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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  • Cold Harbour
  • Director: Carey McKenzie
    Country: South Africa
    Year: 2014
    Running Time: 73 min.
    Languages: English and Xhosa, Sotho and Mandarin with English subtitles

    While investigating a smugglers’ turf war in Cape Town, township cop Sizwe stumbles upon police corruption. His boss … read more»

  • Collision Course / Rota de Colis
  • Director: Roberval Duarte
    Country: Brazil
    Year: 1999
    Running Time: 12 min.
    Language: Portuguese

    After a robbery, the paths of a thief, a worker and a street child cross. In the streets of this Third World metropolis, a tragic yet common … read more»

  • Colobane Express
  • Director: Khady Sylla
    Country: Senegal
    Year: 1999
    Running Time: 52 min.
    Language: Wolof

    The car rapides, relatives of the bush taxi, are the only viable form of urban transport in Dakar. Not only do they carry people of all classes … read more»

  • Columbite Tantalite
  • Director: Chiwetel Ejiofor
    Countries: Congo and UK
    Year: 2013
    Running Time: 12:42  min.
    Language: English and Swahili

    It’s a postcolonial parable about the west’s hunger for African mineral wealth, and abou Congo’s struggle to come to terms with its past … read more»

  • Come Back to Sudan
  • Director: Daniel Junge and Patti Bonnet
    Country: Sudan and USA
    Year: 2008
    Running Time: 27 min.
    Language: English, Bari, and Dinka

    The last time Lado, Mabior, and Deng saw their families, they were eight years old. This was before the … read more»

  • Come Back, Africa
  • Director: Lionel Rogosin
    Country: South Africa
    Year: 1960
    Running Time: 83 min.
    Language: Zulu and Afrikaans

    Come Back, Africa is the second feature-length film after On the Bowery (1956) written, produced, and directed by American independent filmmaker Lionel Rogosin.

    The … read more»

  • Come See the Bioscope
  • Director: Lance Gewer
    Country: South Africa
    Year: 1994
    Running Time: 26 min.
    Language: English


    Sol Plaatje was a politician, novelist, historian, musician, translator of Shakespeare into vernacular language, and founder member of what was to become the African National … read more»

  • Comédia Infantil
  • Director: Solveig Norlund
    Country: Sweden and Mozambique
    Year: 1997
    Running Time: 100 min.
    Language: Portuguese


    Adapted from a Swedish novel that uses poetic drama to illuminate and humanize difficult social issues, this film is a touching account of … read more»

  • Coming of Age
  • Director: Judy Kibinge
    Country: Kenya
    Year: 2007
    Running Time: 12 min.
    Language: English

    Coming Of Age takes us through the development of Kenyan democracy through the eyes of a young Kenyan girl. The naive post-independence euphoria is reflected in an … read more»

  • Confusion Na Wa
  • Director: Kenneth Gyang
    Countries: Nigeria
    Year: 2013
    Running Time: 104 min.
    Language: English and Pidgin

    Set in an anonymous Nigerian city, Confusion Na Wa is a dark comedy about a group of strangers whose fates become intertwined over the course … read more»

  • Congo My Foot
  • Director: Okepne Ojang and Kyle O’Donoghue
    Country: South Africa and Cameroon
    Year: 2008
    Running Time: 24 min.
    Language: French, Lingala, and English

    The members of Tino La Musica, a Congolese band based in Cape Town, live and rehearse in a … read more»

  • Contained
  • Director: Mamadou Dia
    Country: USA
    Year: 2015
    Running Time:
    Language: English and French with English subtitles

    Sierra Leone, summer 2014. Abdu is quarantined because he is suspected of having Ebola. Contained alone, he starts to question his health and his … read more»

  • Contenda Island / Ilhéu de Contenda
  • Director: Leao Lopes
    Country: Cape Verde
    Year: 1995
    Running Time: 110 min.
    Language: Portuguese

    Set against the lush beauty of Cape Verde’s landscape, this film explores the evolution of the traditional colonial class structure. In response to a changing … read more»

  • Conversations On A Sunday Afternoon
  • Director: Khalo Matabane
    Country: South Africa
    Year: 2005
    Running Time: 80 min.
    Language: English

    A fascinating contribution to the rich global trend of blending documentary and fiction, the film begins with one man’s curiosity about a lonely woman in Johannesburg … read more»

Craig and Damon Foster, South Africa, 2002, 72 min
  • Cosmic Africa
  • Director: Craig and Damon Foster
    Country: South Africa
    Year: 2002
    Running Time: 72 min
    Language: English, Bambara, and Ju’hoansi

    Traveling across the scope of the African continent – Namibia, Ghana, Northern Kenya, Dogon country in Mali, and the Egyptian Sahara … read more»

  • CPP Welcome Freed Leader
  • Director: Archival Newsreel
    Country: Gold Coast (Ghana)
    Year: 1951
    Running Time: 46 sec.
    Language: English

    A huge crowd welcomes Kwame Nkrumah, the leader of the CPP from prison after success with his election.

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  • Creation in Exile
  • Also Known As: Imaginaires en exil – Cinq cinéastes d’Afrique se racontent
    Director: Daniela Ricci
    Country: France
    Year: 2013
    Running Time: 53 min.
    Languages: English / French

    This documentary follows the personal and artistic paths of five major African filmmakers … read more»

  • Critical Assignment
  • Director: Jason Xenopoulos
    Country: Cameroon, Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa, and the UK
    Year: 2003
    Running Time: 106 min.
    Language: English

    In this glossy stunt-filled thriller, Africa’s first action hero, Michael Power, is a reporter who comes back home to … read more»

  • Crossroads
  • Director: Joop van Wijk
    Country: Tanzania
    Year: 1997
    Running Time:
    Language: Swahili, Kinyarwanda

    This documentary highlights the changes due to the massive flow of Rwandan civil war refugees to Tanzania in 1994. Hundreds of thousands Rwandanese have taken shelter just … read more»

  • Cuba: An African Odyssey
  • Director: Jihan El-Tahri
    Country: Egypt, South Africa, and France
    Year: 2006-2007
    Running Time: 118 min.
    Language: French, English, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish

    From Che Guevara’s military campaign to avenge Lumumba in the Congo up to the fall of apartheid in … read more»