Allen Report: Retracing Transnational African Methodism

Director: Alanna Lockward
Country: Dominican Republic
Year: 2016
Running Time: 76 min.
Language: English, French and Spanish with English subtitles

As the first Dominican-Haitian documentary co-production, this film retraces the liberation legacy of the African Methodist Episcopal Church (AME) in the Dominican Republic, Haiti, Namibia and the United States, its place of origin. These common narratives on struggles against enslavement and apartheid is told in three different languages (English, French, Spanish) in the voices of 19 interviewees.

Farewell Meu Amor

Director: Ekwa Msangi
Country: Tanzania/USA
Year: 2018
Running Time: 10 min.
Language: English

On the morning of the long-awaited reunion with his exiled family, a man is faced with the heartbreak of a different type—of parting from his lover.

Contained

Director: Mamadou Dia
Country: USA
Year: 2015
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Language: English and French with English subtitles

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Sierra Leone, summer 2014. Abdu is quarantined because he is suspected of having Ebola. Contained alone, he starts to question his health and his psychological state deteriorates.

Some Bright Morning: The Art of Melvin Edwards


Director:
 Lydie Diakhaté
Country: USA/France
Year: 2015
Running Time: 82 min.
Language: English

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Born in the American South of the late ’30s during segregation, Melvin Edwards is now a world-recognized sculptor. As a black internationalist, Pan-Africanist, and one of the major Modernist innovators in the New York art scene from the days of Abstract Expressionism up through the current Conceptual wave, Edwards is one of the few African-Americans who has a particular strong connection with Africa beyond his origins. Lydie Diakhaté’s film reveals how in Edwards’s work, the global black initiative operates like a vital lifeline in his artistic expression and how exploring different techniques of welding and engaging his cultural and political values he established his own artistic language across five decades.

SEMBENE!

Director: Samba Gadjigo and Jason Silverman
Country: Senegal/USA
Year: 2015
Running Time: 82 min.
Language: English and French with English subtitles

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In 1952, Ousmane Sembene, a Senegalese dockworker and fifth-grade dropout, began dreaming an impossible dream: to become the storyteller for a new Africa. Sembene! chronicles the self-taught novelist and filmmaker’s 50-year struggle to return African stories to Africans and become the father of African cinema. Sembene’s colleague and biographer Samba Gadjigo uses rare archival footage and more than 100 hours of exclusive materials to tell this remarkable story of an ordinary man who transformed himself into a fearless spokesperson and hero for the marginalized.

The Cursed Ones

Director: Nana Obiri Yeboah
Countries: Ghana/UK
Year: 2015
Running Time: 95min.
Language: English

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A series of misfortunes lead a West African village to accuse a young girl, Asabi of witchcraft. Their Pastor insists that salvation lies in her exorcism and death, using his compelling rhetoric to incite fear into the people and turn Asabi’s mother against her own daughter. Disillusioned reporter, Godwin finds himself swept up in the witch hunt. With the help of a young school teacher, he attempts to save Asabi’s life, fighting back against corruption and false prophets. Based on true events, The Cursed Ones is a story of morality, corruption, and community in the heart of Africa.

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Co-presented with Human Rights Watch Film Festival during the 23rd NYAFF.

Hex

Director: Clarence Peters
Countries: Nigeria
Year: 2015
Running Time: 26min.
Language: English

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Five young people, on their way home after a night in town, accidentally knock down a mysterious hooded man. Bola, a final year medical student, is haunted by the experience and is having an emotional breakdown, or is she?

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AFRIPEDIA Series

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

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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.

Ghana

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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.

Kenya

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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.

Senegal

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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

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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.

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.

Miners Shot Down

Director: Rehad Desai
Countries: South Africa
Year: 2014
Running Time: 86 min.
Language: English

In August 2012, mineworkers in one of South Africa’s biggest platinum mines began a wildcat strike for better wages. Six days later, the police used live ammunition to brutally suppress the strike, killing 34 and injuring many more. Miners Shot Down follows the strike from day one, showing the courageous but isolated fight waged by a group of low paid workers against the combined forces of the mining company, Lonmin, the ANC government and their allies in the National Union of Mineworkers.

Cuba: An African Odyssey

Director: Jihan El-Tahri
Country: Egypt, South Africa, and France
Year: 2006-2007
Running Time: 118 min.
Language: French, English, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish

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From Che Guevara’s military campaign to avenge Lumumba in the Congo up to the fall of apartheid in South Africa, 300,000 Cubans fought alongside African revolutionaries. Cuba: An African Odyssey is the previously untold story of Cuba’s support for various African revolutions, one of the Cold War’s most vigorous contests over resources and ideology. This film attempts to understand the world today through the saga of these Cuban internationalists who won every battle but ultimately lost the war.

Circus Without Borders

Director: Susan Gray
Country: Canada/Guinea/USA
Year: 2015
Running Time: 70 min.
Language: English and French w/ English subtitles

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World-class acrobats and good friends Guillaume Saladin and Yamoussa Bangoura come from very different corners of the globe—the Canadian Arctic and Guinea, West Africa. Despite the distance, they share the same vision: to bring hope and change to their struggling communities through circus. Seven years in the making, this riveting and uplifting story of their two circus companies—Artcirq and Kalabanté—and  the culture-crossing collaborative performance that unites them has the propulsive drama of a gripping work of fiction. Wrapped up in the narrative swirling around these two driven, charismatic men are the parallel plights of the Inuit and Guinean youth they’re committed to helping—the suicide, poverty, and despair that haunts their isolated communities, and the resilience and joy that characterize the tenacity of their collective dream.

The Shore Break

Director: Ryley Grunenwald
Country:  South Africa/Pondo
Year: 2015
Running Time: 90 min.
Language: English and Xhosa

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Amid the tumult of the Arab Spring in Cairo, vendors in a small souk observe the political upheaval while seeking to preserve an ancient tradition of fabric making. The result is a fascinating microcosm of a transitioning nation. In the wake of President Hosni Mubarak’s ouster, street celebrations turn to conflict—shops burn to the ground, propaganda spreads, and the fraternal spirit of the marketplace is shattered. The Tentmakers of Cairo traces this story from the beginning and follows each character as they develop with the times. Filmmaker Kim Beamish captures some of the most remarkable close-up footage of one of the defining political crises of the decade.

Bus Nut

Director: Akosua Adoma Owusu
Country: Ghana/USA
Year: 2014
Running Time: 7 min.
Language: English

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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.

Cuban Roots/Bronx Stories

Director: Pam Sporn
Country: Cuba/USA
Year: 2000
Running Time: 57 mins
Language: English and Spanish with English and Spanish subtitles

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Highlights the experience of a black Cuban American famiy, revealing that the Cuban-American experience is more diverse, racially and ideologically, than we are often led to believe.

Annie

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

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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.

The Road We Travel

Director: Aidan Belizaire
Countries: Uganda/UK
Year: 2014
Running Time: 38 min.
Languages: English and Luganda with English subtitles

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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

Portrait of a Lone Farmer

Director: Jide Akinleminu
Countries: Nigeria/Denmark/Germany
Year: 2013
Running Time: 73 min.
Languages: Yoruba, English and Danish with English subtitles

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Portrait of a Lone Farmer is a feature documentary about a Danish-Nigerian family torn apart by geography. When the filmmaker Jide, for the first time in five years, travels to Nigeria to re-connect with his father, we see through his camera the unfolding of a story about family, love, and legacy. It is a quiet and stunning portrait of a broken family trying to heal, one in which the drama occurs in their mutual understanding.

Plot for Peace

Director: Carlos Agullo and Mandy Jacobson
Countries: South Africa
Year: 2013
Running Time: 84 min.
Languages: English, French, Portuguese, Afrikaans and Spanish with English subtitles

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In the new documentary thriller, Plot For Peace, heads of state, generals, diplomats, master spies and anti-apartheid fighters reveal how Africa’s front line states helped end apartheid. An improbable key to Mandela’s prison cell was a mysterious French businessman, dubbed “Monsieur Jacques” whose real name was Jean-Yves Ollivier. His trade secret was trust. For nearly 25 years, his story has been secret. Now, it is disclosed for the first time. Plot For Peace is the remarkable account of Ollivier’s masterful citizen diplomacy that contributed significantly to one of the great political shifts of the 20th century.

Pirating Pirates

Director: David Čálek
Countries: Kenya/Somalia/Czech Republic
Year: 2014
Running Time: 85 min.
Languages: Czech, English and Somali with English subtitles

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Intending to make a film about the piracy in Somalia, the filmmakers of Pirating Pirates had no idea that they’d have to lay their original plans aside. The film takes a surprising turn as they become entangled in a web of lies and deception.