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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  • Camp de Thiaroye
  • Director: Ousmane Sembène
    Country: Senegal
    Year: 1987
    Running Time: 152 min.
    Language: Wolof and French

    This historic epic is the first Pan-African film produced without European technical assistance or co-financing. During WWII, Senegalese infantrymen fought valiantly in the French army. … read more»

  • Ceddo
  • Director: Ousmane Sembène
    Country: Senegal
    Year: 1977
    Running Time: 120 min.
    Language: Wolof

    Set in the seventeenth century, at the onset of enslavement trade, Ceddo unravels the complex religious and social forces at work in a Senegalese village. According to … read more»

  • Chief!
  • Director: Jean-Marie Teno
    Country: Cameroon
    Year: 1999
    Running Time: 61 mins.
    Language: French

    CHIEF! asks us to see beyond the cult of personality created by the dictator, allowing us to that a dictatorship is also a system with a logic, … read more»

  • Chikin Biznis
  • Director: Ntshaveni Wa Luruli
    Country: South Africa
    Year: 1998
    Running Time: 103 min.
    Language: English, Afrikaans, and Zulu

    After working for years for a boss, Sipho decides to set up on his own and sell chickens at a market in … read more»

  • Child of the Revolution
  • Director: Xoliswa Sithole
    Countries: Zimbabwe
    Year: 2005 – 2015
    Running Time: 70min.
    Language: English, Shona and Ndebele with English subtitles

    Xoliswa Sithole escaped Apartheid South Africa as a child and grew up amidst the freedom fighters of Zimbabwe. She left … read more»

  • Child of the Sun / L’Enfant Du Soleil
  • Director: Taieb Louhichi
    Countries: Tunisia
    Year: 2014
    Running Time: 78 min.
    Language: French and Arabic


    After an evening in a nightclub and a swim at dawn, three young people, Sonia, Fafou and Yanis, sneak into a villa. They settle … read more»

  • Chisolm ’72 Unbought and Unbossed
  • Director: Shola Lynch
    Country: USA
    Year: 2004
    Running Time: 76 min.
    Language: English

    Chisolm ’72 Unbought and Unbossed, a documentary about Shirley Chisholm and her fierce campaign for the 1972 Presidential election. It is a riveting documentary about Chisholm’s … read more»

  • Cholo
  • Director: Muzna Almusafer
    Country: Oman
    Year: 2014
    Running Time: 21min.
    Language: Swahili with English subtitles

    The dark-skinned 11-year-old Cholo meets his fair-skinned younger stepbrother Abdullah for the first time when their father Said arrives in Muscat. Although strikingly different, the … read more»

  • Christmas with Granny
  • Director: Dumisani Phakathi
    Country: South Africa
    Year: 2001
    Running Time: 20 min.
    Language: English and Xhosa

    Madlozi goes with his grandmother to be baptized in her faith. She is adamant that Madlozi adopts the culture of his forefathers, but he … read more»

  • Christopher Changes His Name
  • Director: Cilia Sawadogo
    Countries: Canada
    Year: 2000
    Running Time: 7 min.
    Language: English

    This animated short for children tells the story of Christopher, a little boy who didn’t want to be called Christopher anymore. Such a common name! When Aunty … read more»

  • Chronicle of the Year of Embers
  • Director: Muhammad Lakhdar-Hamima
    Country: Algeria
    Year: 1975
    Running Time: 175 min.
    Language: Arabic

    The story follows a peasant’s migration from his drought-stricken village to his eventual participation with the Algerian resistance movement, just prior to the outbreak of the Algerian … read more»

  • Circumcision / La Circoncision / Tiyabu Biru
  • Director: Moussa Bathily
    Country: Senegal
    Year: 1978
    Running Time: 85 min.
    Language: Sarakhole

    As an agrarian village prepares for their traditional circumcision ceremony, the village elders realize that they can no longer afford the sacrificial cattle, an integral part of … read more»

  • Circus Without Borders
  • Director: Susan Gray
    Country: Canada/Guinea/USA
    Year: 2015
    Running Time: 70 min.
    Language: English and French w/ English subtitles

    World-class acrobats and good friends Guillaume Saladin and Yamoussa Bangoura come from very different corners of the globe—the … read more»

  • City of Women / Cidade das Mulheres
  • Director: Giovani Almeida and Lazaro Faria
    Country: Brazil
    Year: 1999
    Running Time: 22 min.
    Language: Portuguese

    In 1939, the North American anthropologist Ruth Landes came to Bahia to do research on the black race and was surprised by the strength … read more»

  • Clandestine / Le Clandestin / O Clandestino
  • Director: José “Zeka” Laplaine
    Country: Zaire and Angola
    Year: 1997
    Running Time: 15 min.
    Language: Portuguese and French

    When an Angolan stowaway lands in Lisbon, he learns that the Europe of his dreams may not be the paradise he imagined. … read more»

  • Clando / Gypsy Cab
  • Director: Jean-Marie Teno
    Country: Cameroon
    Year: 1996
    Running Time: 95 min.
    Language: French

    Sobgui, an illegal cab driver in Cameroon, braves the hostilities of the other drivers and manages to immigrate to Germany, where he has an affair with Irene, … read more»

  • Clouds Over Conakry
  • Director: Cheick Fantamady Camara
    Country: Guinea
    Year: 2007
    Running Time: 113 min.
    Language: French and Malinke

    At the age of 25, the artist-caricaturist BB finds himself faced with an impossible choice. Son of the inflexible imam Karamo, the guardian of … read more»

  • Coffee / Preto no Branco
  • Director: Joel de Almeida
    Country: Brazil
    Year: 2000
    Running Time: 30 min.
    Language: Portuguese

    Coffee is a film about boys from Brazil, and the way they send coffee. It depicts how they create cars with brilliant ideas.

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  • Coffee Colored Children
  • Director: Ngozi A. Onwurah
    Country: Nigeria
    Year: 1988
    Running Time: 15 min.
    Language: English

    This lyrical, unsettling film conveys the experience of children of mixed racial heritage. After suffering the aggression of racial harassment, a young girl and her brother … read more»