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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  • Anil
  • Director: Fernando Belens
    Country: Brazil
    Year: 1990
    Running Time: 7 min.
    Language: Portuguese

    The clotheslines of Salvador are what tie this film together. The colors are arranged according to the day of the week of each orixa, jumping off the … read more»

  • Annie
  • Director: Will Gluck
    Country: USA
    Year: 2014
    Running Time: 118 min.
    Language: English

    Ever since her parents left her as a baby, little Annie (Quvenzhané Wallis) has led a hard-knock life with her calculating foster mother, Miss Hannigan. However, all … read more»

  • Anton
  • Director: Ntare Guma Mbaho Mwine
    Country: Uganda/Germany/USA
    Year: 2015
    Running Time: 5 min.
    Language: German with English subtitles

    A young German boy longs for his father in Africa.

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  • Area Boys
  • Director: Omelihu Nwanguma
    Country: UK and Nigeria
    Year: 2008
    Running Time: 25 min
    Language: English

    Lifelong friends Bode and Obi decide to repent from their corrupt way of life. They cut ties with their megalomaniac boss, but life as “good” … read more»

  • Aristide and the Endless Revolution
  • Director: Nicolas Rossier
    Country: USA, Haiti and South Africa
    Year: 2005
    Running Time: 83 min.
    Language: English

    A complex historical truth emerges in Nicolas Rossier’s examination of the February 2004 coup d’etat in Haiti, as well as the systemic violence … read more»

  • Aristotle’s Plot
  • Director: Jean-Pierre Bekolo
    Country: Cameroon
    Year: 1996
    Running Time: 72 min.
    Language: English and French

    In a southern African town, a group of wannabe gangsters hang out at the Cinema Africa, subjecting themselves to mega-doses of the latest action-fest. They’ve … read more»

  • Article 15A / Article 15bis
  • Director: Balufu Bakupa-Kanyinda
    Country: Congo
    Year: 2000
    Running Time: 15 min.
    Language: French

    In Kinshasa, rumor has it that the constitution includes 14 articles. And in order to face the increasing poverty of the people, politicians who have abandoned them … read more»

  • Asientos
  • Director: François Woukoache
    Country: Cameroon
    Year: 1995
    Running Time: 52 min.
    Language: French

    Asientos means “something acquired, agreed.” It was in the form of asientos, or licenses, that Spain in the 16th century entrusted European companies with the organization of … read more»

  • At the End of the River / Go Zamb’Olowi
  • Director: Imunga Ivanga
    Country: Gabon
    Year: 1997
    Running Time: 26 min.
    Language: French

    A mysterious man enters the hut and murders a little girl’s father. She escapes, but the experience leaves her mute. Ampowin finds the girl by the river … read more»

  • At the Water / Pamvura
  • Director: Filmmakers of Zimbabwe Production Skills Workshop
    Country: Zimbabwe
    Year: 2005
    Running Time: 14 min.
    Language: English

    A story about beliefs and unknown forces: Netsai, a devout young Christian woman, loses her child while doing laundry at the river. She … read more»

  • August Winds (Ventos de Agosto)
  • Director: Gabriel Mascaro
    Country: Brazil
    Year: 2014
    Running Time: 77min
    Language: Portuguese with English subtitles

    In a small seaside village, Shirley cares for her ailing grandmother while working  on a coconut farm and longing to become a tattoo artist. She … read more»

  • Ava and Gabriel
  • Director: Felix de Rooy
    Country: Curacao
    Year: 1991
    Running Time: 103 min.
    Language: Dutch

    Gabriel, a Black Surinam artist, travels to Curacao to paint a mural commissioned by the local church and falls in love with Ava, a teacher of … read more»

  • Awaiting for Men / En attendant les hommes
  • Director: Katy Lèna N’diaye
    Country: Senegal, Mauritania and Belgium
    Year: 2007
    Running Time: 56 min.
    Language: Hassania

    In the haven of Oualata, in a society apparently dominated by tradition, religion and men, three women practice traditional painting by decorating the … read more»

  • Aya of Yop City
  • Director: Clement Oubrerie and Marguerite Abouet
    Countries: France
    Year: 2012
    Running Time: 85 min.
    Language: French

    Aya, a 19 year old girl lives with her parents in Yop City, a neighborhood in Abidjian. She spends time with her best friends … read more»

  • Ayen’s Cooking School for African Men
  • Director: Sieh Mchawala
    Country: Australia
    Year: 2007
    Running Time: 52 min.
    Language: English

    In Sudan it is taboo for a man to cook. But when a group of refugee Sudanese men in Australia is found starving because the men don’t … read more»

  • Azur and Asmar
  • Director: Michel Ocelot
    Country: France
    Year: 2006
    Running Time: 99 min.
    Language: Arabic and French

    This new film by the director of the hit Kirikou films is a delightful animated fairy tale set in North Africa. Michael Ocelot creates a … read more»

  • B for Boy
  • Director: Chika Anadu
    Countries: Nigeria
    Year: 2013
    Running Time: 118 min.
    Language: Igbo

    Amaka is an affectionate, independent wife and mother living in a contemporary middle class Nigerian community. She is seven months pregnant, but is resistant to get an … read more»

  • Baa Baa Black Girl
  • Director: Gül Büyükbe
    Country: Turkey and Greece
    Year: 2006
    Running Time: 47 min.
    Language: Turkish

    Although all the countries in the Muslim world have abolished slavery, including Saudi Arabia in 1966, the social suffering and discrimination suffered by slave descendants … read more»

  • Baara
  • Director: Souleymane Cissè
    Country: Mali
    Year: 1978
    Running Time: 93 min.
    Language: Bambara

    One day, a young Malian country boy working as a barra (a porter) in Bamako, makes friends with a young engineer who takes him under his wing, … read more»

  • Back to Africa
  • Director: Tony Abulu
    Country:  Nigeria
    Year: 1998
    Running Time: 105 min.
    Language: English

    Sade, a beautiful 24 year old African American woman goes to Nigeria on a quest to find her father, Professor Ajayi Esan, who was compelled to leave … read more»