Essays

  • African Cuisine…The Abidjan Allocodrome
  • Isabelle Boni-Claverie
  • The night is studded with stars. Not in the sky, but at human height, swinging flimsily. Shadows flicker inside these brief yellow shafts then disappear, blurred by a screen of thick smoke, swallowed up by the surrounding darkness. A vague … read more»

  • Anna Boden
  • Biography: Born in 1976 in Berkeley, California, Anna Boden is an American film director, cinematographer, editor, and screenwriter best known as the co-writer of the 2006 film Half Nelson. She is also famous for her collaborations with fellow filmmaker … read more»

  • Abidjan’s Lout
  • Isabelle Boni-Claverie
  • A real bad boy, in the true sense of the word, is an outlaw. A boy who comes from the back streets. He is against society. Abou Bourguiba, ex-boss of the Mapless, one of the main gangs in Treichville

    The … read more»

  • Coming of Age in Nigerian Moviemaking
  • Tunde Adegbola
  • The 1970s signalled the beginning of indigenous efforts in Nigerian filmmaking. Francis Oladele made Kongi’s Harvest written by Wole Soyinka in 1971 and soon after that, Ola Balogun made Alpha in Paris. Balogun later followed with other works like … read more»

  • Ghanaian Popular Cinema and the Magic in and of Film
  • Birgit Meyer
  • Since the late 1980s, a booming video feature film industry evolved in Ghana. While established filmmakers both within and outside the state-owned Ghana Film Industry Corporation (GFIC) found it extremely difficult to generate funds for film production, formally untrained people … read more»

  • African Cinema in the Nineties
  • Mbye Cham
  • For African cinema, the final decade of this century has been a mixed bag of promises, hopes, achievements, and continued struggle and frustration with the same set of issues and challenges that have always confronted filmmakers throughout the continent. Hopes … read more»

  • Ouaga Hip Hop Festival
  • Muriel Placet-Kouassi
  • Ouagadougou is much more than the capital of Burkina Faso, it is one of the cultural capitals of the world. The city hosts several major festivals: the International Craft Show of Ouagadougou, the Festival International de Théâtre et de Marionnettes … read more»

  • The African Slave Trades: Across the Indian Ocean
  • Anonymous
  • The Arab world’s lost memory of African enslavement dominated the panel discussions that followed the screening of The African Slave Trades: Across the Indian Ocean. The film’s narrator, Nigerian writer and Nobel Laureate Wole Soyinka, noted that “each time an … read more»

  • Expanding Artistic Horizons
  • Joyce White
  • The tall sentry at Paris’s Branly Museum greeted me with its left arm stretched above its head, palm forward, breasts sagging. Its neatly bearded regal face was cut with minute scarification and set above a long and graceful neck draped … read more»

  • Sembene Remembered
  • Sean Jacobs
  • On Tuesday, May 27, 2008, AFF co-produced a very special evening at the French institute Alliance Français, titled “Homage To Ousmane Sembène.” The evening began with a screening of a short documentary directed by Mamadou Niang on the life of … read more»

  • Cinema
  • Emilie de Brigard
  • Soon after its invention in France in 1895, cinema came to Africa. Over the next century, its development was shaped by European colonialism and its postcolonial aftermath. By 2005, however, African cinema had come of age. In the beginning, only … read more»

  • Sembène the Ceddo*
  • Olivier Barlet
  • Young Ousmane was not predisposed to become the master of African cinema. His family, fishermen from Zinguidor, wasn’t wealthy or from a noble background. But when he was born in 1923, Casamance had just been “pacified”, after three centuries of … read more»

  • AFF 2006 Outdoor Series
  • Rumbidzai Bwerinofa
  • Hello, it’s me again, the African Film Addict, and I am still addicted. However, this year, I gave up the summer to work on improving myself professionally (whatever that means). When I received the emails and postcards about the New … read more»

  • 55th Berlin Film Festival Focuses on Africa
  • Ogova Ondego
  • The 55th edition of the Berlin International Film Festival was special to me in the sense that it not only focused on Africa and an African film won the Golden Bear, but that the world’s second largest audiovisual event imparted … read more»

  • News Clipping: 2005
  • Screenings of the AFF Traveling Series at the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston coincide with a major exhibition entitled African Art Now: Masterpieces from the Jean Pigozzi Collection. The exhibition will present thirty-one contemporary artists from fifteen African … read more»

  • The 2004 Dhow Awards
  • Kimani wa Wanjiru
  • FEATURE FILMS

    Golden Dhow
    Maargam
    Directed by Rajiv Vijay
    India, 2003, 108 mins.

    An understanding evolves between a daughter and her father as they undertake a journey together that takes them through the feudal paths of the father’s ancestral village … read more»