Looking Back, Looking Forward: 20 Years of the New York African Film Festival

Looking Back Looking ForwardTo commemorate twenty years of the New York African Film Festival, over thirty of the
continent’s most vibrant cinematic voices reflect upon the reasons that led them to dedicate their lives to filmmaking and the new challenges and opportunities for African cinema in the future. The filmmakers’ words reveal their own unique experiences and help us discover the richness and singularity of Africa’s cinematic history, illuminating new trends in contemporary African cinema and emphasizing the role of the African filmmaker as a cultural and political mediator in our highly interconnected world.
The directors’ insights are accompanied by detailed biographies and filmographies, as well as in-depth essays by filmmakers Férid Boughedir, Osvalde Lewat, and Femi Odugbemi, and renowned film programmer Richard Peña. The publication also has been honored with a statement from distinguished filmmaker Abderrahmane Sissako. Together, they create an intergenerational audiovisual map of the continent.
Featuring contributions from Ahmad Abdalla, Moussa Sène Absa, Balufu Bakupa-Kanyinda, Jean-Pierre Bekolo, Faouzi Bensaïdi, Isabelle Boni-Claverie, Cheick Fantamady Camara, Yara Costa, Daouda Coulibaly, Yemane I. Demissie, Angèle Diabang, Andrew Dosunmu, Jihan El-Tahri, Taghreed Elsanhouri, Hawa Essuman, David ‘Tosh’ Gitonga, Alain Gomis, Wanjiru Kairu, Mama Keïta, Tunde Kelani, Judy Kibinge, Ekwa Msangi-Omari, Djo Tunda wa Munga, Jean Odoutan, Akosua Adoma Owusu, Xoliswa Sithole, Lonesome Solo, Charlie Vundla, and Zelalem Woldemariam.
As has been our goal throughout the two decades of the New York African Film Festival,
we are giving a privileged space to the newest voices from the continent and the diaspora
to celebrate more than fifty years of African cinema while continuing to look toward
the future.
With the support of The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, we are proud to
present this unique complement to the two volumes of our landmark anthology series
Through African Eyes.

Through African Eyes | Vol. 2 | Conversations with The Directors

Survey African cinema through candid, revealing conversations with over twenty of the continent’s most vibrant cinematic voices, from veteran to emerging directors. Renowned filmmakers lend their voices to one-on-one interviews and group conversations, exploring African cinema as a whole and revealing their own unique experiences. Together, they illuminate trends in contemporary African cinema, ranging from emerging regional film industries to evolving gender dynamics, and the re-definition of the term “African filmmaker.” African Film Festival, Inc., has been in the unique position of charting the development of African cinema for the past two decades; now in our 20th year, we are proud to present volume two of our landmark anthology series, Through African Eyes.

Featured conversations: Moustapha Alassane with Gaston Kaboré; Haile Gerima with Mbye Cham; Ngozi Onwurah with Simon Onwurah; Fanta Régina Nacro with Guetty Felin; Tsitsi Dangarembga with June Givanni; Zézé Gamboa with Yara Costa Pereira; Mama Keïta and Zeka Laplaine with Caroline Pochon; Jean-Michel Kibushi Ndjate Wooto with Paula Callus; Kamal El Mahouti and Brahim Fritah with Rasha Salti; Xoliswa Sithole with Nomsa Mwamuka; Cheick Fantamady Camara with Françoise Bouffault; Lancelot Imasuen, Seke Somolu, and Omelihu Nwanguma with Kaine Agary; George Amponsah and Zina Saro-Wiwa with Oladipo Agboluaje; François Verster and Rehad Desai with Kristin Pichaske; Jihan El-Tahri with Alonzo Rico Speight; Osvalde Lewat and Katy Lena Ndiaye with Aurélien Bodinaux; Judy Kibinge, Wanuri Kahiu, and Lupita Nyong’o with Ekwa Msangi-Omari; Dyana Gaye with James Schamus; and Ousmane Sembene with Mamadou Niang and Samba Gadjigo.

Featuring essays by: Mamadou Diouf, Sean Jacobs and Adam Esrig, Jean-Marie Teno, Beti Ellerson, and Mamadou Niang, and forward by Richard Peña, Program Director of The Film Society of Lincoln Center.

Through African Eyes | Vol. 1 | Dialogues with The Directors

Through African Eyes: Dialogues with the Directors surveys African cinema through candid revealing conversations with twenty of its most original and celebrated filmmakers. From the pioneers in the industry to the emerging generation they are all bonded by their need to tell stories to shed light on African realities and to shape the future images of the continent. Having been in the unique position of charting the development of African cinema for the past decade African Film Festival Inc. proudly presented this important anthology during its 10th anniversary season.

Featured Interviews: Ousmane Sembene with Samba Gadjigo Mweze Ngangura with Mbye Cham Safi Faye with Zeiba Monod Kwaw Ansah with Letebele Masemola-Jones Gaston Kaboré with Baba Hama Abderrahmane Sissako with Kwame Anthony Appiah Flora Gomes with Frieda Ekotto Idrissa Ouedraogo with Olivier Barlet Cheick Oumar Sissoko with Danny Glover Jean-Marie Teno with Jonathan Nossiter Roger Gnoan M‚ÄôBala with Dan Talbot Balufu Bakupa-Kanyinda with Mamadou Niang Jean-Pierre Bekolo with Christine Tully-Sitchet Moussa Sene Absa with Prerana Reddy Mahamat Saleh Haroun with A.O. Scott Wanjuri Kinyanjui with Dommie Yambo-Odotte Alain Gomis with Jonathan Demme Tunde Kelani with Dorothy Désir Theo Eshetu with Keith Shiri and Dumisani Phakathi with Xoliswa Sithole.

Critical Essays by: Françoise Pfaff Teresa Hoefert de Turégano and Jude Akudinobi with foreword by Richard Peña Program Director of the Film Society of Lincoln Center.