2016 AFF SUMMER SERIES SCHEDULE

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It’s that time of year again!
Movies? Check!
Live Music? Check!
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Our summer outdoor series is back and we cannot wait to welcome you to various NYC parks, as we celebrate the summertime with wonderful programs like Cinema Under the Stars and our annual Family Day Celebration on the amazing Governors Island.


Friday, May 20th – RasTa: A Soul’s Journey at East Elmhurst Playground, Queens

RasTa: A Soul’s Journey, Stuart Samuels, Canada, 2011, 93mins

RasTa: A Soul’s Journey tells the story of the journey of Rita and Bob Marley’s granddaughter, Donisha Prendergast, to eight countries around the world to explore the roots and evolution of Rastafari. Her journey takes her to places where her grandfather’s captivating performances and his message are still fondly remembered. The documentary boasts an uplifting and inspiring reggae soundtrack that features established as well as emerging contemporary, reggae stars such as Humble, Matisyahu and Damian Marley. This exciting mix of travel, music and culture packs a powerful punch that will appeal to audiences around the world.

This is a FREE event! Music by DJ PHD starts at 7:00pm, followed by the film screening.

Presented in collaboration with SummerStage

Visit www.cityparksfoundation.org/event/dj-phd-screening-rasta/ for more info.


Thursday, June 2 – Jazz on A Summer’s Day at Corona Golf Playground, Queens

Jazz on a Summer’s Day, Bert Stern and Aram Avakian, USA/Finland, 1960, 85mins

Jazz On A Summer’s Day captures the sounds and performances of some of the major jazz artists at the 1958 Newport Jazz Festival. Unlike earlier jazz movies that had been filmed in smoky black and white, this is shot in vibrant color. While musicians such as Louis Armstrong, Thelonious Monk, Anita O’Day and Mahalia Jackson perform, images of beaches, sailboats on water, dancing couples and the faces of joyful audience members are intercut into the proceedings.

The screening follows a dance class session with The Lorenz Latin Dance Studio at 7:00pm. This event is free and open to the public

Presented in collaboration with SummerStage

Visit www.cityparksfoundation.org/event/lorenz-latin-dance-screening-jazz-on-a-summers-day/ for more info.


Friday, June 3 – Kirikou and the Wild Beasts at Brookville Park, Queens

Kirikou and the Wild Beasts, Michel Ocelot and Benedicte Galup, France, 2005, 75 mins

Lilliputian hero Kirikou must outwit the evil witch Karaba in order to save his village in this follow-up to Michel Ocelot’s animation masterpiece Kirikou and the Sorceress, produced by Didier Brunier (The Triplets of Belleville). Based on West African folk tales, with a soundtrack featuring songs by Youssou N’Dour, Rokia Traore, and others, Kirikou and the Wild Beasts proves that spirit, not size, is the key to overcoming all odds.

The screening follows a dance class session with Edge School of the Arts at 7:00pm.
This event is free and open to the public

Presented in collaboration with SummerStage

Visit www.cityparksfoundation.org/event/edge-school-of-the-arts-screening-kirikou/ for more info.


Monday, June 13 – Afripedia at Saratoga Park, Brooklyn

Afripedia: Ghana, Senay Berhe, Teddy Goitom, Benjamin Taft, Ghana/Sweden, 2014, 28mins (Total: 84mins)

As Africa changes, and the world’s perception of it changes, the images of Africa and Africans need to change too. Afripedia is a collaborative, multi-part project profiling a new generation of artists from across the continent. This program brings together three documentaries from the Afripedia series, examining the vibrant and rising artistic communities in Ghana, Kenya, Ivory Coast and Senegal. Viewers meet outspoken androgynous music star Wiyaala; 3D artist Andrew Kaggia, who unveils his vision of Nairobi; fashion designer Selly Raby Kane, who sculpts the digital image of a future alien city in an old railway station; and many others.

Directors Teddy Goitom and Senay Berhe will be present for the screening. Music by DJ Hard Hittin’ Harry will start at 7:00pm followed by the screening. This event is free and open to the public.

Presented in collaboration with SummerStage

Visit www.cityparksfoundation.org/event/summerstage-hard-hittin-harry-screening-afripedia-qa/ for more info.


Sunday, June 26 – Queen Nanny: Legendary Maroon Chieftainess at Betsy Head Park, Brooklyn

Queen Nanny: Legendary Maroon Chieftainess, Roy T. Anderson, Jamaica, 2015, 59mins

Nanny was a queen captured in her homeland and forcibly transported across the Atlantic Ocean in the belly of a slave ship. In the New World, she rose up to become the leader of a new nation—of free Africans. However, not many people outside of Jamaica know about the legendary warrior chieftainess of the Jamaican Maroons. She is the only female among Jamaica’s seven national heroes, and her likeness appears on the country’s $500 bill, yet little is known about her. This landmark documentary, conceived by award-winning Jamaican-born, New Jersey–based filmmaker Roy T. Anderson and history professor Harcourt T. Fuller, unearths and examines this mysterious figure, who led a band of former enslaved Africans in the rugged and remote interiors of Jamaica in their victory over the British army during the early to mid-18th century.

Music by DJ Gringo will start at 7:00pm followed by the screening. This event is free and open to the public.

Presented in collaboration with SummerStage

Visit www.cityparksfoundation.org/event/summerstage-screening-queen-nanny-legendary-maroon-chieftainess/ for more info.


Friday, July 1 – Africa United at Bronx Museum of the Arts

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Africa United, Debs Gardner-Paterson ,Rwanda/UK, 2010, 90mins

Africa United tells the extraordinary story of three Rwandan children and their bid to achieve their lifelong dream to take part in the opening ceremony of the 2010 Football World Cup in Johannesburg.

Featuring a special performance by Dayramir Gonzales & Habana enTRANCE. Music by DJ Asho at 6pm. This event is free and open to the public.

Presented in collaboration with Bronx Museum FIRST FRIDAYS! and Asho Productions

Visit http://www.bronxmuseum.org/events/first-fridays-outdoor-film-screening-in-collaboration-with-the-new-york-african-film-festival for more info.


Monday, July 11 – Destination: Planet Negro! at Jackie Robinson Park, Harlem

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Destination: Planet Negro!, Kevin Willmott, USA, 2015, 98mins

In 1939, a group of African American intellectuals come up with an ingenious and unlikely response to Jim Crow America — leave the planet and populate Mars. Using technology created by George Washington Carver, a three-person crew (plus one rambunctious robot) lift-off in Earth’s first working spaceship on a mission that will take them to a world not unlike present-day America. Their spacey adventure illuminates some hard truths about American culture, and threatens to undermine the time-line of history along the way.

The sunset screening follows a live set by DJ Stormin’ Norman at 7:00pm. This event is free and open to the public.

Presented in collaboration with Reel Harlem Historic Harlem Parks Film Festival 2016

Visit https://www.nycgovparks.org/parks/historic-harlem-parks/events/2016/07/11/reel-harlem-historic-harlem-parks-film-festival-2016 for more info.


Tuesday, July 19 – Afripedia at Celebrating African Film with BRIC FLIX, Brooklyn

Afripedia: Ghana, Senay Berhe, Teddy Goitom, Benjamin Taft, Ghana/Sweden, 2014, 28mins (Total: 84mins)

As Africa changes—and the world’s perception of it changes— the images of Africa and its people need to change too. Afripedia is a collaborative, multi-part project profiling a new generation of artists from Africa and the Diaspora through film, digital media, online platforms, and more. Join us on Tuesday, July 19 for a free, not-to-be-missed screening of Afripedia’s Senegal, Ghana, and New York film series. The screening will be followed by a special discussion with Afripedia co-directors, Teddy Goitom and Senay Berhe.

Directors Teddy Goitom and Senay Berhe will be present for a Q&A as will artist Delphine Diallo, who is featured in Afripedia x New York. This event is free and open to the public, and is first come, first served.

RSVP here

Presented in collaboration with BRIC FLIX

ABOUT BRIC FLIX
BRIC FLIX is a free film screening and conversation series at BRIC House. Offering premieres, shorts, and web series projects that reflect the excitement, diversity, and creativity of the borough— BRIC FLIX is where Brooklyn comes for film.
Each screening is followed by a discussion with the filmmakers, artists, curators and more.

Visit http://www.bricartsmedia.org/events-performances/celebrating-african-film for more info.


Wednesday, August 3 – Kirikou and the Wild Beasts and Orisha’s Journey at Clove Lakes Park, Staten Island

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Kirikou and the Wild Beasts, Michel Ocelot and Benedicte Galup, France, 2005, 75 mins

Lilliputian hero Kirikou must outwit the evil witch Karaba in order to save his village in this follow-up to Michel Ocelot’s animation masterpiece Kirikou and the Sorceress, produced by Didier Brunier (The Triplets of Belleville). Based on West African folk tales, with a soundtrack featuring songs by Youssou N’Dour, Rokia Traore, and others, Kirikou and the Wild Beasts proves that spirit, not size, is the key to overcoming all odds.

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Orisha’s Journey, Abdul Ndadi, USA, 2014, 6 mins

Rooted in African myth, Orisha’s Journey is about a little girl and the power of imagination. Orisha, who doesn’t believe in fables finds herself in one.

The screenings follow a music set by DJ Djib Sayo at 7:00pm. The event is free and open to the public.

Presented in collaboration with SummerStage

Visit http://www.cityparksfoundation.org/event/summerstage-kirikou-and-the-wild-beasts/ for more info.


Thursday, August 4 – Lamb at Queens Museum, Queens

Lamb, Yared Zeleke, Ethiopia, 2015, 94mins
Lamb, Yared Zeleke, Ethiopia, 2015, 94mins

Ephraim is a young Ethiopian boy who recently lost his mother as a result of drought. His father leaves him and his beloved pet sheep, to be looked after by distant relatives, Ephraim isn’t very good at farming, but he has a hidden talent: he is an excellent cook. One day, his uncle tells him that they have to sacrifice his sheep for the next religious feast. The young boy, however, is ready to do anything to save his only friend and return home.

Special performance by Arki Sound. This event is free and open to the public.

Presented in collaboration with Queens Museum

Visit http://www.queensmuseum.org/events/passport-thursdays-outdoor-international-dance-music-film-series-2-2 for more info.


Friday, August 5 – Afripedia at Joyce Kilmer Park, Bronx

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Afripedia, Senay Berhe, Teddy Goitom, Benjamin Taft, Ghana/Sweden, 2014 (Total: 84mins)

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 countries. Join us for the Senegal, Ghana, and Kenya episodes!

Special performance by The Cimarron Project. Music by DJ Asho. This event is free and open to the public.

Presented in collaboration with Bronx Museum FIRST FRIDAYS! and Asho Productions

Visit http://www.bronxmuseum.org/events/first-fridays-outdoor-film-screening-in-collaboration-with-the-african-film-festival_3 for more info.


The KIDflix Film Fest of Bed-Stuy! – Every Friday in August at Fulton Park, Brooklyn
Kidflix 2016

Friday, August 5th – The Trials of Muhammad Ali

The Trials of Muhammad Ali, Bill Siegel, USA, 2013, 94min

The Trials of Muhammad Ali covers the explosive crossroads of Ali’s life. When Cassius Clay becomes Muhammad Ali, his conversion to Islam and refusal to serve in the Vietnam War leave him banned from boxing and facing a five-year prison sentence. Ali’s choice of belief and conscience over fame and fortune resonates far beyond the boxing ring, striking issues of race, faith and identity that continue to confront us all today.

Pre-screening entertainment TBD. This event is free and open to the public.

Presented in collaboration with MoCADA and Black Girls Rock!

About the KIDflix Film Fest of Bed-Stuy
The KIDflix Film Fest of Bed-Stuy is a free annual film festival for kids and their families. The festival has taken place in Bedford-Stuyvesant since 2000, and is now in its 17th season. It is held every Friday night in August in Fulton Park.

Stay tuned for more KIDflix screenings and other upcoming summer programs!