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“If Africans do not tell their own stories, Africa will soon disappear.” So said Ousmane Sembène, the legendary Senegalese auteur. Over the last many decades, African filmmakers have not only affirmed the existence of the continent on the world stage but created an entirely unique and vibrant language of cinema. This year’s New York African Film Festival showcases a number of facets of this kaleidoscopic film landscape, with works by veteran auteurs, emerging talents, diasporic voices, and pioneering women.

To celebrate the 28th NYAFF and Black History Month, join us for a special panel discussion on the past, present, and future of African cinema with the filmmakers Gaston Kaboré (Wend Kuuni; Buud Yam), Ngozi Onwurah (The Body Beautiful; Shoot the Messenger), Amjad Abu Alala (You Will Die at Twenty), and Hlumela Matika (Tab). Moderated by curator and scholar June Givanni.