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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  • A Screaming Man (Un homme qui crie)
  • Director: Mahamat-Saleh Haroun
    Country: Chad, France, and Belgium
    Year: 2010
    Running Time: 88 min
    Language: French and Arabic

    Adam, a former swimming champion is a pool attendant at a hotel in Chad. When the hotel gets taken over by Chinese … read more»

  • A Shadow of Hope
  • Director: Makela L. Pululu
    Country: South Africa and Democratic Republic of the Congo
    Year: 2005
    Running Time: 24 min.
    Language: English

    A Shadow of Hope tells the stories of refugees living in South Africa where they face different challenges within … read more»

  • A Song to Angola / Uma Canção para Angola
  • Director: Farouk Salomão
    Country: Brazil
    Year: 2000
    Running Time: 5 min.
    Language: English

    A Song to Angola is a video clip made by Brazilian, Portuguese and African singers, as a tribute to the people of Angola.

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  • A Taxi for Aouzou / Un Taxi Pour Aouzou
  • Director: Issa Serge Coelo
    Country: Chad
    Year: 1994
    Running Time: 22 min.
    Language: Chadian Arabic

    In this wonderful hybrid of fiction and documentary, we become the close companions of Ali Baba Nour, a Chadian cab driver who explains his hopes … read more»

A Trip To Algiers, Abdelkrim Bahloul, Algeria/France, 2010, 97 min.
  • A Trip to Algiers (Voyage à Alger)
  • Director: Abdelkrim Bahloul
    Countries: Algeria and France
    Year: 2010
    Running Time: 97 min
    Language: French

    In 1962, a young woman has lost everything during the war for independence in Algeria. A Frenchman who is leaving the country offers her and … read more»

Jean-Marie Teno, Cameroon, 2000, 75 min.
  • A Trip to the Country
  • Director: Jean-Marie Teno
    Country: Cameroon
    Year: 2000
    Running Time: 75 min.
    Language: Bamileke and French

    With irony and humor, this film questions the validity of development discourse which deems all things European to be modern and all things African to … read more»

  • A Woman’s Place
  • Directors: Patricia Van Heerden and Catherine Stewart
    Country: South Africa
    Year: 1998
    Running Time: 28 min.
    Language: English and Xhosa

    Can new laws change old ways? A Woman’s Place presents the question by exploring the conflicts between tradition and change … read more»

  • A-Z – A Commentary On Post-Apartheid South Africa In 2001

    Director: Teboho Mahlatsi
    Country: South Africa
    Year: 2011
    Running Time: 50 min.
    Language: English, Afrikaans, Zulu, and Xhosa

    Commissioned by the Apartheid Museum, in Johannesburg, South Africa, to make a 5-channel video installation, Mahlatsi travels throughout the country to … read more»

  • About a Mother
  • Director: Dina Velikovskaya
    Country: Russia
    Year: 2015
    Running Time: 8 min.
    Language: N/A

    Dina Velikovskaya’s animated short is about a mother who has given so much that it seems as if she has nothing left…until life opens up new opportunities.… read more»

  • About Braids / Histoire De Tresses
  • Director: Jacqueline Kalimunda
    Country: Rwanda and France
    Year: 2003
    Running Time: 23 min.
    Language: French


    About Braids is a magical encounter between a mysterious young woman and a gifted African hair-braider who is asked to recreate a completely unconventional … read more»

  • Abu’s Genie / Le genie d’ Abou
  • Director: Isabelle Boni-Claverie
    Country: Ivory Coast
    Year: 1998
    Running Time: 10 min.
    Language: English

    Le Genie d’Abou is a film about Abou, a sculptor who is accompanied by a woman who he wonders is an evil spirit or his muse. … read more»

  • Adanggaman
  • Director: Roger Gnoan M’Bala
    Country: Ivory Coast and Burkina Faso
    Year: 2000
    Running Time: 90 min.
    Language: Bambara and Baule

    In West Africa during the late 17th century, King Adanggaman leads a war against his neighboring tribes, ordering his soldiers … read more»

  • Adieu Sim
  • Director: Moustapha Alassane
    Country: Niger
    Year: 2001
    Running Time: 5 min.
    Language: Hassania


    Revisiting his film from the mid 1960s, Moustapha Alassane is able to employ a new cinematic technique and develop an alternate ending that was not permitted … read more»

  • Aduefue, The Lords of the Street
  • Director: Sijiri Bakaba
    Country: Ivory Coast and France
    Year: 1988
    Running Time: 89 min.
    Language: French

    Best known as black Africa’s biggest star, Sijiri Bakaba turns director with the same style and freshness characterizing his work in front of the … read more»

  • Africa Dreaming: The Last Picture
  • Director: Farai Sevenzo
    Country: Zimbabwe
    Year: 1997
    Running Time: 26 min.
    Language: English

    A young photographer falls in love with the beautiful, young wife of an older man whose picture he has taken. When the man finds out about the … read more»

  • Africa Paradis
  • Director: Sylvestre Amoussou
    Country: France
    Year: 2007
    Running Time: 86 min.
    Language: English

    This award-winning film examines immigration with a touch of geo-political irony. The story follows two French citizens, Oliver, an engineer, and Pauline, a teacher, who decide they … read more»

  • Africa Shafted: Under One Roof
  • Director: Ingrid Martens
    Country: South Africa
    Year: 2011
    Running Time: 55 min.
    Language: English

    Filmed in Africa’s tallest residential building located downtown Johannesburg, South Africa, that housed more than 4,000 people, this is a serious, poignant, humorous, and uplifting universal … read more»

  • Africa Unite
  • Director: Stephanie Black
    Country: Ethiopia and USA
    Year: 2007
    Running Time: 110 min.
    Language: English


    This documentary highlights the vision for African unity that Bob Marley was devoted to throughout his music career and presents an inspiring tribute to … read more»

  • Africa United
  • Director: Debs Gardner-Paterson
    Country: Rwanda and UK
    Year: 2010
    Running Time: 90 min
    Language: English

    Africa United tells the extraordinary story of three Rwandan
    children and their bid to achieve their lifelong dream to take
    part in the opening ceremony … read more»