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.


Directors: Teddy Goitom, Benjamin Taft and Senay Berhe
Countries: Angola, Ghana, Kenya, Senegal, South Africa, Sweden
Year: 2014
Running Time: 140 min.
Language: English, Portuguese, French and Wolof with English subtitles



Angola welcomes us to the home of heavy electro music known as kuduro. Follow us across the pulsating city of Luanda, as we delve into the kuduro revolution and meet the people charting its course.



The whispers among those in the know are saying that Accra is the next big hotspot for African cultural production, and Afripedia, Ghana suggests they’re not wrong.



Through the stories of its key talents, Afripedia, Kenya takes an intimate look at Nairobi’s urban culture scene and its leading personalities and stars.


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In Afripedia, Senegal, we meet fashion designer Selly Raby Kane. Photographer Omar Victor Diop playfully reimagines Hollywood’s most iconic images with a Senegalese twist, while dancer Khoudia Roodia is organizing and building for a future where Africa dominates street dance. Beatmaker Fanny from the Ivory Coast is defying society’s boundaries to create a future for female artists and organizers.

South Africa


Twenty years after liberation, Afripedia, South Africa portrays a diverse new generation in which fashion designers, animators, cultural entrepreneurs, music producers and guerilla filmmakers redefine what it means to be young, talented and passionate in South Africa today.

The Hero (O Herói)

Director: Zézé Gamboa
Country: Angola
Year: 2005
Running Time: 97 min
Language: Portuguese

The Hero, Zézé Gamboa, Angola, 2005, 97 min.

The Hero (O Herói) is the story of Angola, a nation torn apart by forty years of uninterrupted war, and now trying imperfectly but courageously to piece itself back together. It is also the story of a city, Luanda, like so many in the Third World, trying to absorb the millions of people displaced by civil strife and global economic change. After a thirteen year national liberation struggle against the Portuguese colonialists ended with independence in 1975, Angola plunged immediately into a brutal civil war. The national MPLA government, backed initially by Cuba and the Soviet Union, and the UNITA rebels, supported by the U.S. and the South African apartheid regime, remained locked in conflict until 2003, long after the end of the Cold War itself.

The central character of the film, the hero of the title, is Vitório. We meet him at a hospital where he has been waiting for months for a prosthetic leg to replace the one he lost after stepping on a landmine, ironically in the last months of Angola’s civil war. He was impressed into service at age fifteen while at a seminary and has been fighting for twenty years since. A doctor finally takes pity on him and gives him a new leg; Vitório is compared to someone beginning a new life. But the decorated war veteran encounters little sympathy and much prejudice for an unskilled soldier with a prosthetic limb as he scours Luanda looking for a job.

Winner, Grand Prize, World Dramatic Competition, 2005 Sundance Film Festival

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Zeka Laplaine

Also Known As: José Zeka Laplaine / José Laplaine

Biography: Zeka Laplaine was born and raised in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). While studying business in Rome, he started to perform as an actor. He then studied acting in Brussels and Paris while performing mainly for European productions and writing screenplays. Later on, he became an independent filmmaker and producer, and founded Les Histoires Weba, based in France, and Bakia Films, based in DRC. Macadam Tribu, his first movie as a director, was shot in Mali and had its debut at the Cannes Film Festival in 1996.

(Source: Through African Eyes – Conversations with the Directors – Volume 2, BONETTI Mahen and SEAG Morgan (Editors), 2010, African Film Festival, Inc. and Printinfo JV LLC, Yerevan, Armenia, p.57)

Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:
Macadam Tribu (2000);
Le Clandestin (1999, 2009);
Kinshasa Palace (2009).

Macadam Tribu (1996);
Le Clandestin (1996);
(Paris: XY) (2001);
The Garden [Le Jardin de Papa] (2004);
Kinshasa Palace (2006);
Out of Barumbu (2009);
Après la gare (2009).

Zézé Gamboa

Biography: Zézé Gamboa was born in Luanda, Angola, in 1955. Between 1974 and 1980 he directed television programs, and in 1984 he graduated from Néciphone in Paris with a degree in sound engineering. He has directed numerous films and has been a member of the jury at several international film festivals. His 1991 documentary, Mopiopio, Sopro de Angola (Mopiopio, Breath of Angola), received several awards at the FESPACO and at the Milan African Film Festivals. His 1998 documentary, Dissidence, presents a modern history of Angola through a look at dissidents from two belligerent parties. His first full-length fictional film, O Herói [The Hero], opened the 2005 New York New Directors New Films Festival. Zézé Gamboa considers himself in the camp of African filmmakers who see their work as contributing directly to the task of national reconstruction.

– AFF, Inc.
Through African Eyes – Conversations with the Directors – Volume 2, BONETTI Mahen and SEAG Morgan (Editors), 2010, African Film Festival, Inc. and Printinfo JV LLC, Yerevan, Armenia, p.45)

Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:
Mopiopio, Sopro de Angola [Mopiopio, Breath of Angola] (1993);
O Herói [The Hero] (2005).

Mopiopio, Sopro de Angola [Mopiopio, Breath of Angola] (1991);
Dissidence (1998);
Burned by Blue (1998);
O Desassossego de Pessoa (1999);
O Herói [The Hero] (2004);
5 Films about AIDS (2007);
L’Afrique vue par… [Africa Seen by…] – Bom dia Africa (2009);
O Grande Kilapy (2010).

Orlando Fortunato de Oliveira

Biography: Orlando Fortunato de Oliveira was born on March 20, 1946 in Benguel, Angola. He is one of the pioneers of Angolan cinema. As a director, his films portray the era of colonialism. Graduate of Catholic University of America in sciences and geophysics, he turned to cinema and released his first film, Um Caso Nosso, in 1978. In 1981, he resumed studies at the London International Film School and made several documentaries. Memória de um Dia (1982) tells the story of the Bengo Icolo massacre, carried out by the Portuguese in 1960. In 1989 he made his first feature film, Comboio da Cañhoca (The Train of Cañhoca), but for geopolitical reasons it was not shown for over fifteen years. In the meantime he made a few documentaries, such as Agostinho Neto (2000), about the first president of Angola. In 2010 he completed Batepá, which is set in Sao Tome e Principe. The film is centered on the local colonial relations: segregation, repression, torture and political killings, which culminated in 1953.

– AFF, Inc.

Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:
Memória de um Dia (1997).

Um Caso Nosso (1978);
Memória de um Dia (1982);
Festa d’Ilha (1985);
San Pedro de Barra (1985);
Comboio da Cañhoca [The Train of Cañhoca] (1989);
Agostinho Neto (2000);
Batepá (2010).

Nguxi Dos Santos

Biography: Born January 22, 1960, in Nzeto, northern Zaire province, Nguxi dos Santos was a war reporter in TPA between 1979 and 1989, having belonged to the Department of Cinema Political Directorate FAPLA. Between 1981 and 1982 he filmed the battle of Cahama – a conflict between the Angolan and South African army – and, in 1992, was one of the reporters who documented the post-election conflict that occurred in Luanda. In the field of audiovisual documentaries, Nguxi Dos Santos produced and directed such films as Pelo Silêncio das Armas, Mamã Muxima, O Grande Desafio, and Um Homem Enterrado Vivo. With the exhibition People and Places, Nguxi dos Santos internationalized his career, by presenting the exhibition in Maputo in May, and in November in Macau. In 2005, the photographer exhibited Marks of War in Venezuela. Recently, in Luanda he presented the exhibition Tombs of the Kingdoms of Congo. As a producer for the Professional Public Television of Angola (TPA), which produces documentaries and entertainment programs, Nguxi dos Santos is one of the most respected artists in the field of visual arts.

Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:
A Man Was Buried Alive [O Homem que Foi Enterrado Vivo] (1997).

Exército Kuanza (Date unknown);
Os Trilhos (Date unknown);
As FAPLA e os seus veteranos (Date unknown);
Resgate – Toni do Fumo (Date unknown);
Blending Emotions (Date unknown);
A Rota de Vasco da Gama (Date unknown);
A Man Was Buried Alive [O Homem que Foi Enterrado Vivo] (1997);
O Grande Desafio (2001);
Pelo Silêncio das Armas (2004);
Mamã Muxima (2005).

Mariano Bartolomeu

Biography: Originally from Angola’s capital city, Luanda, Mariano Bartolomeu has lived in a handful of different countries, including Italy, Cuba, and the United States. In 1991, he graduated with a BA in Film and Television as director at the Escuela Internacional de Cine y Televisión in San Antonio de Los Baños, Cuba, an institution sponsored by the Latin American Foundation for New Cinema. He then worked on film and television in Italy and Angola. In Angola, he co-founded Dreadlocks Productions, a leading production company, and directed several miniseries for local TV. He holds a Master of Fine Arts in Filmmaking from Ohio University and is a Fulbright alumnus.

His short films have been selected for competition at a variety of international film festivals, including: Rimini Film Festival (Italy), Locarno International Film Festival (Switzerland), Amiens International Film Festival and Cinema Du Réel (France) and at the Pan-African Film Festival of Ouagadougou (FESPACO – Burkina Faso), among others. His documentary The Sun Still Shines (1995), made for French TV channel Arte, won Best Documentary and the Fipresci Award at the Milan International Film Festival. He co-wrote and starred in the Italian feature Bell’Amico (2003), which won the Best Comedy Award at the Monte Carlo International Film Festival.


Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:
A Clean and Well Lit Place (1997);
Quem Faz Correr Quim? [Who Makes Quim Run?] (1997);
The Sun Still Shines (1997).

Caribbeaning (1990);
A Clean and Well Lit Place (1991);
Quem Faz Correr Quim? [Who Makes Quim Run?] (1992);
The Sun Still Shines (1995).

The War of Angola / Angola – Nação Coragem


Director: Sergio Guerra
Countries: Brazil / Angola
Year: 1999
Running Time: 28 min.
Language: Portuguese

The country of Angola could be a nation of prosperity if it wasn’t for the civil war that has lasted almost 25 years. This tragedy is ignored by most news outlets around the world and has resulted in over 2 million deaths, more than one hundred thousand mutilations, and 1 million refugees.

The Sun Still Shines

Director: Mariano Bartolomeu
Countries: Angola
Year: 1995
Running Time: 30 min.
Language: Portuguese

sun still shines

The Sun Still Shines is a documentary that presents a slice of the life of people who question their future when their only recourse is food aid. It tells of war and the United Nations intervention in Angola. The film is the Angolan episode of the serial “Under the Nations,” produced by La Sept Arte Television to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the United Nations.


Director: Sarah Maldoror
Countries: Angola / Republic of Congo
Year: 1972
Running Time: 102 min.
Language: Portuguese


Based on a novel by José Luandino Vieira, Sambizanga is a landmark testimony to the determination and importance of the colonial resistance in Africa. One woman’s quest to find her husband who has been jailed for joining the resistance, becomes a metaphor for the suffering of Angolan people and their coming to revolutionary consciousness before the 1961 uprising against their Portuguese colonizers. The film could not be shown publicly in Angola until after independence because of its moving content.

Rostov Luanda

Director: Abderrahmane Sissako
Country: Angola / France / Germany / Mali / Mauritania
Year: 1997
Running Time: 58 min.
Language: French and Portuguese

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Abderrahmane Sissako left Mauritania in 1980 for Rostov-on-Don in Russia to study film making. There he befriended Baribanga, an Angolan freedom fighter. Two decades later, Sissako searches for his old friend and the promise of African liberation. Rostov Luanda’s in-your-face documentary fashion grabs its audience and enchants them almost immediately.

Quem Faz Correr Quim

Director: Mariano Bartolomeu
Country: Angola
Year: 1992
Running Time: 23 min.
Language: Portuguese

Quem Faz Correr Quim

This film, which reveals itself as a metaphor for Angola, follows the young pilot, Quim, as he returns to his mistress in a state of mental confusion after his first child is born deformed.

O Miradouro da Lua

Director: Jorge António
Country: Portugal / Angola
Year: 1993
Running Time: 90 min.
Language: Portuguese


A young drama apprentice gets an invitation from his unknown father to come to Angola. During the trip he meets an Angolan girl. When he gets to his father’s home, a great surprise will change his life.

No Caminho das Estrelas

Director: António Ole
Country: Angola
Year: 1980
Running Time: 30 min.
Language: Portuguese

This poetic, biographical tribute to Agostinho Neto features lyrics by Neto himself, and national poets Antonio Jacinto, Arnaldo Santoes, Luandino Vieira and David Mestre.


Director: Zézé Gamboa
Country: Angola
Year: 1991
Running Time: 52 min.
Language: Portuguese

Over the past decade Brazilian music has become a worldwide sensation, yet, the rich musical traditions of Angola, the native homeland of many Africans now living in Brazil, remains sadly unknown. The first documentary to examine this dulcet heritage, Mopiopio is a joyous celebration of Angolan music. In his first feature film, Zézé Gamboa contrasts the austerity of daily life in Angola with the rich abundance of its popular music. From the most traditional forms to the latest exponents of afro-jazz, Mopiopio explores the place of musical culture in Angolan life as well as its role in the ongoing political struggles.

Memória de um Dia

Director: Orlando Fortunato de Oliveira
Country: Angola
Year: 1982
Running Time: 70 min.
Language: Portuguese

This is one of the last examples of the Angolan school of historical-political documentaries. It is through photographs, interviews and reconstructions, Memória de um Dia envokes the massacre by the Portuguese against the populations of Icolo and Bemgo, who were taking part in a peaceful demonstration. The day the title refers to is the day of the tremendous repression against those who were trying to obtain information on the fate of Augustino Neto, imprisoned by the Portuguese political police.

Clandestine / Le Clandestin / O Clandestino

Director: José “Zeka” Laplaine
Country: Zaire and Angola
Year: 1997
Running Time: 15 min.
Language: Portuguese and French


When an Angolan stowaway lands in Lisbon, he learns that the Europe of his dreams may not be the paradise he imagined. Constantly having to evade a persistent police officer, he begins to long for his homeland. His adventures lead him to realize that for an African, Europe provides no escape from hardship.