Films Archive

The AFF Films Archive is a catalogue of titles presented by AFF since 1993, when AFF established the first New York African Film Festival, and includes titles specially selected for AFF programs each year. The Films Archive contains film synopses, linked to directors’ biographies and filmographies. Find a film or director using our website search form in the menu above.


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  • …Silenced
  • Director: Fanney Tsimong
    Countries: South Africa
    Year: 2005
    Running Time: 15 min.
    Language: English

    As revolutionary as South Africa’s constitution is, certain loopholes still exist in wording of the law in our land. One loophole is gender determination in the … read more»

  • 100 Days
  • Director: Nick Hughes
    Country: Rwanda, Kenya and UK
    Year: 2000
    Running Time: 96 min.
    Language: English

    In 1994, Josette, a beautiful, young Tutsi girl and her family struggle to survive the Rwandan government’s genocidal policy by taking refuge in a … read more»

  • 100% Dakar – More Than Art
  • Director: Sandra Krampelhuber
    Country: Austria/Senegal
    Year: 2015
    Running Time: 62 min.
    Languages: French with English subtitles

    100% Dakar – More Than Art is a portrait about the creative arts scene in Dakar, Senegal. Dakar booms with live and this energy … read more»

  • 17 African Nations Celebrate Independence
  • Director: Archival Footage
    Country: USSR and Various African Nations
    Year: 1960
    Running Time: 70 min.
    Language: Russian

    17 African nations will celebrate 50 years of independence from colonial rule in 2010. Archival footage of African nations as they transition from … read more»

  • A Barber’s Wisdom
  • Director: Amaka Igwe
    Country: Nigeria
    Year: 2000
    Running Time: 30 min.
    Language: English

    Troubled by his dependence on his fish-seller wife, retired military man, Amadou decides to open a barbershop in the city. Amadou’s salon soars in popularity with fashionable … read more»

  • A Blues for Tiro
  • Director: Steve Kwena Mokwena
    Country: South Africa
    Year: 2007
    Running Time: 48 min
    Language: English and Setswana

    A poetic tribute to an extraordinary black consciousness activist and inspirational leader, who was murdered in 1974.

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  • A Certain Morning / Un Certain Matin
  • Director: Fanta Regina Nacro
    Country: Burkina Faso
    Year: 1992
    Running Time: 13 min
    Language: Moré and French

    A Certain Morning is a provocative look at cinematic illusions versus deadly realities. Riga is a farmer who lives peacefully with his wife … read more»

  • A Child’s Love Story / Un Amour D’enfant
  • Director: Mariano Bartolomeu
    Country: Angola
    Year: 1991
    Running Time: 17 min.
    Language: French and Wolof

    A touching investigation of innocent love between children in Senegal set against the background of a traditional class system.

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  • A Clean and Well Lit Place
  • Director: Mariano Bartolomeu
    Country: Angola
    Year: 1991
    Running Time: 17 min.
    Language: Portuguese

    This film examines the psychological state of an ex-boxer being pursued by two killers. A Clean and Well Lit Place is an adaptation of Hemingway’s short story, … read more»

  • A Girl for Souleymane / Une femme pour Souleymane
  • Director: Dyana Gaye
    Country: Senegal and France
    Year: 2000
    Running Time: 24 min.
    Language: French

    Souleymane is a young Senegalese man who arrived three years ago in Paris. Trying to overcome his solitude, he creates himself another kind of life, … read more»

  • A History of Independence
  • Also Known As: Il était une fois l’indépendance / Nziri Nin Kera Yeremahoronya Waati Ye
    Director: Daouda Coulibaly
    Countries: Mali / Senegal
    Year: 2009
    Running Time: 21 min.
    Language: Bambara

    Following an African cinematic trend of retelling traditional oral stories … read more»

  • A Lenda do Pai Inacio
  • Director: Pola Ribeiro
    Country: Brazil
    Year: 1987
    Running Time: 35 min.
    Language: Portuguese

    Chapada Diamantina, XIX Century, a forbidden love is about to change the tense reality of life in the gold rush. A slave named Inacio, attempts an impossible … read more»

  • A Lion’s Trail
  • Director: François Verster
    Country: South Africa
    Year: 2002
    Running Time: 52 min.
    Language: Afrikaans, English, and Zulu

    “The Lion Sleeps Tonight” is one of the most recognizable pop songs in the world. But how many people realize that this American … read more»

  • A Lot Like You
  • Director: Eliaichi Kimaro
    Countries: Tanzania and USA
    Year: 2011
    Running Time: 81 min.
    Language: KiSwahili, KiChagga, and English

    When Eliaichi’s father retires and moves back to Tanzania, she begins a film project that examines the intricate fabric of multiracial identity, … read more»

  • A Love During the War
  • Director: Osvalde Lewat-Hallade
    Country: Democratic Republic of the Congo and Cameroon
    Year: 2005
    Running Time: 63 min.
    Language: English

    What are the consequences when rape is used as a weapon of war? This moving documentary explores this question from the … read more»

  • A Love Letter to my Country
  • Director: Dushimirimana Thierry
    Country: Rwanda
    Year: 2006
    Running Time: 36 min.
    Language: Kinyarwanda

    Twenty-one year old Marta falls in love with Rukundo, but their love seems doomed by impossibility and intolerance. They find themselves asking if, in post-genocide Rwanda, two … read more»

  • A Question of the Heart
  • Director: Revel Fox
    Country: South Africa
    Year: 1995
    Running Time: 26 min.
    Language: English

    When a young man is killed by tsotsis, his unidentified body is brought to the hospital where a famous white surgeon uses his heart for a … read more»