Universities, Centers, Libraries and Film Programs


The Sonja Haynes Stone Center for Black Culture and History at the University of North Carolina and African Studies Center (Title VI National Resource Center)

The Sonja Haynes Stone Center for Black Culture and History at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill was established on July 1, 1988. Initially known as the Black Cultural Center, it was renamed for beloved faculty member Dr. Sonja Haynes Stone after her untimely passing in 1991. Upon its inception, The Stone Center focused its attention on raising awareness of and appreciation for African-American culture by the campus community. Today, the Center is one of the preeminent sites in the nation for the critical examination of African and African-American diaspora cultures, providing intellectual and cultural programming that is both timely and informative.

Cultural programs include:

The Diaspora Festival of Black and Independent Film

A twice a year (fall and spring) series that features primarily independent film from all corners of the African diaspora and beyond with commentary by the directors of the films and scholars.

The Hekima Film Discussions

An informal gathering of students, faculty and community residents who come together to view and discuss black and independent films from across the African diaspora.

The staff and programs of the African Studies Center work to provide the University and the people of North Carolina with a campus hub for interdisciplinary inquiry and communication on Africa, including the sponsorship of a wide variety of activities that bring together interested faculty and students from a large number of academic disciplines, focusing on the interconnected issues of democratization, development, health, and gender.




The Black Film Center/Archive at Indiana University – Bloomington/ African Studies Program (National Resource Center)

The Black Film Center/Archive was established in 1981 as the first archival repository dedicated to collecting, preserving, and making available historically and culturally significant films by and about black people. The BFC/A’s primary objectives are to promote scholarship on black film and to serve as an open resource for scholars, researchers, students, and the general public; to encourage creative film activity by independent black filmmakers; and to undertake and support research on the history, impact, theory, and aesthetics of black film traditions.

The African Studies Program marked its 50th anniversary in fall 2011.  Its official development began in 1961 with a five-year development grant from the Ford Foundation under the directorship of political scientist and Liberia scholar J. Gus Liebenow.  The Program grew quickly and gained recognition as a Title VI National Resource Center in 1965, a status it has been able to maintain over the years.  Partnerships and cooperation with African institutions and colleagues have been integral to the Program’s activities since its inception.




Duke University African and African American Studies/Duke University Institutes

Consistent with its title, the Department of African and African American Studies is Duke’s headquarters for interdisciplinary research and teaching about Africa and its various diasporas in Asia, Europe, and the Americas.  Here, anthropologists, literary critics, political scientists, philosophers, sociologists, historians, and art historians work together with scholars of music, cultural studies, film, performance, popular culture, gender, sexuality, race, public policy, and the law to reveal the multifarious experiences and perspectives of those of African descent as well as to theorize and historicize racism, sexism, classism, homophobia and other markers of difference. In conjunction with this work, we interrogate and rethink the disciplinary methods that conventionally have rendered these experiences and markings invisible.



Left of Black

Left of Black is a weekly webcast hosted by Duke University Professor Mark Anthony Neal and produced by the John Hope Franklin Center of International and Interdisciplinary Studies at Duke University.



John Hope Franklin Humanities Institute

Founded in 1999, the Franklin Humanities Institute (FHI) is built on a fundamentally collaborative model fitting Duke’s emphasis on facilitating interdisciplinary cross-fertilization. Through an array of innovative programs, we seek to encourage the conversations, partnerships, and collaborations that are continually stimulating creative and fresh humanistic research, writing, and teaching at Duke.

The core commitment of the Humanities Labs is to engage undergraduates in advanced research alongside faculty and graduate student mentors and collaborators. Current and past labs include the Global Brazil Lab and the Haiti Lab.



Center for African Studies at University of California – Berkeley/ Stanford University Center for African Studies (National Resource Center)

Berkeley’s Center for African Studies was established in 1979 as an interdisciplinary research center to support basic research and training of scholars. The Center supports scholarly activities over a broad range of topics that address contemporary African issues and works closely with several teaching units including The Department of African American Studies and the International and Area Studies Teaching Program. Through language study, fellowships, seminars, and curriculum development, the Center provides opportunities for students majoring in traditionally defined fields to develop a comprehensive interdisciplinary program in African Studies.

For nearly a quarter century, the Joint Berkeley-Stanford Center for African Studies has been the core institution for Africa-related activities not only on our respective campuses but also for the entire Northwest Pacific region. The combined resources of Berkeley and Stanford in the Joint Center have generated an environment that attracts scholars and students from around the globe. Berkeley and Stanford have both made significant investments in African Studies over the past several years. Faculty with strong Africanist interests have been appointed at Berkeley in African American Studies, Demography, Economics, Italian Studies and Political Science; at Stanford, in Anthropology, Africa Art and Political Science. As part of an initiative to support international and area studies, a search for an Africanist in the Humanities will be undertaken in 2003-4. JCAS research focus has also embraced North Africa more closely working with scholars at both campuses to bridge what has been a questionable and artificial divide. Overall, JCAS scholars and students bring strong disciplinary backgrounds in the humanities, social sciences, and biosciences to bridge boundaries and forge new approaches to current issues with a concern for both scholarship and practical outcomes. With 2 other NRCs at Stanford and 7 others at Berkeley, cross-regional dialogue is constant in our work.



BAM/PFA Film and Video Collection

The Pacific Film Archive was conceived as an American version of the Cinémathèque Française in Paris—a center committed not only to exhibiting films under the best possible conditions, but also to increasing the understanding, appreciation, and preservation of cinema. The BAM/PFA collection serves as an educational resource for the UC Berkeley community as well as for scholars, teachers, film critics, filmmakers, and programmers from around the world. At the same time, our curators draw upon the collection for the film and video exhibition program.



University of Michigan African Studies Center (NRC)

The University of Michigan African Studies Center, established in July 2008 within the International Institute, serves as a conduit through which the many Africa initiatives across the university, from the humanities, sciences and social sciences, to Medicine and Engineering to may be furthered to the mutual benefit of the university and its African partners.




Harvard University Center for African Studies (NRC)

Center for African Studies (CAS) is the umbrella organization for all things Africa-related at Harvard University.  In 2010, CAS became a National Resource Center for African Studies through the United States Department of Education.

The Center serves as an intellectual hub, connecting students, faculty, and members of the wider Africanist community with shared interests through seminars, workshops and conferences throughout the academic year. CAS also funds research and travel in Africa through our grants and internships programs.



New York University Institute of African American Affairs

The Institute of African American Affairs (IAAA) at New York University was founded in 1969 to research, document, and celebrate the cultural and intellectual production of Africa and its diaspora in the Atlantic world and beyond. IAAA is committed to the study of Blacks in modernity through concentrations in Pan-Africanism and Black Urban Studies. The institute is currently under the direction of writer, filmmaker, cultural theorist, scholar and art historian Manthia Diawara.



University of Florida Center for African Studies (National Resource Center)

The Center for African Studies is in the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences at the University of Florida. As a National Resource Center for African Studies, our mission is to promote excellence in teaching and research on Africa in all the disciplines at the University of Florida. The Center also disseminates knowledge about Africa to the wider community through an integrated outreach program to schools, colleges, community groups, and businesses. Central to this mission is sustaining contacts and expanding interactive linkages with individuals and institutions on the African continent. In addition to undergraduate education, the Center promotes and supports graduate studies as essential for the development of a continuing community of Africanist scholars.



African Studies Center at Boston University (National Resource Center) and African Studies Library

The ASC is federally funded under Title VI as a National Resource Center to promote language and area studies in Africa. The ASC is currently the only Title VI center at BU and one of only two Title VI Africa centers in New England. Through our Title VI funding, we are able to provide Foreign Language Area Studies (FLAS) fellowships to some graduate and undergraduate students studying African languages.

Founded in 1953, the African Studies Center has provided a strong foundation in African studies to generations of university professors, economists, health workers, government officials, development personnel, diplomats, and numerous others.

The African Studies Library has been collecting Africa research materials for half a century as a department of Mugar Memorial Library. The ASL supports research at the university but also serves as an important resource for the local and national African studies community. In is the most widely used Africa collection in the Northeast. The collection of $155,000 volumes, serials, and documents is interdisciplinary with major strengths in the social sciences and broad representation in the humanities, language, and the natural sciences. In its reading room, study carrels, and stacks it occupies the entire 6th floor of Mugar Memorial Library. Its full-time staff of two librarians, a bibliographer and student support provide reference and research service as well as access to current periodicals, African newspapers, map government documents, and books in African studies. Additional materials are located in the libraries of the schools of Education, Law, Theology, Medicine, and Science.



UCLA African Studies Center and African Studies Library (National Resource Center)

UCLA’s African Studies Center is one of the US’s oldest and most distinguished research, teaching, and outreach centers. We continue to build on our existing excellence in research by faculty whose focus runs the gamut from North Africa and the Sahara to Senegal, Nigeria, Cameroon, the Congo, Kenya, and the South Western Indian Ocean. The journal African Arts and the Marcus Garvey Papers are two signature projects that have given our Center enormous visibility over the years. Since its founding, UCLA’s African Studies Center has played a role in making a difference in Africa, from leading the educational reform in the post-colonial phase to leadership of the 1980s anti-Apartheid movement, and today is fully engaged in Africa, from health sciences to the arts to the environment.

The UCLA Library is ranked in the top ten North American research libraries by the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) member survey. In addition to its holdings of over ten million physical volumes and thousands of electronic journals and databases, the library provides access to resources beyond its local collections through participation in the Center for Research Libraries (CRL) and other consortial resource sharing programs, at the regional, national and international levels.




Ohio University African Studies (National Resource Center)

The African Studies Program at Ohio University provides students, scholars, and members of the broader community opportunities to develop their understanding of this important world region.

As an inter-disciplinary program, the African Studies Program strives to provide students with a strong grounding in the traditional African Studies core disciplines (including political science, anthropology, history, geography, literature) while giving them the opportunity to form their course of study around their professional and academic goals. Themes include the socioeconomic development of the continent in the context of Africa’s grand cultural and historical traditions. Students may also view the study of Africa as an excellent case-study of the process of social change in the developing world.



University of Illinois – Urbana Champaign Center for African Studies/ Northwestern University African Studies (Title VI National Resource Center) and Herskovits Library of Africana Studies at Northwestern University

The Center for African Studies is a U.S. Department of Education Title VI Comprehensive National Resource Center and Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS)-granting institution in partnership with the Program of African Studies (PAS) at Northwestern University. Established in 1970, the Center for African Studies at the University of Illinois is one of the leading African studies programs in the United States. The Center is committed to providing comprehensive and excellent educational opportunities. Its activities and programs are a testimony to the strength and vibrancy of African studies on this campus.

The renowned Africana Library was founded at Northwestern University in 1954. Later named after its visionary, the Melville J. Herskovits Library of African Studies is a distinguished collection of Africana that has become an integral part of the legacy of Africa and the African diaspora.

Serving PAS and Northwestern faculty, students, and more than a thousand U.S. and international scholars each year, the Herskovits Library of African Studies is the largest separate collection of Africana in existence.




Undergraduate National Resource Center in African Studies by the University Of Pennsylvania and Bryn Mawr, Haverford and Swarthmore Colleges (Title VI NRC)

The African Studies Center at the University of Pennsylvania is part of a four-school consortium that includes the University of Pennsylvania and Bryn Mawr, Haverford, and Swarthmore Colleges. As part of this consortial arrangement, the African Studies Center receives funding from the United States Department of Education as a National Resource Center for teaching African area studies and languages at the undergraduate level.

The consortium promotes interdisciplinary instruction and research in African languages and area studies, and it is involved in vibrant exchange relationships with African institutions of higher learning across the continent. The four institutions have faculty members from a vast array of disciplines who teach, conduct research, and publish on Africa, and whose combined scholarly interests represent the entire African continent. An annual fall African Studies workshop draws scholars from throughout the northeast to Penn for a day-long presentation of papers focusing on recent developments in Africanist scholarship, issues, and debates. Throughout the academic year speakers are invited from a wide spectrum of disciplines, academic and civic institutions, and all parts of the world.






University of Wisconsin-Madison African Studies Program (NRC)

Since its founding in 1849, the University of Wisconsin has been at the forefront of publicly supported higher education, research, and outreach in the United States. The Wisconsin Idea of melding high-quality research and teaching with public service to the state and nation has guided the university for 150 years. Working in this tradition, the African Studies Program led the nation in carving out a prominent place for Africa in the teaching, research, and outreach missions of American universities.



Kansas University African Studies Center (NRC)

The Kansas African Studies Center coordinates and develops the interdisciplinary interests of Africanists across the University of Kansas, and promotes the understanding and study of Africa in the university, the state, and the wider region. The Center’s mission includes the enhancement of curriculum, the sponsorship of research, the organization of conferences, the promotion of special projects, the acquisition of library and related resources, and the implementation of outreach programs. KASC actively pursues funding opportunities to make these activities possible and assist the university in their realization.



Yale University Council on African Studies (NRC)

As part of the MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies, the Council on African Studies (CAS) supports and coordinates the study of Africa within Yale University. Designated by the United States Department of Education as a Comprehensive National Resource Center for the study of Africa, CAS promotes education and scholarly exchange about Africa through its curricula and educational activities open to the general public. Since 1985, CAS has coordinated an Outreach Program aimed at expanding and enhancing knowledge of Africa in educational institutions, the media, business, and government local schools, colleges, and civic groups in Connecticut and throughout New England. Locally, regionally, nationally, and internationally, African studies at Yale builds on a legacy dating back to the study of African languages in the late 18th century. Prior to World War II, Yale became one of the first universities to incorporate African studies into its mainstream curriculum, which led to the formal establishment of the Council on African Studies in the post-war years. The Council has continued its legacy of leadership in African studies into the 21st century through its distinguished scholarship, innovative degree programs and projects, and one of the world’s leading Africana library collections.



University of Minnesota African American and African Studies (NRC)

The Department of African American & African Studies plays an important role in the University’s rich liberal arts tradition. The department’s beginnings in the Morrill Hall takeover of 1969 by students demanding change demonstrate that the academy—and society—often move forward by challenging traditional boundaries and practices.

Today, the department offers students opportunities to explore American cultural diversity and the wide diversity of the African continent. An undergraduate major in African American & African Studies provides students with a systematic and comprehensive understanding of the cultural and historical experiences of African American & African peoples from a multidisciplinary perspective including history, political science, sociology, psychology, literature, music, and art. Courses and faculty are drawn from the department as well as from other units of the University.



Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture

The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture located in Harlem, New York, is a research unit of The New York Public Library system. The Center consists of three connected buildings: The Schomburg Building, the Langston Hughes Building, and the Landmark Building. It is recognized as one of the leading institutions focusing exclusively on African-American, African Diaspora, and African experiences.



The Africa Centre

The Africa Centre exists to promote Africa’s cultural diversity outside of the continent. We serve as a hub to promote creativity and innovation in African art, culture, business and entrepreneurship in London. Throughout our rich, 50-year history, the Africa Centre has inspired, enlightened, challenged and encouraged.

35-47 Bethnal Green Rd, London E1 6LA, United Kingdom
+44 20 7836 1973




Film Programs

Focus Features’ Africa First Program

Focus Features and Focus Features International (FFI) together comprise a singular global company, dedicated to producing, acquiring, financing, selling, and distributing original and daring films from emerging and established filmmakers, films that challenge mainstream moviegoers to embrace and enjoy voices and visions from around the world. The company’s flexible and nuanced approach to distribution allows it to support a wide range of films, from those geared to a single local market to worldwide hits. The company operates as Focus Features domestically, and as Focus Features International overseas.



Sundance Diversity Initiative

Sundance Institute has defined diversity as one of the core values driving the Institute’s work. The Diversity Initiative at Sundance encompasses our efforts in all programs of the organization to reach into new communities of storytellers and audiences across regions, genres, ethnicities, gender and orientation.




Africiné (French)

Website of the African Federation for Cinematic Critique. Africiné acts as a French-language database on African cinema, which includes reviews, essays, and interviews, as well as information on films, directors, actors, distributors, and festivals. The site also publishes the journals African Screen and Asaru.

Africultures (French)

The Africultures website takes the paper edition of the journal a step further, providing additional information on and in-depth analysis of contemporary cultural expressions in Africa and the diaspora.

The website offers a host of extremely popular interactive services that can be accessed from the home page (classified ads, competitions, forums, reader initiatives, articles by readers, etc.) as well as a range of other services that cater to various information needs free of charge. You can also subscribe to the free weekly newsletter, which features news on cultural events.


Arterial Network is a dynamic, civil-society network of artists, cultural activists, entrepreneurs, enterprises, NGOs, institutions, and donors active in Africa’s creative and cultural sectors. Established as a member-based, non-profit organisation, Arterial Network operates as a bilingual network with French and English as its official languages.

Black Camera

An international scholarly film journal, Black Camera constitutes a new platform for the study and documentation of the black cinematic experience in the world.
Publisher: Indiana University

The Black Scholar

The Black Scholar is a peer-reviewed, interdisciplinary journal providing cogent articles that help the understanding of issues of social concern to black Americans and other peoples of African descent across the world.

California Newsreel

California Newsreel has produced and distributed cutting-edge social issue films for activists and educators since 1968. Today it is the oldest, independent non-profit documentary center in the country and the first systematically to integrate media production and distribution with the media needs of contemporary social change movements.

Cineaste Magazine

An American magazine with articles, film reviews, DVD reviews, and book reviews.

Cinema Journal

The Cinema Journal is published by the University of Texas Press on behalf of the Society for Cinema and Media Studies. It covers film studies, television studies, media studies, visual arts, cultural studies, film and media history, and moving image studies.

Publisher: University of Texas Press in cooperation with the Society for Cinema and Media Studies.


CINEMATIQ is the nations only print publication on the art, culture and business of cinematic portrayals dominated by images of the African Diaspora. This magazine highlights and discusses Black images in all films and their makers. The team is made up of artist, enthusiasts, critics,  journalists and scholars of color. Angel Brown independently publishes and distributes CINEMATIQ Magazine under BROWN-ROSS Publishing and will soon publish a monthly digital entertainment supplement for current subscribers. The complimentary supplement will highlight new film, web-series, and one feature along with special events and workshops from around the world. In addition to the hard copy and digital supplement, the official CINEMATIQ Magazine website, www.cinematiqmag.com will be readily available for up-to-date coverage. The site features, exclusive  interviews, articles, profiles, plus CINEMATIQ’s collection of Photo-Journals from red carpets movie premieres to special events including video clips. The site also has a DVD and VOD library of Black theme classics from yesterday and today.

Film Comment

Film Comment is the official publication of the Film Society of Lincoln Center. Founded in 1962 and originally released as a quarterly, Film Comment features reviews and analysis of mainstream, art-house, and avant-garde filmmaking from around the world.

Film Quarterly

Film Quarterly is peer-reviewed, and publishes scholarly analyses of international cinemas, current blockbusters, Hollywood classics, documentaries, animation, and independent, avant-garde, and experimental film and video.

Publisher: University of California Press

Global Media Journal

The African Edition of Global Media Journal is maintained by the Journalism Department of Stellenbosch University in the Western Cape province of South Africa. It was launched in October 2007. It is advised by an editorial board of prominent International Communication scholars from throughout the world and publishes research papers, professional articles, and book reviews.

Publisher: Stellenbosh University Library

Journal of African Cinemas

The Journal of African Cinemas will explore the interactions of visual and verbal narratives in African film. It recognizes the shifting paradigms that have defined and continue to define African cinemas. Identity and perception are interrogated in relation to their positions within diverse African film languages. The editors are seeking papers that expound on the identity or identities of Africa and its peoples represented in film.

Publisher: Intellect Journals

Journal of African Media Studies

The Journal of African Media Studies (JAMS) is an interdisciplinary journal that provides a forum for debate on the historical and contemporary aspects of media and communication in Africa.

Publisher: Intellect Journals

Jump Cut

Jump Cut: A Review of Contemporary Media is run on a nonprofit basis by its staff and is not affiliated with or supported by any institution. Begun in 1974 as a film publication, Jump Cut now publishes material on film, television, video, new media, and related media and cultural analysis. As a print publication till 2001, Jump Cut circulated 4000 copies per issue in North America and internationally to a wide range of readers including students, academics, media professionals, political activists, radicals interested in culture, film and video makers, and others interested in the radical analysis of mass culture and opposition media. Now, with free online access, our readership is much larger and more international.

The Moving Image

The Moving Image explores topics relevant to both the media archivist and the media scholar. The Moving Image deals with crucial issues surrounding the preservation, archiving, and restoration of film, video, and digital moving images. The journal features detailed profiles of moving image collections; interpretive and historical essays about archival materials; articles on archival description, appraisal, and access; behind-the-scenes looks at the techniques used to preserve, restore, and digitize moving images; and theoretical articles on the future of the field.

Publisher: University of Minnesota Press

NKA Journal of Contemporary African Art

Where no art history exists, critical journals and other related platforms are crucial to molding its discourse and involve all the intellectual processes that such an undertaking implies. In a newly developing field such as contemporary African art, a critical journal should play a significant role in creating the very discourse of the discipline itself.

Nka represents a step forward in that direction. The field of contemporary African and African Diaspora art has been neglected within the art historical debate. Despite growing interest in the field and the modernist and postmodernist experience, most mainstream art periodicals have marginalized African and Diaspora arts in general, let alone the contemporary forms. The few journals that exist in the field of African art either focus primarily on the ethnographic and the so-called traditional or authentic art forms, or give a cursory and mostly superficial look at the contemporary forms. Hence, Nka serves as an urgently needed platform, filling a serious gap in the field. It would be right to say that it has in a short period placed contemporary African art in a global perspective and brought significant aspects of contemporary African culture to the awareness of the world.

Publisher: Duke University Press

Revue Noire

Contemporary arts from Africa and the world. Created in 1990 by Jean Loup Pivin, Simon Njami, Pascal Martin Saint Léon and Bruno Tilliette, thereafter joined by N’Goné Fall, the team REVUE NOIRE showed contemporary artistic creativity of the African continent, at that time absent in the art world. In French and English.

Screen is the leading international journal of academic film and television studies. From video art to popular television, from Hollywood to Hong Kong, from art cinema to British film finance, Screen authors cover a wide range of issues, both contemporary and historical, from a variety of disciplinary perspectives. Each quarterly issue combines substantial scholarly essays with reports and debates on conferences and current research, along with book reviews.

Publisher: Oxford University Press

Screening NOIR: A Journal of Black Film, Television, & New Media Culture

Screening NOIR critically explores representations of blackness through the scope of screen culture regarding a range of topics ranging from genre studies, spectatorship and reception, media aesthetics, etc..

Publisher: African, African American Caucus of the Society for Cinema and Media studies (SCMS), in cooperation with the University of California, Santa Barbra

8th Annual Family Day Celebration- Now on Sunday, September 20th, 2015

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Due to inclement weather this weekend, the 8th Annual Family Day Celebration on Governors Island has been postponed until Sunday, September 20th!

A fun and engaging cultural experience awaits New Yorkers of all backgrounds as the 8th edition of African Film Festival Inc.’s Family Day Celebration returns to Governors Island on Sunday, September 20th, 2015. Fun-seeking individuals of all ages are invited to join African Film Festival, Inc. and the Trust for Governors Island for this exciting and entertaining day-long celebration of African and African diaspora arts and culture. A one-of-a kind, kid-friendly event, Family Day will feature FREE activities including story-telling, double-dutch, dance and drum, and needlepoint. Free dance classes with esteemed instructors from USA, Senegal, Brazil and Guinea will also take place during the celebration topped off with a selection of short films highlighting the best talent from Africa and its diaspora. Vendors offering the tastiest selections of African food and beverages will be on-site for interested customers. Join us for an enchanting day of music, film and dance!

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WHEN: Sunday, September 13th, 2015; 

Now scheduled for Sunday, September 20th, 2015

TIME: 11:00am -5:00pm

WHERE: Colonels Row on Governors Island, Manhattan

Schedule of Family Day Classes:

Please note that there has been a program change. The first class will begin 

at 12:oo pm. The 11:00 am Zumba Dance Class will not be held.

schedule of events 2015

Selected Short Films:

The Prophecy

Marcia Juzga, Senegal, 2015, 20 min.

The Prophecy is a behind-the-scenes look at the making of Fabrice Monteiro’s photographic project whose objective is to raise the awareness of the Senegalese population and the rest of the world about the environmental issues Senegal is facing by combining art, culture and tradition. The series of surreal photographs details the most representative sites of Senegal’s environmental destruction. The essence of each site is characterized by a Jinn – a supernatural genie omnipresent in African cultures – merging with its environment.




Muzna Almusafer, Oman, 2014, 21 min.

The dark-skinned 11-year-old Cholo meets his fair-skinned younger stepbrother Abdullah for the first time when their father Said arrives in Muscat. Although strikingly different, the boys have great chemistry. Cholo is a 10-year-old boy full of imagination and a great love for nature and life. But jealousy, competitiveness and curiosity arise between the two, as they go through a journey of self-discovery.



Bus Nut

Akosua Adoma Owusu, USA, 2014, 7 min.

Bus Nut rearticulates the 1955 Montgomery Bus Boycott, a political and social protest against U.S. racial segregation on the public transit system of Montgomery, Alabama, and its relationship to an educational video on school-bus safety. Actress MaameYaa Boafo restages a vintage video while reciting press-conference audio of Rosa Parks on a re-created set in New York City.

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The Road We Travel

Aidan Belizaire, Uganda/UK, 2014, 38 min.

After arriving in Uganda without any money, a downtrodden photographer befriends a local taxi driver who offers him a place to stay, forcing him to embrace a culture very different to his own. Through an unlikely friendship, both men realize that despite differences in culture, religion and race, meeting a particular person (either by fate or coincidence) can change your life for the better.



LOCATION: Governors Island-

Please note that this weekend there is a service change on the 1 train line. To get to Governors Island from Manhattan this Sunday, instead of the 1 train visitors can take the 2 or 3 to Chambers Street and then connect to free shuttle buses to South Ferry. Likewise, visitors can take the 4 or 5 train to Bowling Green or the R train 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 Family Day festivities. Ferry service from Brooklyn is also available on weekends. 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. Visitors can also visit www.mta.info for complete details on the MTA’s planned service change for the 1 train this weekend.


Bus Nut

Director: Akosua Adoma Owusu
Country: Ghana/USA
Year: 2014
Running Time: 7 min.
Language: English

bus nut

Bus Nut rearticulates the 1955 Montgomery Bus Boycott, a political and social protest against U.S. racial segregation on the public transit system of Montgomery, Alabama, and its relationship to an educational video on school-bus safety. Actress MaameYaa Boafo restages a vintage video while reciting press-conference audio of Rosa Parks on a re-created set in New York City.

Akosua Adoma Owusu

Biography: Akosua Adoma Owusu is a filmmaker with Ghanaian parentage whose films have screened worldwide in prestigious film festivals, museums, galleries, universities and microcinemas since 2005. One of ArtForum‘s Top Ten Artists and one of The Huffington Post‘s 30 Contemporary Artists under 40, Owusu has exhibited worldwide, including at the Museum of Modern Art, The Studio Museum in Harlem, Rotterdam, Centre Pompidou and London Film Festival. She was a 2013 MacDowell Colony Fellow and a 2015 Guggenheim Fellow. She holds M.F.A. degrees in Film/Video and Fine Art from California Institute of the Arts and received her BA degree in Media Studies and Art with distinction from the University of Virginia, where she studied under the mentorship of prolific avant-garde filmmaker, Kevin Jerome Everson.

(Source: http://akosuaadoma.com/artwork/2956984-Biography.html)

Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:
My White Baby [Me Broni Ba] (2010);
Kwaku Ananse (2014);
Bus Nut (2015)
Reluctantly Queer (2016)

Ajube Kete (2005);
Tea 4 Two (2006);
Intermittent Delight (2007);
Revealing Roots (2008);
Boyant: A Michael Jordan in a Speedo is Far Beyond the Horizon (2008);
My White Baby [Me Broni Ba] (2009);
Drexciya (2010-1);
Split Ends, I Feel Wonderful (2012);
Kwaku Ananse (2013);
Bus Nut (2014)
Reluctantly Queer (2016)


Director: Muzna Almusafer
Country: Oman
Year: 2014
Running Time: 21min.
Language: Swahili with English subtitles


The dark-skinned 11-year-old Cholo meets his fair-skinned younger stepbrother Abdullah for the first time when their father Said arrives in Muscat. Although strikingly different, the boys have great chemistry. Cholo is a 10-year-old boy full of imagination and a great love for nature and life. But jealousy, competitiveness and curiosity arise between the two, as they go through a journey of self-discovery.

Muzna Almusafer

Biography: Muzna Almusafer was born in Madinat Sultan Qaboos in Muscat, Oman. Her admiration for images started at an early age through her father, who is a painter and a photographer. She graduated from Kuwait University majoring in mass communication with a minor in political science and took courses in Swedish cinema and Television culture at Stockholm University. Her first film Niqab was the winner of a student short film competition at the Gulf Film Festival in Dubai. Her second short film Cholo, which won Best Script at the Abu Dhabi Film Festival premiered at the Dubai Film Festival in 2013, and also screened at the Smithsonian Institute’s National Museum of African Arts in Washington D.C. It also screened at Institute de Monde Arabe in Paris, showed on TV5 Monde and on Voice of America Persia.

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

Niqab (2010);
Cholo (2014).

The Gabby Douglas Story

Director: Gregg Champion
Country: USA
Year: 2014
Running Time: 86min.
Language: English


The story of the international gymnastics phenomenon who overcame overwhelming odds to become the first African American ever to be named Individual All-Around Champion in artistic gymnastics at the Olympic Games.

Gregg Champion

Biography: After attending the USC School of Cinema, Gregg Champion apprenticed with several directors including Blake Edwards, Nicholas Roeg, and John Badham, with whom he shared an eight-year association. Champion’s feature producing credits include Blue Thunder,  Short Circuit and Stakeout. Champion also served as the Action-Director on those films as well as the Warner Bros. bicycle racing movie American Flyers starring Kevin Costner.

Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:
The Gabby Douglas Story (2015).

Short Time (1990);
The Cowboy Way (1994);
Sub Down (1997);
Walker Texas Ranger (A Woman’s Place Episode) (1997);
The Simple Life of Noah Dearborn (1999);
The Magnificent Seven (TV Series – 1998 – 2000);
Dodson’s Journey (2001);
The Last Brickmaker in America (2001);
Stealing Christmas (2003);
Miracle Run (2004);
14 Hours (2005);
Amish Grace (2010);
Field of Vision (2011);
The Gabby Douglas Story (2014).

Check out videos of Activism and Art: Personal Journeys in the Diaspora from the 2015 NYAFF!

22nd NYAFF Town Hall Postcard

The 22nd New York African Film Festival opened with a special Town Hall event called Activism and Art: Personal Journeys in the Diaspora. Moderated by international journalist Femi Oke, it featured artists including the socially conscious wordsmith Blitz the Ambassador, the illustrious duo Les Nubians and author of the innovative novel, Powder Necklace, Nana Ekua Brew-Hammond.

Check out a recap below

Full artist interviews:


Director: Tim Johnson
Country: USA
Year: 2015
Running Time: 94min.
Language: English


Oh, an alien on the run from his own people, lands on Earth and makes friends with the adventurous Tip, who is on a quest of her own.

Tim Johnson

Biography: Tim Johnson was born in Chicago. He studied at Northwestern University where he earned a BA in English Literature. He also produced two animated films; both of which earned Richard Grant Organization Awards. Upon graduating, he worked for two years as a freelance animator and director. His introduction to computer animation came in 1985 while he worked on the staff at Post Effects in Chicago. He later joined Pacific Data Images (PDI) in 1988 and two years later co-founded the studio’s Character Animation Group. He also directed the first CG Pillsbury Doughboy commercial. Johnson won two Annie awards on Antz and Over the Hedge, an Audience Award on Over the Hedge, and a Grand Prize for The Simpsons’ “Treehouse of Horror VI”. He served as executive producer for How to Train Your Dragon. He directed Kung Fu Panda Holiday Special and Home, DreamWorks Animation’s 2015 animated feature film adaptation of The True Meaning of Smekday.

(Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tim_Johnson_(film_director))

Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:
Home (2015).

Antz (1998);
Cyberworld – “Antz Segment” (2000);
Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas (2003);
Over the Hedge (2006);
Kung Fu Panda Holiday Special (2010);
Home (2015).

Cuban Roots/Bronx Stories

Director: Pam Sporn
Country: Cuba/USA
Year: 2000
Running Time: 57 mins
Language: English and Spanish with English and Spanish subtitles


Highlights the experience of a black Cuban American famiy, revealing that the Cuban-American experience is more diverse, racially and ideologically, than we are often led to believe.

Pam Sporn

Biography: Pam Sporn is a film maker and teacher. Her documentaries have won several film festival awards. Her work has covered such topics as Cuban cigar rollers, an annual dance, and the story of a family that emigrated from Cuba to the United States, as well as “homelessness, teen pregnancy and police brutality. She has won BRIO awards in 1997, 2007 and 2010. She also won the 2008 Cine Las Americas International Film Festival’s Jury Award for Best Documentary Short for Con El Toque de la Chavetta.

Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs: 
Cuban Roots/Bronx Stories (2015).

Disobeying Orders: GI Resistance to the Vietnam War (1990);
Cuban Roots/Bronx Stories (2000);
Recordando El Mamoncillo [Remembering the Mamoncillo Tree] (2006);
Con El Toque de la Chavetta [With the Stroke of the Chavetta] (2007).


Major Leagues? (¿Grandes Ligas?)

Director: Ernesto Pérez Zambrano
Country: Cuba
Year: 2008
Running Time: 27 mins
Language: Spanish with English subtitles


Major Leagues? follows the Havana women’s baseball team as they train and prepare for the annual March 8 Cup—the only official women’s baseball tournament. Even at this all-female event, the women are expected to have their nails properly polished and their hair done “with a feminine touch.




Ernesto Pérez Zambrano

Biography: Ernesto Pérez Zambrano was born in Havana, Cuba in 1981. He is a director and a scriptwriter of documentaries such as Major Leagues? (2008), Mother, the Earth (2010), Miniature-Universe. Las Caobas (2011) and Las Terrazas, sketch of a Paradise (2012), which have been shown on different editions of the International Festival of the New Latin American Cinema, the ICAIC Festival of Young Filmmakers and many international events.

Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:
Major Leagues? [¿Grandes Ligas?] (2015).

Major Leagues? [¿Grandes Ligas?] (2008);
Las Terrazas, sketch of a Paradise (2012).


Director: Will Gluck
Country: USA
Year: 2014
Running Time: 118 min.
Language: English


Ever since her parents left her as a baby, little Annie (Quvenzhané Wallis) has led a hard-knock life with her calculating foster mother, Miss Hannigan. However, all that changes when hard-nosed billionaire and mayoral candidate Will Stacks (Jamie Foxx) takes her in on the recommendation of his advisers (Rose Byrne, Bobby Cannavale). Stacks believes that he’s Annie’s guardian angel, but the plucky youngster’s confidence and sunny outlook may mean that Annie will save Will instead.

Will Gluck

Biography: A filmmaker with skills in a multitude of areas behind the camera, Will Gluck began his career as a writer on The John Larroquette Show in the mid-’90s. He moved on to write for shows like Working, Grosse Pointe, and The Loop, projects that also helped Gluck become a producer. In 2009, he added director to his résumé, helming the comedy Fired Up, which he followed up the next year with Easy A, starring Emma Stone.

Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:
Annie (2015).

Fired Up! (2009);
Easy A (2010);
Friends with Benefits (2011);
Iceland (2011);
The Michael J. Fox Show (2013);
Annie (2014).