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26th New York African Film Festival

May 23 – June 9, 2019

The New York African Film Festival (NYAFF) returns to the big apple this spring for its 26th edition. Opening at BAM (May 23 – 27), the NYAFF will travel to Film Society of Lincoln Center (May 30 – June 4) and conclude at Maysles Cinema (June 6 – 9)!

Reaching back into the past and forward into the unknown, the 26th New York African Film Festival weaves a story of the present using all genres of cinema from Africa and the African Diaspora. From the archival to the experimental, classic fictional narrative to documentary, the festival selects treasured stories from the past to contextualize the present and all of its possible futures. We celebrate the 50th anniversary of FESPACO (Panafrican Film and Television Festival of Ouagadougou) with classic African films which premiered at this esteemed festival (the largest on the continent). Created in 1969, FESPACO is a forerunner and space for African media makers to share their work on the home front and the world stage.

This edition of the NYAFF memorializes the tragic Rwandan genocide of 1994 when the light of humanity was dimmed. We commemorate the 25th anniversary of the genocide and honor the 800,000 lives lost during this indelible moment in world history. Rwanda will be the spotlight of this year’s DanceAfrica and the focus of the FilmAfrica program at BAM. This portion of festival program will also include recent award-winning films from Africa and the diaspora.

We recognize the 100th anniversary of the first Pan-African Congress organized in Paris by W. E. B. Du Bois and Ida Gibbs Hunt in February 1919, when delegates from Africa and the diaspora convened to champion Africa’s self-determination. This celebration of the spirit of Pan-Africanism is a restoration of the vibrant heartbeat of the Pan-African movement.

Join us for films, talks, art, performances and more! Stay tuned for more information on the 26th NYAFF.