2015 New York African Film Festival Program Guide


The following program guide lists the features and shorts scheduled to screen at the 2015 New York African Film Festival. This guide begins with information on our Opening Night Reception Exhibition. The line-up is then organized alphabetically, and each film or program of films is followed by its showtime and a trailer (if there is an available trailer). To read the full statement on this year’s festival, click here.


Friday, May 1st @ 7:00 pm

The Jerome L. Greene Performance Space
44 Charlton Street
New York, NY 10013

The 22nd New York African Film Festival opens with a special preview program honoring the International Decade of People of African Descent. Join us as we celebrate an exchange between the crème de la crème of interdisciplinary artists from the Diaspora who are lending their voices and insights to the evening. Guests include the socially-conscious wordsmith Blitz the Ambassador, the illustrious duo Les Nubians, who are celebrating their 20th anniversary, Andrew Dosunmu, representing an exciting generation of diasporan and transnational filmmakers, and Nana Brew-Hammond, author of the innovative novel Powder Necklace. This event is moderated by international journalist Femi Oke.


Amphitheater at The Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center – Free & Open to the Public

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This year, the art show at the New York African Film Festival will feature the work of Beninese-Belgian photographer Fabrice Monteiro and will be on display in the Amphitheater at the Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center at Film Society of Lincoln Center from May 6th through May 17th. Based in Dakar, the acclaimed photographer is responsible for some of the most breathtaking and innovative images in recent years. On display will be a digital exhibition of his series “The Prophecy,” environmental-themed photographs that represent the intersection of art, fashion, mythology, and nature.  Working with a collective of other young artists, in “The Prophecy” Monteiro has created searing and imaginative images depicting some of Senegal’s worst-hit areas in order to raise awareness of environmental concerns.


Sandra Krampelhuber, Austria/Senegal, 2014, 62min.
French and Wolof with English subtitles

This documentary offers a vibrant portrait of the youthful and creative arts scene in Dakar, Senegal. The city has long been seen as hub for the arts and 100% Dakar follows many of the creative forces responsible for the current cultural and artistic boom there. Featuring fashion designers, hip-hop musicians, graffiti artists, a photographer, an arts blogger, dancers, and many others, the film reveals a world of people who stand for a passionate, collective, and creative fight against all economic and political burdens in Senegal’s buzzing capital city.

Saturday, May 9th at 4:15pm (Q&A with Sandra Krampelhuber); Tuesday, May 12th at 4pm – Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center, Film Society of Lincoln Center

Yaba Badoe, Ghana, 2014, 78min.

The Art of Ama Ata Aidoo explores the artistic contribution of one of Africa’s foremost female 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.

Sunday, May 17, 2:00pm – Maysles Cinema

Gabriel Mascaro, Brazil, 2014, 77min.
Portuguese with English Subtitles

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.

Monday, May 25th, 2:00pm & 6:30pm – BAM Rose Cinemas

Marcel Camus, Brazil, 1958, 106min.
Portuguese with English subtitles

Black Orpheus is the retelling of the Orpheus and Eurydice Greek legend set in Rio de Janeiro during Carnival. Orpheus (Breno Mello), a trolley car conductor, is engaged to Mira (Lourdes de Oliveira) but in love with Eurydice (Marpessa Dawn). A vengeful Mira and Eurydice’s ex-lover, costumed as Death, pursue Orpheus and Eurydice through the intense Carnival night.

Sunday, May 24th, 4:00pm, 6:30pm & 9:00pm – BAM Rose Cinemas

Carey McKenzie, South Africa, 2014, 73min.
English and Xhosa, Sotho and Mandarin with English subtitles

While investigating a smugglers’ turf war in Cape Town, township cop Sizwe stumbles upon police corruption. His boss and mentor, Venske, gives Sizwe the case but assigns a rookie, Legama, to keep an eye on him. After Sizwe discovers that a homicide is linked to Triad (Chinese mafia) through abalone smuggling, a tip from a former comrade leads to a major bust. Despite the seized contraband being stolen within hours, Sizwe is still promoted to detective. It’s a bitter triumph though—he’s being played, and he knows it. In a world where self-interest and corruption have overtaken loyalty and honor, Sizwe is left with no one to trust and integrity demands that he take the law into his own hands.

Wednesday, May 6th, 7pm (Q&A with Carey McKenzie and Tendeka Matatu) – Walter Reade Theater, Film Society of Lincoln Center; Monday, May 11th, 2pm – Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center, Film Society of Lincoln Center

Ngardy Conteh George & Allan Tong, Canada, 2014, 50min.
English and Pidgin English with English subtitles

During Sierra Leone’s civil war, rebels amputated countless limbs. Most of the victims are orphans and outcasts in a society that has yet to face its past. For some of them, only the amputee soccer league offers a chance at a better life. (Screening with Ghosts of Amistad)

Saturday, May 16th, 5:30pm (Q&A with Ngardy Conteh George) – Maysles Cinema

Tony Buba, USA, 2014, 57min.

Ghosts of Amistad follows a group of historians and a film crew to Sierra Leone, as they attempt to interview elders about surviving local memory of the Amistad case. (Screening with Flying Stars).

Saturday, May 16th, 5:30pm (Q&A with filmmakers) – Maysles Cinema

Dare Fasasi, Nigeria /Sweden, 2014, 111 min.
English and Pidgin English with English subtitles

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. 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. A comedy of errors that features some of Nigeria’s finest entertainers.

Saturday, May 9th, 9:45pm – Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center, Film Society of Lincoln Center

Gabriel Mascaro, Brazil, 2013, 76min
Portuguese with English Subtitles

Director Gabriel Mascaro’s engrossing documentary is told in the form of seven vignettes exploring the unique relationships between housemaids and the families they work for in Brazil. Mascaro provided seven teenagers with cameras and asked them to capture the daily routines of their family’s housemaid. From the mundane to the profound, from the humorous to the tragic, the results provide audiences with a glimpse at the complexity of the relationships found between the domestic workers and the families they care for as well as the complex legacy of race and class in modern Brazil.

Saturday, May 23rd, 4:30pm & 9:00pm –  BAM Rose Cinemas

Michel Ocelot, Senegal/France, 1998, 74min.
French 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. Karaba is a stunning and cruel woman, surrounded by fearless and servile fetishes. But no sooner has Kirikou delivered himself from his mother’s womb than he wants to rid the village of Karaba’s curse and understand the cause of her wickedness. His adventure-filled voyage leads Kirikou to the Forbidden Mountain, where the Wise Man of the Mountain, who knows of Karaba and her secrets, awaits him.

Sunday, May 24th, 2:00pm – BAM Rose Cinemas










Jenna Bass, South Africa, 2014, 105min.
English and Xhosa with English subtitles

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.

Friday, May 8th, 9:00pm – Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center, Film Society of Lincoln Center

Electra Weston, France/Germany/USA, 2014, 100min.
English, French, German with English subtitles

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.

Saturday, May 16th, 8:00pm (Q&A with Electra Weston) – Maysles Cinema

Moisés Salama, Spain, 2004, 76min.
Spanish with English subtitles

A detailed look at the denizens of Melillenses, a border city whose people both bridge and personify the immense gaps between Europe and Africa.

Sunday, May 10th, 1:00pm (Introduction by Beatriz Leal-Riesco) – Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center, Film Society of Lincoln Center

Claudia Woloshin, USA/Senegal, 2013, 23min.
English and Wolof with English subtitles

Travel to Senegal with Chef Sean Brock to understand how West Africa influenced the ingredients of America. (Screening with Networks of Hate).

Sunday, May 17th, 4:00pm – Maysles Cinema

Safi Faye, Senegal, 1996, 105min.
Wolof with English subtitles

Mossane (Magou Seck), a beautiful 14-year-old girl from a rural Senegalese village, is the object of affection to many, including Fara, a poor university student—and even her own brother, Ngor. Although she has long been promised as a bride to the wealthy Diogaye, Mossane falls in love with Fara and on her wedding day, she defies her parents’ wishes and refuses to go through with it.

Tuesday, May 12th, 9:00pm (Introduction by Mamadou Niang) – Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center, Film Society of Lincoln Center










Tala Hadid, Morocco/France/UK, 2014, 93min.
Arabic and French with English subtitles

Aïcha, a young orphan, is found alone in the forests of central Morocco, after being taken from her home and sold to a petty criminal. Soon after escaping, she crosses paths with Zacaria, a Moroccan/Iraqi writer, who has left everything behind—including a passionate relationship with a teacher, Judith—to search for his missing brother. The trio’s intersecting journeys lead audiences across Morocco, to Istanbul, the plains of Kurdistan, and beyond.

Monday, May 11th, 6:30pm (Q&A with Tala Hadid and Danny Glover) – Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center, Film Society of Lincoln Center

Dieudo Hamadi, Democratic Republic of the Congo/France, 2014, 92min.
French and Lingala with English subtitles

National Diploma follows a group of Congolese high-school students about to take the state exam in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Dieudo Hamadi’s documentary closely follows them as they prepare for the test, from the benches of the school they are regularly ejected from because they haven’t paid the fees the teachers unfairly inflict upon their students, to the communal house where they gather to study, and the chaotic city streets of Kisangani they walk trying to find a living.

Sunday, May 10th, 9:00pm – Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center, Film Society of Lincoln Center

Rokhaya Diallo, France, 2014, 52min.
French with English subtitles

Key areas of expression, today’s social and internet networks have become an outlet through which the most racist, homophobic, and sexist ideas are expressed.

Sunday, May 17th, 4:00pm (Q&A with Rokhaya Diallo) – Maysles Cinema

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David Čálek, Czech Republic/Kenya/Somalia, 2014, 85min.
Czech, English, Somali with English subtitles

Intending to make a film about piracy in Somalia, the filmmakers of Pirating Pirates had no idea that they’d have to lay their original plans aside. The film takes a surprising turn as they become entangled in a web of lies and deception.

Thursday, May 14th, 7:00pm (Q&A with the producer) – Maysles Cinema

Carlos Agulló and Mandy Jacobson, South Africa, 2014, 84min.
English, French, Portuguese, Afrikaans, Spanish with English subtitles

A fascinating account of off-the-books diplomacy in the 1980s, Plot for Peace is that rare documentary that both augments the historical record and is paced like a thriller. “Plot” tells the little-known tale of Jean-Yves Ollivier, a French commodities trader who made his fortune doing business, he says, in “difficult countries” — including the internationally shunned South Africa. In 1981 he concluded that apartheid was unsustainable and began to use his contacts to help make sure its end came peacefully.

Thursday, May 7th, 6:30pm (Q&A with Jean-Yves Ollivier and Mandy Jacobson) – Walter Reade Theater, Film Society of Lincoln Center

Jide Tom Akinleminu, Denmark/Germany, 2013, 75min.
Danish, English, Yoruba with English subtitles

Portrait of a Lone Farmer is a feature documentary about a Danish-Nigerian family torn apart by geography. When Jide, for the first time in five years, visits his father’s poultry farm, we see through his camera the unfolding of a story about family, love, and legacy. It is a quiet and stunning portrait of a broken family trying to heal.

Saturday, May 16th, 4:00pm (Q&A with Jide Tom Akinleminu) – Maysles Cinema

Marcia Juzga, Senegal, 2015, 20min.
French and Wolof with English subtitles

Concerned about the environmental issues facing Senegal, photographer Fabrice Monteiro, in collaboration with the designer Jah Gal, created “The Prophecy,” a project with the objective of raising awareness among the Senegalese population and the rest of the world. The project’s series of surrealist photographs detail the sites most representative 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. The documentary The Prophecy details the creative and technical process behind the making of the photographs. (Screening with 100% Dakar – More Than Art)

Saturday, May 9th at 4:15pm; Tuesday, May 12th at 4pm – Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center, Film Society of Lincoln Center

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Bazi Gete, Israel, 2014, 80min.
Amharic and Hebrew with English subtitles

Meseganio Tadela, 74, immigrated to Israel from Ethiopia 28 years ago with his family. He has chosen to zealously retain his culture, talks very little, and hardly speaks Hebrew. After losing his wife, Meseganio sets out on a journey that leads him through his children’s homes. He comes to realize that he belongs to a rapidly disappearing class that believes in retaining Ethiopian culture. As this harsh reality begins to hit him, he struggles to survive according to his own rules.

Friday, May 8th, 6:45pm (Q&A with Bazi Gete); Sunday, May 10th, 4:15pm (Q&A with Bazi Gete) – Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center, Film Society of Lincoln Center

Aidan Belizaire, Uganda/UK, 2014, 38min.
English and Swahili with English subtitles

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. (Screening with National Diploma)

Sunday, May 10th, 9:00pm – Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center, Film Society of Lincoln Center

Philippe Lacôte, France/Ivory Coast, 2014, 100min.
French with English subtitles

Run finds shelter with fellow dissident Assa (Isaach de Bankolé) after assassinating the Prime Minister of the Ivory Coast. While in hiding, Run’s story is revealed in three separate flashbacks—his childhood with Tourou, when his dream was to become a rainmaker; his adventures with Gladys, the competitive eater; and his past as a young member of a militia, amid conflict in the Ivory Coast—which together speak volumes about contemporary life in the troubled country. Philippe Lacôte’s feature-film debut is a mesmerizing coming-of-age tale, alternately dreamlike and ultra-realistic.

Monday, May 11th, 9:00pm (Q&A with Isaach de Bankolé and Philippe Lacote) – Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center, Film Society of Lincoln Center

Petter Ringbom, South Africa, 89min.
English, Afrikaans, and Zulu with English subtitles

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.

Friday, May 22nd, 7:00pm (Q&A with Petter Ringbom) – BAM Rose Cinemas

Mickey Madoda Dube, South Africa, 2011, 100min.

This film celebrates the life of Robert Mangaliso Sobukwe, restoring him to his rightful place as a leading figure in South African history. Despite his pivotal role in the struggle for liberation (and as the founder of the Pan Africanist Congress), there isn’t a single piece of archive of the man who was once one of the most watched, recorded, and popular political prisoners in the world. Even the current South African government has failed to recognize his place in history and the relevance of his message today. Mickey Madoda Dube’s film seeks to fill that gap, standing as a monument to a great man, a global visionary, teacher, political leader, philosopher, and humanist who was well ahead of his time, declaring his commitment to a “non-racial” society in a racist world by asserting that “there is only one race, the human race.”

Wednesday, May 6th, 9:00pm (Introduction and Q&A by Micky Madoda Dube) – Walter Reade Theater, Film Society of Lincoln Center; Friday, May 8th, 4:00pm – Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center, Film Society of Lincoln Center

“SPECIAL Work-in-Progress Screening”
French with English subtitles

Senegalese political documentary

Sunday, May 10th, 6:30pm – Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center, Film Society of Lincoln Center

Jim Chuchu, Kenya, 2014, 62min.
English and Swahili with English subtitles

Created by the members of The Nest Collective, a Nairobi-based arts collective, the film is an anthology of five shorts dramatizing true stories of LGBT life in Kenya.

Thursday, May 7th, 9:00pm – Walter Reade Theater, Film Society of Lincoln Center; Monday, May 11th, 4:00pm – Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center, Film Society of Lincoln Center

Celine Gilbert, Tanzania, 2000, 30min.
Swahili with English subtitles

In the tranquil setting of a small fishing community on the east coast of Zanzibar, a fire is raging in the hearts of three young individuals and the entire community feels the heat. Surrender is a story about Amri, a man trapped between the traditional role of the family man his father expects him to fulfill, and his personal desire for Mashua, a local fisherman. (Screening with Stories of Our Lives)

Thursday, May 7th, 9:00pm – Walter Reade Theater, Film Society of Lincoln Center; Monday, May 11th, 4:00pm – Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center, Film Society of Lincoln Center

Abderrahmane Sissako, Mauritania, 2014, 97min.
Arabic, Bambara, French, Songhay, and Tamashek with English subtitles

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.

Saturday, May 23rd, 2:00pm & 6:45pm – BAM Rose Cinemas

Ibrahim El Batout, Egypt, 2012, 96min.
Arabic with English and French subtitles

Set against the momentous backdrop of the whirlwind protests of Cairo’s Tahrir Square that began on January 25th, 2011, this film by independent director Ibrahim El Batout takes us on a compellingly raw, starkly moving journey into the lives of activist Amr (Amr Waked), journalist Farah (Farah Youssef) and State Security officer Adel (Salah AlHanafy) as they experience a shifting reality in the days and nights leading up to the resignation of President Mubarak. Winter of Discontent poetically evokes the pivotal events that changed the face of Egypt forever. As the stories of these characters unfold, we are propelled into the heady, often surreal atmosphere of terror, uncertainty and mass euphoria that surrounded those days that shaped history, and that continue to do so. It exposes the anger, the deceits and the lies that people faced every day during the years of Moubarak’s rule.

Monday, May 25th, 4:00pm & 8:45pm – BAM Rose Cinemas

David Paul Meyer, South Africa/USA, 2011, 84min.

The Daily Show’s new host, Trevor Noah, was born to an interracial couple in South Africa, at a time when such a union was illegal. You Laugh But It’s True reveals the story of an outsider who has somehow figured out a way to relate to everyone through his comedy.

Friday, May 15th, 7:30pm – Maysles Cinema

Sonia Gámez, Spain, 2013, 54min.
Spanish with English subtitles

A documentary focusing on the Morabitos, or Marabouts, important sites of religious pilgrimage in northern Morocco, and the precarious situation they are now in due to repression from Islamic radicals. (Screening with Melillenses)

Sunday, May 10th, 1:00pm (Introduction by Beatriz Leal-Riesco) – Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center, Film Society of Lincoln Center










Teddy Goitum, Benjamin Taft and Senay Berhe, Kenya/Angola/Senegal/Ghana/South Africa/Sweden, 2015, 140min (28min x 5 episodes).
English, French and Portuguese with English subtitles

Afripedia is a five-part short documentary series produced by the Swedish collective Stocktown. Shot in Kenya, Ghana, Angola, Senegal, and South Africa, each of the five episodes focus on a different group of artists and creators in their respective country.


Through the stories of its key talents, Afripedia, Kenya takes an intimate look at Nairobi’s urban culture scene and its leading personalities and stars. Meet 3D-artist, Andrew Kaggia, creator of a 3D-animated political short film, taking you to his futuristic vision of Nairobi and proving that disability is never inability. Afro-futuristic pop band and DIY-enthusiasts, Just a Band redefine music videos, while visual artist, Cyrus introduces us to his remarkable collection of “Boobs,” created solely with found materials.


Welcome to Angola, home of heavy electro music known as kuduro. Follow us across the pulsating city of Luanda, as we delve into the kuduro revolution and meet the people charting its course. Afripedia, Angola portrays a city bursting with creativity and discovers the capital from an alternative viewpoint. Get swept away by a line-up of emerging talents such as transsexual superstar Titica, wordsmith genius artist Nástio Mosquito, producer MC Sacerdote, and more.


In Afripedia, Senegal, we meet fashion designer Selly Raby Kane, who sculpts the digital image of a future alien city in an old railway station. Photographer Omar Victor Diop playfully reimagines Hollywood’s most iconic images with a Senegalese twist, while dancer Khoudia Roodia is organizing and building for a future where Africa dominates street dance. Beatmaker Fanny from the Ivory Coast is defying society’s boundaries to create a future for female artists and organizers.


The whispers among those in the know are saying that Accra is the next big hotspot for African cultural production and Afripedia, Ghana suggests they’re not wrong. Meet outspoken and androgynous music star Wiyaala, as well as exciting trick-bikers whose BMX skills and flamboyant style have taken neighborhoods by storm. Visual artist Afrogallonism puts on extraordinary outdoor performances to highlight environmental issues. Welcome to Creativity!


Twenty years after liberation, Afripedia, South Africa portrays a diverse new generation. Starting out in in Cape Town, we meet up with the video game label 2bop and the inventor of the new limpop music genre, Gazelle. Continuing on to Johannesburg, we join heavy metal band Ree-burth for a block party and take a tour around Soweto with the local style-setters Smarteez and their colorful street-savvy fashion.

Saturday, May 9th, 6:3opm (Q&A with Teddy Goitom) – Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center, Film Society of Lincoln Center


Eliciana Nascimento, Brazil, 2014, 20min.
Portuguese with English subtitles

A young girl named Lili connects with her Afro-Brazilian religious heritage on a summer visit with family to their ancestral village in rural Brazil. During her stay, she encounters orishas (African gods) who help her find peace with a gift that had previously vexed her.

Nicole Mackinlay Hahn, USA/Burkina Faso, 2015, 11min.
French and Mooré with English subtitles

Seeking to undo stereotypes about African women by looking at the professional lives of women in Burkina Faso, the film talks to a firefighter, a swimmer, a mushroom biologist, a mechanic, an astrophysicist, a rapper, and more—allowing women (all inspired by the legendary Princess Yennenga) to give voice to their own unique experience.

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Nova Scott-James, USA/Botswana, 2014, 5min.
English and Setswana with English subtitles

Handmade in Thamaga chronicles the founding and work of Bothlalo Centre, a women’s pottery collective and business in the small rural village of Thamaga, Botswana.


Akosua Adoma Owusu, Ghana/USA, 2014, 7min.

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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Monique Mbeka Phoba, Belgium/Democratic Republic of the Congo, 2014, 24min.
French with English subtitles

Set in the Belgian Congo in the 1950s, Sister Oyo tells the story of Godelive, a schoolgirl at the Catholic boarding school Mbanza-Mboma, the premier French-language school for Congolese girls. She is to be westernized, following the will of her parents, but the memory of her grandmother intervenes…

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Muzna Almusafer, United Arab Emirates/France, 2014, 21min.
Swahili with English subtitles

The dark-skinned 11-year-old Cholo meets his fair-skinned younger stepbrother Abdullah for the first time. Although strikingly different, the two boys enjoy a crackling chemistry.

Libby Dougherty, South Africa, 2014, 25min.
English and Zulu with English subtitles

From the moment that Tshepo, a security guard, breaks through Jenny’s multi-locked door to save her, she feels as if she’s been swept off her feet. But as Jenny imagines herself falling in love with him, an unhealthy, delusional obsession begins to take shape.

Tuesday, May 12th, 6:00pm (Introduction by MaameYaa Boafo and Nova Scott-James) – Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center, Film Society of Lincoln Center


Eka Christa Assam, Cameroon, 2013, 26min.
Pidgin with English subtitles

Set in a small village at the foot of Mount Fako in Cameroon, Beleh examines the relationship between Ekema and his heavily pregnant wife, Joffi. The difficulty she faces in her first pregnancy is made worse by the petulant and selfish demands of her irate and uncompromising husband. Things come to a head when one morning, the situation mysteriously changes in the village and there’s a total role reversal between the sexes. Ekema (who’s the only one who seems to be aware of the change) gets to experience a day as a pregnant man and his experiences throw a whole new light on his view of Joffi’s feelings.

Lovinsa Kavuma, Zanzibar / Tanzania, 2013, 25min.
Swahili with English subtitles

In Zanzibar, Seif, a 28-year-old heroin addict believes he is cursed. In a battle to be free from a life where he contracted HIV, Seif seeks help from a Shiek. In a spiritual exorcism, the curse from his past is conjured up. Having confronted his demons, only time will tell whether Seif can lead a clean life as a true Muslim.

Ekwa Msangi, Kenya/USA, 2014, 22min.
Kiswahili and Sheng with English subtitles

When her mom gets sick, Kibibi’s dad must take her to the market to get her hair braided before school begins. Soko Sonko is a hilarious, fish-out-of-water roller-coaster of a journey, about a well-intended dad who goes where no man has gone before… because only women have been there.

Kaouther Ben Hania, Tunisia/France, 2013, 23min.
Arabic with English subtitles

Five-year-old Amira lives with her mother in a small apartment in Tunis. On the day that she’s supposed to return to the Koranic school, Amira was dearly wishing to enjoy the few remaining hours of her holiday. She managed to find nothing better to do than to attach her hand to the chair with super glue…

Friday, May 22nd, 9:30pm – BAM Rose Cinemas

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