Ousmane William Mbaye

Biography: Born in Paris in 1952, Ousmane William Mbaye is the son of the famous woman of culture, Annette Mbaye of Erneville. Mbaye trained at the Conservatoire Libre du Cinéma Français and studied at the University of Paris VIII Vincennes. He was initiated into all the cinema professions and went on to make films in Senegal. From 1990 to 1997, he coordinated the Rencontres Cinématographiques of Dakar (RECIDAK).

Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:
Kemtiyu, Cheikh Anta (2017)

Doomi Ngacc [L’enfant de Ngatch] (1979)
Duunde Yakaar [Pain sec] (1979)
Dakar Clando (1989)
Dial Diali (1992)
Fresque (1992)
Xalima la plume (2003)
Fer et verre (2003)
Mère-Bi [La mère] (2003)
Président Dia (2012)
Kemtiyu, Cheikh Anta (2016)

Rama Thiaw

Biography: Rama Thiaw was born April 30, 1978 in Nouakchott, Mauritania to Mauritanian and Senegalese parents. After her parents’ divorce, she began splitting her time living in Senegal and France, and while residing in the latter, Thiaw obtained a Master’s degree in International Economics at the Sorbonne and later developed an interest in cinema, which led her to receive a diploma in filmmaking and a Master’s degree at the University of Paris 3. In 2010, Thiaw began production on her second documentary feature entitled The Revolution Won’t Be Televised, which was screened at the Berlin International Film Festival in February 2016, winning the Fipresci Prize and a special mention in the Caligari Filmpreis.

Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:  
The Revolution Won’t Be Televised (2017)

The Revolution Won’t Be Televised (2016)

Ousmane Sow

Director: Beatrice Soule
Country: France/Senegal
Year: 1996
Running Time: 26 min.
Language: French with English subtitles

Genre: Documentary

Soule’s film is a love story between a man and his sculpture, between a man and a woman, between a man and humanity. The film highlights the four series of sculptures by Ousmane Sow, Masai, Noubas, Zulus and Fulani.

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.



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.


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.


The Revolution Won’t Be Televised

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

Genre: Documentary

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.


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

Genre: Drama, Short Film

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.

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.

Mamadou Dia

Biography: Mamadou is a Senegalese director based in New York. He is completing a Master in Filmmaking at the Tisch School of the Arts (NYU). Before moving to the US he worked as a videojournalist and camera operator in Senegal for more than eight years. His short film, Contained, is based on true events that happened in Sierra Leone when he was covering the Ebola outbreak in 2014.

Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:
Contained (2016)

Les jardins de l’espoir (2013)
Ebola, Into the Hot Zone (2014)
Contained (2016)
Samedi Cinema (2016)

Alice Diop

Biography: In 2011, Alice Diop’s feature documentary Danton’s Death won the Library Award at the Cinéma du Réel Festival as well as the Etoile de la Scam 2012 Award. Shot in 2015, Towards Tenderness did its World Premiere at Creteil Women International Film Festival and its US Premiere at NYAFF.

Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:
Towards Tenderness (2016)

Danton’s Death (2011)
Towards Tenderness (2016)

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


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.

Lydie Diakhaté

Biography: Lydie Diakhaté is an independent film producer and art critic specializing in the arts and cultures of Africa and the African Diaspora. She is the founder of K’a Yelema Productions in Paris and New York and co-founder and director of the Real Life Documentary Festival in Accra, Ghana (2006-2011). One Bright Morning is her first feature film as a director. Her film production includes the documentaries: Negritude: A Dialogue between Wole Soyinka and Senghor (France/Germany/USA, 2015); Edouard Glissant: One World in Relation (52 min., France/USA, 2010); Conakry kas (82min., Guinée/France/USA, 2004); Bamako Sigi Kan.

Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:
Some Bright Morning: The Art of Melvin Edwards (2016)

Some Bright Morning: The Art of Melvin Edwards (2015)


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


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.

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.


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In 1952, Ousmane Sembene, a dockworker and fifth-grade dropout from Senegal, began dreaming an impossible dream: to become the storyteller for a new Africa.

SEMBENE! tells the unbelievable true story of the father of African cinema, the self-taught novelist and filmmaker who fought, against enormous odds, a 50-year battle to return African stories to Africans. SEMBENE! is told through the experiences of the man who knew him best, colleague and biographer Samba Gadjigo, using rare archival footage and more than 100 hours of exclusive materials. A true-life epic, SEMBENE! follows an ordinary man who transforms himself into a fearless spokesperson for the marginalized, becoming a hero to millions.

SEMBENE! will be shown at Lincoln Plaza Cinemas beginning Friday, November 6th. Directors Samba Gadjigo and Jason Silverman will be in attendance for Q&As for select screenings on Friday, November 6th, Saturday, November 7th, and Sunday, November 8th. Click here for tickets and show times.

Lincoln Plaza Cinemas is located at 1886 Broadway, New York, NY 10023 (between 63rd and 62nd Streets).

SEMBENE! directed by Samba Gadjigo and Jason Silverman, USA/Senegal, 2015, 82min

The Prophecy

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


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.

Mind of A Chef: Senegal

Director: Claudia Woloshin
Countries: Senegal/USA
Year: 2013
Running Time: 23 min.
Languages: English

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The history of southern cuisine is incomplete without understanding how West Africa influenced the cultural heritage and ingredients of America. In this episode, Chef Sean Brock travels to Senegal to meet with friend, Fatimata Ly. Together they explore the markets of Dakar and M’Bour, cook the traditional Sengalese dish Theibou Yapp, and search for the connection to American cuisines through techniques and flavors used by the locals.