8th Annual Family Day Celebration

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A fun and engaging cultural experience awaits New Yorkers of all backgrounds as the 8th edition of African Film Festival Inc.’s Family Day Celebration returns to Governors Island on Sunday, September 13th, 2015. Fun-seeking individuals of all ages are invited to join African Film Festival, Inc. and the Trust for Governors Island for this exciting and entertaining day-long celebration of African and African diaspora arts and culture. A one-of-a kind, kid-friendly event, Family Day will feature FREE activities including story-telling, double-dutch, dance and drum, and needlepoint. Free dance classes with esteemed instructors from USA, Senegal, Brazil and Guinea will also take place during the celebration topped off with a selection of short films highlighting the best talent from Africa and its diaspora. Vendors offering the tastiest selections of African food and beverages will be on-site for interested customers. Join us for an enchanting day of music, film and dance!

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WHEN: Sunday, September 13th, 2015; (Rain date Sunday, September 20th, 2015)

TIME: 11:00am -5:00pm

WHERE: Colonels Row on Governors Island, Manhattan

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Selected Short Films:

The Prophecy

Marcia Juzga, Senegal, 2015, 20 min.

The Prophecy is a behind-the-scenes look at the making of Fabrice Monteiro’s photographic project whose objective is to raise the awareness of the Senegalese population and the rest of the world about the environmental issues Senegal is facing by combining art, culture and tradition. The series of surreal photographs details the most representative sites of Senegal’s environmental destruction. The essence of each site is characterized by a Jinn – a supernatural genie omnipresent in African cultures – merging with its environment.

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Cholo

Muzna Almusafer, Oman, 2014, 21 min.

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 10-year-old boy full of imagination and a great love for nature and life. But jealousy, competitiveness and curiosity arise between the two, as they go through a journey of self-discovery.

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Bus Nut

Akosua Adoma Owusu, USA, 2014, 7 min.

Bus Nut rearticulates the 1955 Montgomery Bus Boycott, a political and social protest against U.S. racial segregation on the public transit system of Montgomery, Alabama, and its relationship to an educational video on school-bus safety. Actress MaameYaa Boafo restages a vintage video while reciting press-conference audio of Rosa Parks on a re-created set in New York City.

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The Road We Travel

Aidan Belizaire, Uganda/UK, 2014, 38 min.

After arriving in Uganda without any money, a downtrodden photographer befriends a local taxi driver who offers him a place to stay, forcing him to embrace a culture very different to his own. Through an unlikely friendship, both men realize that despite differences in culture, religion and race, meeting a particular person (either by fate or coincidence) can change your life for the better

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LOCATION: Governors Island. To get to Governors Island from Manhattan, take the 1 to South Ferry, the 4 or 5 to Bowling Green or the R to Whitehall Street. Then take the Governors Island Ferry—for a $2 round trip fee— located in the Battery Maritime Building, Slip # 7, to the Island and follow the signs to the festivities. Ferry service from Brooklyn is available on Saturday, Sundays, Memorial Day and Labor Day. Ferries leave from Brooklyn Bridge Park’s Pier 6, at the foot of Atlantic Avenue. Ferry service from Brooklyn to Governors Island is also $2 for the round trip. Please click HERE for the detailed ferry schedule and directions.

 

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International Partnerships

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AFF contributes to many cross-cultural projects and has become a resource for programmers worldwide. The AFF Network reflects this unique perspective on the film industry. AFF has been to Burkina Faso to scout FESPACO since 1993. In the mid-1990s the Bob Marley Foundation hosted the African Film Festival at the Bob Marley Museum in Kingston, Jamaica. In 1996, AFF curated the film program of Africa: Art of a Continent, at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, and, in 1997, went on to co-curate the African and African Diaspora Film Series for the 2nd Johannesburg Biennale. AFF has partnered with the Celebration of African Heritage to co-curate a pan-African film festival in Brazil as well as Africala in Mexico. As our reputation for quality programming grows, so does the community of individuals and organizations committed to cultural understanding. In 2007 AFF met with partners in Barbados, Trinidad & Tobago, Sudan, Brazil, St. Kitts and Nevins, as well as organizers from North Africa and the Middle East. In 2010, AFF curated a program of shorts in St. Petersburg, Russia, in collaboration with Message to Man Festival and with Imagem dos Povos in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. In September 2011, AFF forged an ongoing partnership with Lights, Camera, AFRICA!!! Film Festival in Lagos, Nigeria. This festival shares the best and most exciting of African cinema, to stimulate discourse on issues rooted in the African experience.

 

Current and Recent Partnerships

Docubox  Nairobi, Kenya

DOCUBOX exists to enable talented, driven, focused and accountable East African artists to produce unique films that unearth new realities and cross trans-national boundaries. Through training, development and production grants, screenings for people who love documentary films, they promote East African filmmakers and share their unique stories with the world through creative documentary.

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Docubox, Nairobi, Kenya. 2015

 

Lights, Camera, AFRICA!!! Film Festival – Lagos, Nigeria

Lights, Camera, Africa!!! film festival showcases the brightest ideas in African cinema. It promotes filmmaking talent from within Africa—especially works from Nigerian filmmakers.

Lights, Camera, Africa!!! Film Festival, Lagos, Nigeria. 2011

Lights, Camera, Africa!!! Film Festival, Lagos, Nigeria. 2011

 

Message to Man Festival – St. Petersburg, Russia

Message to Man Festival was founded to emphasize the important role of non-feature films in the cultural life of Russia and to allow national documentary filmmakers to become more familiar with the world of international cinema.

 

Imagem dos Povos – Belo Horizonte, Brazil

Imagem dos Povos is an iternational festival focused on cultural diversity and strengthening production networks and audiovisual distribution.

 

Africala – Mexico

AFRICALA (Africa in Latin America) was born as the first African film festival in Latin America in Mexico City in 2007, with the intention of promoting contemporary cinema of the African continent in all Spanish-speaking countries. While Latin America has a large African descent and a large diaspora, little is known of the continent’s culture and even less about her films. Like Latin America, the African continent has the need to break the stereotypes that were created throughout history and cinema is a great tool to achieve it.

 

Past Partnerships

Semana Boabab – Mexico City, Mexico

The Baobab Week is a festival of African culture that seeks to celebrate our mother land Africa through different artistic expressions and contemporary photojournalism, painting, music, cinema, food tasting, among other activities, to break with the false stereotypes of Africa and its people.

 

Semana Boabab (Boabab Week), Mexico City, Mexico. 2008

Semana Boabab (Boabab Week), Mexico City, Mexico. 2008

 

Bob Marley Foundation (now the Rita Marley Foundation) – Kingston, Jamaica

The aim of the Bob Marley Foundation in Jamaica is to support local communities where the need for charitable assistance is greatest. The Foundation, founded in 1986, has contributed financial, cultural and other resources to various communities and organizations in Jamaica. Our intent and motivation is to fulfill the vision of the Honorable Robert Nesta Marley O.M. while reaching those in need through love and brotherhood.

 

Lights on Africa: A Program of African Film – New York, USA

Supplementing the exhibitions Africa: The Art of a Continent and In/sight: African Photographers, 1940 to the Present, the series focused on contemporary African issues and their treatment in the medium of film. Lights on Africa: A Program of African Film was organized by Manon Slome of the Guggenheim Museum in consultation with Mahen Bonetti of African Film Festival Inc. and with the support of Manthia Diawara, Chairman of the Department of African Studies, New York University.

 

African Diaspora Film Series – 2nd Johannesburg Biennale – Johannesburg, South Africa

After the years of isolation as a consequence of the apartheid system, the Biennale of Johannesburg was meant to restore the dialog between South Africa and the international art scene.

 

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2015 AFF SUMMER SERIES SCHEDULE

Movies? Check! Live Music? Check! Free? Check! The Summer Series is back and we at AFF cannot wait to welcome you and yours to various NYC venues, as we celebrate the summertime with wonderful programs like “CINEMA UNDER THE STARS” set throughout various NYC Parks, and our “FAMILY DAY CELEBRATION” on the beautiful Governor’s Island.

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Sunday, July 12th: NY Premiere of THE AMAZING NINA SIMONE with Maysles Cinema and REEL Harlem

 

 

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AFF’s Summer Series “Cinema Under the Stars” moves to Harlem’s Jackie Robinson Park on Sunday, July 12th at 6:30 pm as we partner with Maysles Cinema and REEL Harlem: The Historic Harlem Parks Film Festival to present the New York premiere of The Amazing Nina Simone.  Bring a lawn chair to this outdoor event which is free and open to the public! The evening will also feature a special performance by DJ Reborn showcasing selected songs of Nina Simone.

The Amazing Nina Simone reveals the real Nina Simone through over 50 intimate interviews with those who best knew the artistry and intentions of one of America’s true musical geniuses. The documentary film traces Nina’s roots from her upbringing in segregated North Carolina and follows her journey all the way to the South of France and the place where she finally found freedom.

The film will be introduced by its director, Jeff L. Lieberman, and Nina Simone’s brother, Sam Waymon.

Music performance begins at 6:30 pm and film screening begins at sunset (approximately 8:30 pm).

Location: Jackie Robinson Park, 148th Street & Bradhurst Avenue, Harlem, New York

Rain location: Maysles Cinema at 343 Malcolm X Blvd. (Lenox Blvd) between 127th & 128th streets, New York, NY 10027

About the Performer:

DJ Reborn is a trailblazing international DJ, sound collage artist, hip hop theater musical director and arts educator. She has spent the last two decades utilizing her passion for music and her skills as a DJ to traverse within these worlds and make an impact. Reborn has a myriad of impressive credits to her career including working as the touring DJ for Russell Simmons Def Poetry Jam and opening for The Roots and John Legend. She has also deejayed live on BET and for the live telecast of the NAACP Image Awards as well as the MSNBC telecast of the One Nation Rally at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington D.C. She lives and works bi-coastally between NYC and LA.

 

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Friday, July 3rd: Summer Series Screening of WHITE WEDDING with The Bronx Museum

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Our annual Summer Series continues on Friday, July 3rd from 6-10pm at Joyce Kilmer Park in the Bronx with a screening of the endearing South African comedy, White Wedding! AFF will be co-presenting the screening with the Bronx Museum of the Arts as part of their First Fridays series. The evening will also feature a special performance by Tuelo & Her Cousins, as well as music from DJ Asho.

So grab a blanket and join us for a free outdoor screening of White Wedding. Devoted groom-to-be Elvis sets out on a 1,800-kilometer South African road trip in order to give his fiancée, Ayanda, a European-style dream wedding, but finds that getting there won’t be easy thanks to his best friend Tumi and a wandering English doctor named Rose.

Meanwhile, as Ayanda begins to question Elvis’ commitment, her opinionated mother weighs in with her own thoughts about choosing European tradition over African tradition, and a handsome old boyfriend shows up with a suspicious agenda.

Check out the trailer:

Location: Joyce Kilmer Park, Grand Concourse between E 161st Street and E 164th Street
Rain Location: The Bronx Museum of the Arts, 1040 Grand Concourse, Bronx, NY 10456

About the performers:
Tuelo & Her Cousins are a New York City based band who share a kindred love for music that rocks the soul. Formed by singer/songwriter Tuelo Minah in 2013, the band continually play to packed houses at some of New York’s most famed institutions including Rockwood, The Apollo Music Cafe, and Lincoln Center. Their unique take on rock and roll combines driving beats and catchy hooks with Tswana-Bushmen rhythms to tell dreamlike tales of struggle and triumph.
Tuelo Minah is Tswana from the countryside of South Africa where she grew up singing in the fields of her family’s farm. Minah’s voice has graced Central Park SummerStage, Carnegie Hall, Late Night with David Letterman, the Blue Note, and the Brooklyn Academy of Music, to name a few. She was the music director for Ndebele Funeral which won the Overall Excellence Award – Best Play at the 2013 Fringe Festival NYC. Tuelo & Her Cousins, her most meaningful project to date, is her musical family that explores and brings to life her original songs.

Presented in collaboration with:

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This Wednesday AFF Screens BRONX PRINCESS in Nairobi, Kenya!

This Wednesday, June 24 AFF partners with DOCUBOX to present BRONX PRINCESS in Nairobi, Kenya.

Film lovers in Nairobi are invited to come see this free screening of the spirited coming-of-age story of Rocky Otoo.  A teen raised in the Bronx, New York, Rocky’s ideas of life and independence often conflict with the more traditional viewpoints of her Ghanaian mother. During the summer between her high school graduation and the start of college, Rocky journeys to Africa to reunite with her father, a chief in Ghana. While there Rocky must reconcile her African heritage with her ideas of independence.  BRONX PRINCESS will be screened with A GOAT FOR A VOTE, an intriguing look at three students competing to be the next school president.

The event is free and open to the public. Movie fans can reserve their free tickets by clicking here!

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Bronx Princess, Yoni Brook & Musa Syeed, Ghana/USA, 2008, 38min

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Summer Series: AFRICA 411 – An Evening of Short Films

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We’re kicking off our annual Summer Series this year on Staten Island! This coming Wednesday, June 17th at 7:00pm we’re co-hosting AFRICA 411 – An Evening of Shorts with Staten Island Arts at the Culture Lounge! This is a FREE EVENT, you just have to register online here!

Get the 411 on African cultural realities through the eyes of several emerging film directors from the continent. Staten Island Arts Folklife is proud to partner with the African Film Festival, Inc. (AFF) of New York to produce this special evening in honor of the Cultural Feedback Project Community Archive. AFF is dedicated to advancing an enhanced understanding of African culture through the moving image. It offers diverse platforms for the wide distribution of African media through its flagship annual film festival and complementary year-round programming. The Cultural Feedback Project is thrilled to host a specially curated series that pays homage to “traditional culture and contemporary struggles” facing the African continent, as part of the exhibit’s programming. As a living and community-driven digital folklife archive, the Cultural Feedback Project seeks to tell the stories and showcase the cultural heritage of Staten Island’s three largest West African communities (Sierra Leone, Ghana and Liberia) from the inside out, in their own words and on their own terms. It also documents West African traditional arts for future generations. The films that make up Africa 411 each address ways in which traditional knowledge found in story telling and religious practice as well as daily life can be used to better understand and combat contemporary issues such as evolving gender roles, drug addiction, mental health, and the aftermath of political violence. A short Q & A with festival directors will follow the showing.

Featured Films Include:

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Beleh
Ekah Christa Assam, Cameroon, 2013, 26min
Set in a small village in Cameroon, Beleh examines the relationship between Ekema and his heavily pregnant wife, Joffi. The difficulty she faces in her pregnancy is made worse by demands of her selfish husband. One day there’s a mysterious role reversal between the sexes and Ekema gains a whole new perspective on his wife’s situation.

 

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Soko Sonko
Ekwa Msangi, Kenya/USA, 2014, 22min.
When her mom gets sick, Kibibi’s dad must take her to the market to get her hair braided before school begins. Soko Sonko is a hilarious, fish-out-of-water roller-coaster of a journey about a well-intended dad who goes where no man has gone before…

 

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Curse of an Addict (Documentary Short)
Lovinsa Kavuma, Zanzibar / Tanzania / 2013, 25min.
Seif a young Muslim and heroin addict believes he is cursed. In a battle to be free, Seif seeks help from a Shiek-a spiritual leader who conducts an exorcism and summons the curse on stage. She, arrives in the form of a spirit to confront Seif. She says he is a free man but there are conditions he must abide to in order to maintain his freedom from life of drugs.

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Screening & Discussion – An African City

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AN AFRICAN CITY SCREENING & DISCUSSION

Thursday, February 19th, 2015, 6:30pm – 8:45pm
Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture
515 Malcolm X Boulevard
New York, NY 10037

This event is free and open to the public, but registration is required. Click here for more information. Please note that the Schomburg Center is no longer accepting RSVPs for this event. All attendees are advised to arrive early as registered seats will be released 15 to 30 minutes before the start of the program. Click here for more information on the Schomburg Center’s registration and admission policy.

Celebrate Black History Month with AFF and the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture as we co-host a special screening and discussion with guests from An African City.

Join us on Thursday, February 19th for a screening of select episodes from the popular web series, An African City. Immediately following the screening will be a discussion with the series’ star Nana Mensah and executive producer Millie Monyo.

This entertaining series has transfixed online audiences with its honest and humorous depiction of five young and modern African women. With their arrival in Accra, Ghana from abroad, the women of An African City take viewers along as they search for independence, career fulfillment, love, and everything in between.

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19th National Traveling Series

ABOUT THE SERIES

Since 1995, African Film Festival, Inc. has worked to increase access to African cinema by expanding its channels of distribution. In order to make the unique experience of watching African cinema available to a wider audience, AFF programs the annual National Traveling Series that travels to cultural institutions, museums, and universities in ten to thirteen cities in the U.S. including Puerto Rico. This package consists of several feature and short films, including promotional and educational materials.

FEATURED FILMS

BELEH
Eka Christa Assam, Cameroon, 2013, 26min. 

Set in a small village at the foot of Mount Fako in Cameroon, Beleh examines the relationship between Ekema and his heavily pregnant wife, Joffi. The difficulty she faces in her first pregnancy is made worse by the petulant and selfish demands of her irate and uncompromising husband. Things come to a head when one morning, the situation mysteriously changes in the village and there’s a total role reversal between the sexes. Ekema (who’s the only one who seems to be aware of the change) gets to experience a day as a pregnant man and his experiences throw a whole new light on his view of Joffi’s feelings.

Click on the picture below to be redirected to trailer:

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WOODEN HANDS
Kaouther Ben Hania, Tunisia/France, 2013, 23min.

Five-year-old Amira lives with her mother in a small apartment in Tunis. On the day that she’s supposed to return to the Koranic school, Amira was dearly wishing to enjoy the few remaining hours of her holiday. She managed to find nothing better to do than to attach her hand to the chair with super glue…

 

SOKO SONKO
Ekwa Msangi, Kenya/USA, 2014, 22min.

When her mom gets sick, Kibibi’s dad must take her to the market to get her hair braided before school begins. Soko Sonko is a hilarious, fish-out-of-water roller-coaster of a journey, about a well-intended dad who goes where no man has gone before… because only women have been there.

 

CURSE OF AN ADDICT (docu-drama)
Lovinsa Kavuma, Zanzibar/Tanzania, 2013, 25min.

In Zanzibar, Seif, a 28-year-old heroin addict believes he is cursed. In a battle to be free from a life where he contracted HIV, Seif seeks help from a Shiek. In a spiritual exorcism, the curse from his past is conjured up. Having confronted his demons, only time will tell whether Seif can lead a clean life as a true Muslim.

 

CASSA, CASSA (documentary)
Elodie Lefebvre, Senegal, 2013, 51min.

In 2007, Germaine Acogny, a leading figure in contemporary African dance and the founder of the École des Sables in Senegal, invited thirty-five choreographers and musicians of African origin for an inaugural Dance project. In the remote village where the exceptional exchange took place, each artist brings his or her own personal universe. They unfold it under the others’ gaze, in a quest for the nature of the links that unite them with Africa. It is with a desire for communion and sharing that these unique trajectories meet at the École des Sables, where they reunite with their collective history.

 

SOMETHING NECESSARY
Judy Kibinge, Kenya/Germany, 2013, 85min. 

Something Necessary is an intimate moment in the life of Anne, a woman struggling to rebuild her life after the civil unrest that swept Kenya during the 2008 elections, which claimed the life of her husband, the health of her son and left her isolated farm in ruins. Joseph, a troubled young gang member who participated in the countrywide violence is drawn to Anne and her farm seemingly in search of redemption. Both he and Anne need something that only the other can give to allow them to shed the painful memories of their past and move on – but will either of them find it?

 

WINTER OF DISCONTENT
Ibrahim El Batout, Egypt, 2012, 96min. 

Set against the momentous backdrop of the whirlwind protests of Cairo’s Tahrir Square that began on January 25th, 2011, this film by independent director Ibrahim El Batout takes us on a compellingly raw, starkly moving journey into the lives of activist Amr (Amr Waked), journalist Farah (Farah Youssef) and State Security officer Adel (Salah AlHanafy) as they experience a shifting reality in the days and nights leading up to the resignation of President Mubarak. Winter of Discontent poetically evokes the pivotal events that changed the face of Egypt forever. As the stories of these characters unfold, we are propelled into the heady, often surreal atmosphere of terror, uncertainty and mass euphoria that surrounded those days that shaped history, and that continue to do so. It exposes the anger, the deceits and the lies that people faced every day during the years of Moubarak’s rule.

 

 

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Happy Thanksgiving from the African Film Festival!

A SPECIAL NOTE OF GRATITUDE FROM AFF!

With 2014 rapidly coming to a close, we wish to thank you all for the immense support you’ve shown to African Film Festival, Inc. (AFF)! From your attendance at our various events, to the donations you give, the re-tweets, the re-posts, the word of mouth, we know we couldn’t have had such a spectacular year without your dedication to what we do.

In 2015, AFF will turn 25! That’s more than two decades of memorable flagship festivals, countless education programs, impactful community programs, national film series touring across the country, summer film screenings under the stars and cultural activity workshops across the five boroughs of New York City, and international programs focused on the expansion and significance of African arts and culture!

AFF has introduced and shaped the role of two generations of African filmmakers, performers, and visual artists to American and international audiences. The voices of these artists have been captured and brought to life through their celebrated film works available in AFF’s DVD store as well as three comprehensive anthology books published by AFF. We also continue work on and improve our ever-growing online directory that offers unparalleled resources that serve as a reference for students, scholars and anyone interested in African and African diaspora arts and culture.

As we commemorate our silver anniversary in 2015, AFF will present year-round programs dedicated to tracing the ‘Footprints of Africa’– the impact made on cultures throughout the world by Africans and their descendants. In addition, next year, the 22nd edition of the New York Film Festival will also look at the strides made by women as we celebrate the 15th anniversary of the 2000 program ‘Women in Media.’

We hope to continue serving New York and the world with the best films and visual arts genres from Africa and its diaspora. At the end of the day, AFF is a community-oriented entity that cannot prosper without the continued support of those who believe in our mission!

In the spirit of the holiday season, please consider making a gift to AFF today. Your help can pave the way for the organization to continue its mission of bringing you the best of African and African diasporan arts and culture, by making a tax-deductible donation:

Thank you!

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18th National Traveling Series

ABOUT THE SERIES

Since 1995, African Film Festival, Inc. has worked to increase access to African cinema by expanding its channels of distribution. In order to make the unique experience of watching African cinema available to a wider audience, AFF programs the annual National Traveling Series that travels to cultural institutions, museums, and universities in ten to thirteen cities in the U.S. including Puerto Rico. This package consists of several feature and short films, including promotional and educational materials.

FEATURED FILMS

FUELLING POVERTY 
Ishaya Bayoko, Nigeria, 2012, 30min.
The oil subsidy placed on petroleum products in 2012 by the Nigerian government was meant to provide a much-needed relief on the cost of living for its citizens. However it was revealed that about seven billion dollars was stolen from the Nigerian people in one year from the same program that was meant to provide relief for them. It is quite possibly one of the most daring frauds in history. FUELLING POVERTY is a documentary that expresses and articulates this fraud. With music from Femi Kuti and Asa, FUELLING POVERTY is another collaboration between the award-winning team of writer/ director, Ishaya Bako and producer, Oliver Aleogena; a joint production between The Allied Film Company and Amateur Heads Media.

FAISAL GOES WEST
Bentley Brown, USA/Sudan, 2013, 34min.
Faisal and his family join the millions who have come to America in search of a better life. Too bad they chose to do so in the midst of an economic crisis, along with cultural and linguistic barriers. It also doesn’t help when Faisal puts the family in a tough spot, when he loses the family car. In a crunch for money, Tahir (the father, who was once a lawyer in Sudan), takes up work at a local auto shop. Faisal facing the reality that he is not prepared for his dream of attending an American University, begins looking for work. His Kenyan-raised, Sudanese-American friend Adil, promises to find Faisal a job. After a journey by bus and train, the two arrive at a chicken farm. Only through trials and hardship, can Faisal learn the tough lessons necessary to gain ground in his new homeland.

THE PROMISE
Akin Okunrinboye, Nigeria/USA, 2013, 6min.
Kemi has been with Femi for five years now. She is tired of waiting, especially since the relationship does not seem to be going anywhere. She loves Femi, but she feels he is playing games. It’s the New Year, and it is time for progress. She must have progress in the relationship arena. She thinks she is going to get what she wants, but little does she know that Femi has different plans.

UNSPOKEN
Sunny King, Nigeria/UK, 2013, 10min.
Two days before Lola’s dream wedding, her maid of honor Sandra stumbles on a secret that could change all of their lives forever. UNSPOKEN is a story of commitment to love and friendship in the face of societal taboos we dare not confront or speak of.

BONESHAKER
Frances Bodomo, Ghana/USA, 2013, 13min.
An African family, lost in America, travels to a Louisiana church to find a cure for their troubled child.

BURN IT UP DJASSA
Lonesome Solo, Ivory Coast, 2012, 70min.
After his parents passed away, Tony made his way by selling cigarettes on Princess Street, famous in Abidjan for its bars, dance clubs and exciting nightlife. Now 21 years old he is desperate for a way out of the ghetto. His older brother Mike has found a job on the police force, while Ange their younger sister, is learning to become a hairdresser – but she secretly moonlights as a prostitute in order make ends meet. Looking for easy money, Tony eventually turns to gambling and is dragged further down into the seedy underworld of Wassakara – until he commits a shocking crime that irrevocably changes his life. Now an outlaw, he goes on the run and is relentlessly pursued by the police, his own brother among them.

ALASKALAND
Chinonye Chukwu, USA/Nigeria, 2012, 75min.
ALASKALAND tells the story of Chukwuma, an Alaska-raised Nigerian struggling to balance his cultural heritage with the pressures of the world around him. After a family tragedy forces a two-year estrangement from his younger sister Chidinma, the siblings reconnect in their hometown. Although their time apart has created new frictions, they find their reconciliation bringing them closer to each other and to their roots in this gorgeous, knowing debut film.

NAIROBI HALF LIFE
David ‘Tosh’ Gitonga, Kenya, 2012, 96min.    
A young aspiring actor from upcountry Kenya dreams of becoming success in the big city. In pursuit of this and to the chagrin of his brother and parents, he makes his way to Nairobi: the city of opportunity. He quickly understands why Nairobi is nicknamed Nairobbery as he is robbed of all his money and belongings and left alone in a city where he doesn’t know a soul. Luck, or the lack of it, brings him face to face with two groups of downtown crooks and he forms a friendship with a young small time gang leader who takes him in. He is quickly drawn into a new world of theft and violence, even as he still tries to pursue his dream of becoming an actor. Keeping the two worlds separate proves to be a contest for him as he struggles to survive in this unknown world called Nairobi.

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Save the Date for Governors Island!!

AFF’s Annual Family Day Celebration returns on Sunday, September 7, from 11:00am – 5:00pm!

RAIN DATE: Sunday, September 14, 11:00am – 5:00pm.

GI8The sights and sounds of Africa are just a seven-minute ferry ride away! Please join African Film Festival, Inc. and the Trust for Governors Island for this exceptional all-day celebration on Governors Island. This event will feature FREE dance classes with world-renowned choreographers and master teachers from USA, Brazil, Senegal, and Guinea.

There will also be FREE storytelling, double-dutch and quilting demonstrations and workshops. Short African films by emerging and veteran directors will be shown throughout the day. African food vendors will be on site. A wonderful treat for the entire family!

LOCATION: Governors Island. To get to Governors Island from Manhattan, take the 1 to South Ferry, the 4 or 5 to Bowling Green or the R to Whitehall Street. Then take the Governors Island Ferry—for a $2 round trip fee— located in the Battery Maritime Building, Slip # 7, to the Island and follow the signs to the festivities. Ferry service from Brooklyn is available on Saturday, Sundays, Memorial Day and Labor Day. Ferries leave from Brooklyn Bridge Park’s Pier 6, at the foot of Atlantic Avenue. Ferry service from Brooklyn to Governors Island is also $2 for the round trip. Please click HERE for the detailed ferry schedule and directions.

FAMILY DAY CELEBRATION SCHEDULE:

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LIST OF SELECTED SHORT FILMS

BELEH 

Eka Christa Assam, Cameroon, 2013, 30min.

Ekema’s hard and uncompromising attitude toward his very pregnant wife, Joffi, is quickly revised when he has to spend an entire day in her shoes..

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BONESHAKER

Frances Bodomo, Ghana/USA, 2012, 12min.

Boneshaker follows a Ghanaian immigrant family taking a road trip to a Pentecostal church in Louisiana to cure their problem child. Starring Oscar-nominee Quvenzhané Wallis.

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KUHANI 

Ntare Guma Mbaho Mwine, Uganda, 2013, 7min.

An experimental short inspired by a Ugandan priest’s open letter to the Church in response to the country’s recently passed Anti Homosexuality Act.

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SOKO SONKO (THE MARKET KING) 

Ekwa Msangi-Omari, Kenya/USA, 2014, 22min.

When her mom gets sick, Kibibi’s dad takes her to the market to get her hair braided before school. Soko Sonko is a hilarious, fish-out-of-water journey, about a well-intentioned dad who goes where no man has gone before…

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WOODEN HANDS

Kaouther Ben Hania, Tunisia, 2013, 23min.

Five-year-old Amira, lives with her mother in a tiny flat in Tunis. In this day of re-entry to Kouttab, little Amira seeks the means of gaining a few hours of more off. She has found nothing better than super glue! She sticks her hand to the balustrade out of the new wooden armchair which furnishes their small living room.

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LOCATION: Governors Island. To get to Governors Island from Manhattan, take the 1 to South Ferry, the 4 or 5 to Bowling Green or the R to Whitehall Street. Then take the Governors Island Ferry—for a $2 round trip fee— located in the Battery Maritime Building, Slip # 7, to the Island and follow the signs to the festivities. Ferry service from Brooklyn is available on Saturday, Sundays, Memorial Day and Labor Day. Ferries leave from Brooklyn Bridge Park’s Pier 6, at the foot of Atlantic Avenue. Ferry service from Brooklyn to Governors Island is also $2 for the round trip. Please click HERE for the detailed ferry schedule and directions.

 

 

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2014 AFF SUMMER SERIES

Movies? Check! Live Music? Check! Free? Check! The Summer Series is back and we at AFF cannot wait to welcome you and yours to various NYC venues, as we celebrate the summertime with wonderful programs like “CINEMA UNDER THE STARS” set throughout various NYC Parks, and our “FAMILY DAY CELEBRATION” at the beautiful Governor’s Island. (more…)

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2014 WOMEN’S HISTORY MONTH SPECIAL

Mark your calendars for Thursday, March 13th! Come join Doc Watchers and the New York African Film Festival at Maysles Cinema Institute as we present two important documentaries “Joy, It’s Nina” and “Menstrual Man”, in honor of Women’s History Month! (more…)

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18th NATIONAL TRAVELING SERIES

The 2013-14 AFF, Inc. Traveling Series package consists of nine films united by the underlying theme of young African voices in the age of new technology. These films reflect a new era of filmmaking, led by the emerging generation of directors whose work represents a new direction in African cinema thanks in part to increasingly affordable, ever-improving digital technologies. These young filmmakers are using new mechanisms and platforms that are developing within Africa and the diaspora, to move toward self-sufficiency, injecting the continent and diaspora’s cinematic conversation with renewed vitality, and recreating African/African diaspora cinema in the vision of their generation, with its unique tools and experience of the continent and the diaspora. The independence that this affords these filmmakers is invaluable, and the distance that they will take this new form of storytelling is immeasurable.

ABOUT THE SERIES

Since 1995, African Film Festival, Inc. has worked to increase access to African cinema by expanding its channels of distribution. In order to make the unique experience of watching African cinema available to a wider audience, AFF programs the annual National Traveling Series that travels to cultural institutions, museums, and universities in ten to thirteen cities in the U.S. including Puerto Rico. This package includes several feature films and shorts with promotional and education materials.

FEATURED FILMS

FUELLING POVERTY
Ishaya Bayoko, Nigeria, 2012, 30min.
The oil subsidy placed on petroleum products in 2012 by the Nigerian government was meant to provide a much-needed relief on the cost of living for its citizens. However it was revealed that about seven billion dollars was stolen from the Nigerian people in one year from the same program that was meant to provide relief for them. It is quite possibly one of the most daring frauds in history. FUELLING POVERTY is a documentary that expresses and articulates this fraud. With music from Femi Kuti and Asa, FUELLING POVERTY is another collaboration between the award-winning team of writer/ director, Ishaya Bako and producer, Oliver Aleogena; a joint production between The Allied Film Company and Amateur Heads Media.

FAISAL GOES WEST
Bentley Brown, USA/Sudan, 2013, 34min.
Faisal and his family join the millions who have come to America in search of a better life. Too bad they chose to do so in the midst of an economic crisis, along with cultural and linguistic barriers. It also doesn’t help when Faisal puts the family in a tough spot, when he loses the family car. In a crunch for money, Tahir (the father, who was once a lawyer in Sudan), takes up work at a local auto shop. Faisal facing the reality that he is not prepared for his dream of attending an American University, begins looking for work. His Kenyan-raised, Sudanese-American friend Adil, promises to find Faisal a job. After a journey by bus and train, the two arrive at a chicken farm. Only through trials and hardship, can Faisal learn the tough lessons necessary to gain ground in his new homeland.

THE PROMISE
Akin Okunrinboye, Nigeria/USA, 2013, 6min.
Kemi has been with Femi for five years now. She is tired of waiting, especially since the relationship does not seem to be going anywhere. She loves Femi, but she feels he is playing games. It’s the New Year, and it is time for progress. She must have progress in the relationship arena. She thinks she is going to get what she wants, but little does she know that Femi has different plans.

UNSPOKEN
Sunny King, Nigeria/UK, 2013, 10min.
Two days before Lola’s dream wedding, her maid of honor Sandra stumbles on a secret that could change all of their lives forever. UNSPOKEN is a story of commitment to love and friendship in the face of societal taboos we dare not confront or speak of.

BONESHAKER
Frances Bodomo, Ghana/USA, 2013, 13min.
An African family, lost in America, travels to a Louisiana church to find a cure for their troubled child.

BURN IT UP DJASSA
Lonesome Solo, Ivory Coast, 2012, 70min.
After his parents passed away, Tony made his way by selling cigarettes on Princess Street, famous in Abidjan for its bars, dance clubs and exciting nightlife. Now 21 years old he is desperate for a way out of the ghetto. His older brother Mike has found a job on the police force, while Ange their younger sister, is learning to become a hairdresser – but she secretly moonlights as a prostitute in order make ends meet. Looking for easy money, Tony eventually turns to gambling and is dragged further down into the seedy underworld of Wassakara – until he commits a shocking crime that irrevocably changes his life. Now an outlaw, he goes on the run and is relentlessly pursued by the police, his own brother among them.

ALASKALAND
Chinonye Chukwu, USA/Nigeria, 2012, 75min.
ALASKALAND tells the story of Chukwuma, an Alaska-raised Nigerian struggling to balance his cultural heritage with the pressures of the world around him. After a family tragedy forces a two-year estrangement from his younger sister Chidinma, the siblings reconnect in their hometown. Although their time apart has created new frictions, they find their reconciliation bringing them closer to each other and to their roots in this gorgeous, knowing debut film.

WHITE WEDDING
Jann Turner, South Africa, 2009, 93min.
White Wedding tells the story of a road trip adventure. The loyal, committed and very decent Elvis leaves Johannesburg to pick up his best friend and best man Tumi in Durban. The two will then journey on to Cape Town to begin rehearsals for Elvis’s wedding to the beautiful Ayanda. But things don’t always go according to plan. “White Wedding” is a feel-good movie about love, commitment, intimacy and friendship and the host of maddening obstacles that can get in the way of a happy ending.

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Black History Month Copresentation

A conversation between the filmmaker Yemane Demissie and renowned photographer Chester Higgins will follow the screening. Thursday, February 28th, 2013 @ 7:00pm Schomburg Center 515 Malcolm X Boulevard (at 135th) (more…)

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Autumn Highlights

September 28, 2012 – December 31, 2012

BRONX LIBRARY PROGRAM

Co-presented by African Film Festival, Inc. and Bronx Library Center

Saturday, October 20, 2012, 2:30pm
Bling, Raquel Cepeda, Sierra Leone / USA, 2007, 85 min.

Untold Stories From Africa and The Diaspora

Film screenings followed by discussions and reception

Co-presented by AFF, Doc Watchers, and Caribbean Cultural Center

Monday, October 1 – 7:00PM
In My Genes, Lupita Nyong’o, Kenya, 2009, 78 min

Monday, November 12 – 7:00PM
Roots, Evan Turk, USA, 2011, 4 min.
Based on the history of the African Burial Ground in Lower Manhattan, this animated short explores the ritual of coffins and burial as an unbreakable connection between the Africans brought to America as slaves and those who stayed behind in West Africa.

Twinkl, Gilles Elie-Dit-Cosaque, Martinique, 2008, 51 min.
In the seventies, whilst Martinique was facing social unrest, one man Robert Saint-Rose, a great admirer of Aime Cesaire, planned an incredible project: to be the first Frenchman in space. Thanks to the testimony of politicians, scientists and personalities of this period in time, and, of course, Robert Saint-Rose’s family, “Twinkl”, describes this extraordinary adventure and finally draws the portrait of a man, a dream, a society.

Tuesday, December 4 – 7:00PM
Daughters of the Dust, Julie Dash, USA, 1991, 112 min.

National Traveling Series, Nov 2012 – May 2013

Since 1995, African Film Festival, Inc. has worked to increase access to African cinema by expanding its channels of distribution. In order to make the unique experience of watching African cinema available to a wider audience, AFF programs the annual National Traveling Series that travels to cultural institutions, museums, and universities in ten to thirteen cities in the U.S. including Puerto Rico.

Our 2012-2013 package includes short- and feature-length films with promotional and education materials. To learn more about how your community can host AFF Traveling Series screenings, contact us.

Short Films

Farewell Exile, Lamia Alami, Morocco, 2011, 15min.
In Arabic
In the midst of an underprivileged Moroccan neighborhood, Fatima, 30, is waiting anxiously to join her husband who migrated to France over a year ago as soon as she received the immigration papers. The absence of the husband, the misery that surrounds her, the lack of job and finances, along with the harmful environment that her naïve son, Mohammed, 10, is immersed in gives her very little hope. Will the husband’s letter potentially secure a brighter future for her and her son Mohammed or will she have to make a crucial sacrifice?

Africa Shafted: Under One Roof, Ingrid Martens, South Africa, 2011,55 min.
In English
Filmed in Africa’s tallest residential building located downtown Johannesburg, South Africa, that housed more than 4000 people, this is a serious, poignant, humorous, and uplifting universal documentary. It gives you an honest glimpse at the tragic reality of xenophobia through the eyes of people from every corner of Africa living under one roof. It also conveys a powerful message that through dialogue and understanding, respect starts to take root.

Feature Films

Black Africa White Marble, Clemente Bicocchi, USA/Italy, 2011, 77min.
In English, Italian, and French
In the Republic of Congo, the long-time dictator plans to sweep aside the country’s most revered spiritual leader. The capital Brazzaville is abuzz with rumors of skullduggery. A lavish spectacle, funded by the French multinational TOTAL, is set to betray the population’s ancient traditions and re-write the nation’s history. Defying the regime, one woman comes to King Makoko’s rescue.

Monica Wangu Wamwere: The Unbroken Spirit
Jane Murago – Munene, Kenya, 2010, 71min.
In Kikuyu and English
Monica Wangu Wamwere – The Unbroken Spirit explores the search for justice by a mother for her three sons and forty nine other detainees locked up during the clamour for multiparty democracy in Kenya. It is a story of courage, determination and power for the powerless. Above all, it is the story of a mother’s unconditional love.

How to Steal 2 Million, Charlie Vundla, South Africa, 2011, 85min.
In English and Zulu
While Jack served 5 years in prison for robbery, his friend and partner Twala never got caught and proved treacherous by marrying Jack’s fiancée Kim during his prison term. After being released Jack wants to start a construction business but his loan gets rejected. With a third partner, Olive, Twala suggests a home invasion at his father Julius’ home. When the robbery goes wrong the tension builds towards an explosive and surprising finale. The film is a slick and sexy urban tale set in Johannesburg’s opulent leafy suburbs.

Our Beloved Sudan, Taghreed Elsanhouri, Sudan/ UK, 2011, 92min.
In Arabic and English
Our beloved Sudan takes the historical trajectory of a nation from birth in 1956 to its death or transmutation into two separate states in 2011 and within this structure it interlaces a public and a private story. Inviting key political figures to reflexively engage with the historical trajectory of the film while observing an ordinary mixed race family caught across the divides of a big historical moment as they try to make sense of it and live through it.

Microphone, Ahmad Abdalla, Egypt, 2010, 120min.
In Arabic
Microphone is a sparkling mash-up of shooting styles that tells the story of Khaled, who returns to his native Alexandria after a long stay in the United States and becomes enmeshed in a thriving underground arts scene after he chances upon a cooperative of young musicians. Once more stimulated by the city he had long given up on, Khaled finds things getting complicated when a documentary film crew starts to take an interest in him.

Lights, Camera, Africa!

Co-hosted by The Life House and AFF in Lagos, Nigeria, from September 28 to October 1, 2012.

This year’s Lights, Camera, Africa! Film Festival falls on the long holiday weekend to mark Nigeria’s Independence Day and film picks will revolve around the theme ‘Shine your Eye.’ ‘Shine Your Eye,’ a Nigerian expression urging to look beneath the surface, speaks to the need for active citizens to ask questions, seek answers and possess their space.

This second edition of the Lights, Camera, Africa! Film Festival comes against a backdrop of grassroots movements which spurred seismic and even incremental shifts across the African continent. Over the past year, communities have mobilised, with one ‘Occupy’ movement emboldening the next. In North Africa, a revolution triggered by a fruit seller led to the fall of feared strongmen. The growing sense of urgency has fuelled the courage of ordinary citizens to actively participate in change that proves to be inevitable.

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2012 AFF Summer Series

AFRO-CUBAN FILM NIGHT

Friday, July 6th – 6:00 pm

LOCATION Joyce Kilmer Park, Bronx (161st Street and Grand Concourse)
RAIN VENUE The Bronx Museum of the Arts, 1040 Grand Concourse
LIVE PERFORMANCE The Cimarron Project featuring Roman Diaz

FILM
Young Rebels
Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck, Cuba/USA, 2005, 70 min
Documentary (English and Spanish with English subtitles)
In Havana, Cuba, the spirited beats and rhymes of the hip-hop community are just as much a product of the troubled economy as of their insatiable revolutionary spirit. Young Rebels intimately engages five hip-hop groups and two producers as they negotiate the Havana summer. With unheard of access to some of Cuba’s best musicians, this documentary witnesses the future of Cuban hip-hop in the making and is a look at Cuba through the eyes of its youth. The New York Times called the film “essential viewing for anyone interested in rap music, free speech issues or the youth culture of contemporary Cuba.”

Followed by

FILM
Freddy Ilanga: Che’s Swahili Translator
Katrin Hansing, South Africa/Cuba/USA, 2009, 24min
Freddy Ilanga, a fifteen-year old Congolese youth, becomes Che Guevara’s personal Swahili teacher and translator during the seven intense months of Che’s mission to train anti-Mobutu rebels in Congo. This film is about displacement, familial relations, and the high costs of exile.

Co-presented by The Bronx Museum of the Arts

ST. NICHOLAS PARK

Wednesday, July 18th – 7:30pm

Part of Historic Harlem Parks Coalition’s “Reel Harlem: 11th Annual Historic Harlem Parks Film Festival

LOCATION The Plaza: St. Nicholas Ave. and 135th St.
RAIN VENUE Harlem School of the Arts
LIVE PERFORMANCE DJ Ron Jean-Gilles w/ live drummer

FILM
The Harder They Come
Perry Henzell, Jamaica, 1973, 90 min
Reggae superstar Jimmy Cliff is Ivan, a rural Jamaican musician who journeys to the city of Kingston in search of fame and fortune. Pushed to desperate circumstances by shady record producers and corrupt cops, he finally achieves notoriety as an outlaw. Boasting some of the greatest music ever produced in Jamaica, The Harder They Come brought the catchy and subversive rhythms of the rastas to the U.S. in the early ’70s.

Co-presented by Historic Harlem Parks Coalition

PASSPORT FRIDAYS

Friday, August 3rd – 6:00pm

LOCATION Flushing Meadows Corona Park, Queens
RAIN VENUE Queens Museum of Art
LIVE PERFORMANCE Something Positive Dance & Village Drums of Freedom Afro Caribbean Ensemble

FILM
Fire in Babylon
Stevan Riley, UK, 2010, 80min
Fire in Babylon is a remarkable documentary about how the West Indies triumphed over its colonial masters through the achievements of one of the most gifted cricket teams in sporting history. In a turbulent era of apartheid and race riots, the West Indian cricketers struck a defiant blow at the forces of white prejudice worldwide. Their undisciplined skill and fearless spirit, led them to dominate the genteel game at the highest level, replaying it on their own terms.

Co-presented by Queens Museum of Art

AFRICANISMO 6!

Friday, August 3rd- 6:00pm

LOCATION Joyce Kilmer Park, Bronx (161st street and Grand concourse)
RAIN VENUE The Bronx Museum of the Arts, 1040 Grand Concourse
LIVE PERFORMANCE Francis Akrofi & The Authentic Rhythms Band

FILM
Mama Africa
Mika Kaurismäki, Finland/South Africa/Germany, 2011, 90min
An unforgettable portrait of Miriam Makeba, the world-famous South African artist and civil right activist, who devoted her life to promoting peace and justice and fighting racism around the planet. A figurehead of the Black African movement in exile, her music and her defiant spirit incarnated the hopes and fears of Africa through the convulsive 20th century.

Co-presented by The Bronx Museum of the Arts

KIDflix FILM FESTIVAL

Every Friday of August

LOCATION Fulton Park, Brooklyn (Stuyvesant St. & Fulton St.)
Fridays, August 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th,31st – 7:30 pm
RAIN DATE Following Saturday Night
LIVE PERFORMANCE Creative Outlet (8/3 and 8/24); Culture Clashers (8/10); Sweetbeats (8/17)

Presented in collaboration with the Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts (MoCADA), KIDflix guarantees four evenings of entertaining and educational films for kids and families. Screenings include What’s on Your Plate, 2 nyc girls made this doc about the food being served at their school. Kickoff party with free Brooklyn swirl ice cream at 6:00; Freedom Riders, the story of black and white college kids who risk their lives to fight segregation in the Jim Crow south; The First Grader, the true story of an 84-year old Kenyan freedom fighter who was determined to learn to read; Being Elmo, come meet Kelvin Clash and find out how he became the man behind Elmo; The Wiz, complete with a costume and dance contest! Come as your favorite Wiz character for the costume contest.

Co-presented by Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts

August 3rd

WHAT’S ON YOUR PLATE?
Dirs. Catherine Gund with Sadie Hope-Gund and Safiyah Riddle, USA, 2009, 73min.
The film follows two eleven-year-old multi-racial city kids in their quest to understand what’s on all of our plates! Come and and see what they found out…

Pre-screening performance by Creative Outlet

August 10th

FREEDOM RIDERS
Stanley Nelson, USA, 2011, 120min.
An inspirational documentary about six months in 1961 that changed America. As segregation was still deeply entrenched in society, an integrated band of 400 college students, decided to risk everything and buy a ticket on a Greyhound bus bound for the Deep South.

Pre-screening performance by Culture Crashers

August 17th

THE FIRST GRADER
Justin Chadwick, UK/USA/Kenya, 103min.
In a small, remote Kenyan mountain, Mau Mau, a veteran in his eighties who fought for the liberation of his country, shows up to the primary school, feeling he must have the chance of an education so long denied – even if it means sitting in a classroom alongside six-year-olds!

Pre-screening performance by Sweetbeatz

August 24th

Being Elmo
Constance Marks, USA, 2011, 80min.
The film traces Kevin Clash’s rise from his modest beginnings in Baltimore to his current success as the man behind Elmo.

Pre-screening performance by Creative Outlet

August 31st

– The Wiz Sing and Dance Along
The Wiz
Sidney Lumet, USA, 1978, 134m.
Starring the beloved late Lena Horne as Glenda the Good Witch, the late Michael Jackson as Scarecrow, and the talented Diana Ross as Dorothy, The Wiz is a 1970s urban adaptation of The Wizard of Oz. This film version of the Tony award winning Broadway sensation will have you up out of your sit, ready to “Ease on Down the Road”.

Preceding the film, there will be a SPECIAL MUSICAL TRIBUTE to Michael Jackson, Lena Horne, Whitney Houston, Etta James, and Don Cornelius.


ST. NICHOLAS PARK

Wednesday, August 8th – 7:30 pm

Part of Historic Harlem Parks Coalition’s “Reel Harlem: 11th Annual Historic Harlem Parks Film Festival
LOCATION The Plaza: St. Nicholas Ave. and 135th St.
RAIN VENUE Harlem School of the Arts
LIVE PERFORMANCE Isaac Katalay

FILM
Kinshasa Symphony
Claus Wischmann & Martin Baer, DRC/Germany, 2010, 95 min
Picture 200 musicians playing Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony in the Congo, as they prepare for their first outdoor performance in the Kinshasa neighborhood of Ngiri-Ngiri. A fascinating look at the lone Congolese symphony orchestra, l’Orchestre Symphonique Kimbanguiste, which has persevered through war and other crises. This powerful film is about the Congo, the people of Kinshasa, and the power of music.

Co-presented by Historic Harlem Parks Coalition

FAMILY DAY CELEBRATION

Sunday, August 26th – 12:00pm – 5:00pm

LOCATION Governors Island, Manhattan
RAIN DATE Saturday – September 8th, 12:00pm – 5:00pm

The sights and sounds of Africa are just a seven-minute ferry ride away! Please join African Film Festival, Inc. and the Governors Island Preservation and Education Corporation for this exceptional all-day celebration on Governors Island. This event will feature FREE dance classes with world-renowned choreographers and master teachers from Brazil, Senegal, and Guinea. There will also be FREE storytelling, double-dutch and quilting demonstrations and workshops. Short African films by emerging and veteran directors will be shown throughout the day. African food vendors will be on site. A wonderful treat for the entire family!

Governors Island is accessible by ferry. Ferries leave from the Battery Maritime Building, at the corner of South and Whitehall Streets, in Lower Manhattan.

Schedule of Events

Dance Classes
12:15 pm – 1:30 pm Afro-Brazilian Dance
2:00 pm – 3:15 pm Senegalese Sabar Dance
3:30 pm – 4:45 pm Guinean Dance
(Live drumming with World-Renowned Master Drummers)

Needle Arts
12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Selected Short Films
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Storytelling/Double-Dutch
3:30 pm – 4:30 pm

All events take place at Colonels’ Row on Governors Island

Co-presented by Governors Island Preservation and Education Corporation


African Film Festival, Inc. is sponsored by: NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, New York State Council on the Arts, Andy Warhol Foundation and Lambent Foundation.

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Black History Month Copresentation

Black History Month Presentation at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture

Cordially invite you to join us for a screening of

Broken Stones

Meet Director and Special Guest Guetty Felin
with Guest Panelists moderated by Natacha Blanchet

Thursday, February 23, 2012
Screening and Panel: 7 pm – 9:30 pm
Langston Hughes Auditorium
Schomburg Center
@ 135th St. and Malcolm X Blvd.

African Film Festival, Inc. and Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture are proud to present the annual Black History Month Co-presentation. The program will reflect on the two-year anniversary of the earthquake in Haiti with a special preview screening of Guetty Felin’s Broken Stones, a feature-length documentary about self-recovery after the tragic Haiti quake, followed by a riveting panel discussion with the filmmaker and special guests.

Broken Stones, Guetty Felin, Haiti/France/US, 2012, 61 min.

Broken Stones, Guetty Felin, Haiti/France/US, 2012, 61 min.

The oldest neighborhood of the city of Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Quartier Cathédrale (Catheral Quarter) was the most devastated sector in the city, it is also where the bulk of the documentary Broken Stones was shot. With its erected columns and open air, the ruins of the cathedral resembles an amphitheater where the daily realities of Haitian life unfolds. Amidst the vestige of what was once the most beautiful cathedrals in the entire Caribbean, children play, women pray, some carry pails and jugs of water from the nearby tap, a white man dressed in black hooded priest garb appears out of nowhere, followed by a cameraman, foreign missionaries snap pictures as they pray for lost souls in a house of worship that does not belong to them, men and women roam almost aimlessly in this post-apocalyptic decorÖ. These images are amongst the impressionist moments interwoven into the narrative fabric of this captivating documentary.

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16th National Traveling Series

FEATURED FILMS

ONE WAY, A TUAREG JOURNEY
Fabio Caramaschi, Italy/Niger, 2010, 52min.
Caramaschi’s inspirational documentary chronicles a separated family’s slow, fractured emigration from Niger to Italy, and the adversity and opportunities they find there.

LEZARE (FOR TODAY)
Zelalem Woldemariam, Ethiopia, 2010, 14min.
Lezare is a revealing and touching story about a homeless boy in a small village in southern Ethiopia. A powerful message, and beautifully shot film, about global warming and shortsightedness.

KONGO: 50 YEARS OF INDEPENDENCE OF CONGO
Kongo is a documentary series in three episodes that focus on the colonization of the largest country in Central Africa, Congo, whose destiny was out of ordinary. This movie series offers an original and new perspective on that region, drawing on the historiography and using the latest methods of docudrama movie.

Episode 1: THE UNBRIDLED RACE
Samuel Tilman, Belgium, 2010, 52 Min.
Through the eyes of French, Portuguese, Belgian and African pioneers, this introductory episode retraces the first major phases of Congo’s colonial occupation. From the Portuguese arrival in the XVI Century until the XIX Century, at height of King Leopold II’s sovereign kingdom, from the slave trade to the rubber trade, this episode delves into the inner-workings of this bloody conquest, as described by insider witnesses.

Episode 2: THE GREAT ILLUSION
Daniel Cattier, Belgium, 2010, 52 min.
In 1908, under sharp criticism, Leopold II reluctantly cedes the Congolese Independent State to Belgium. Over the course of the next fifty years, both colonists and indigenes, each on opposite sides, build the Congolese “nation”. This second episode examines both European and African historical figures, sometimes unknown, that shaped history through their ideas and actions. Each figure tells his or her experience of the events that shaped a significant chapter of the 20th Century history.

Episode 3: THE FAILED GIANT
Jean-François Bastin and Isabelle Christiaens, Belgium, 2010, 52 min.
Patrick Emery Lumumba, Congo’s first prime minister, was assassinated during the turbulent times of the independence movement. He is the voice of this third episode. This ephemeral yet immortal hero passionately tells the story of his country’s history from 1960 until 2010, from Joseph Kasa-Vubu to the United Nations at the Monuc. This last episode describes the challenges of building a nation upon the rubble left behind by colonial alienation.

KINSHASA SYMPHONY
Claus Wischmann & Martin Baer, 2010,DRC/Germany, 95min.
Picture 200 musicians playing Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony in the Congo! A fascinating look at the lone Congolese symphony orchestra, which has persevered through war and other crises. This powerful film is about the Congo, the people of Kinshasa, and the power of music.

A SCREAMING MAN (UN HOMME QUI CRIE)
Mahamat-Saleh Haroun, Chad/France/Belgium, 2010, 88min.
Adam, a former swimming champion, is a pool attendant at a hotel in Chad. When the hotel gets taken over by Chinese owners, he must give up his job to his son. Meanwhile rebel forces are attacking the government and the authorities demand that everyone contribute to the “war effort.”

A TRIP TO ALGIERS (VOYAGE À ALGER)
Abdelkrim Bahloul, Algeria/France, 2010, 97min.
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 her six children his former home. An unscrupulous government official is trying to take the home away from her.>

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