Author Archives: jessica

  • The Shore Break
  • Director: Ryley Grunenwald
    Country:  South Africa/Pondo
    Year: 2015
    Running Time: 90 min.
    Language: English and Xhosa

    Amid the tumult of the Arab Spring in Cairo, vendors in a small souk observe the political upheaval while seeking to preserve … read more»

  • Ryley Grunenwald
  • Biography: Ryley Grunenwald’s directorial and producing debut, The Dawn of a New Day (2011), won Best Director and Best Cinematographer of a Documentary at the 2012 South African Film and Television Awards. She participated in the 2013 IDFA Worldview Summer … read more»

  • The Tentmakers of Cairo
  • Director: Kim Beamish
    Country: Australia/Egypt
    Year: 2015
    Running Time: 98mins.
    Language: Arabic

    Amid the tumult of the Arab Spring in Cairo, vendors in a small souk observe the political upheaval while seeking to preserve an ancient tradition of fabric making. … read more»

  • Kim Beamish
  • Biography: Kim Beamish is an award winning Australian filmmaker who has recently spent the last three years living in Cairo, Egypt, documenting the effects of Egypt’s revolution and ongoing turmoil on a community of ordinary Egyptians. He studied at the … read more»

  • When Film Is a Festival
  • By Jeffrey Ruoff
  • While millions of Americans experience the rise and fall of summer blockbusters, enthusiastic audiences see radically different movies in jam-packed theaters. I’m not thinking of your local multiplex, where the latest Woody Allen movie might sneak onto one of the … read more»

  • 2015 Lagos, Nigeria: Lights, Camera, Africa!
  • AFF is proud to again partner with The Light House for the 5th Lights Camera Africa!!! Film Festival taking place in bustling Lagos, Nigeria from September 30th through October 4th! This year’s theme, “Future Forward,” presents an assembly of bold … read more»

  • Universities, Centers, Libraries and Film Programs
  • USA

    The Sonja Haynes Stone Center for Black Culture and History at the University of North Carolina and African Studies Center (Title VI National Resource Center)

    The Sonja Haynes Stone Center for Black Culture and History at the University of … read more»

  • Journals
  • Africiné (French)

    Website of the African Federation for Cinematic Critique. Africiné acts as a French-language database on African cinema, which includes reviews, essays, and interviews, as well as information on films, directors, actors, distributors, and festivals. The site also publishes … read more»

  • Bus Nut
  • Director: Akosua Adoma Owusu
    Country: Ghana/USA
    Year: 2014
    Running Time: 7 min.
    Language: English

    Bus Nut rearticulates the 1955 Montgomery Bus Boycott, a political and social protest against U.S. racial segregation on the public transit system of Montgomery, Alabama, and … read more»

  • Akosua Adoma Owusu
  • Biography: Akosua Adoma Owusu is a filmmaker with Ghanaian parentage whose films have screened worldwide in prestigious film festivals, museums, galleries, universities and microcinemas since 2005. One of ArtForum‘s Top Ten Artists and one of The Huffington Post‘s 30 Contemporary read more»

  • Cholo
  • Director: Muzna Almusafer
    Country: Oman
    Year: 2014
    Running Time: 21min.
    Language: Swahili with English subtitles

    The dark-skinned 11-year-old Cholo meets his fair-skinned younger stepbrother Abdullah for the first time when their father Said arrives in Muscat. Although strikingly different, the … read more»

  • Muzna Almusafer
  • Biography: Muzna Almusafer was born in Madinat Sultan Qaboos in Muscat, Oman. Her admiration for images started at an early age through her father, who is a painter and a photographer. She graduated from Kuwait University majoring in mass communication … read more»

  • The Gabby Douglas Story
  • Director: Gregg Champion
    Country: USA
    Year: 2014
    Running Time: 86min.
    Language: English

    The story of the international gymnastics phenomenon who overcame overwhelming odds to become the first African American ever to be named Individual All-Around Champion in artistic gymnastics at … read more»

  • Gregg Champion
  • Biography: After attending the USC School of Cinema, Gregg Champion apprenticed with several directors including Blake Edwards, Nicholas Roeg, and John Badham, with whom he shared an eight-year association. Champion’s feature producing credits include Blue Thunder,  Short Circuit and … read more»

  • Home
  • Director: Tim Johnson
    Country: USA
    Year: 2015
    Running Time: 94min.
    Language: English

    Oh, an alien on the run from his own people, lands on Earth and makes friends with the adventurous Tip, who is on a quest of her own.… read more»

  • Tim Johnson
  • Biography: Tim Johnson was born in Chicago. He studied at Northwestern University where he earned a BA in English Literature. He also produced two animated films; both of which earned Richard Grant Organization Awards. Upon graduating, he worked for two … read more»