Author Archives: jessica

  • Martin Butler
  • Biography: Martin Butler migrated to Australia in 1981 and spent the next 25 years producing award winning documentary reports. In 2009 he teamed up with Bentley Dean to make Contact in the Western Desert of Australia. After Contact he produced … read more»

  • Martha & Niki
  • Director: Tora Mkandawire Mårtens
    Countries: Sweden
    Year: 2015
    Running Time: 93min.
    Language: Swedish with English subtitles

    In 2010, Swedish friends Martha Nabwire and Niki Tsappos were the first-ever female hip-hop dance duo to beat all of their opponents—men included—at the … read more»

  • The Cursed Ones
  • Director: Nana Obiri Yeboah
    Countries: Ghana/UK
    Year: 2015
    Running Time: 95min.
    Language: English

    A series of misfortunes lead a West African village to accuse a young girl, Asabi of witchcraft. Their Pastor insists that salvation lies in her exorcism and … read more»

  • Price of Love
  • Director: Hermon Hailay
    Countries: Ethiopia
    Year: 2015
    Running Time: 99min.
    Language: Amharic with English subtitles

    Teddy, the son of a prostitute who grew up on the streets after his mother’s death, desperately tries to avoid the temptation of his old … read more»

  • Yemanjá: Wisdom from the African Heart of Brazil

  • Director:
    Donna C. Roberts
    Countries: Brazil/USA
    Year: 2015
    Running Time: 52min.
    Language: English and Portuguese with English subtitles

    A documentary film about the Candomblé spiritual tradition in Bahia, Brazil, a vibrant African-derived culture which evolved from slavery’s brutal past. Elder … read more»

  • Tanna
  • Director: Martin Butler and Bentley Dean
    Countries: Australia/Vanuatu
    Year: 2015
    Running Time: 104min.
    Language: Nauvhal with English subtitles

    Tanna is set in the South Pacific where Wawa, a young girl from one of the last traditional tribes, falls in love … read more»

  • Hex
  • Director: Clarence Peters
    Countries: Nigeria
    Year: 2015
    Running Time: 26min.
    Language: English

    Five young people, on their way home after a night in town, accidentally knock down a mysterious hooded man. Bola, a final year medical student, is haunted by … read more»

  • Pastor Paul
  • Director: Jules David Bartkowski
    Countries: USA/Ghana/Nigeria
    Year: 2015
    Running Time: 70min.
    Language: English and Pidgin with English subtitles

    Pastor Paul tells the story of a white tourist in Africa who is cast to play a ghost in a Nollywood film … read more»

  • 23rd New York African Film Festival Statement
  • ‘Modern Days, Ancient Nights: 50 Years of African Filmmaking’

    When Senegalese pioneer Ousmane Sembène premiered his masterpiece Black Girl at Cannes in 1966, it was the first time a Sub-Saharan feature film was accepted in the European cinema mecca. The … read more»

  • Nick Reding
  • Biography: Nick Reding was born in 1962 in the UK. He had already built up a substantial career in acting such as The Constant Gardener and Blood Diamond, when he founded Nairobi Sponsored Arts For Education (SAFE) in 2001. … read more»

  • Jacques Dubuisson
  • Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:
    Imûhar ().

    Specola (1980);
    The Laws of Hospitality (1980);
    Film for Resistance
    Rea el, The Forgotten Vizir (1991);
    After Rain
    Imûhar (1997);
    Brundibar (2014).

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  • Akin Omotoso
  • Biography: Akin Omotoso is a writer, actor, and director. He was born in 1974 in Nigeria and grew up in the university town of Ife where he found his first love- writing. In 1992, his family moved to South Africa … read more»

  • Léonce Ngabo
  • Biography: Léonce Ngabo was born in Burundi in 1951. He received a Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry in Algiers. In addition to being Director of the School of Telecommunications in Bujumbura, Ngabo also made many recordings as a singer and founded … read more»

  • Bentley Brown
  • Biography: Bentley Brown is a producer and director from Dallas, Texas. In 1999, at the age of 11, he moved with his family to Chad. Since 2004, Brown and his soccer team mate Abakar Chene Massar have been working together … read more»

  • Okepne Ojang and Kyle O’Donoghue
  • Biography: Okepne Ojang was born in Cameroon in 1978 and moved to South Africa in 1998. Ojang was introduced to film informally and after a number of years learning the ropes, he acquired a solid understanding of the production of … read more»

  • Solveig Norlund
  • Biography: Solveig Nordlund is a Swedish-Portuguese filmmaker. Nordlund grew up in Stockholm and earned a BA degree in Art History from the University of Stockholm. In 1962, she met Alberto Seixas Santos, whom she married, and her interest in cinema … read more»

  • Mark Your Calendars!
  • It’s almost that time of year again! The 2016 New York African Film Festival (NYAFF) will be back with new and exciting films (and some classics too!). Under the banner of Modern Days, Ancient Nights: 50 Years of African Filmmakingread more»