The festival’s theme this year, “The Peoples’ Revolution,” illuminates the new wave of artists throughout Africa and its diaspora seeking reform and effecting it via sociopolitical action. These individuals exist where values of human rights, civic duty, and the democratic, unrestricted nature of technology increasingly become interdependent. Here, ideas of identity, culture, and notions of “home” are rewired, functioning in ways markedly distinct from previous generations. Among the highlights this year are Ewir Amora Kelabi, from Ethiopia, a poetic film about migration; the acclaimed South African film Vaya by director Akin Omotoso; and a powerful shorts program that includes the film 80 by Muhannad Iamin, the first animated documentary from Libya. This 24th edition of NYAFF also features a stunning digital art exhibition that explores dance and movement through virtual reality.

Co-presented by the Film Society of Lincoln Center and African Film Festival, Inc.

Organized by Mahen Bonetti, Francoise Bouffault, Keisha Knight, Beatriz Leal-Riesco, Utibe Mbagwu, and Dara Ojugbele, African Film Festival, Inc.