Essays & Articles

Since the first NY African Film Festival in 1993, AFF has cultivated an international network of industry professionals and media scholars to contribute insights to the historical and aesthetic significance of works by filmmakers in Africa and the Diaspora. Our collection of literature complements audience experiences of African cinema with the cultural contexts and production values that inform a finished work. It reflects the aspirations of AFF contributors as well as the directors themselves through interviews, film reviews, essays, and film industry observations.

  • Interview with Jean-Marie Teno
  • By Horst Rutsch
  • Born in 1954, in Famleng, Cameroon, Jean-Marie Teno studied communication at the University of Valenciennes.  Since graduating in 1984 with a degree in filmmaking, he has been living and working in France.  Directing both documentary and fiction, Teno frequently shoots … read more»

  • Universal Refugees: Interview with Cheick Fantamady Camara
  • Director:
  • By Oliver Barlet
  • The film is insisting on the fact that the UN-managed refugee camp remains a no-go area, inaccessible to the police where juvenile delinquents cannot be caught.

    These teenagers find themselves in this no-go area because war has turned them into … read more»

  • African Cuisine…The Abidjan Allocodrome
  • Director: © Isabelle Boni-Claverie / REVUE NOIRE
  • By 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»