The New York African Film Festival celebrates its milestone 25th edition. Co-presented by the Film Society of Lincoln Center and the African Film Festival, Inc., the 2018 festival will feature new and classic African cinema, with a special focus on intergenerational discourse, featuring works by women and younger generations of African and diaspora artists. This year, the festival will also feature films that celebrate the centennial of Nelson Mandela. As in previous years, the festival program will include screenings and discussions with filmmakers and artists, panels, an art exhibit, and additional events at locations around the city.
Co-presented by the Film Society of Lincoln Center and African Film Festival, Inc.
Organized by Mahen Bonetti, Francoise Bouffault, Rumbi Bwerinofa-Petrozzello, Jacki Fischer, Dora King, Beatriz Leal-Riesco, and Dara Ojugbele, African Film Festival, Inc.
New York Premiere · Q&A with Apolline Traoré on May 16Four women—Adjara, Emma, Sali, and Vishaa—meet while riding buses that cross West African borders, starting in Dakar and traveling, via Bamako, Cotonou, and Ouagadougou, to Lagos. Despite the gorgeous landscapes of the Atlantic coast and the Sahel, they experience much adversity along the way.
New York Premiere · Skype Q&A with Berni Goldblat on May 18Thirteen-year-old Ady no longer listens to his father, who is raising Ady on his own in France. Running out of resources, Ady’s father decides to entrust Ady to his Uncle Amadou for the summer. Amadou and his family live on the other side of the Mediterranean Sea, in Burkina Faso.
U.S. Premiere · Q&A with Valérie OsoufIn Valérie Osouf’s portrait of the world-renowned filmmaker Abderrahmane Sissako (Life on Earth, Bamako, Timbuktu), we are invited not only into his physical territory but also his poetic and politically engaged terrain.
U.S. Premiere · Q&A with Stephina ZwaneBaby Mamas is a comedic drama about the lives and loves of four professional women in Johannesburg, each in her own stage of “baby mama drama.”
U.S. Premiere · Q&A with Alexander MarkovThis long-unseen Russian drama, never before released in the U.S., follows the life and death of Robert Moussombe, the leader of an unnamed African state.
Skype Q&A with Serge BayalaThe beautifully filmed and intensely political documentary showcases the contemporary reality of creative nonviolent resistance in Burkina Faso, a small, landlocked country in West Africa that is home to a vibrant community of artists and engaged citizens.
U.S. Premiere · Q&A with Adekunle AdejuyigbeAmir, a young orphan raised in an African extremist group, runs away on the eve of a suicide mission, taking his bomb vest with him. He has a mission of his own.
New York Premiere · Q&A with Michael Matthews on May 19Five Fingers for Marseilles, about a freedom-fighter-turned-outlaw reluctantly drawn back into conflict, fuses western influences for a contemporary South African crime drama with a local flavor.
U.S. Premiere · Q&A with Machérie Ekwa Bahango on May 19Nineteen-year-old Maki’la, nicknamed Maki, has been living on the streets since she was 13, and has long been friends with young hoodlum Mbingazor, who has become the boss of a criminal gang. Soon she escapes and, while in hiding, tries to start a new life.
Q&A with Joanne HockStereotypes of black youth are turned upside down in this inspirational documentary shadowing six high-school students on an emotionally powerful, three-year journey of transformation that bears witness to the need for arts education in underserved communities.
New York Premiere · Q&A with Jeferson DeEking out a living selling trinkets amidst the traffic-clogged streets of Rio de Janeiro, Paulo Gale sees an opportunity to change his life by becoming a football manager. Soon he discovers a remarkably talented boy and tries to make him a star.
U.S. Premiere of Reissue in Wolof · Q&A with Safi Faye and Akosua Adoma OwusuIn focusing on the daily life of a Senegalese village woman, Selbe: One Among Many examines the economic and social roles rural African women are expected to play. This reissue marks the first time the film has been issued in its original Wolof language.
U.S. Premiere · Q&A with Mohamed ChalloufA documentary about Tahar Cheriaa, the undisputed father of Pan-Africanism and founder of Africa’s first film festival, is paired with Djibril Diop Mambéty’s film about the making of Idrissa Ouédraogo’s second feature, Yaaba.
New York Premiere · Q&A with Rahmatou Keïta and Magaajyia SilberfeldWhile waiting for her handsome suitor to arrive and hopefully propose marriage, a university student from an aristocratic family hears other women’s stories of love, marriage, and divorce in this compelling and revealing portrait of male-female relations in Sahelian society.
U.S. Premiere · Q&A with John Barker on May 18A charismatic young man from the Eastern Cape is coerced into running for president by two corrupt characters in this political satire that delves into the dynamics and challenges of politics in contemporary South Africa.
New York Premiere · Q&A with Claire Diao and Josza AnjembeQuartiers Lointains, a media collective comprised of young Francophonie artists and professionals, curated this shorts program which highlights works by artists of bi-cultural descent who seek to understand and explore their dual identity and engage in a dialogue to better understand the Other.
Q&A with Abbesi Akhamie, Gladys Edeh and Opiyo OkeyoShort works by filmmakers in Nigeria or diasporic filmmakers making films about Nigerian subjects from around the world.
Q&A with Yusuf Kapadia, Sewra Kidane, Djali Brown-Cepeda, Djibril Drame, Mamedjarra Diop, Tim Naylor, Zainab Jah, Jamil McGinnis and Pat HeywoodA selection of shorts made by filmmakers of African descent living in New York.
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