22nd National Traveling Series

January – February 2018

We are pleased to announce the film roster for the 22nd edition of the African Film Festival
National Traveling Series, which is scheduled to run from January through November
2018. The film titles for this edition of the Traveling Series are listed below. These films are
programmed as a cohesive unit along with promotional materials (photos, press kits,
copies of brochures when available) and education/curriculum information.

The 2018 AFF National Traveling Series package consists of seven films from our 2017
New York African Film Festival, which was presented under the theme “The Peoples’
Revolution.” Illuminating the new wave of artists throughout Africa and its diaspora seeking
reform and effecting it via sociopolitical action, this year’s edition of the National Traveling
Series spotlights these individuals who exist where values of human rights, civic duty, and
the democratic, unrestricted nature of technology increasingly become interdependent.
Within this sphere, ideas of identity, culture, and notions of “home” are rewired, functioning
in ways markedly distinct from previous generations.

If you are interested in programming the series at your institution or organization or for
more information, please contact travelingseries@africanfilmny.org.


Iman Djionne, Senegal, 2016, 26min.
In Wolof and French with English subtitles
Boxing girl is a coming‐of‐age tale about Adama, a bored 17-year-old hairdresser who finds redboxing gloves after getting hit by a motorbike. But as soon as she puts them on, she gets mysteriously carried away all over the city of Dakar. Mentally and physically put to the test, she will have to fight her demons to face the ultimate fight.

About the Director:
Iman Djionne
studied economics before pursuing her passion for film and attending a film course in the US. There, she directed her student film In the Jam and gained experience on film sets. She then decided to return to Senegal where she now works as a freelancer directing music videos, corporate videos and documentaries. Boxing Girl is her first short film.

Alassane Sy, Senegal, 2016, 18min.
In Wolof and French with English subtitles
Marabout is the story of police detective Diagne who pursues a group of street kids in the city of Dakar after they steal from him, only to learn about the dangers they are exposed to in their daily lives.

About the Director:
Alassane Sy is a Mauritania-born actor and director who relocated to Senegal in the mid-eighties. In his late teens, Sy moved to Paris and later New York, where he worked as a mode. A magazine shoot brought him to the attention of photographer and director Andrew Dosunmu, who cast him as the lead for his feature film Restless City. Now based in London, Sy starred in Jonas Carpignano’s film Mediterranea, which was nominated for the Critics Choice Awards at the 2015 Cannes Festival. Sy has gone on to star in numerous films, including White Colour Black.


Mamadou Dia, Senegal, 2016, 11min.
In Fulani, Wolof and French with English subtitles
In a small town in the north of Senegal, two young avid cinephiles are desperate to see a movie on the big screen of their local cinema before it closes its door forever.

About the Director:
Mamadou Dia is a Senegalese director currently based in New York. His stories are rooted in daily realities inspired from his life growing up in Senegal and traveling across the continent. His shorts have been selected for international festivals such as the African Film Festival, Toronto Film Festival and Venice Film Festival inter alia. Samedi Cinema has been screened at numerous film festival around the world and was selected Best Short Film at the Festival Image et Vie in Senegal, 2016.


Cedric Ido, France, 2013, 30min.
In French, Arabic and Mooré with English subtitles
Burkina Faso in 1985 is a country in the throes of revolution. Manu, a young boy who loves comics, tags along with Albert, his big brother. When Albert decides to undergo a magic ritual, Manu realizes there are real powers to rival those of superheroes.

About the Director:
Cedric Ido is a versatile French/Burkinabe artist, author, director, actor and illustrator. He grew up in Stains, a small suburban town near Paris. His short film, the award winning and critically acclaimed Hasaki ya Suda, was exhibited worldwide in festivals such as Fespaco, Toronto, Cracovie, Durban, Dubai, Venice and others. His directing work also includes documentaries such as Un Stains de musique, in which he followed several artists from his hometown Stains, and recorded their struggle to exist through their art. As an actor, Cedric starred in several TV series, as well as many films, such as Miracle at St. Anna by Spike Lee (2008) and Les enfants du Pays (2006) with Michel Serrault.


Samantha Biffot, Gabon/France/Belgium, 2016, 70min.
In French and Chinese with English subtitles
1979. Gabon, Central Africa. Luc, a 9-year old boy sees for the first time a Kung Fu movie and its a revelation: Chinese can fly. It becomes Luc’s obsession to fly like them. Luc has now been living for 31 years in China, mastering wushu, acting in Kung Fu movies. How did this little boy manage to become the first African to enter the Shaolin temple at the age of 14 in 1985, master traditional secret techniques following his dream?

About the Director:
Gabonese director and screenwriter Samantha Biffot was born in Paris in 1985. She grew up abroad between Asia and Africa and came back to Paris to follow cinema studies. After working in several productions companies in Paris, she went back to Gabon in 2010 where she started her own production company developing TV series, documentary and movies. As of today, she already won the prize for “Best African Series” at FESPACO 2013.

Abba Makama, Nigeria, 2016, 102min.
In English and Pidgin with English subtitles
Green White Green (GWG) explores social and political views common in Nigeria through a humorous lens. The 3 major characters are incidentally from the 3 major ethnics groups. This formula automatically creates room to play around with various ethnic and cultural stereotypes. It’s also a story about classism, how certain people from certain economic brackets think and behave. GWG also illustrates just how similar we are in our diversity and prejudices. It’s a film made by youth and created for youth and explores some interesting social themes. The film was shot on location in Lagos, Nigeria.

About the Director:
Abba Makama is an award winning filmmaker and the founder/creative director of OSIRIS. He has a degree in Business Management from SUNY Fredonia and studied film at New York University. In May 2014, he was commissioned by AL JAZEERA to direct NOLLYWOOD: Something from Nothing and was nominated for best documentary film at the 2016 African Movie Academy Awards. His feature film Green White Green was selected for the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival, the 2016 Stockholm International Film Festival, Berlin Critics Week 2017 and the Spirit of Fire Festival in Khanty Mansisky Russia. The film won Best Nigerian Film at the 2016 African International Film Festival. Abba is also a painter, art enthusiast and has a deep interest in Freudian and Jungian Psychology.

Maria Govan, Trinidad & Tobago/Bahamas/USA, 2016, 92min.
In English
A young man torn between reality and opportunity – Gregory, a gifted working-class teenager from Paramin, stars in a theater play that brings him to the attention of James, an affluent businessman. The two men strike an uncanny friendship as James takes Greg under his wing, pushing him to discover himself professionally, creatively, and intimately. Confused, Greg must at once deal with the return of his drug- addicted father, and navigate through the early days of adulthood. As Carnival Monday approaches and the locals prepare for the annual male initiation parade, Greg must confront James – an act that will culminate in life changing events for him.

About the Director:
Maria Govan is a self-taught filmmaker from the island of New Providence in the Bahamas. After working on sets in Hollywood, she returned home and began making small guerilla-style local documentaries, including “Junkanoo: The Heartbeat of a People,” “Where I’m From: HIV and AIDs in the Bahamas,” and “A Man with a Voice: The Life of Norman Solomon,” to name a few. In 2004, she moved to New York and began writing her first narrative film, “Rain”, which premiered at the 2008 Toronto International Film Festival and won numerous awards internationally. numerous awards internationally.

Performa 17 Biennial Hub – Films

November 13 – 17, 2017

Kwani Trust, Graphic by Michael Araka-Musa Omusi. Concept by Billy Kahora


As part of the Performa 17 Biennial, AFF has co-organized a film program within the Kwani Trust platform, a Nairobi-based literary network. Kwani Trust presents Everyone is Radicalizing, an experimental subversion of its upcoming printed journal issue Kwani no. 9. Everyone is Radicalizing takes as its point of departure aspects of radicalization across East Africa with focus on the Kenyan Coast and North Eastern Kenya as a nexus of cultures, religions, and politics. The project uniquely amplifies the area’s historical and cultural context by taking a broad, exploratory look at phenomena often described in monolithic terms, such as terror, insecurity, violent extremism, and radicalization in the region and beyond.

Kwani Trust’s residency is part of Performa 17 biennial’s AFROGLOSSIA platform, curated by Adrienne Edwards.

Films in this program include:

African Independence Archival Films, Hairat, Freddy Ilanga: Che’s Swahili TranslatorBANGAOLOGIA: The Science of Style, Price of LoveAfripedia Series, Nairobi Half Life, Stories of Our LivesTchindas, The Revolution Won’t Be Televised and Akounak Tedalat Taha Tazoughai.

Check out the full schedule here.

2017 Fall Programs

October 6, 7:30 pm

DREAMSTATES and Saul Williams at Harlem Stage

October 21, 12:00 pm

Gun Runners at Margaret Mead Film Festival

October 21, 2:30 pm

The Valley of Salt (La Vallée du Sel) at Margaret Mead Film Festival

October 21, 4:30 pm

Paa Joe & the Lion at Margaret Mead Film Festival

October 22, 12:00 pm

House in the Fields at Margaret Mead Film Festival

November 13 – 17

Performa 17 Biennial Hub – Films

November 13, 7:00 pm

Flaherty NYC Out From Under: Manthia Diawara

Summer Series 2017

It’s that time of year again!
Movies? Check!
Live Music? Check!
Free? Check!

Our summer outdoor series is back and we cannot wait to welcome you to various NYC parks, as we celebrate the summertime with wonderful programs like Cinema Under the Stars and our annual Family Day Celebration on the amazing Governors Island.

Stay tuned for updates to our summer schedule.

July 7, 6:00 pm

Bronx Museum FIRST FRIDAYS! and AFF Present: When the Spirits Dance Mambo

July 27, 7:00 pm

Queens Museum Passport Thursdays and AFF Present: The Longest Kiss + Adam & Howa

July 31, 7:00 pm

Historic Harlem Parks and AFF Present: Green White Green

August 3, 7:00 pm

Queens Museum Passport Thursdays and AFF Present: Akounak Tedalat Taha Tazoughai

August 4, 7:30 pm

Stay Woke + The Children’s March – KIDflix Film Fest of Bed-Stuy

August 11, 7:30 pm

Selma, Lord, Selma – KIDflix Film Fest of Bed-Stuy

August 16, 7:00 pm

The Wound at Film Forum

August 18, 7:30 pm

The Untold Story of Emmett Louis Till – KIDflix Film Fest of Bed-Stuy

August 25, 7:30 pm

The Wiz Dance Party! – KIDflix Film Fest of Bed-Stuy

September 1, 6:00 pm

Bronx Museum FIRST FRIDAYS! and AFF Present: Martha & Niki

September 10, 11:00 am

Family Day Celebration on Governors Island: 10th Anniversary

Schomburg’s ‘Best of’ Series

Tuesday, April 18, 2017 at 6:30pm

Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture
515 Malcolm X Blvd, New York, New York 10037

The Schomburg Center and AFF, Inc. present a screening of the Oscar nominated film Tanna, as part of the Schomburg’s Rewind: ‘Best of’ film series. Performed entirely by the Yakel people, Tanna follows two lovers who leave their homes in order to live the life they desire against their families and heritage. Inspired by true events, Tanna brings us closer to a world presumably far from our own but creates a bond surrounded by tragedy and love.

Followed by a discussion with former Vanuatu Ambassador H. E. Robert Van Lierop and Malika Lee Whitney.


In 2016-2017, African Film Festival, Inc. (AFF) celebrates the 21st anniversary of our National Traveling Series. Due to the demand for African films across the country, in 1995 AFF launched the series, which travels to cultural institutions, museums, and universities in ten to thirteen cities in the U.S. and in some Caribbean nations, in order to make the unique experience of watching African cinema available to a wider audience. The Traveling Series program consists of several feature and short films, including promotional and educational materials.

The 21st edition of the National Traveling Series is comprised of eight films presented under the theme of “Modern Days, Ancient Nights: 50 Years of African Filmmaking.”

Using Ousmane Sembène’s Black Girl as an initial marker of mainstream, African cinematic recognition, this year’s edition of the National Traveling Series traces the first generation of pan-African artists and activists who used cinema as a platform to project their ideals, namely of an autonomous, exuberant nation and people, ready for action and a socio-political status equal to their European counterparts. Decades later, a new generation continues to use film in inventive and fascinating ways —unpacking entrenched ideas of masculinity, domesticity, and invoking dialogue about the persistent struggle for upward socioeconomic mobility.

Within this dynamic, styles and genres are reshaped: narratives coalesce with broader pop culture and more insular vernacular traditions; old ways of communication overlap with an increasingly interdependent digital era. To follow Sembène’s legacy is to follow the ever-changing, kaleidoscopic paradigm that is African cinema, and its continual commitment showing the world the dimensional, complex ways that African nations matter.

If you have an interest in bringing the films of the 2016-2017 National Traveling Series to your community, please contact the African Film Festival office at 212.352.1720 or by email at info@africanfilmny.org for full details. Our team will be happy to work with you in order help bring African cinema to your community.



YOHANN KOUAM, FRANCE, 2013, 22min.
In French with English subtitles
When the older brother he idolizes comes back home after a year away, Willy realizes that he doesn’t know him as well as he thought.

About the Director:
Yohann Kouam, born in France from Cameroonian parents, studied editing at Institut des Arts de Diffusion (IAD) in Brussels. After two shorts Fragments de vie and Les dimanches de Léa, he directed the internationally-acclaimed short, The Return.

In French with English subtitles

Chloe and Louis are deaf and mute. They are also secretly in love, but they don’t admit it. Their gestures are substitutes for words, and as they dance, each word is choreography.

About the Director:
Jean-Charles Mbotti Malolo is a dancer who studied animation at the Emile Cohl School of Lyon. After his first short success, The Heart is a Metronome, Mbotti Malolo directed The Sense of Touch, which went on to be internationally awarded. His next short Please, Please, Please will focus on James Brown.

ZANGRO, FRANCE, 2015, 26min.
In French with English subtitles

Two young guys from the neighborhood, Loïc and Mehdi, have set up a little business filming Arabic wedding celebrations and then editing them in the “audiovisual laboratory” in their minivan. But when Mehdi starts to film the marriage of his pretty ex-girlfriend, fate steps in.

About the Director:
Born in France, Zangro grew up in Spain and Morocco before coming back to France where he founded Bien ou Bien Productions. After a TV movie and a web series shot in Morocco he directed Como à la Television in 2012, winner of the Urban Film Festival in Paris. In 2014 he directed the internationally acclaimed short

ALICE DIOP, FRANCE, 2016, 40min.
In French with English subtitles

An intimate exploration of a masculine territory in a French suburb, Towards Tenderness follows a group of vagrant men, while a universe is revealed where female bodies are nothing more than ghostly and virtual silhouettes.

About the Director:
In 2011, Alice Diop’s feature documentary Danton’s Death won the Library Award at the Cinéma du Réel Festival as well as the Etoile de la Scam 2012 Award. Shot in 2015, Towards Tenderness had its world premiere at Creteil Women International Film Festival and its United States premiere at NYAFF.


In Tamashek with English subtitles

An homage to the Western rock-drama, this first narrative feature in the Tuareg language is the universal story of one musician’s struggle to make it against all odds, set in the winner-takes-all Tuareg guitar scene in Agadez, Niger.

About the Director:
Chirstopher Kirkley is a music collector and archivist focused on the Sahel of West Africa. His work examines contemporary popular music in the evolving technological landscape, the interplay of localized traditions with global influences, and new modes of cultural transmission. He releases records under the label, Sahel Sounds, and maintains a blog exploring arts and music of the region. His film, Akounak Tedalat Taha Tazoughai, has received the Prix du Jury at F.A.M.E in Paris.

In Amharic with English subtitles

A cab driver in Addis, Ababa intervenes in a fight between a prostitute and her ex-boyfriend, who sells women
to “work” in the Middle East, causing his taxi to be stolen. He finds himself caught up a relationship with the
woman, which makes him confront his past and discover the price of love.

About the Director:
Hermon Hailay is one of Ethiopia’s leading female screenwriters and directors, with several critically and commercially successful films to her name: Baleguru and Yaltasbrew. In 2014, she was one of the five young Ethiopian filmmakers chosen to attend the Cannes Film Festival “From Addis to Cannes Workshop”. The filmmakers were chosen from a significant group of applicants from Ethiopia’s promising film community.

TORA MÅRTENS, SWEDEN, 2015, 93min.
In English and Swedish with English subtitles

In 2010, Martha Nabwire and Niki Tsappos participated in the biggest international Street Dance Competition, Paris’s Juste Debout. It was the first time two women became world champions of hip hop. This documentary depicts their love of dance and of each other, and the ways in which friendship can be put to the test.

About the Director:
Tora Mkandawire Mårtens was born in Stockholm, but is now based in South Africa working as a director and a producer. Mårtens directed and produced the short film, Tommy, in Cuba, which was competing for a Golden Bear at the Berlin Film Festival in 2008. Her first feature documentary, Colombianos, has been awarded and shown at film festivals around the world. Her new feature documentary, Martha & Niki, was the opening film at Nordic Panorama, and had its international premiere at IDFA 2015. The film received a special mention award for best Nordic documentary in 2015.



Help us advance our mission


Thank you so much for your support of the African Film Festival!

For 26 years AFF has connected audiences to the uniquely powerful talent of creators from Africa and her Diaspora. At AFF, we believe that the advancement of African people—and the advancement of all people—begins with communication, knowledge, and understanding, and we use film as a vehicle to drive that change.

In the past year, we have been energized by the increased participation from younger audiences at both our community and educational programming. Engaging and nurturing our youth is a focal point of AFF’s work, but we can only do so with your assistance.

In 2017, we look forward to providing more new and exciting programs as we seek to shine a light on the next wave of creators whose voices, we believe, need to be a part of the global conversation. We ask for your support to AFF this giving season.

Whether you’ve attended any of our screenings at the annual New York African Film festival, our many community film screenings or cultural events in a NYC park or our annual Family Day Celebration on Governors Island, we are glad that you could be a part of AFF community.

We hope to see you at one of our programs soon!

Yours sincerely,
Mahen Bonetti
Executive Director, AFF, Inc.

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Lights, Camera, Africa!!! Film Festival

Lights, Camera, Africa!!! Film Festival

(September 30 – October 2)

Lagos, Nigeria




AFF is proud to partner with The Life House in Lagos, Nigeria for the 6th annual

Lights, Camera, AFRICA!!! Film Festival.

The 2016 LCA Film Fest takes place this weekend with a collection of the most dynamic films from Africa and beyond.

LCA Film Fest brings to audiences an offering of films under the banner ‘Music Makes the People…’ This year’s festival is an unabashed display of works of film that speak to the power of music and indeed other art forms to create love, express sorrow, to build bridges, and end wars. Music represents all that makes us human … music has created and upheld civilisations.

This weekend’s films include Akounak Tedalat Taha Tazoughai by Christopher Kirkley (Niger), Cholo by Muzna Almusafer (Oman), In the Eye of the Spiral by Raynald Leconte and Eve Blouin (Haiti), The Other Side of the Atlantic by Marcio Camara and Danielle Ellery (Brazil), Intore by Eric Kabera (Rwanda), and Too Black to be French? by Isabelle Boni-Claverie (France/Ivory Coast) and many more!

For complete details on the 2016 line-up at Lights, Camera, Africa!!! and to register for your FREE entry to the festival, click here.

9th Annual Family Day Celebration on Governors Island!



Come out for an enchanting day of music, film, and dance as African Film Festival Inc.’s Family Day Celebration returns to Governors Island. Fun-seeking individuals of all ages are invited to join African Film Festival, Inc. and the Trust for Governors Island for a day of FREE activities including story-telling, double-dutch, dance and drum, needlepoint and short films— all celebrating Africa and the diaspora.

Schedule of Events – Sunday, 25th September

12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
With Michelle Bishop & Harlem Needle Arts

12:15 pm – 1:30 pm
With Quenia Ribeiro

1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

2:00 pm – 3:15 pm
With Babacar M’baye & Sing Sing Rhythym

3:30 pm – 4:30 pm
With Malika Lee Whitney

3:30 pm – 4:45 pm
With Maguette Camara & Les Merveilles de Guinea


All activities take place on Colonels’ Row

Check out a video from last year’s Family Day Celebration:

Directions to Governors Island

Ferries run from Lower Manhattan all seven days and run from Brooklyn Bridge Park’s Pier 6 on Saturdays, Sundays, Memorial Day and Labor Day.

There is a $2 round trip fare for adults and children over the age of 12.

There is no fare on 10 AM, 11 AM and 11:30 AM ferries from Manhattan on Saturdays and Sundays. There is also no fare on the 11 AM and 11:30 AM ferry from Brooklyn on Saturdays and Sundays. These ferries are free to all.

Directions to the Governors Island Manhattan Ferry

The Governors Island ferry departs from the Battery Maritime Building located at 10 South Street, adjacent to the Staten Island Ferry in Lower Manhattan. The ferry terminal is accessible as follows:

By Subway

1 to South Ferry station
4, 5 to Bowling Green station
R to Whitehall St. station

By Bus
M9, and M15

Directions to the Governors Island Brooklyn Ferry (Weekends ONLY)
The Governors Island Brooklyn ferry departs from Pier 6 in Brooklyn Bridge Park, at the foot of Atlantic Avenue.

By Subway
R to Court Street
4,5,2,3 to Borough Hall

By Bus



It’s that time of year again!
Movies? Check!
Live Music? Check!
Free? Check!

Our summer outdoor series is back and we cannot wait to welcome you to various NYC parks, as we celebrate the summertime with wonderful programs like Cinema Under the Stars and our annual Family Day Celebration on the amazing Governors Island.

Friday, May 20th – RasTa: A Soul’s Journey at East Elmhurst Playground, Queens

RasTa: A Soul’s Journey, Stuart Samuels, Canada, 2011, 93mins

RasTa: A Soul’s Journey tells the story of the journey of Rita and Bob Marley’s granddaughter, Donisha Prendergast, to eight countries around the world to explore the roots and evolution of Rastafari. Her journey takes her to places where her grandfather’s captivating performances and his message are still fondly remembered. The documentary boasts an uplifting and inspiring reggae soundtrack that features established as well as emerging contemporary, reggae stars such as Humble, Matisyahu and Damian Marley. This exciting mix of travel, music and culture packs a powerful punch that will appeal to audiences around the world.

This is a FREE event! Music by DJ PHD starts at 7:00pm, followed by the film screening.

Presented in collaboration with SummerStage

Visit www.cityparksfoundation.org/event/dj-phd-screening-rasta/ for more info.

Thursday, June 2 – Jazz on A Summer’s Day at Corona Golf Playground, Queens

Jazz on a Summer’s Day, Bert Stern and Aram Avakian, USA/Finland, 1960, 85mins

Jazz On A Summer’s Day captures the sounds and performances of some of the major jazz artists at the 1958 Newport Jazz Festival. Unlike earlier jazz movies that had been filmed in smoky black and white, this is shot in vibrant color. While musicians such as Louis Armstrong, Thelonious Monk, Anita O’Day and Mahalia Jackson perform, images of beaches, sailboats on water, dancing couples and the faces of joyful audience members are intercut into the proceedings.

The screening follows a dance class session with The Lorenz Latin Dance Studio at 7:00pm. This event is free and open to the public

Presented in collaboration with SummerStage

Visit www.cityparksfoundation.org/event/lorenz-latin-dance-screening-jazz-on-a-summers-day/ for more info.

Friday, June 3 – Kirikou and the Wild Beasts at Brookville Park, Queens

Kirikou and the Wild Beasts, Michel Ocelot and Benedicte Galup, France, 2005, 75 mins

Lilliputian hero Kirikou must outwit the evil witch Karaba in order to save his village in this follow-up to Michel Ocelot’s animation masterpiece Kirikou and the Sorceress, produced by Didier Brunier (The Triplets of Belleville). Based on West African folk tales, with a soundtrack featuring songs by Youssou N’Dour, Rokia Traore, and others, Kirikou and the Wild Beasts proves that spirit, not size, is the key to overcoming all odds.

The screening follows a dance class session with Edge School of the Arts at 7:00pm.
This event is free and open to the public

Presented in collaboration with SummerStage

Visit www.cityparksfoundation.org/event/edge-school-of-the-arts-screening-kirikou/ for more info.

Monday, June 13 – Afripedia at Saratoga Park, Brooklyn

Afripedia: Ghana, Senay Berhe, Teddy Goitom, Benjamin Taft, Ghana/Sweden, 2014, 28mins (Total: 84mins)

As Africa changes, and the world’s perception of it changes, the images of Africa and Africans need to change too. Afripedia is a collaborative, multi-part project profiling a new generation of artists from across the continent. This program brings together three documentaries from the Afripedia series, examining the vibrant and rising artistic communities in Ghana, Kenya, Ivory Coast and Senegal. Viewers meet outspoken androgynous music star Wiyaala; 3D artist Andrew Kaggia, who unveils his vision of Nairobi; fashion designer Selly Raby Kane, who sculpts the digital image of a future alien city in an old railway station; and many others.

Directors Teddy Goitom and Senay Berhe will be present for the screening. Music by DJ Hard Hittin’ Harry will start at 7:00pm followed by the screening. This event is free and open to the public.

Presented in collaboration with SummerStage

Visit www.cityparksfoundation.org/event/summerstage-hard-hittin-harry-screening-afripedia-qa/ for more info.

Sunday, June 26 – Queen Nanny: Legendary Maroon Chieftainess at Betsy Head Park, Brooklyn

Queen Nanny: Legendary Maroon Chieftainess, Roy T. Anderson, Jamaica, 2015, 59mins

Nanny was a queen captured in her homeland and forcibly transported across the Atlantic Ocean in the belly of a slave ship. In the New World, she rose up to become the leader of a new nation—of free Africans. However, not many people outside of Jamaica know about the legendary warrior chieftainess of the Jamaican Maroons. She is the only female among Jamaica’s seven national heroes, and her likeness appears on the country’s $500 bill, yet little is known about her. This landmark documentary, conceived by award-winning Jamaican-born, New Jersey–based filmmaker Roy T. Anderson and history professor Harcourt T. Fuller, unearths and examines this mysterious figure, who led a band of former enslaved Africans in the rugged and remote interiors of Jamaica in their victory over the British army during the early to mid-18th century.

Music by DJ Gringo will start at 7:00pm followed by the screening. This event is free and open to the public.

Presented in collaboration with SummerStage

Visit www.cityparksfoundation.org/event/summerstage-screening-queen-nanny-legendary-maroon-chieftainess/ for more info.

Friday, July 1 – Africa United at Bronx Museum of the Arts

Africa United
Africa United, Debs Gardner-Paterson ,Rwanda/UK, 2010, 90mins

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 of the 2010 Football World Cup in Johannesburg.

Featuring a special performance by Dayramir Gonzales & Habana enTRANCE. Music by DJ Asho at 6pm. This event is free and open to the public.

Presented in collaboration with Bronx Museum FIRST FRIDAYS! and Asho Productions

Visit http://www.bronxmuseum.org/events/first-fridays-outdoor-film-screening-in-collaboration-with-the-new-york-african-film-festival for more info.

Monday, July 11 – Destination: Planet Negro! at Jackie Robinson Park, Harlem

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Destination: Planet Negro!, Kevin Willmott, USA, 2015, 98mins

In 1939, a group of African American intellectuals come up with an ingenious and unlikely response to Jim Crow America — leave the planet and populate Mars. Using technology created by George Washington Carver, a three-person crew (plus one rambunctious robot) lift-off in Earth’s first working spaceship on a mission that will take them to a world not unlike present-day America. Their spacey adventure illuminates some hard truths about American culture, and threatens to undermine the time-line of history along the way.

The sunset screening follows a live set by DJ Stormin’ Norman at 7:00pm. This event is free and open to the public.

Presented in collaboration with Reel Harlem Historic Harlem Parks Film Festival 2016

Visit https://www.nycgovparks.org/parks/historic-harlem-parks/events/2016/07/11/reel-harlem-historic-harlem-parks-film-festival-2016 for more info.

Tuesday, July 19 – Afripedia at Celebrating African Film with BRIC FLIX, Brooklyn

Afripedia: Ghana, Senay Berhe, Teddy Goitom, Benjamin Taft, Ghana/Sweden, 2014, 28mins (Total: 84mins)

As Africa changes—and the world’s perception of it changes— the images of Africa and its people need to change too. Afripedia is a collaborative, multi-part project profiling a new generation of artists from Africa and the Diaspora through film, digital media, online platforms, and more. Join us on Tuesday, July 19 for a free, not-to-be-missed screening of Afripedia’s Senegal, Ghana, and New York film series. The screening will be followed by a special discussion with Afripedia co-directors, Teddy Goitom and Senay Berhe.

Directors Teddy Goitom and Senay Berhe will be present for a Q&A as will artist Delphine Diallo, who is featured in Afripedia x New York. This event is free and open to the public, and is first come, first served.

RSVP here

Presented in collaboration with BRIC FLIX

BRIC FLIX is a free film screening and conversation series at BRIC House. Offering premieres, shorts, and web series projects that reflect the excitement, diversity, and creativity of the borough— BRIC FLIX is where Brooklyn comes for film.
Each screening is followed by a discussion with the filmmakers, artists, curators and more.

Visit http://www.bricartsmedia.org/events-performances/celebrating-african-film for more info.

Wednesday, August 3 – Kirikou and the Wild Beasts and Orisha’s Journey at Clove Lakes Park, Staten Island

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Kirikou and the Wild Beasts, Michel Ocelot and Benedicte Galup, France, 2005, 75 mins

Lilliputian hero Kirikou must outwit the evil witch Karaba in order to save his village in this follow-up to Michel Ocelot’s animation masterpiece Kirikou and the Sorceress, produced by Didier Brunier (The Triplets of Belleville). Based on West African folk tales, with a soundtrack featuring songs by Youssou N’Dour, Rokia Traore, and others, Kirikou and the Wild Beasts proves that spirit, not size, is the key to overcoming all odds.

Orisha’s Journey, Abdul Ndadi, USA, 2014, 6 mins

Rooted in African myth, Orisha’s Journey is about a little girl and the power of imagination. Orisha, who doesn’t believe in fables finds herself in one.

The screenings follow a music set by DJ Djib Sayo at 7:00pm. The event is free and open to the public.

Presented in collaboration with SummerStage

Visit http://www.cityparksfoundation.org/event/summerstage-kirikou-and-the-wild-beasts/ for more info.

Thursday, August 4 – Lamb at Queens Museum, Queens

Lamb, Yared Zeleke, Ethiopia, 2015, 94mins
Lamb, Yared Zeleke, Ethiopia, 2015, 94mins

Ephraim is a young Ethiopian boy who recently lost his mother as a result of drought. His father leaves him and his beloved pet sheep, to be looked after by distant relatives, Ephraim isn’t very good at farming, but he has a hidden talent: he is an excellent cook. One day, his uncle tells him that they have to sacrifice his sheep for the next religious feast. The young boy, however, is ready to do anything to save his only friend and return home.

Special performance by Arki Sound. This event is free and open to the public.

Presented in collaboration with Queens Museum

Visit http://www.queensmuseum.org/events/passport-thursdays-outdoor-international-dance-music-film-series-2-2 for more info.

Friday, August 5 – Afripedia at Joyce Kilmer Park, Bronx

Afripedia, Senay Berhe, Teddy Goitom, Benjamin Taft, Ghana/Sweden, 2014 (Total: 84mins)

Afripedia is a five-part short documentary series produced by the Swedish collective Stocktown. Shot in Kenya, Ghana, Angola, Senegal, and South Africa, each of the five episodes focus on a different group of artists and creators in their respective countries. Join us for the Senegal, Ghana, and Kenya episodes!

Special performance by The Cimarron Project. Music by DJ Asho. This event is free and open to the public.

Presented in collaboration with Bronx Museum FIRST FRIDAYS! and Asho Productions

Visit http://www.bronxmuseum.org/events/first-fridays-outdoor-film-screening-in-collaboration-with-the-african-film-festival_3 for more info.

The KIDflix Film Fest of Bed-Stuy! – Every Friday in August at Fulton Park, Brooklyn
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Friday, August 5th – The Trials of Muhammad Ali

The Trials of Muhammad Ali, Bill Siegel, USA, 2013, 94min

The Trials of Muhammad Ali covers the explosive crossroads of Ali’s life. When Cassius Clay becomes Muhammad Ali, his conversion to Islam and refusal to serve in the Vietnam War leave him banned from boxing and facing a five-year prison sentence. Ali’s choice of belief and conscience over fame and fortune resonates far beyond the boxing ring, striking issues of race, faith and identity that continue to confront us all today.

Pre-screening entertainment TBD. This event is free and open to the public.

Presented in collaboration with MoCADA and Black Girls Rock!

About the KIDflix Film Fest of Bed-Stuy
The KIDflix Film Fest of Bed-Stuy is a free annual film festival for kids and their families. The festival has taken place in Bedford-Stuyvesant since 2000, and is now in its 17th season. It is held every Friday night in August in Fulton Park.

Stay tuned for more KIDflix screenings and other upcoming summer programs!

Women’s History Month Screening at NeueHouse


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Thursday, March 17th 6:45 PM-9:15PM

Join NeueHouse and African Film Festival, Inc. for a celebration of Women’s History Month with directors Ekwa Msangi (Soko Sonko) and Alla Kovgan (Nora), and  dancer-choreographer nora chipaumire. 

In the quest to give an authentic voice to women in their personal search for identity, Msangi, Kovgan and chipaumire have crafted works which pay homage to female individuality and the collective family structure, whilst challenging the old belief systems of a woman’s role. 

A screening of Msangi’s Soko Sonko — a comedic tale about the father-daughter bond and gender-role reversals– and Nora, an elegant dance biopic based on chipaumire’s childhood in Zimbabwe, will be followed by a discussion with the artists. 

This is a free, private screening. RSVP is required. RSVPs must be sent to RSVPNY@NeueHouse.com. 

Jihan El-Tahri’s Nasser Screening at MoMA Doc Fortnight

Join us at MoMA’s Doc Fortnight 2016, with two screenings of Nasser by Jihan El-Tahri. This year’s Doc Fortnight takes place February 19 – 29, 2016. We hope to see you there!

U.S. Premiere 2015. France/South Africa. Directed by Jihan El-Tahri. 97 min.

Screening Thursday, February 25 and Friday, February 26

Beginning in 1952, with the resistance against the British Occupation, the film follows the rise to power of Egypt’s iconic leader Gamal Abdul Nasser, capturing in captivating detail his struggle to make Egypt the secular leader of the Arab world. Using military connections, popular support, foresight, and cunning, Nasser became president, and in the end his repression of all opposition proved both his greatest strength and his downfall. This comprehensive documentary is jampacked with interviews—of members of the Muslim Brotherhood, government officials, communists, military personnel, and foreign diplomats—interspersed with mainstream film clips and an explicit narration. A Doc Fortnight/African Film Festival, Inc. collaboration. In Arabic, English, Russian; English subtitles


Thursday, February 25, 7:30 
Friday, February 26, 4:30 



For more details visit MoMA

New Year, New Things!

As we move deeper into the winter season, take a look back at some of AFF’s programming from Summer and Fall 2015.

Family Day Celebration on Governors Island

Check out a video highlighting events from our annual Family Day Celebration on Governors Island, which includes dance classes taught by world renowned instructors, needle arts, double-dutch, storytelling, film screenings and amazing African and diaspora cuisine.


Am I – Post-Screening Discussion with Nadia Sasso at Maysles Cinema

This past Fall, AFF and Doc Watchers presented a screening of Nadia Sasso’s Am I: Too African to be American, Too American to be African. Following the screening was a very thought-provoking discussion moderated by Ngozi Odita. Check out some of the highlights below.


New Additions to the Sierra Leone Cultural Conservation Program Website


The Sierra Leone CCP Oral History Project

This oral history project documents events surrounding the Ebola outbreak of 2014 in West Africa. In Sierra Leone, where the outbreak was first reported in early 2014, CCP participant Jongopie Cole asked citizens about their opinions and experiences with Ebola and also documented a case of an Ebola victim who sadly passed away several days after the recording was made.

2015 CCP Graduation Films

The Sierra Leone Cultural Conservation Program (CCP) is proud to present the 2015 Graduation Short Films by participants who completed the 3 1/2 year training program. Please enjoy the videos!

Visit ccp.africanfilmny.org for more

Celebrate Black History Month– AFRIPEDIA Screening at The Schomburg


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Afripedia Screening & Discussion

Thursday, February 18th, 2016, 6:30pm – 8:30pm

Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture
515 Malcolm X Boulevard
New York, NY 10037

Join us at The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture as we celebrate Black History Month with a screening of the Ghana and Senegal episodes from the Afripedia series. Directors Teddy Goitom and Senay Berhe will be present for a post-screening talkback.

Afripedia— a documentary series by Teddy Goitom, Benjamin Taft, and Senay Berhe — is dedicated to showcasing artists, musicians, filmmakers, and other creatives from Africa and its Diaspora. Spend an evening with AFF and the Schomburg Center as we co-present a screening of this engrossing visual guide to the cultural movements taking place in African metropolises and the young artists on the continent who are making Black History now!

This event is FREE and open to the public, but registration is required. Please click here to reserve your seats now. All attendees are advised to arrive early as registered seats will be released 15-30 minutes before the start of the program. Click here for more details on the Schomburg Center’s registration/admission policy.


In 2015-2016, African Film Festival, Inc. (AFF) celebrates the 20th anniversary of our National Traveling Series. Due to the demand for African films across the country, in 1995 AFF launched the series, which travels to cultural institutions, museums, and universities in ten to thirteen cities in the U.S. and in some Caribbean nations, in order to make the unique experience of watching African cinema available to a wider audience. The Traveling Series program consists of several feature and short films, including promotional and educational materials.

The 20th edition of the National Traveling Series is comprised of eight films presented under the theme of “International Decade of People of African Descent.” The films represent a unique opportunity to examine the ways in which people of African descent have broken through borders with films and narratives, that form part of the global imagination. Likewise, the use of technology to help usher in the many cultural and social movements taking place on the continent is spotlighted in this edition of the National Traveling Series.

If you have an interest in bringing the films of the 2015-2016 National Traveling Series to your community, please contact the African Film Festival office at 212.352.1720 or by email at nyaff@erols.com for full details. Our team will be happy to work with you in order help bring African cinema to your community.


In English & Pidgin with English subtitles

Due to a road mishap, a bus driver loses a group of psychiatric patients on the way to a federal hospital. To cover up the mistake, he and a nurse pick up unsuspecting commuters to substitute the patients and the plot thickens as the new passengers must try to prove their sanity in a psychiatric institution, while the escapees try to adjust to a new environment. This allegorical comedy of errors features some of Nigeria’s biggest names  including Innocent “2Face” Idibia, Alleluya “Alibaba” Akporobomerere, Bright “Basketmouth” Okpoucha, and more.


THE LONGEST KISS (A jamais, pour toujours)
In English & Arabic with English subtitles

The meeting of the Blue and White Nile in Sudan’s capital, Khartoum, is referred to as ‘the longest kiss in history.’ As the Arab Spring was in full bloom, Sudan, straddling between the Middle East and Africa, was about to split in two. The film follows six young Sudanese searching for a place to call ‘home’ as their journeys take us up and down the Nile, between north and south Sudan, ahead of the south’s secession. Facing conflicting identities, youth in north Sudan grapple with a stale dictatorship while others in south Sudan hope to start over—but at what costs? For the first time a film gives a voice to Sudanese youth from different origins, Muslims and Christians. It is an intimate portrait of a complex society that bears witness to its inevitable fragmentation.


RED LEAVES (Alim Adumim)
BAZI GETE, ISRAEL, 2014, 80min.
In Hebrew and Amharic with English subtitles

Meseganio Tadela, 74, immigrated to Israel from Ethiopia 28 years ago with his family. He has chosen to zealously retain his culture, talks very little, and hardly speaks Hebrew. After losing his wife, Meseganio sets out on a journey that leads him through his children’s homes. He comes to realize that he belongs to a rapidly disappearing class that believes in retaining Ethiopian culture. As this harsh reality begins to hit him, he struggles to survive according to his own rules.



In English

The whispers among connoisseurs talk about Accra as the next big hotspot for African cultural production, and Afripedia: Ghana suggests they’re not wrong. Meet outspoken and androgynous music star Wiyaala and exciting trick-bikers Bikelordz whose BMX skills and flamboyant style have taken neighborhoods by storm. Visual artist Afrogallonism puts on extraordinary outdoor performances to highlight environmental issues.

In English

Take an intimate look at Nairobi’s urban culture scene and its leading personalities and stars. Meet 3D-artist Andrew Kaggia, creator of a 3D-animated political short film, taking you to his futuristic vision of Nairobi and proving that disability is never inability. Afro-futuristic pop band and DIY-enthusiasts Just a Band redefine music videos, and visual artist Cyrus introduces us to his remarkable collection created solely with found materials.


In 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 boys have great chemistry. Cholo is a young boy full of imagination and a great love for nature and life. However, jealousy, competitiveness, and curiosity arise between the two, as they go through a journey of self-discovery.


In English

From the moment that Tshepo, a security guard, breaks through Jenny’s multi-locked door to save her, she feels as if she’s been swept off her feet. But as Jenny imagines herself falling in love with him, an unhealthy, delusional obsession begins to take shape.


In French & Wolof with English subtitles

Concerned about the environmental issues that Senegal is facing, photographer Fabrice Monteiro, in collaboration with the designer “Jah Gal,” created The Prophecy. The objective of this photographic project is to raise global awareness of the environment by combining art, culture, fashion, and tradition. The essence of each site photographed is characterized by a Jinn — supernatural genies omnipresent in African cultures — merging with its environment. Marcia Juzga’s film is a behind-the-scenes look at the making of Monteiro’s project.

A Message from Abderrahmane Sissako…


“My first encounter with NYAFF took place twenty-two years ago, and though I am far from being its progenitor, I was there to witness its birth.  This encounter, which would mark my first voyage to New York, took place in Africa, at the Panafrican Film and Television Festival in Ouagadougou. The better part of the participants had met up after the screening in La Forêt, the mythic restaurant of the day, to dine together and to share our hopes for our cinema’s eventual emancipation. I was one of the novices joining the family of African cinema with their early efforts. A woman approached me and said, with her now-legendary determination, like that of a soldier, a warrior for good causes, “My name is Mahen,” and she spoke to me of her festival and of her wish for me to attend its first edition. “Yes,” I replied, without having understood everything. She wanted to bring little-known images to New York, to spure a meeting between meaning and desire.”

                                                                                                             – Abderrahmane Sissako

Founded in 1990 by Mahen Bonetti, African Film Festival, Inc. continues to introduce the best in cinema and culture from Africa and its Diaspora. AFF has exposed audiences to veteran and emerging filmmakers and multidisciplinary artists through the New York African Film Fesitval (NYAFF) and its other year-round programs.

Please consider making a donation today. Through your generosity, AFF will be able to bring the next generation of African and Diasporan artists, directors, and tastemakers to the forefront.

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AFF is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization. All donations are tax-deductible.

Support AFF This #GivingTuesday


Shopping #Black Friday or #Cyber Monday? What are you doing on #Giving Tuesday?

#GivingTuesday –which was established as a way to help people give back after Black Friday and Cyber Monday– is a great way to give help your favorite charities.

This year #GivingTuesday will take place on Tuesday, December 1st. We hope that you will take a moment to help African Film Festival, Inc. (AFF) on #GivingTuesday by making a donation to support our programs. Your donation will help us continue to present AFF programs such as the New York African Film Festival, Young Adults Education Program, Community Engagement Programs, National Traveling Series, and the Summer Outdoor Series-many of which are free to the public!

AFF is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization so a portion of your donation is tax deductible!

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Nov. 19 screening of Am I: Too African to be American or Too American to be African?


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What does it mean to be an African born in America? AFF and DocWatchers invite you to join us for a screening of Am I: Too African to be American or Too American to be African? by Nadia Sasso at Maysles Cinema on Thursday, November 19th at 7:00pm. The film features interviews with a number of prominent first generation Americans of African descent, including Issa Rae of Awkward Black Girl fame. The filmmaker, Nadia Sasso, will be in attendance.

Maysles Cinema
343 Lenox Avenue,
New York, NY 10027
Between 127th and 128th Street

Film Synopsis:
Am I: Too African to be American or Too American to be African? is a documentary film that explores the complex identity formations of young African women living in America and West Africa who identify bi-culturally. It specifically looks at how they wrestle with concepts of race, complexion, gender, and heritage among other issues.

Click here for tickets.

A reception will follow the screening.


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In 1952, Ousmane Sembene, a dockworker and fifth-grade dropout from Senegal, began dreaming an impossible dream: to become the storyteller for a new Africa.

SEMBENE! tells the unbelievable true story of the father of African cinema, the self-taught novelist and filmmaker who fought, against enormous odds, a 50-year battle to return African stories to Africans. SEMBENE! is told through the experiences of the man who knew him best, colleague and biographer Samba Gadjigo, using rare archival footage and more than 100 hours of exclusive materials. A true-life epic, SEMBENE! follows an ordinary man who transforms himself into a fearless spokesperson for the marginalized, becoming a hero to millions.

SEMBENE! will be shown at Lincoln Plaza Cinemas beginning Friday, November 6th. Directors Samba Gadjigo and Jason Silverman will be in attendance for Q&As for select screenings on Friday, November 6th, Saturday, November 7th, and Sunday, November 8th. Click here for tickets and show times.

Lincoln Plaza Cinemas is located at 1886 Broadway, New York, NY 10023 (between 63rd and 62nd Streets).

SEMBENE! directed by Samba Gadjigo and Jason Silverman, USA/Senegal, 2015, 82min

Upcoming NYC Screenings: Miners Shot Down & Crumbs


The Coalition of Peace Organizations of the U.N. is presenting a screening of Miners Shot Down on Friday, October 16th at 7:30. This FREE event will take place at the Malcolm X and Dr. Betty Shabazz Memorial and Educational Center.

Presented in Association with The Source Magazine and AFF.

MINERS SHOT DOWN Trailer from Icarus Films on Vimeo.

In August 2012, mineworkers in one of South Africa’s biggest platinum mines began a strike for better wages. Six days later, the police used live ammunition to brutally suppress the strike, killing 34 and injuring many more. What emerges is the country’s first post-colonial massacre. Miners Shot Down follows the strike from day one, showing the courageous but isolated fight waged by a group of low paid workers against the combined forces of a mining company, the ANC government and their allies in the National Union of Mineworkers.

Director Rehad Desai will be present for a post-screening discussion.

Free admission. Donations will be accepted.

The Malcolm X and Dr. Betty Shabazz Memorial and Educational Center is located at:

3940 Broadway
(between W. 165th & 166th streets)
New York, NY 10032

The Ethiopian surrealist sci-fi, Crumbs will be opening in New York on Friday, October 23rd at Cinema Village.

Crumbs is set against the background of spectacular post-apocalyptic Ethiopian landscapes, where the film finds a strange-looking scrap collector, Gagano. Alternately gripped by daydreams and constant fears, the diminutive Gagano has had enough of collecting the priceless crumbs of decayed civilization, including the most valuable: merchandise from Michael Jackson and Michael Jordan. When a spaceship that has been hovering high in the sky for years starts showing signs of activity, Gagano has to overcome his fears – as well as a witch, Santa Claus and second-generation Nazis — to discover things aren’t quite the way he thought.

Click here for showtimes and tickets! The filmmaker, Miguel Llanso, will be in attendance at the 7:15pm and 9:15pm shows on Friday and Saturday!