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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  • Badou Boy
  • Director: Djibril Diop Mambety
    Country: Senegal
    Year: 1970
    Running Time: 60 min.
    Language: French and Wolof

     

     

     

    A film that anticipates the director’s fanciful 1973 film Touki-Bouki, Badou Boy is an acerbically humorous portrait of Dakar, Senegal’s capital. … read more»

Abderrhamane Sissako, Mali/France, 2006, 115 min.
  • Bamako
  • Director: Abderrahmane Sissako
    Country: Mali
    Year: 2006
    Running Time: 115 min.
    Language: Bambara and French with English subtitles

    Set in the courtyard of a mud walled house in Bamako, the capitol city of Mali, the intimate personal story of an … read more»

  • Baraka
  • Director: Omelga Mthiyane Riaan Hendricks, Marianne Gysae and Riaan Hendricks
    Country: South Africa
    Year: 2008
    Running Time: 24 min.
    Language: English, Xhosa, and Oromo

    After the violent xenophobic attacks in South Africa, the community of Masiphumelele publicly apologized to nearby … read more»

  • Barbeque-Pejo
  • Director: Jean Odoutan
    Country: Benin
    Year: 1999
    Running Time: 88 min.
    Language: English

    A poor Beninoise corn farmer wants to break out of this deep misery. Out of the blue, he buys a shaky Peugeot 504 and tries his hand … read more»

  • Bastards
  • Director: Deborah Perkin
    Countries: Morocco and UK
    Year: 2014
    Running Time: 83 min.
    Language: Arabic and French

    At 14, Rabha El Haimer was a child bride, beaten, raped and then rejected. Ten years later, she is a single mother, because … read more»

  • Battle for the Hearts and Minds
  • Director: Shani Peters
    Country: USA
    Year: 2006
    Running Time: 10 min.
    Language: English

    Battle for the Hearts and Minds depicts a battle of words between historical black legends W.E.B. DuBois and Marcus Garvey. Relating elements of their documented 1920s era … read more»

  • Battle Of The Sacred Tree
  • Director: Wanjiru Kinyanjui
    Country:  Kenya and Germany
    Year: 1995
    Running Time: 80 min.
    Language: English and Kikuyu

    Traditional African beliefs come into conflict with missionary zeal in a Kikuyu village. There, life revolves around a sacred tree that exerts a … read more»

  • Bàttu
  • Director: Cheick Oumar Sissoko
    Country: Mali
    Year: 2000
    Running Time: 105 min.
    Language: French

    The star-stubbed cast includes Issac de Bankolè as Saar, a blind beggar, and Danny Glover as a corrupt president. In this often hilarious mix of politics … read more»

  • Baudouin Mouanda: Congolese Dreams
  • Director: Philippe Cordey
    Countries: United Kingdom
    Year: 2013
    Running Time: 25 min.
    Language: English and French

    The Dream explores beauty in unlikely places – by asking women to pose in the same white wedding dress in locations from rubbish dumps … read more»

  • Be Kunko
  • Director: Cheick Fantamady Camara
    Country: Guinea
    Year: 2004
    Running Time: 32 min.
    Language: Creole, French, and Malinke

    Be Kunko (which means everybody’s problem) depicts the spiral of violence that a group of teenagers fall into as they struggle to survive … read more»

  • Behind the Rainbow
  • Director: Jihan El-Tahri
    Country: South Africa, Egypt and France
    Year: 2009
    Running Time: 120 min.
    Language: English

    Behind the Rainbow explores the transition of the ANC from a liberation organization into South Africa’s ruling party through the evolution of the … read more»

  • Beleh
  • Director: Eka Christa Assam
    Countries: Cameroon
    Year: 2013
    Running Time: 26 min.
    Language: Pidgin

     

    Set in a small village at the foot of Mount Fako in Cameroon, Beleh examines the relationship between Ekema and his pregnant wife, Joffi. The … read more»

  • Besouro
  • Director: Joao Daniel Tikhomiroff
    Country: Brazil
    Year: 2004
    Running Time: 95 min
    Language: Portuguese

    Besouro is the emotional true story of the legendary capoeira fighter from Bahia, who was rumored to fly and leads an uprising of agricultural workers against … read more»

  • Beyond Beats and Rhymes
  • Director: Byron Hurt
    Country: USA
    Year: 2006
    Running Time: 57 min.
    Language: English

    Beyond Beats and Rhymes examines representations of gender roles in hip-hop and rap music through revealing interviews with rappers including Mos Def, Fat Joe, Chuck D, Jadakiss, … read more»

  • Beyond the Ocean / Àpres l’ocean
  • Director: Eliane de Latour
    Country: Ivory Coast / France
    Year: 2008
    Running Time: 106 min
    Language: French and English


    Cab driver, Otho, and drug dealer, Shad, share dreams of returning to their homeland, Ivory Coast, as triumphant benefactors. A police … read more»

  • Bintou
  • Director: Fanta Regina Nacro
    Country: Burkina Faso
    Year: 2001
    Running Time: 30 min.
    Language: Moré

    Bintou wants to make sure that her daughter goes to school, but her husband Abel doesn’t think it’s worth it because there is only money … read more»

  • Birds of Darkness / Toyour El-Zalam
  • Director: Sherif Arafa
    Country: Egypt
    Year: 1995
    Running Time: 110 min.
    Language: Arabic

    Subjugated attorney, Fathi Nofal Imam is a clever, straightforward man who loves alcohol and fallen women. He defends Samira, a woman charged with prostitution against prosecutor Ali, … read more»