The African Who Wanted to Fly + L’Échappée (New York Premieres)
May 19, 7:00 pm
The African Who Wanted to Fly
Director: Samantha Biffot
Running Time: 70 min.
Language: French with English subtitles
First discovering Kung Fu after watching the film Big Boss, a young Gabonese child sets off for China at the age of just 15. Under the tutelage of Grand Master Meng Huifang, this child would eventually become number one in an artform which had previously never counted an African in its midst. Based on the incredible true story of Luc Bendza, this film follows his journey from a tiny Gabonese village all the way to China, where he would eventually become a world Kung Fu champion.
Director: Hamid Saïdji and Jonathan Mason
Running Time: 20 min.
Language: Arabic, French and Italian with English subtitles
Hocine Filali is a forty-something year old taxi driver in the port city of Algiers. His day-to-day routine has him snaking through thick morning traffic, bustling boulevards, and the occasional military checkpoint. In the distance, the sound of the call to prayer mixes with the crash of ocean waves as they bring word of what life might be like elsewhere, across the ocean, in Italy.
(Q&A with Samantha Biffot)