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2011 is the International Year of Peoples of African Descent, as declared by the United Nations. In celebration, the 18th edition of the New York African Film Festival presents a showcase of works that speak to the realities of Africa and the Diaspora. Through the exhibition of works by filmmakers and other visual and performing artists, as well as presentations by critics, scholars and master chefs, festival participants will witness the reinvention of Africa through the movement of its people across the globe.

The programs of AFF are made possible by the generous support of the National Endowment for the Arts, The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, JPMorgan Chase, New York State Council on the Arts, NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, International Organization of La Francophonie, Divine Chocolate, Continental Airlines, Domenico Paulon Foundation, New York Foundation for the Arts, American Express, New York Times Community Affairs Department, Bradley Family Foundation , South African Consulate General, French Cultural Services, Bloomberg, Broadway Cares, Lambent Foundation, Columbia University’s Institute of African Studies and Center for African Education, WNYC, 57 Main St. Wine Company, Putumayo World Music, Websignia, Africa.com, and Omnipak Import Enterprises, Inc.

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Past Films

Africa United

Africa United

Debs Gardner-Paterson | 2010 | 98 mins

In person: Q&A with director Debs Gardner-Paterson!

The extraordinary story of three Rwandan children who walk 3000 miles to the World Cup in South Africa.

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Besouro

Besouro

João Daniel Tikhomiroff | 2004 | 95 mins

In 1920s Bahia, legendary capoeira fighter Besouro leads an uprising of agricultural workers against their exploitative landowner. Based on a true story! SCREENING WITH EBONY GODDESS: QUEEN OF ILÊ AIYÊ (Carolina Moraes-Liu, 2010, USA/Brazil; 20m) Three women compete to be carnival queen of an Afro-Brazilian group.

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For the Best and for the Onion

For the Best and for the Onion

Elhadj Magori Sani | 2008 | 52 mins

An engaged couple devise a plan to hasten their wedding before the bride’s father can postpone it once again. SCREENING WITH BONDO: A JOURNEY INTO KONO WOMANHOOD (Sunju Ahmadu, Sierra Leone, 2006; 26m) The filmmaker reflects on her initiation into a women’s secret society. DIRECTOR IN PERSON!

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Kinshasa Symphony

Kinshasa Symphony

Claus Wischmann & Martin Baer | 2010 | 95 mins

Picture 200 musicians playing Beethoven’s Ninth in the Congo! A fascinating look at the lone Congolese symphony orchestra, which has persevered through war and other crises. IN PERSON: Armand Diangienda, conductor of the orchestra! SCREENING WITH BONGO BARBERSHOP (Charlie Ahearn, 2005, USA; 8m) Original hip hop stylings from the source.

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Kongo: Grand Illusions

Kongo: Grand Illusions

Daniel Cattier | 2011 | 52 mins

Through the use of animation and never-before-seen colonial footage, this documentary recounts the extraordinary history of Belgian Congo. SCREENING WITH WHY ARE THEY HERE? CHINESE STORIES IN AFRICA (Yara Costa, Mozambique, 2011; 35m) Poor Chinese immigrants struggle in Lesotho, Mozambique, and Ghana. DIRECTORS IN PERSON!

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One Way, a Tuareg Journey

One Way, a Tuareg Journey

Fabio Caramaschi | 2010 | 52 mins

Caramaschi’s inspirational documentary chronicles a separated family’s slow, fractured, emigration from Niger to Italy, and the adversity and opportunities they find there. SCREENING WITH SAY GRACE BEFORE DROWNING (Nikyatu Jusu, USA, 2010; 17m) A boy meets his disturbed refugee mother for the first time. DIRECTORS IN PERSON!

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Shooting with Mursi

Shooting with Mursi

Olisarali Olibui & Ben Young | 2009 | 57 mins

A rare, insightful glimpse of Africa’s most isolated tribes, the Mursi, through the eyes of a member who fears for its survival amidst cultural upheaval. SCREENING WITH LEZARE (aka FOR TODAY, Zelalem Woldemariam Ezare, 2010, Ethiopia; 14m) A beautifully shot short story about a homeless boy in an Ethiopian village.

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Sierra Leone and Tanzania Celebrate Independence

Sierra Leone and Tanzania Celebrate Independence

1963–1977 | 70 mins

Never-before-seen footage of African-Soviet relationships: Sierra Leonean parliamentarians meet exchange students in the USSR, Soviet delegates in Tanzania, Julius Nyerere, and more.

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Soul Boy

Soul Boy

Hawa Essuman | 2010 | 60 mins

When his father falls ill, a teenager sets out to find the cure, only to learn that a witch has stolen his father’s soul. SCREENING WITH OUSMANE (DEWENETI, Dyana Gaye, Senegal/France, 2006; 15m) A child beggar decides to write a letter to Santa Claus...

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Stolen

Stolen

Violeta Ayala & Daniel Fallshaw | 2009 | 78 mins

Filmmakers Ayala and Fallshaw uncover modern-day slavery in the Western Sahara while attempting to document family reunions, making for a documentary that plays like a thriller. DIRECTORS IN PERSON!

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Thembi

Thembi

Jo Menell | 2010 | 48 mins

A gentle and incisive documentary about one-time NPR diarist Thembi, who captivated South Africa when she candidly documented her tragic struggle with HIV. Show producer Joe Richman will also introduce excerpts from Thembi’s broadcasts with photographs. SCREENING WITH EXCERPTS FROM THEMBI’S RADIO DIARIES, WITH ACCOMPANYING PHOTOGRAPHS (2004-2005, 7m)

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A Trip to Algiers

A Trip to Algiers

Abdelkrim Bahloul | 2010 | 97 mins

In 1962, an Algerian woman and her children are dealing with life after the war for independence, when an emigrating Frenchman offers them his home...

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An Uncommon Woman

An Uncommon Woman

Abdoulaye Dao | 2009 | 101 mins

The chairwoman of a big company decides to take a second husband in a society where polyandry is an unknown practice.

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Viva Riva

Viva Riva

Djo Tunda Wa Munga | 2010 | 96 mins

A small-time operator returns to Kinsasha— a seductively vibrant, lawless, fuel-starved sprawl of shantytowns, gated villas, bordellos and nightclubs—and falls for a gangster’s girl. IN PERSON: Actress Patsha Bay Mukuna!

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AFRICA FIRST! Shorts Program

AFRICA FIRST! Shorts Program

2010-2011 | 89 mins

Dirty Laundry (Stephen Abbott, South Africa, 2010; 15m ), Umkhungo (The Gift, Matthew Jankes, South Africa, 2011; 26m), Tinye So (Daouda Coulibaly, Mali, 2010; 25m), and Mwansa the Great (Rungano Nyoni, Zambia/UK, 2011; 23m).

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