The Revolution Won’t Be Televised

Director: Rama Thiaw
Country: Senegal
Year: 2016
Running Time: 110 min.
Language: Wolof and French with English subtitles

In 2012, Senegalese President Abdoulaye Wade began a highly controversial run for a third term, in violation of the nation’s constitution. Among the forces that rose up in protest was a peaceful political movement, Y’en a Marre (literally “we’re fed up”), an alliance of hip-hop artists and journalists. Rama Thiaw shadows rappers Thiat and Kilifeu and their manager Gadiaga as they crisscross Dakar to rock the youth vote.

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.

Captain Thomas Sankara

Director: Christophe Cupelin
Country: Switzerland
Year: 2012
Running Time: 90 min.
Language: French with English subtitles

“I therefore want to speak in the name of all abandoned people because I am a man and nothing of what is human is foreign to me”. Cupelin’s film is a portrait composed of archival footage of Thomas Sankara, President of Burkina Faso between 1983 and his murder in 1987. Ready to liberate his country and transform the mentalities of his fellow citizens, contesting the world’s political order and challenging the powers of his time, Sankara stands out strongly in the history both of Africa and of the world.

Samedi Cinema

Director: Mamadou Dia
Country: Senegal/USA
Year: 2016
Running Time: 11 min.
Language: Fulani, Wolof and French with English subtitles

Two young Senegalese boys’ friendship is tested after they are determined to see one last film at the town movie theater before it closes.

 

 

Maman(s)

Director: Maïmouna Doucouré
Country: Senegal
Year: 2016
Running Time: 20 min.
Language: Wolof and French with English subtitles

The lives of eight-year-old Aida and her family, who live in an apartment in the Parisian suburbs, are turned upside down when the girl’s father returns from their home country of Senegal—and he is not alone.

Boxing Girl

Director: Iman Djionne
Country: Senegal
Year: 2016
Running Time: 26 min.
Language: Wolof and French with English subtitles

Boxing Girl is a coming-of-age tale about a bored 17-year-old hairdresser who finds red boxing gloves after getting hit by a motorbike in Dakar. As soon as she puts them on, she gets mysteriously carried all over the city.

 

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.

Twaaga (Invincible)

Director: Cedric Ido
Country: France
Year: 2013
Running Time: 30 min.
Language: French, Arab and Mooré with English subtitles

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Burkina Faso in 1985 is a country in the throes of revolution. Manu, a young boy who loves comics, tags along with his big brother Albert. When Albert decides to undergo a magic ritual, Manu realizes there are real powers to rival even those of superheroes.

Towards Tenderness

Director: Alice Diop
Country: France
Year: 2016
Running Time: 40 min.
Language: French with English subtitles

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An intimate exploration of a masculine territory in a French suburb, Towards Tenderness follows a group of vagrant men, while a universe is revealed where female bodies are nothing more than ghostly and virtual silhouettes.

The Return

Director: Yohann Kouam
Country: France
Year: 2015
Running Time: 22 min.
Language: French with English subtitles

It’s been a year since his big brother left, and Willy, 15, can’t wait for him to return. Willy thought he knew everything about Theo, but when he arrives back in the block, Willy discovers a secret about him…

Destino

Director: Zangro
Country: France
Year: 2015
Running Time: 22 min.
Language: In French with English subtitles

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Two young guys from the neighborhood (Loïc and Mehdi) have set up a little business filming Arabic wedding celebrations and then editing them in their mini van, their ‘audiovisual laboratory’. But when Mehdi starts to film the wedding of Leila, his pretty ex-girlfriend…destiny happens.

Under the Starry Sky

Director: Dyana Gaye
Country: France/Senegal
Year: 2013
Running Time: 86 min.
Language: French, Wolof, English and Italian with English subtitles

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Between Turin, Dakar, and New York, three destinies cross paths and echo one another, forming a constellation of exile. Twenty-four-year-old Sophie leaves Dakar to join her husband, Abdoulaye, in Turin. Meanwhile, Abdoulaye has already left for New York through a smuggler’s network and 19-year-old Thierno is traveling in Africa for the first time. Under the Starry Sky takes us on a journey through three distinct, diverse cities, underscoring the realities, hopes, and dreams of contemporary emigration.

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.

Egypt’s Modern Pharaohs

Director: Jihan El-Tahri
Countries: Egypt/France/USA/Qatar
Year: 2014
Running Time: (56min. x 3) 168min.
Language: Arabic, French and Russian with English subtitles

On January 25, 1952, downtown Cairo was burnt down: angry mobs demanded the departure of British colonial military rule and called for ‘bread, freedom and social justice’. Fifty-nine years later to the day, the same anger was displayed, the same slogan brandished – but this time against Egypt’s elected president. For six decades, Egypt’s post-colonial leaders forged a system that harnessed military and religious powers, struck a delicate balance in foreign relations and muzzled a complacent civil society. What led the docile Egyptians to mass revolt? How were the promising ideals of the 1952 revolution hijacked? What led to the total breakdown of social justice and political freedom? Filmmaker Jihan El-Tahri has created a masterpiece trilogy of films about former Egyptian presidents Gamal Abdel Nasser, Anwar Sadat and Hosni Mubarak, aptly titled, ‘Egypt’s Modern Pharaohs’!

Jacques Dubuisson

jacques_dubuissonFilms Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:
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Filmography:
Specola (1980);
The Laws of Hospitality (1980);
Film for Resistance
(1980);
Rea el, The Forgotten Vizir (1991);
After Rain
(1995);
Imûhar (1997);
Brundibar (2014).

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

Angola

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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.

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.

Sister Oyo [Soeur Oyo]

Director: Monique Mbeka Phoba
Country: Democratic Republic of the Congo/Belgium
Year: 2014
Running Time: 24 min.
Language: Lingala, Kikongo and French with English subtitles

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In the colonial Congo of the 50’s, Godelive, a young Congolese, who was taught traditional customs by Mama Koko, her grandmother, is pulled away from this universe and sent to a Catholic boarding school in Mbanza-Mboma. In this first French speaking school for Congolese schoolgirls, she is being westernized following the wishes of her parents. But the memory of her grandmother prevents it.

The Prophecy

Director: Marcia Juzga
Countries: Senegal
Year: 2015
Running Time: 20 min.
Languages: French and Wolof with English subtitles

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The Prophecy is a photographic project whose objective is to raise the awareness of the Senegalese population and the rest of the world about the environmental issues Senegal is facing by combining art, culture and tradition. The series of surreal photographs details the most representative sites of Senegal’s environmental destruction. The essence of each site is characterized by a Jinn – a supernatural genie omnipresent in African cultures – merging with its environment.