Author Archives: jessica

  • In 2016-2017, African Film Festival, Inc. (AFF) celebrates the 21st anniversary of our National Traveling Series. Due to the demand for African films across the country, in 1995 AFF launched the series, which travels to cultural institutions, museums, and read more»

  • Destination: Planet Negro
  • Director: Kevin Willmott
    Country: USA
    Year: 2013
    Running Time: 100 min.
    Language: English

    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. A three-person … read more»

  • Kevin Willmott
  • Biography: Kevin Willmott is a professor of film at the University of Kansas and a film writer and director. He is known for work focusing on black issues including writing and directing Ninth Street, C.S.A.: The Confederate States of read more»

  • MOOZ-lum
  • Director: Qasim Basir
    Country: USA
    Year: 2011
    Running Time: 96 min.
    Language: English

    A young man from a strict Muslim background begins college. Due to the 9/11 attacks, he is pushed to confront his past and make some big decisions.… read more»

  • Qasim Basir
  • Biography: Qasim “Q” Basir is an award-winning filmmaker. He directed his first feature film in 2010, MOOZ-lum, starring Nia Long, Evan Ross and Danny Glover. The coming-of-age tale about a Muslim boy going to college around the September 11 … read more»

  • Roger Allers
  • Biography: is an American film director, screenwriter, storyboard artist, animator and playwright. He is most well known for co-directing the highest-grossing 2D animated film of all time, Walt Disney Animation Studios’ The Lion King, and for writing the Broadway adaptation, … read more»

  • The Prophet
  • Director: Roger Allers
    Country: USA
    Year: 2014
    Running Time: 84 min.
    Language: English

    Exiled artist and poet Mustafa embarks on a journey home with his housekeeper and her daughter; together the trio must evade the authorities who fear that the … read more»

  • The Trials of Muhammad Ali
  • Director: Bill Siegel
    Country: USA
    Year: 2014
    Running Time: 6 min.
    Language: English

    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 … read more»

  • Bill Siegel
  • Biography: Bill Siegel has more than 20 years of experience in documentary filmmaking and education. He co-directed the Academy Award-nominated documentary The Weather Underground; was a researcher on the documentary films Muhammad Ali: The Whole Story and Hoop Dreamsread more»

  • Orisha’s Journey
  • Director: Abdul Ndadi
    Country: USA
    Year: 2014
    Running Time: 6 min.
    Language: English

    Orisha’s Journey is a fantasy tale of a girl’s journey through the spirit world (‘Orisha’ denotes a spirit in Nigerian Yoruba cosmology), who must learn about the … read more»

  • Abdul Ndadi
  • Biography: Abdul Ndadi is an animator from Ghana and Africa is his inspiration. He wants to show another side of Africa besides safaris.

    Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:
    Orisha’s Journey (2016)

    Orisha’s Journey (2016)

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  • Mamadou Dia
  • Biography: Mamadou is a Senegalese director based in New York. He is completing a Master in Filmmaking at the Tisch School of the Arts (NYU). Before moving to the US he worked as a videojournalist and camera operator in Senegal … read more»

  • Contained
  • Director: Mamadou Dia
    Country: USA
    Year: 2015
    Running Time:
    Language: English and French with English subtitles

    Sierra Leone, summer 2014. Abdu is quarantined because he is suspected of having Ebola. Contained alone, he starts to question his health and his … read more»

  • Alfonso Johnson
  • Biography: Alfonso Johnson is an actor/director, who was born and raised in Queens, NY. Alfonso has been performing since the age of 12, where he got his start at the world famous Apollo Theater. Alfonso has trained at the prestigious … read more»

  • Olive
  • Director: Alfonso Johnson
    Countries: USA
    Year: 2016
    Running Time: 6 min.
    Language: English

    Olive is a dramatic relationship film that explores betrayal, heartbreak, and chance encounters. The film was inspired by the song O Mistress Mine written by William Shakespeare … read more»

  • Reluctantly Queer
  • Director: Akosua Adoma Owusu
    Country: Ghana/USA
    Year: 2016
    Running Time: 8 min.
    Language: English

    This epistolary short film invites us into the unsettling life of a young Ghanaian man struggling to reconcile his love for his mother with his love … read more»

  • New York, I Love You
  • Director: Iquo B. Essien
    Country: USA
    Year: 2016
    Running Time: 20 min.
    Language: English

    Viviane is a neurotic, struggling actress given to childish flights of fancy. Kazembe, her actor ex-boyfriend, had been the only constant in her life for the … read more»

  • Help us advance our mission
  • Thank you so much for your support of the African Film Festival!

    For 26 years AFF has connected audiences to the uniquely powerful talent of creators from Africa and her Diaspora. At AFF, we believe that the advancement of African read more»

  • Twaaga (Invincible)
  • Director: Cedric Ido
    Country: France
    Year: 2013
    Running Time: 30 min.
    Language: French, Arab 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 … read more»

  • Cedric Ido
  • Biography: Cedric Ido is a versatile French/Burkinabe artist, author, director, actor and illustrator. He grew up in Stains, a small suburban town near Paris. He considers himself a storyteller. His previous short film, the award winning and critically acclaimed Hasaki read more»