Biography: Jeff L. Lieberman is an award-winning journalist, producer and documentary filmmaker. His TV specials, news stories and documentaries have appeared on CBS, HBO, CNN, Fox and on the websites of Yahoo!, The New York Post, CBS Moneywatch and The Huffington Post.
Jeff’s recent Academy Award-qualifying documentary film, RE-EMERGING: The Jews of Nigeria opened theatrically in 2013 in New York and Los Angeles, and screened at festivals in Toronto, Boston, Washington, Vancouver, London, Switzerland and Israel.
Jeff is the founder of RE-EMERGING Films, which also regularly produces documentary programming for Coca-Cola, Walt Disney Films, Showtime’s Homeland, Entertainment Tonight, The Insider, Macy’s, Marlo Thomas and Wine Enthusiast Magazine.
Our annual Summer Series continues on Friday, July 3rd from 6-10pm at Joyce Kilmer Park in the Bronx with a screening of the endearing South African comedy, White Wedding!AFF will be co-presenting the screening with the Bronx Museum of the Arts as part of their First Fridays series. The evening will also feature a special performance by Tuelo & Her Cousins, as well as music from DJ Asho.
So grab a blanket and join us for a free outdoor screening of White Wedding. Devoted groom-to-be Elvis sets out on a 1,800-kilometer South African road trip in order to give his fiancée, Ayanda, a European-style dream wedding, but finds that getting there won’t be easy thanks to his best friend Tumi and a wandering English doctor named Rose.
Meanwhile, as Ayanda begins to question Elvis’ commitment, her opinionated mother weighs in with her own thoughts about choosing European tradition over African tradition, and a handsome old boyfriend shows up with a suspicious agenda.
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Location: Joyce Kilmer Park, Grand Concourse between E 161st Street and E 164th Street Rain Location: The Bronx Museum of the Arts, 1040 Grand Concourse, Bronx, NY 10456
About the performers: Tuelo & Her Cousins are a New York City based band who share a kindred love for music that rocks the soul. Formed by singer/songwriter Tuelo Minah in 2013, the band continually play to packed houses at some of New York’s most famed institutions including Rockwood, The Apollo Music Cafe, and Lincoln Center. Their unique take on rock and roll combines driving beats and catchy hooks with Tswana-Bushmen rhythms to tell dreamlike tales of struggle and triumph. Tuelo Minah is Tswana from the countryside of South Africa where she grew up singing in the fields of her family’s farm. Minah’s voice has graced Central Park SummerStage, Carnegie Hall, Late Night with David Letterman, the Blue Note, and the Brooklyn Academy of Music, to name a few. She was the music director for Ndebele Funeral which won the Overall Excellence Award – Best Play at the 2013 Fringe Festival NYC. Tuelo & Her Cousins, her most meaningful project to date, is her musical family that explores and brings to life her original songs.
Biography: Writer, Director and Photographer Tala Hadid has made several short films, including Tes Cheveux Noirs Ihsan, which received an Academy Award and won the Panorama Best short Film Award at the Berlin Film Festival. She has also made various documentaries including Sacred Poet on Pier Paolo Pasolini. Her work has shown at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City, L’Institut du Monde Arabe in Paris, the Goteberg Kunsthalle in Sweden, the Goethe Institute/Cairo, the Los Angeles County Museum, Zoom Art Fair/Miami/Basel, la Cinémathèque Francaise in Paris, the Seville Biennale, the Jonathan Schorr Gallery NYC and the Photographer’s Gallery in London. Last year, the Fine Art photography publisher Stern published a volume of a selection of Hadid’s photographs as part of its Stern Fotografie Portfolio series of emerging photographers. The Narrow Frame of Midnight was nominated for the Muhr Award Best Fiction Feature, at the Dubai International Film Festival in 2014.
Director:Tala Hadid Countries: Morocco/France/UK Year: 2014 Running Time: 93 min. Languages: Arabic and French with English subtitles
A young orphan, Aicha, who was taken and sold from her home, was found alone in the forests of central Morocco. She has a personal history that reveals a courageous attempt at self-determination. Aicha finds herself at the mercy of a petty criminal, Abbas, and his conflicted girlfriend, Nadia. They soon cross paths with Zacaria, a Moroccan/Iraqi writer, who has left everything behind to search for his missing brother. The group embarks on a journey that will lead them across Morocco, to Istanbul, the plains of Kurdistan and beyond.
Biography: Claudia Woloshin is a producer, director and cinematographer based in New York. She has produced and directed a number of documentary and fiction television shows and films. Her directorial work includes Eden Eats, The Layover,Mind of a Chef for PBS and The Gateway.
Director:Claudia Woloshin Countries: Senegal/USA Year: 2013 Running Time: 23 min. Languages: English
The history of southern cuisine is incomplete without understanding how West Africa influenced the cultural heritage and ingredients of America. In this episode, Chef Sean Brock travels to Senegal to meet with friend, Fatimata Ly. Together they explore the markets of Dakar and M’Bour, cook the traditional Sengalese dish Theibou Yapp, and search for the connection to American cuisines through techniques and flavors used by the locals.
Director:Moises Salama Countries: Spain Year: 2004 Running Time: 76 min. Languages: Spanish with English subtitles
Julia steps into the labyrinth of Melilla, following the trail left behind by the fractured lives of Hassan, Yonaida, and Culi. Their voices join a chorus of others in an interwoven trajectory that crisscrosses time and space in this border city separating the North from the South, which uniquely embodies many of the key conflicts of our time: migratory movements vs. economic development, peaceful coexistence vs. the “clash of civilizations,” and the basic challenge of achieving harmony.
Biography: Moisés Salama Benarroch graduated in Modern History from the University of Granada. He was an associate professor at the University of Granada in the Department of Communication and Documentation. Since 2001, he has been Content Director for the Festival of Malaga, where he has coordinated numerous conferences on documentary film and has edited a series of publications centered on Spanish and Latin American documentary film. In 2004, he completed Melillans, his directorial debut, with the collaboration of the production company Ático7, where he has been a partner since 2002. The film has been screened at numerous festivals. He directed several documentaries one of which, Atlas bereber, won second prize in Madrid’s Documenta Festival.
Director:Electra Weston Countries: France/Germany/USA Year: 2014 Running Time: 100 min. Languages: English
In this contemporary mix of narrative, experimental and documentary filmmaking, Chocolat is torn between nurturing her love relationship in the USA and maintaining a booming entertainment career in Europe. Looking for answers to her deepest questions, she uses a small video camera to explore and question her life by interviewing her friends abroad.
Biography: Electra Weston has been traveling as an entertainer throughout Europe, Africa, and the United States for an important part of her life. Electra’s career continues to exploit her artistic training in music, theater, and dance. Her professional dance career has taken her classical formation into a variety of rhythmic styles and throughout the African Diaspora.
This Wednesday, June 24 AFF partners with DOCUBOX to present BRONX PRINCESS in Nairobi, Kenya.
Film lovers in Nairobi are invited to come see this free screening of the spirited coming-of-age story of Rocky Otoo. A teen raised in the Bronx, New York, Rocky’s ideas of life and independence often conflict with the more traditional viewpoints of her Ghanaian mother. During the summer between her high school graduation and the start of college, Rocky journeys to Africa to reunite with her father, a chief in Ghana. While there Rocky must reconcile her African heritage with her ideas of independence. BRONX PRINCESS will be screened with A GOAT FOR A VOTE, an intriguing look at three students competing to be the next school president.
The event is free and open to the public. Movie fans can reserve their free tickets by clicking here!
Director:Michel Ocelot Countries: Senegal/France Year: 2015 Running Time: 90 min. Language: English, French and Wolof with English subtitles
The tiny Kirikou is born into an African village upon which a sorceress called Karaba has cast a terrible spell: the spring has dried up, the villagers are being blackmailed, the men of the village have either been kidnapped or have mysteriously disappeared. He wants to rid the village of the curse so he goes on a voyage to the Forbidden Mountain, where the Wise Man of the Mountain, who knows of Karaba and her secrets, awaits him.
Director:Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi Countries: Senegal/USA Year: 2015 Running Time: 90 min. Language: English, French and Wolof with English subtitles
In the Spring of 2011, Senegal was pitched into crisis when President Abdoulaye Wade decided to change the constitution to allow for a third term. An artist-led youth movement erupted to protect one of Africa’s oldest and most stable democracies. In a time where democracy is under siege in many parts of the world, Incorruptible offers a positive, hopeful example while at the same time honestly examining the sustainability of a peoples’ movement, and the role that youth are taking in shaping the future of their own country.
Biography: Nova Scott-James in a young filmmaker from Harlem. She is dedicated to exploring the African Diaspora through film, in documentary, experimental and narrative works. She seeks to illuminate truth and liberation through video and poetry.
Director:Abderrahmane Sissako Countries: Mauritania Year: 2014 Running Time: 97 min. Language: Arabic, Bambara, English, French and Songhay
Not far from Timbuktu, now ruled by the religious fundamentalists, Kidane lives peacefully in the dunes with his wife Satima, his daughter Toya, and Issan, their twelve-year-old shepherd. In town, the people suffer, powerless, from the regime of terror imposed by the Jihadists determined to control their faith. Music, laughter, cigarettes, even soccer have been banned. The women have become shadows but resist with dignity. Every day, the new improvised courts issue tragic and absurd sentences. Kidane and his family are being spared the chaos that prevails in Timbuktu. But their destiny changes when Kidane accidentally kills Amadou, the fisherman who slaughtered “GPS,” his beloved cow. He now has to face the new laws of the foreign occupants.
Bronx Princess follows headstrong 17-year-old Rocky as she leaves behind her mother in New York City to reunite with her father, a chief in Ghana. By confronting her immigrant parents’ ideas of adulthood during her tumultuous summer between high school and college, Rocky must reconcile her African heritage with her dream of independence.
Director:Jann Turner Countries: South Africa Year: 2009 Running Time: 92 min. Language: English, Zulu, Tswana, Xhosa and Afrikaans
This high-spirited comedy takes place all over South Africa’s beautiful landscape from Johannesburg to Durban, from the Eastern Cape to the Western Cape. White Wedding is an appealing, feel-good movie about love, commitment, intimacy and friendship and a host of maddening obstacles that can get in the way of a happy ending.
Director:Jeff L. Lieberman Country: USA Year: 2015 Running Time: 110 min. Language: English
The Amazing Nina Simone reveals the real Nina Simone through over 50 intimate interviews with those who best knew the artistry and intentions of one of America’s true musical geniuses. Through Nina’s friends, family, band members, lovers and fellow activists, we learn the true Nina, and the inspiration behind the songs that for 60 years have moved people to both tears and elation. The film traces her roots from her upbringing in segregated North Carolina and follows Nina’s journey all the way to the South of France and the place where she finally found freedom.
Biography: Lovinsa Kavuma trained as an actress at The Academy of Live and Recorded Arts London then went on to complete a Film degree at the University of The Arts London. As a filmmaker, her films Rape For Who I Am and Kintu have screened at festivals such as Sundance Film Festival, London International Film Festival and Commonwealth Film Festival, picking up awards along the way. She was also Assistant Festival Director at The Zanzibar International Film Festival.