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.

Kolwezi on Air

Director: Idriss Gabel
Country: Belgium
Year: 2016
Running Time: 72 min.
Language: French and Swahili with English subtitles

In the Democratic Republic of Congo—a central African country of vast natural resources and a brutal history of conflict—independent local television stations embody the spirit of journalism, struggling courageously to document the difficulties of the country’s citizens. Nowhere is this altruistic drive to inform more pronounced than in Kolwezi, a wealthy mining city and the capital of the Lualaba Province of South Congo. There, reporters from RTMA, the largest local television channel, pursue stories with unbridled vigor and often at great personal risk. This fast-paced film mirrors the work of its subjects, encompassing hard-hitting political exposé, engrossing human interest, and crime drama.

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.

So Far Away from Vietnam

Director: Laurence Gavron
Country: France
Year: 2016
Running Time: 60 min.
Language: French with English subtitles

The fall of Dien Bien Phu and the Geneva Agreements in 1954 signaled the end of a century of France’s presence in Indochina. In the French army, large numbers of soldiers from the colonies, particularly North Africa and Black Africa, were repatriated to their home countries. Many of the African soldiers had taken Vietnamese wives.

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.

Dem! Dem!

Director: Pape Bouname Lopy, Marc Recchia and Christophe Rolin
Country: Senegal
Year: 2016
Running Time: 26 min.
Language: Wolof and French with English subtitles

A Senegalese fisherman finds a Belgian passport on a beach in Dakar and decides to use it. He soon crosses paths with N’Zibou, a wise man who measures the clouds and questions the man about his search for identity.

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.

 

Marabout

Director: Alassane Sy
Country: Senegal
Year: 2016
Running Time: 18 min.
Language: Wolof and French with English subtitles

Marabout is the story of a police detective in Dakar who pursues a group of street kids after they steal from him, only to learn about the dangers they are exposed to in their daily lives.

 

Ayiti Mon Amour

Director: Guetty Felin
Country: Haiti
Year: 2016
Running Time: 88 min.
Language: Haitian Creole, French, and Japanese with English subtitles

Set in Haiti five years after the devastating 2010 earthquake, Guetty Felin’s magical realist tale avoids the kinds of images of the disaster that saturated screens around the world. In his depiction of young Orphée’s grief over the loss of his father beneath the rubble of decimated buildings (represented in ghostly images that float beneath the ocean’s surface), Felin refuses to tell a story of victimhood. Instead, she gives the narrative back to the Haitian people, whose lives cannot be reduced headlines. And as her characters begin to heal, Felin suggests that the island will too.

 

 

Kemtiyu, Cheikh Anta

Director: Ousmane William Mbaye
Country: Senegal
Year: 2016
Running Time: 94 min.
Language: Wolof and French with English subtitles

“The Universal Man,” “The Capital Contemporary,” “The Giant of Knowledge,” “The Last Pharaoh”: those were some of the newspaper headlines the day after the death of Senegalese historian, doctor, and politician Cheikh Anta Diop on February 7, 1986. Kemtiyu is a portrait of this trailblazing scholar—venerated by some, derided by others, and unknown to most—an honest, enlightened political figure who had an insatiable thirst for science and knowledge.

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: 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.

Too Black to be French?

Director: Isabelle Boni-Claverie
Country: France
Year: 2015
Running Time: 52 min.
Language: French with English subtitles

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In 2010, offended by the racist comments against black people held by Jean Paul Guerlain on the France 2 TV news, Isabelle Boni-Claverie organized several demonstrations on the Champs Élysées, negotiated with the LVMH group and obtained a series of measures to promote diversity. However, this incident, which she documents in the film, left her with a bad taste. How is it that today, in France, this is still happening? In response to this question, using a first-person approach, the filmmaker leads an investigation. She invokes the model story of her grandparents, an interracial couple of the 1930s. Reflecting on her upper middle-class childhood, she probes the relationship between class and race. Not without humor, in the manner of: “You know you are black when…”, she asks would-be interlocutors to testify before the camera about the exasperations that they experience. Both personal and collective, the film does not hesitate to call existing policies into question.

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.