Director: Arthur Musah Country: Ghana/Nigeria/USA Year: 2016 Running Time: 50 min. Language: English
Dreaming of shaking up education in Nigeria, a team of Nigerian and Nigerian-American MIT students heads home one summer to teach technology to high-schoolers through a competitive robotics camp in Lagos. As they seek to contribute to a new and better Nigeria, their ideals are tested by reality.
Director: Sandra Krampelhuber and Andrea Verena Strasser Country: Austria/Ghana Year: 2016 Running Time: 49 min. Language: English
Accra Power focuses on the creative and artistic strategies of young Ghanaians situated at the crossroads of tradition and various belief systems, high technological and economic growth, infrastructural deficits and current energy crisis.
Director:Abdul Ndadi Country: USA Year: 2014 Running Time: 6 min. Language: English
Orisha’s Journey is a fantasy tale of a girl’s journey through the spirit world (‘Orisha’ denotes a spirit in Nigerian Yoruba cosmology), who must learn about the importance of remembering one’s roots. The film, set in a mysterious walking forest, explores the power of a child’s imagination and the deep meanings and manifestations of Africa.
Director:Akosua Adoma Owusu Country: Ghana/USA Year: 2016 Running Time: 8 min. Language: English
This epistolary short film invites us into the unsettling life of a young Ghanaian man struggling to reconcile his love for his mother with his love for same-sex desire amid the increased tensions incited by same-sex politics in Ghana. Focused on a letter that is ultimately filled with hesitation and uncertainty, Reluctantly Queer both disrobes and questions what it means to be queer for this man in this time and space.
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.
Co-presented with Human Rights Watch Film Festival during the 23rd NYAFF.
Director:Jules David Bartkowski Countries: USA/Ghana/Nigeria Year: 2015 Running Time: 70min. Language: English and Pidgin with English subtitles
Pastor Paul tells the story of a white tourist in Africa who is cast to play a ghost in a Nollywood film and suddenly becomes actually possessed by a ghost. From that point on his trip to Africa takes an unexpected turn and his life slowly turns into something not unlike a Nollywood film. Framed as a Chaplin-esque fool, Benjamin wanders around cities and villages seeking the mathematical secrets buried inside African drumming, only to have his project disturbed by becoming a vessel for the spirit of a colonial-era white missionary. Suddenly he’s prone to tourettic utterances, tongue-speaking bible quotes, words of his Nollywood character’s namesake, Pastor Paul.
Biography: Dr. Owusu is a highly experienced expert in communications and social marketing with over 25 years experience working in the creative industries. Dr Owusu was a Senior Director of Jubilee2000, one of the most successful global marketing campaigns of all time. He led the campaign for debt relief in twenty African countries in the late 1990’s. Dr Owusu is one of Ghana’s leading film directors and writers. He is the author of four books on culture published by Routledge, London and New York. Dr Owusu is an associate of the African Studies Centre at the University of Cambridge and heads Creative Storm. He is Director of Environmental Film Festival of Accra and Executive Member of the Ghana Creative Industries Foundation. Dr Owusu was nominated Personality of the Century by the Millennium Excellence Awards (2006) and received the Arts, Critics and Reviewers Association of Ghana’s award for cultural ambassador in 2008.
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.
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.
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.
Director:Nadia Sasso Countries: Ghana/Sierra Leone/USA Year: 2015 Running Time: 43 min. Language: English
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.
Director:Akosua Adoma Owusu Country: Ghana/USA Year: 2014 Running Time: 7 min. Language: English
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.
Biography: Akosua Adoma Owusu is a filmmaker with Ghanaian parentage whose films have screened worldwide in prestigious film festivals, museums, galleries, universities and microcinemas since 2005. One of ArtForum‘s Top Ten Artists and one of The Huffington Post‘s 30 Contemporary Artists under 40, Owusu has exhibited worldwide, including at the Museum of Modern Art, The Studio Museum in Harlem, Rotterdam, Centre Pompidou and London Film Festival. She was a 2013 MacDowell Colony Fellow and a 2015 Guggenheim Fellow. She holds M.F.A. degrees in Film/Video and Fine Art from California Institute of the Arts and received her BA degree in Media Studies and Art with distinction from the University of Virginia, where she studied under the mentorship of prolific avant-garde filmmaker, Kevin Jerome Everson.
Filmography: Ajube Kete (2005); Tea 4 Two (2006); Intermittent Delight (2007); Revealing Roots (2008); Boyant: A Michael Jordan in a Speedo is Far Beyond the Horizon (2008); My White Baby [Me Broni Ba] (2009); Drexciya (2010-1); Split Ends, I Feel Wonderful (2012); Kwaku Ananse (2013); Bus Nut (2014) Reluctantly Queer(2016)
Bronx Princess follows headstrong 17-year-old Rocky as she leaves behind her mother in New York City to reunite with her father, a chief in Ghana. By confronting her immigrant parents’ ideas of adulthood during her tumultuous summer between high school and college, Rocky must reconcile her African heritage with her dream of independence.
Director: Yaba Badoe Country: Ghana Year:2014 Running Time:78 min. Languages:English
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.
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.
Namisha is the story of Slobo, a man who has lost his job, his wife to a richer man, and his two daughters to death from abortion and childbirth. In despair, Slobo contacts his friend Owusu, whose service to the earth spirit Abadzen has made him wealthy. When Slobo also becomes rich, he uses Namisha, one of the spirits under Abadzen, to revenge the deaths of his daughters and the departure of his wife.
Director:Akosua Adoma Owusu Countries: Ghana, Mexico and USA Year: 2013 Running Time: 25 min. Language: Twi
The traditional West African fable of Kwaku Ananse tells the story of a part man, part spider who spends years collecting all wisdom of the world in a wooden pot. As he tries to hide the pot his little son, Ntikuma shows him the way, which angers Kwaku Ananse that he throws down the pot so it bursts and the wisdom seeps away. The fable is combined with the story of a young outsider named Nyan Koronhwea attending her estranged father’s funeral. Overwhelmed by the procession, she escapes into the spirit world in search for her father. She carries her ambivalence with her into the forest, where she learns the ultimate truth about all human relationships.