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2016 New York African Film Festival – Opening Night Screening & Reception

Wednesday, May 4, 2016, 7:00 pm - 11:30 pm


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The 23rd New York African Film Festival (NYAFF) returns to Film Society of Lincoln Center (FSLC), May 4th through 10th with a preview town hall meeting on Sunday, May 1st. Under the banner Modern Days, Ancient Nights: 50 Years of African Filmmaking, marking the 50th anniversary of Ousmane Sembène’s celebrated first feature, Black Girl (La Noire de…), the 2016 festival will present 25 feature-length films and 27 short films from 26 countries throughout Africa and the diaspora. The NYAFF continues throughout May at Maysles Cinema (May 13-15) and the Brooklyn Academy of Music’s BAMcinématek (May 26-30).

The screenings of the 2016 New York African Film Festival begin on Wednesday, May 4th in the Walter Reade Theater of Film Society of Lincoln Center with the New York premiere ofTanna by Bentley Dean and Martin Butler.

Tanna is set in the South Pacific where Wawa, a young girl from one of the last traditional tribes, falls in love with her chief’s grandson, Dain. When an intertribal war escalates, Wawa is unknowingly betrothed as part of a peace deal. Soon after, the young lovers run away, but are pursued by enemy warriors intent on killing them. Dain and Wawa must choose between their hearts and the future of their people, while the villagers wrestle with preserving their culture and adapting to the increasing outside demands for individual freedom. Bentley Dean and Martin Butler’s feature debut is based on a true story and its cast features members of the Yakel tribe in Vanuatu.

Director Bentley Dean, Jimmy Joseph Nako, the film’s cultural director, and distributor Arnie Holland will be in attendance for an audience Q&A following the screening.

The screening of Tanna begins at 7:00pm followed by a 9:15pm Opening Night Reception to support the programs of African Film Festival, Inc. 

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Walter Reade Theater

Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, 70 Lincoln Center Plaza
New York, NY 10023 United States