New African Shorts

Showtimes

Film runs Thu, May 8 through Sun, May 11.

New African Shorts
Various,
110 minutes

Q&A with filmmakers at both screenings.

Baudouin Mouanda: Congolese Dreams
Philippe Cordey, Congo, 2012, HDCam, 25m
Lingala, French, and German with English subtitles

For his latest project, The Dream, photographer Baudouin Mouanda explores beauty in unlikely places by asking women to pose in the same white wedding dress in different locations, from rubbish dumps to crowded trains. U.S. Premiere

Soko Sonko (The Market King)
Ekwa Msangi-Omari, Kenya/USA, 2014, Blu-ray, 22m
Kiswahili and Sheng with English subtitles

When her mom gets sick, Kibibi’s dad takes her to the market to get her hair braided before school. A fish out of water, this well-intentioned dad goes on a roller coaster of a journey where no man has gone before... because only women have been there! U.S. Premiere

Aissa’s Story
Iquo B. Essien, Nigeria/USA, 2013, HDCam, 15m
French and English with English subtitles

An African immigrant housekeeper and single mother must decide whether to move on with her life or fight when the case against her assaulter is dismissed. New York Premiere

Kuhani
Ntare Guma Mbaho Mwine, Uganda, 2013, 7m

An experimental short inspired by Ugandan Catholic priest Father Anthony Musaala's open letter titled “The Failure of Celibate Chastity Among Diocesan Priests.” Father Musaala is one of many Ugandans who has been persecuted as a result of the country’s recently passed Anti-Homosexuality Act. New York Premiere

Kwaku Ananse
Akosua Adoma Owusu, Ghana/Mexico/USA, 2013, DCP, 26m

Outsider Nyan attends her estranged father's funeral. Overwhelmed by the procession, she searches for him in the spirit world. Kwaku Ananse draws upon the rich mythology of Ghana and combines semi-autobiographical elements with the tale of Kwaku Ananse, a trickster in West African stories who appears as both spider and man. Co-presentation with Cinema Tropical. New York Premiere

Afronauts
Frances Bodomo, Ghana/USA, 2014, Format TK, 15m

On July 16, 1969, America prepares to launch Apollo 11. Thousands of miles away, the Zambia Space Academy hopes to beat America to the moon. Inspired by true events.

Series: New York African Film Festival 2014

Venue: Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center

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