kenya), Cypher for AUX TV, Arts & Minds for Bravo!, The Rhyming Chef Barbuda, Food & Drink TV and The Marilyn Denis Show for CTV.  She is a former scholarship athlete and graduate of the University of New Orleans.

(Source: http://www.flyingstarsdoc.com/filmmakers/)

Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:
The Flying Stars (2015).

Filmography:
Literature Alive (2005)
The Rhyming Chef Barbuda (2009)
The Flying Stars (2014).

Allan Tong

Biography: Allan is a Toronto filmmaker who wrote and directed the shorts Little Mao and I Want To Be a Desi, which Bravo aired after enjoying award-winning festival runs. His short drama, Grange Avenue (2008) also played festivals and was broadcast on the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. Previously, Allan apprenticed as a documentary director and producer at the National Film Board of Canada. He has served as an office manager, post-production manager and associate producer at documentary production companies. His articles about cinema regularly appear in the IFP’s Filmmaker magazine, and he has programmed for several film festivals. Allan is writing scripted television after recently completing the WGC-Bell Media Diverse Screenwriters Program.

(Source: http://www.flyingstarsdoc.com/filmmakers/)

Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:
The Flying Stars (2015)

Filmography:
The Flying Stars (2014)

The Flying Stars

Director: Ngardy Conteh George & Allan Tong
Countries: Canada
Year: 2014
Running Time: 50min
Language: English, Pidgin English with English subtitles

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Team captain Bornor and midfielder Census are amputees who play organized soccer in Sierra Leone to cope with the horrors of war they suffered a decade ago. As they dream of playing internationally, they wrestle with nightmares that haunt their daily lives and threaten the very families they are trying to feed. Can Bornor and Census overcome their postwar trauma and score a victory for their children off the soccer pitch?

Dare Fasasi

Biography: Dare Fasasi, aka ‘Baba Dee,’ is a graduate of Theatre Arts with a B.A. and M.A. in directing for stage and fiction film. The multi-talented actor, songwriter, and dance hall artist Baba Dee is one of the pioneer video directors that revolutionized the Nigerian music video industry. With five musical albums and several awards, Dare Fasasi returns to his first love, which is directing. He founded the Naija Ninja Entertainment Production Company with his brother and partner, Lanre Fasasi, aka ‘Sound Sultan.’

Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:
Head Gone (2015, 2016).

Filmography:
Head Gone (2015).

Head Gone

Director:  Dare Fasasi
Country: Nigeria
Year: 2015
Running Time:
100 min.
Languages:
English and Pidgin English with English subtitles

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Due to a road mishap, a bus driver loses a group of psychiatric patients on the way to a federal hospital. To cover up the mistake, he and a nurse pick up unsuspecting commuters to substitute the patients and the plot thickens as the new passengers must try to prove their sanity in a psychiatric institution, while the escapees try to adjust to a new environment. This allegorical comedy of errors features some of Nigeria’s biggest names.