The 23rd New York African Film Festival (NYAFF) opens with a special live, interactive town hall meeting featuring the Digital Diaspora Family Reunion (DDFR) on Sunday, May 1st at the Amphitheater of Film Society of Lincoln Center. Developed by artist-filmmaker Thomas Allen Harris, Digital Diaspora Family Reunion Roadshow is a powerful program that helps bridge perceived differences between people and transforms strangers into family.
People of all backgrounds are invited to bring family photos (on phones, Ipads or traditional prints) to the event for a chance to be one of the selected individuals asked to share their family stories, and in the process discover the links that underlie our common humanity as their photos are projected on a large screen for the audience. Those who want to come and simply watch the event as audience members are welcome too.
A special Art & Activism: Personal Journeys panel discussion with creatives from the African Diaspora including Thomas Allen Harris, photographer Delphine Fawundu, musician Ayoinmotion and actress-educator Malika Lee Whitney will follow the interactive family reunion.
The 2016 New York African Film Festival Town Hall Meeting
The Amphitheater at Film Society of Lincoln Center (in the Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center)
Sunday, May 1, 2016, 2:00pm – 4:30pm
144 West 65th Street
New York, NY 10023
This event is free, but registration is requested. Seating is on a first come, first seated basis.
Presented under the theme Modern Days, Ancient Nights: 50 Years of African Film Filmmaking –marking the 50th anniversary of the 1966 Cannes Film Festival debut of Ousmane Sembene’s Black Girl (La Noire de…)— the 2016 New York African Film Festival will present film screenings, artist Q&As, a digital art exhibit, and other ancillary programs. NYAFF is a month- long, multi-venue event taking place at Film Society of Lincoln Center (May 1 and 4—10, 2016); Maysles Cinema (May 13– 15, 2016); and Brooklyn Academy of Music’s BAMcinematek (May 26 – 30, 2016).