In Africa and its diaspora, revolution is not always synonymous with the overthrowing of a government or a head of state. It goes beyond to a shared utopian search for liberation of the body and the mind that has characterized the history of African people through the years. Arising as a chain of movements led mostly by youth and women, revolution is a force against unfair systems, an impulse for the people to follow their own dreams, and a shared experience of empowerment. In the Digital Age, the struggle for liberation has found a resilient ally in technology, which has exerted multiplier effects in and outside the continent.

This is the core of the 21st New York African Film Festival: the experience of revolution and liberation in and from Africa in the 21st century. The festival presents a unique selection of contemporary and classic African films, running the gamut from features, shorts, and documentaries to animation and experimental films. In celebration of the centenary of Nigerian unification, look for a couple of films from Nollywood, Africa’s largest movie industry.

All films will tackle the path to liberation or the feeling of freedom itself: its impact, its agents, and, first and foremost, its visual splendor.