22nd National Traveling Series



January – February 2018


We are pleased to announce the film roster for the 22nd edition of the African Film Festival
National Traveling Series, which is scheduled to run from January through November
2018. The film titles for this edition of the Traveling Series are listed below. These films are
programmed as a cohesive unit along with promotional materials (photos, press kits,
copies of brochures when available) and education/curriculum information.

The 2018 AFF National Traveling Series package consists of seven films from our 2017
New York African Film Festival, which was presented under the theme “The Peoples’
Revolution.” Illuminating the new wave of artists throughout Africa and its diaspora seeking
reform and effecting it via sociopolitical action, this year’s edition of the National Traveling
Series spotlights these individuals who exist where values of human rights, civic duty, and
the democratic, unrestricted nature of technology increasingly become interdependent.
Within this sphere, ideas of identity, culture, and notions of “home” are rewired, functioning
in ways markedly distinct from previous generations.

If you are interested in programming the series at your institution or organization or for
more information, please contact travelingseries@africanfilmny.org.


SHORTS


BOXING GIRL
Iman Djionne, Senegal, 2016, 26min.
In Wolof and French with English subtitles
Boxing girl is a coming‐of‐age tale about Adama, a bored 17-year-old hairdresser who finds redboxing gloves after getting hit by a motorbike. But as soon as she puts them on, she gets mysteriously carried away all over the city of Dakar. Mentally and physically put to the test, she will have to fight her demons to face the ultimate fight.



About the Director:
Iman Djionne
studied economics before pursuing her passion for film and attending a film course in the US. There, she directed her student film In the Jam and gained experience on film sets. She then decided to return to Senegal where she now works as a freelancer directing music videos, corporate videos and documentaries. Boxing Girl is her first short film.

MARABOUT
Alassane Sy, Senegal, 2016, 18min.
In Wolof and French with English subtitles
Marabout is the story of police detective Diagne who pursues a group of street kids in the city of Dakar after they steal from him, only to learn about the dangers they are exposed to in their daily lives.



About the Director:
Alassane Sy is a Mauritania-born actor and director who relocated to Senegal in the mid-eighties. In his late teens, Sy moved to Paris and later New York, where he worked as a mode. A magazine shoot brought him to the attention of photographer and director Andrew Dosunmu, who cast him as the lead for his feature film Restless City. Now based in London, Sy starred in Jonas Carpignano’s film Mediterranea, which was nominated for the Critics Choice Awards at the 2015 Cannes Festival. Sy has gone on to star in numerous films, including White Colour Black.

 

SAMEDI CINEMA
Mamadou Dia, Senegal, 2016, 11min.
In Fulani, Wolof and French with English subtitles
In a small town in the north of Senegal, two young avid cinephiles are desperate to see a movie on the big screen of their local cinema before it closes its door forever.



About the Director:
Mamadou Dia is a Senegalese director currently based in New York. His stories are rooted in daily realities inspired from his life growing up in Senegal and traveling across the continent. His shorts have been selected for international festivals such as the African Film Festival, Toronto Film Festival and Venice Film Festival inter alia. Samedi Cinema has been screened at numerous film festival around the world and was selected Best Short Film at the Festival Image et Vie in Senegal, 2016.

 

TWAAGA
Cedric Ido, France, 2013, 30min.
In French, Arabic and Mooré with English subtitles
Burkina Faso in 1985 is a country in the throes of revolution. Manu, a young boy who loves comics, tags along with Albert, his big brother. When Albert decides to undergo a magic ritual, Manu realizes there are real powers to rival those of superheroes.



About the Director:
Cedric Ido is a versatile French/Burkinabe artist, author, director, actor and illustrator. He grew up in Stains, a small suburban town near Paris. His short film, the award winning and critically acclaimed Hasaki ya Suda, was exhibited worldwide in festivals such as Fespaco, Toronto, Cracovie, Durban, Dubai, Venice and others. His directing work also includes documentaries such as Un Stains de musique, in which he followed several artists from his hometown Stains, and recorded their struggle to exist through their art. As an actor, Cedric starred in several TV series, as well as many films, such as Miracle at St. Anna by Spike Lee (2008) and Les enfants du Pays (2006) with Michel Serrault.


FEATURES


THE AFRICAN WHO WANTED TO FLY
Samantha Biffot, Gabon/France/Belgium, 2016, 70min.
In French and Chinese with English subtitles
1979. Gabon, Central Africa. Luc, a 9-year old boy sees for the first time a Kung Fu movie and its a revelation: Chinese can fly. It becomes Luc’s obsession to fly like them. Luc has now been living for 31 years in China, mastering wushu, acting in Kung Fu movies. How did this little boy manage to become the first African to enter the Shaolin temple at the age of 14 in 1985, master traditional secret techniques following his dream?



About the Director:
Gabonese director and screenwriter Samantha Biffot was born in Paris in 1985. She grew up abroad between Asia and Africa and came back to Paris to follow cinema studies. After working in several productions companies in Paris, she went back to Gabon in 2010 where she started her own production company developing TV series, documentary and movies. As of today, she already won the prize for “Best African Series” at FESPACO 2013.

GREEN WHITE GREEN
Abba Makama, Nigeria, 2016, 102min.
In English and Pidgin with English subtitles
Green White Green (GWG) explores social and political views common in Nigeria through a humorous lens. The 3 major characters are incidentally from the 3 major ethnics groups. This formula automatically creates room to play around with various ethnic and cultural stereotypes. It’s also a story about classism, how certain people from certain economic brackets think and behave. GWG also illustrates just how similar we are in our diversity and prejudices. It’s a film made by youth and created for youth and explores some interesting social themes. The film was shot on location in Lagos, Nigeria.



About the Director:
Abba Makama is an award winning filmmaker and the founder/creative director of OSIRIS. He has a degree in Business Management from SUNY Fredonia and studied film at New York University. In May 2014, he was commissioned by AL JAZEERA to direct NOLLYWOOD: Something from Nothing and was nominated for best documentary film at the 2016 African Movie Academy Awards. His feature film Green White Green was selected for the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival, the 2016 Stockholm International Film Festival, Berlin Critics Week 2017 and the Spirit of Fire Festival in Khanty Mansisky Russia. The film won Best Nigerian Film at the 2016 African International Film Festival. Abba is also a painter, art enthusiast and has a deep interest in Freudian and Jungian Psychology.

PLAY THE DEVIL
Maria Govan, Trinidad & Tobago/Bahamas/USA, 2016, 92min.
In English
A young man torn between reality and opportunity – Gregory, a gifted working-class teenager from Paramin, stars in a theater play that brings him to the attention of James, an affluent businessman. The two men strike an uncanny friendship as James takes Greg under his wing, pushing him to discover himself professionally, creatively, and intimately. Confused, Greg must at once deal with the return of his drug- addicted father, and navigate through the early days of adulthood. As Carnival Monday approaches and the locals prepare for the annual male initiation parade, Greg must confront James – an act that will culminate in life changing events for him.



About the Director:
Maria Govan is a self-taught filmmaker from the island of New Providence in the Bahamas. After working on sets in Hollywood, she returned home and began making small guerilla-style local documentaries, including “Junkanoo: The Heartbeat of a People,” “Where I’m From: HIV and AIDs in the Bahamas,” and “A Man with a Voice: The Life of Norman Solomon,” to name a few. In 2004, she moved to New York and began writing her first narrative film, “Rain”, which premiered at the 2008 Toronto International Film Festival and won numerous awards internationally. numerous awards internationally.