Am I: Too African to be American or Too American to be African?


Director: Nadia Sasso
Countries: Ghana/Sierra Leone/USA
Year: 2015
Running Time: 43 min.
Language: English

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What does it mean to be an African born in America? Am I: Too African to be American or Too American to be African 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 the concepts of race, complexion, gender, and heritage among other issues.

Muzna Almusafer

muznaBiography: Muzna Almusafer was born in Madinat Sultan Qaboos in Muscat, Oman. Her admiration for images started at an early age through her father, who is a painter and a photographer. She graduated from Kuwait University majoring in mass communication with a minor in political science and took courses in Swedish cinema and Television culture at Stockholm University. Her first film Niqab was the winner of a student short film competition at the Gulf Film Festival in Dubai. Her second short film Cholo, which won Best Script at the Abu Dhabi Film Festival premiered at the Dubai Film Festival in 2013, and also screened at the Smithsonian Institute’s National Museum of African Arts in Washington D.C. It also screened at Institute de Monde Arabe in Paris, showed on TV5 Monde and on Voice of America Persia.

Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:
Cholo (2015, 2016).

Niqab (2010);
Cholo (2014).


Director: Will Gluck
Country: USA
Year: 2014
Running Time: 118 min.
Language: English


Ever since her parents left her as a baby, little Annie (Quvenzhané Wallis) has led a hard-knock life with her calculating foster mother, Miss Hannigan. However, all that changes when hard-nosed billionaire and mayoral candidate Will Stacks (Jamie Foxx) takes her in on the recommendation of his advisers (Rose Byrne, Bobby Cannavale). Stacks believes that he’s Annie’s guardian angel, but the plucky youngster’s confidence and sunny outlook may mean that Annie will save Will instead.

Jide Akinleminu

Also Known As: Jide Tom Akinleminu

jideakinleminuBiography: Jide Akinleminu grew up in the town of Ikorodu, Nigeria as the son of a Nigerian farmer and a Danish librarian. His family relocated in 1991 to Denmark. He attended the acclaimed Fatamorgana – Danish School of Art Photography, completed several documentary projects and exhibitions. His films have been screened at major film festivals such as Locarno, Oberhausen, Berlinale, Hofer Filmtage, FID Marseilles and his short film Kokon was awarded with the German Shortfilm Prize in 2009. Portrait of a Lone Farmer was his first feature length film as a director and won the Cipputi Award at the Torino Film Festival in 2013 and in 2014 the African Movie Academy Award in Nigeria and also won “Best Documentary” in the Duisburger Filmwoche, Germany.

Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:
Portrait of a Lone Farmer (2015).

Portrait of a Lone Farmer (2013).

Carlos Agullo and Mandy Jacobson

carlosaBiography: Carlos Agullo worked as an assistant editor on The Sea Inside by Alejandro Amenábar, which won the Academy Award for Best Foreign Film and later as film editor for other award winning Spanish directors such as Mateo Gil, Oskar Santos, Jorge Blanco and Jorge Sánchez’ Cabezudo (Crematorium). He has also directed several of his own award-winning short films.

mandyjBiography: Mandy Jacobson serves as the Executive Producer of the African Oral History Archive. She is a multiple award winning filmmaker, who won two Emmy Awards for her documentary Calling the Ghosts: A Film about Rape, War and Women in Bosnia and with the Bill Moyers team won the Peabody for PBS feature, Facing the Truth. She heads up Indelible Media, a multi-media production company dedicated to showcasing African cinema and television for international broadcast and theatrical release.

Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:
Plot for Peace (2015).

Calling the Ghosts (1996 – Mandy Jacobson);
Locked Up (TV Series – 2001 – Mandy Jacobson);
Wide Angle [Road to Riches Episode] (TV Series – 2003 – Mandy Jacobson);
El Regalo [The Gift] (2006 – Carlos Agullo)
La Espera [The Wait] (2008 – Carlos Agullo);
Ana Cronia (2008 – Carlos Agullo);
Pizza Eli (2008 – Carlos Agullo);
Próxima Estación [Next Station] (2011 – Carlos Agullo);
Plot for Peace (2013);
A Tribute to the Frontline States (2014 – Mandy Jacobson);
Ten Year Tightrope: Rebels with a Cause (2014 – Mandy Jacobson);
The Foreign Minister (2014 – Mandy Jacobson).

Carlos Agullo

carlosaBiography: Carlos Agullo worked as an assistant editor on The Sea Inside by Alejandro Amenábar, which won the Academy Award for Best Foreign Film and later as film editor for other award winning Spanish directors such as Mateo Gil, Oskar Santos, Jorge Blanco and Jorge Sánchez’ Cabezudo (Crematorium). He has also directed several of his own award-winning short films.

Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:
Plot for Peace (2015).

El Regalo [The Gift] (2006)
La Espera [The Wait] (2008);
Ana Cronia (2008);
Pizza Eli (2008);
Próxima Estación [Next Station] (2011);
Plot for Peace (2013).


The Amazing Nina Simone

Director: Jeff L. Lieberman
Country: USA
Year: 2015
Running Time: 110 min.
Language: English

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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. Through Nina’s friends, family, band members, lovers and fellow activists, we learn the true Nina, and the inspiration behind the songs that for 60 years have moved people to both tears and elation. The film traces her roots from her upbringing in segregated North Carolina and follows Nina’s journey all the way to the South of France and the place where she finally found freedom.

Eka Christa Assam

ekachristaBiography: Eka Christa Assam is a Cameroonian filmmaker who started her filmmaking career as an actress in 2006. After a couple of years as an actress, she made her first six-minute short film, Doormat, which was selected into the Durban Talent Campus in 2012. Beleh is her second short film.

Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:
Beleh (2014, 2015)

Doormat (2012);
Beleh (2013).

The Art of Ama Ata Aidoo

Director: Yaba Badoe
Country: Ghana
Running Time:
78 min.


The Art of Ama Ata Aidoo explores the artistic contribution of one of Africa’s foremost women writers. Director Badoe charts Aidoo’s creative journey over seven decades, from colonial Ghana, through the tumultuous era of independence, to a more sober present day Africa.


August Winds (Ventos de Agosto)

Director: Gabriel Mascaro
Country: Brazil
Year: 2014
Running Time: 77min
Language: Portuguese with English subtitles


In a small seaside village, Shirley cares for her ailing grandmother while working  on a coconut farm and longing to become a tattoo artist. She passes her time with her boyfriend, Jeison, who works as a diver off the coast of their village. When one of Jeison’s dives turns up a human skull, the duo embarks on a quest to identify the remains while confronting their own ideas about desire, love, life, death, and destiny.


Screening & Discussion – An African City

African City


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.

Ca Twiste a Poponguine

Director: Moussa Sene Absa
Countries: Senegal
Year: 1993
Running Time: 90 min.
Language: French

Ca Twiste a Poponguine is set in the mid ’60s and follows the exploits of two gangs of teenagers who adopt Western ways. Each gang only has three members. Les Ins take their names from French pop stars and have a group of girls by their side. The Kings, the rival group, are styled after American rhythm and blues players, and while they may not have girls, they have the only record player in the area.

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All About Darfur

Director: Taghreed Elsanhouri
Country: Sudan and UK
Year: 2005
Running Time: 80 min.
Language: Arabic

Up until now, the perilous situation in Sudan has been seen only from the perspectives of those outside the country. All About Darfur offers an opportunity to hear the story told by eloquent, at times contradictory, voices from within Sudan. Director Taghreed Elsanhouri talks to ordinary Sudanese in outdoor tea shops, markets, refugee camps and living rooms about how deeply rooted prejudices could suddenly burst into a wild fire of ethnic violence.

Tableau Ferraille / Scrap Heap

Director: Moussa Sene Absa
Countries: Senegal
Year: 1997
Running Time: 93 min.
Language: French and Wolof


Scrap Heap was filmed in the director’s hometown of Tableau Ferraille. Daam, an idealistic young politician, must choose between the social paradigms exemplified by his two wives. Ganerisi is a dignified village lady, and Kine, a modern, western-educated woman.


Director: Violeta Ayala and Daniel Fallshaw
Country: Australia and US
Year: 2009
Running Time: 78 min
Language: Spanish, Hassaniya, and English

Stolen, Violeta Ayala & Daniel Fallshaw, 2009, Australia/US, 78 min.

Ayala and Fallshaw thought they were making a feel-good documentary about family reunions in Western Sahara, a former Spanish colony in North Africa, much disputed by its neighbors. But the filmmakers stumbled on something altogether more politically pungent and found themselves at the center of a huge international controversy, involving modern day slavery.

The A77A Project – On Presidents and Superheroes


Director: Khaled Hafez
Country: Egypt
Year: 2009
Running Time: 3 min.
Language: English


Every civilization looked for the imaginary super-hero for protection against evil forces, from ancient Anubis to modern Batman. In the fifties and sixties, the voice of president Nasser echoed from the Atlantic ocean to the Persian gulf, was broadcast live, every citizen stopped to listen to the superhero of modern times. Today, with the collapse of the Pan Arab theory and ideology, superheroes of religion took over, with their centuries-old dress codes and primitive behaviour. The 3-minute work probes, ironically, social changes Hafez personally lived through his childhood, adolescence and adulthood in Egypt.


Ayen’s Cooking School for African Men

Director: Sieh Mchawala
Country: Australia
Year: 2007
Running Time: 52 min.
Language: English

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In Sudan it is taboo for a man to cook. But when a group of refugee Sudanese men in Australia is found starving because the men don’t know what to do with a fridge full of groceries, something has to change. Ayen Kuol, a Sudanese health worker, decides to challenge a million years of custom and culture and to start a cooking school for African men.

Africa: The Beat

Director: Samaki Wanne
Country: Tanzania
Year: 2011
Running Time: 59 min.
Language: Gogo and Spanish


Africa: The Beat was filmed in Nzali, an enclave situated in the heart of Tanzania where the Wagogo live. Theirs is a unique musical universe. From the film’s first frame to the last sound heard, each image takes us further into their daily reality while their music gradually engulfs us in a world of surprising sensations. Day and night, the passage of time and the seasons, nature and the elements, water, the importance of the word and the stories, the stages of life…all of this emerges from a pulsation around which every instant of existence is articulated. Filmed with rudimentary technical means, Africa: The Beat conjoins the perspective of a painter, the vision of a filmmaker and the sensibilities of two musicians. It does away with the concept of the voice-over, which conditions and invades the spectator’s senses. Instead, the film permits the spectator to experience his or her own emotions, and bear witness to the essential place music occupies in life.

Alex’s Wedding

Jean-Marie Teno, Cameroon/France, 2002, 45min.

Director: Jean Marie Teno
Country: Cameroon and France
Year: 2003
Running Time: 45 min.
Language: Bamileke and French

Alex's Wedding, Jean-Marie Teno, Cameroon/France, 2002, 45min.
Unlike any wedding video you’ve ever seen, Teno’s sharp eye captures every uncomfortable moment in a polygamous marriage ceremony. Personal, public and generational, this film is a politically committed work that, by the end, sides unequivocally with the women trapped in an enduring tradition.

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Afro@Digital (DVD cover), 2003, 52 min.

Director: Balufu Bakupa-Kanyinda
Country: Democratic Republic of the Congo and France
Year: 2001
Running Time: 52 min.
Language: English, French, Jula and Yoruba

In this manifesto of the African digital mind, the director traveled with a small crew across Africa, from Dakar to Robben Island, to see how internet, mobile phone, and digital video technologies are utilized on a daily basis by many Africans, in sometimes novel ways, despite the “digital divide” between North and South.