SEMBENE! NYC RUN EXTENDED!

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In 1952, Ousmane Sembene, a dockworker and fifth-grade dropout from Senegal, began dreaming an impossible dream: to become the storyteller for a new Africa.

SEMBENE! tells the unbelievable true story of the father of African cinema, the self-taught novelist and filmmaker who fought, against enormous odds, a 50-year battle to return African stories to Africans. SEMBENE! is told through the experiences of the man who knew him best, colleague and biographer Samba Gadjigo, using rare archival footage and more than 100 hours of exclusive materials. A true-life epic, SEMBENE! follows an ordinary man who transforms himself into a fearless spokesperson for the marginalized, becoming a hero to millions.

SEMBENE! will be shown at Lincoln Plaza Cinemas beginning Friday, November 6th. Directors Samba Gadjigo and Jason Silverman will be in attendance for Q&As for select screenings on Friday, November 6th, Saturday, November 7th, and Sunday, November 8th. Click here for tickets and show times.

Lincoln Plaza Cinemas is located at 1886 Broadway, New York, NY 10023 (between 63rd and 62nd Streets).

SEMBENE! directed by Samba Gadjigo and Jason Silverman, USA/Senegal, 2015, 82min

Upcoming NYC Screenings: Miners Shot Down & Crumbs

 

The Coalition of Peace Organizations of the U.N. is presenting a screening of Miners Shot Down on Friday, October 16th at 7:30. This FREE event will take place at the Malcolm X and Dr. Betty Shabazz Memorial and Educational Center.

Presented in Association with The Source Magazine and AFF.

MINERS SHOT DOWN Trailer from Icarus Films on Vimeo.

In August 2012, mineworkers in one of South Africa’s biggest platinum mines began a strike for better wages. Six days later, the police used live ammunition to brutally suppress the strike, killing 34 and injuring many more. What emerges is the country’s first post-colonial massacre. Miners Shot Down follows the strike from day one, showing the courageous but isolated fight waged by a group of low paid workers against the combined forces of a mining company, the ANC government and their allies in the National Union of Mineworkers.

Director Rehad Desai will be present for a post-screening discussion.

Free admission. Donations will be accepted.

The Malcolm X and Dr. Betty Shabazz Memorial and Educational Center is located at:

3940 Broadway
(between W. 165th & 166th streets)
New York, NY 10032


The Ethiopian surrealist sci-fi, Crumbs will be opening in New York on Friday, October 23rd at Cinema Village.

Crumbs is set against the background of spectacular post-apocalyptic Ethiopian landscapes, where the film finds a strange-looking scrap collector, Gagano. Alternately gripped by daydreams and constant fears, the diminutive Gagano has had enough of collecting the priceless crumbs of decayed civilization, including the most valuable: merchandise from Michael Jackson and Michael Jordan. When a spaceship that has been hovering high in the sky for years starts showing signs of activity, Gagano has to overcome his fears – as well as a witch, Santa Claus and second-generation Nazis — to discover things aren’t quite the way he thought.

Click here for showtimes and tickets! The filmmaker, Miguel Llanso, will be in attendance at the 7:15pm and 9:15pm shows on Friday and Saturday!

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 15TH: AFF and Doc Watchers Present Cuba: An African Odyssey at Maysles Cinema

 

Doc Watchers & African Film Festival, Inc. are proud to present a screening of Cuba: An African Odyssey at Maysles Cinema in Harlem on Thursday, October 15th at 7:00 pm.

Cuba: An African Odyssey
Directed by Jihan El-Tahri
2006 | 118 mins | Egypt/South Africa/France

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The Previously Untold  Story of Cuba’s Support for African Revolutions

From Che Guevara’s military campaign to avenge Lumumba in the Congo up to the fall of apartheid in South Africa, 300,000 Cubans fought alongside African revolutionaries. Cuba: An African Odyssey is the previously untold story of Cuba’s support for various African revolutions, one of the Cold War’s most vigorous contests over resources and ideology. This film attempts to understand the world today through the saga of these Cuban internationalists who won every battle but ultimately lost the war.

The film screening will start at 7:00 pm and will be followed by a reception.

Price: $10 suggested donation fee

Location: Maysles Cinema at 343 Malcolm X Blvd. (Lenox Blvd) between 127th & 128th Streets, Harlem, NY 10027

For more details, please fee free to visit the Facebook event page

https://www.facebook.com/events/535167943303549/

AFF Co-Presenting Films at 2015 Margaret Mead Film Festival

 

African Film Festival, Inc. is proud to be co-presenting a collection of amazing films related to the African experience at the American Museum of Natural History’s annual documentary festival, the Margaret Mead Film Festival later this month: Circus Without Borders, The Shore Break and The Tentmakers of Cairo.

The 2015 Margaret Mead Film Festival runs from October 22-25 at the American Museum of Natural History. This annual documentary film festival, founded in honor of anthropologist Margaret Mead, hosts movie screenings, video installations, conversations, and events that increase our understanding of the peoples and cultures that populate our planet.

Use the discount code MEAD10 and get 10% off of your ticket purchase for any film in the festival. 

In an era defined by mobility and transformation, the artists and filmmakers of this year’s festival explore thresholds and boundaries of all kinds—geographic, cultural, personal, and metaphysical—that define contemporary life across Earth. They bring diverse worlds to the screen while highlighting the essential qualities that connect us all.

AFF Co-Presentations at the Margaret Mead Film Festival

Circus Without Borders
Susan Gray, Linda Matchan, and Northern Light Productions
2015 | 70 minutes | Canada, Guinea, U.S.A.
New York Premiere | Directors in Attendance
Showing Thursday, October 22 at 7:00pm

World-class acrobats and good friends Guillaume Saladin and Yamoussa Bangoura come from very different corners of the globe—the Canadian Arctic and Guinea, West Africa. Despite the distance, they share the same vision: to bring hope and change to their struggling communities through circus. Seven years in the making, this riveting and uplifting story of their two circus companies—Artcirq and Kalabanté—and  the culture-crossing collaborative performance that unites them has the propulsive drama of a gripping work of fiction. Wrapped up in the narrative swirling around these two driven, charismatic men are the parallel plights of the Inuit and Guinean youth they’re committed to helping—the suicide, poverty, and despair that haunts their isolated communities, and the resilience and joy that characterize the tenacity of their collective dream.

The Tentmakers of Cairo
Kim Beamish
2015 | 98 minutes | Australia, Egypt
U.S. Premiere | Director in Attendance
Showing Friday, October 23 at 9:30pm

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. The result is a fascinating microcosm of a transitioning nation. In the wake of President Hosni Mubarak’s ouster, street celebrations turn to conflict—shops burn to the ground, propaganda spreads, and the fraternal spirit of the marketplace is shattered. The Tentmakers of Cairo traces this story from the beginning and follows each character as they develop with the times. Filmmaker Kim Beamish captures some of the most remarkable close-up footage of one of the defining political crises of the decade.

The Shore Break
Ryley Grunenwald
2015 | 90 minutes | South Africa, Pondo
U.S. Premiere | Director(s) in Attendance
Showing Saturday, October 24 at 7:30pm

Pondoland’s Wild Coast provides a dramatic setting for a high-stakes saga that casts a new light, and accompanying shadows, across the landscape of South Africa. Spurred by an Australian mining company’s plan to exploit local titanium deposits, two cousins—one a tour guide committed to protecting the environment and culture of her home, the other an entrepreneur eager to usher in modernity and profit it will bring—clash in a vicious battle for the hearts and minds of their neighbors. As the national government intervenes with a plot to oust Pondoland’s eco-friendly royal family, tensions between the cousins and their supporters in the split community reach a fever pitch. Featuring an arresting score by a local musician, exquisite footage of Pondoland’s natural wonders, and ingenious interludes of sand animation that focus and amplify the drama, The Shore Break is a skillfully realized story that poses difficult questions about morality, idealism, and opportunism in the global economy.

2015 AFF SUMMER SERIES SCHEDULE

Movies? Check! Live Music? Check! Free? Check! The Summer Series is back and we at AFF cannot wait to welcome you and yours to various NYC venues, as we celebrate the summertime with wonderful programs like “CINEMA UNDER THE STARS” set throughout various NYC Parks, and our “FAMILY DAY CELEBRATION” on the beautiful Governor’s Island.

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Happy Thanksgiving from the African Film Festival!

A SPECIAL NOTE OF GRATITUDE FROM AFF!

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With 2014 rapidly coming to a close, we wish to thank you all for the immense support you’ve shown to African Film Festival, Inc. (AFF)! From your attendance at our various events, to the donations you give, the re-tweets, the re-posts, the word of mouth, we know we couldn’t have had such a spectacular year without your dedication to what we do.

In 2015, AFF will turn 25! That’s more than two decades of memorable flagship festivals, countless education programs, impactful community programs, national film series touring across the country, summer film screenings under the stars and cultural activity workshops across the five boroughs of New York City, and international programs focused on the expansion and significance of African arts and culture!

AFF has introduced and shaped the role of two generations of African filmmakers, performers, and visual artists to American and international audiences. The voices of these artists have been captured and brought to life through their celebrated film works available in AFF’s DVD store as well as three comprehensive anthology books published by AFF. We also continue work on and improve our ever-growing online directory that offers unparalleled resources that serve as a reference for students, scholars and anyone interested in African and African diaspora arts and culture.

As we commemorate our silver anniversary in 2015, AFF will present year-round programs dedicated to tracing the ‘Footprints of Africa’– the impact made on cultures throughout the world by Africans and their descendants. In addition, next year, the 22nd edition of the New York Film Festival will also look at the strides made by women as we celebrate the 15th anniversary of the 2000 program ‘Women in Media.’

We hope to continue serving New York and the world with the best films and visual arts genres from Africa and its diaspora. At the end of the day, AFF is a community-oriented entity that cannot prosper without the continued support of those who believe in our mission!

In the spirit of the holiday season, please consider making a gift to AFF today. Your help can pave the way for the organization to continue its mission of bringing you the best of African and African diasporan arts and culture, by making a tax-deductible donation:

Thank you!

Save the Date for Governors Island!!

AFF’s Annual Family Day Celebration returns on Sunday, September 7, from 11:00am – 5:00pm!

RAIN DATE: Sunday, September 14, 11:00am – 5:00pm.

GI8The sights and sounds of Africa are just a seven-minute ferry ride away! Please join African Film Festival, Inc. and the Trust for Governors Island for this exceptional all-day celebration on Governors Island. This event will feature FREE dance classes with world-renowned choreographers and master teachers from USA, Brazil, Senegal, and Guinea.

There will also be FREE storytelling, double-dutch and quilting demonstrations and workshops. Short African films by emerging and veteran directors will be shown throughout the day. African food vendors will be on site. A wonderful treat for the entire family!

LOCATION: Governors Island. To get to Governors Island from Manhattan, take the 1 to South Ferry, the 4 or 5 to Bowling Green or the R to Whitehall Street. Then take the Governors Island Ferry—for a $2 round trip fee— located in the Battery Maritime Building, Slip # 7, to the Island and follow the signs to the festivities. Ferry service from Brooklyn is available on Saturday, Sundays, Memorial Day and Labor Day. Ferries leave from Brooklyn Bridge Park’s Pier 6, at the foot of Atlantic Avenue. Ferry service from Brooklyn to Governors Island is also $2 for the round trip. Please click HERE for the detailed ferry schedule and directions.

FAMILY DAY CELEBRATION SCHEDULE:

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LIST OF SELECTED SHORT FILMS

BELEH 

Eka Christa Assam, Cameroon, 2013, 30min.

Ekema’s hard and uncompromising attitude toward his very pregnant wife, Joffi, is quickly revised when he has to spend an entire day in her shoes..

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BONESHAKER

Frances Bodomo, Ghana/USA, 2012, 12min.

Boneshaker follows a Ghanaian immigrant family taking a road trip to a Pentecostal church in Louisiana to cure their problem child. Starring Oscar-nominee Quvenzhané Wallis.

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KUHANI 

Ntare Guma Mbaho Mwine, Uganda, 2013, 7min.

An experimental short inspired by a Ugandan priest’s open letter to the Church in response to the country’s recently passed Anti Homosexuality Act.

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SOKO SONKO (THE MARKET KING) 

Ekwa Msangi-Omari, Kenya/USA, 2014, 22min.

When her mom gets sick, Kibibi’s dad takes her to the market to get her hair braided before school. Soko Sonko is a hilarious, fish-out-of-water journey, about a well-intentioned dad who goes where no man has gone before…

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WOODEN HANDS

Kaouther Ben Hania, Tunisia, 2013, 23min.

Five-year-old Amira, lives with her mother in a tiny flat in Tunis. In this day of re-entry to Kouttab, little Amira seeks the means of gaining a few hours of more off. She has found nothing better than super glue! She sticks her hand to the balustrade out of the new wooden armchair which furnishes their small living room.

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LOCATION: Governors Island. To get to Governors Island from Manhattan, take the 1 to South Ferry, the 4 or 5 to Bowling Green or the R to Whitehall Street. Then take the Governors Island Ferry—for a $2 round trip fee— located in the Battery Maritime Building, Slip # 7, to the Island and follow the signs to the festivities. Ferry service from Brooklyn is available on Saturday, Sundays, Memorial Day and Labor Day. Ferries leave from Brooklyn Bridge Park’s Pier 6, at the foot of Atlantic Avenue. Ferry service from Brooklyn to Governors Island is also $2 for the round trip. Please click HERE for the detailed ferry schedule and directions.

 

 

2014 AFF SUMMER SERIES

Movies? Check! Live Music? Check! Free? Check! The Summer Series is back and we at AFF cannot wait to welcome you and yours to various NYC venues, as we celebrate the summertime with wonderful programs like “CINEMA UNDER THE STARS” set throughout various NYC Parks, and our “FAMILY DAY CELEBRATION” at the beautiful Governor’s Island. (more…)

2014 WOMEN’S HISTORY MONTH SPECIAL

Mark your calendars for Thursday, March 13th! Come join Doc Watchers and the New York African Film Festival at Maysles Cinema Institute as we present two important documentaries “Joy, It’s Nina” and “Menstrual Man”, in honor of Women’s History Month! (more…)

Save The Date!

Mark your calendars! This year, the 21st New York African Film Festival opens at Walter Reade Theatre of Lincoln Center from May 7th to May 13th, 2014 before moving on to the Maysles Cinema Institute from May 15th to May 18th and completing its run at Brooklyn Academy of Music from May 23rd  to May 26th 2014.

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