L’Échappée

Director: Hamid Saïdji and Jonathan Mason
Country: Algeria/France/Lebanon
Year: 2016
Running Time: 20 min.
Language: Arabic, French and Italian with English subtitles

Hocine Filali is a forty-something year old taxi driver in the port city of Algiers. His day-to-day routine has him snaking through thick morning traffic, bustling boulevards, and the occasional military checkpoint. In the distance, the sound of the call to prayer mixes with the crash of ocean waves as they bring word of what life might be like elsewhere, across the ocean, in Italy.

Ṣoju

Director: Oluwaseun Babalola
Country: USA/Botswana/Nigeria/Sierra Leone
Year: 2016
Running Time: 30 min.
Language: English

In this documentary, surfers, metal heads, and guerilla filmmakers explore their identities and culture in Sierra Leone, Botswana, and Nigeria.

Ududeagu

Director: Akwaeke Emezi
Country: Nigeria
Year: 2014
Running Time: 2 min.
Language: Igbo with English subtitles

This contemporary visual folktale is rooted in concepts of loss, leaving, and loneliness. Emezi collaborated with her father to translate the voiceover, originally written in English, into Igbo, and narrated it herself as an exercise in engaging with the lost fluency of her language.

Sketch

Director: Mariama Diallo
Country: USA
Year: 2017
Running Time: 14 min.
Language: English

The aesthetics of racial profiling are examined in this film, which follows a police sketch artist who believes he has stumbled upon the suspect from one of his drawings.

Rest in Power, Malik Carmichael

Director: S. Ajay Ram
Country: USA
Year: 2014
Running Time: 11 min.
Language: English

In this experimental short, eulogizing the life of 16-year-old Malik, a hypothetical teenager from the west side of Harlem, documentary-style interviews with Malik’s friends and family piece together the exceptional existence and senseless death of a black boy genius.

My Third Eye

Director: Nova Scott-James
Country: USA
Year: 2017
Running Time: 4 min.
Language: English

This silent meditation on the relationship between a little girl and the male family member sexually abusing her examines the pain of intergenerational black familial trauma, but also the gift of spiritual independence.

Farewell Meu Amor

Director: Ekwa Msangi
Country: Tanzania/USA
Year: 2016
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.

Adam & Howa

Director: Sarra Idris
Country: Sudan
Year: 2015
Running Time: 8 min.
Language: Arabic with English subtitles

A couple’s story becomes a metaphor for the relationship between the Sudanese diaspora who fled the country after political turmoil and those who were left behind.

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.

 

A Place for Myself

Director: Marie-Clémentine Dusabejambo
Country: Rwanda
Year: 2016
Running Time: 22 min.
Language: Kinyarwanda with English subtitles

Five-year-old albino girl Elikia is made to feel unwanted by her classmates and neighbors. But her mother encourages her to embrace her differences. Together, they stand up for themselves and fight back against discrimination.

Madama Esther

Director: Luck Razanajaona
Country: Madagascar
Year: 2013
Running Time: 15 min.
Language: Malagasy with English subtitles

After getting fired, Mrs. Esther, a housekeeper in her fifties, may no longer be able to bring her grandson to the sea. So to make extra money, she agrees to harbor clandestine cockfights in her yard.

 

Kanye Kanye

Director: Miklas Manneke
Country: South Africa
Year: 2013
Running Time: 26 min.
Language: Zulu with English subtitles

In a South African township, where an argument over whether red or green apples are better causes the greatest divide in the town’s history, a young man, Thomas, falls in love with Thandi, who falls into the opposite camp.

80

Director: Muhannad Lamin
Country: Libya
Year: 2012
Running Time: 6 min.
Language: Arabic with English subtitles

Lamin’s 80 depicts a man on the two most important days of his life: the day he gets caught and imprisoned and the day he escapes.

Jojolo

Director: Lebert Bethune
Country: Jamaica/USA
Year: 1966
Running Time: 12 min.
Language: English

A subtle study of cultural identity following a graceful young woman of Haitian descent who works as a fashion model and actress in cosmopolitan Paris. Cool, light, and lyrical in style, Bethune’s portrait has a deft thematic touch.

 

Hairat

Director: Jessica Beshir
Country: Ethiopia
Year: 2016
Running Time: 7 min.
Language: Harari and Oromiffa with English subtitles

For the past 35 years, Yussuf Mume Saleh journeys at night to the outskirts of the walled city of Harar to bond with his beloved hyenas.

In Search of Finah Misa Kule

Director: Kewulay Kamara
Country: Sierra Leone
Year: 2015
Running Time: 42 min.
Language: English, Mandeng, and Kuranko with English subtitles

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In Search of Finah Misa Kule: The Story of a People who Live by the Word chronicles the quest of poet Kewulay Kamara to reconstitute an ancient epic handed down in his family. Kamara takes us back to his native Village of Dankawali in northeast Sierra Leone where the epic was written out by his father in the 1960s only to be destroyed when the village was razed during the recent Civil War in Sierra Leone.