NY Africa Film Festival: 2011 Lincoln Center Screenings
OPENING NIGHT SELECTION
Claus Wischmann & Martin Baer, 2010, DRC/Germany; 95m
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.
Charlie Ahearn, 2005, USA; 8m
Original hip hop stylings from the source.
Apr 6: 8:00pm*; Apr 8: 3:30pm*
Djo Tunda Wa Munga, 2010, Democratic Republic of Congo; 96m
A small-time operator returns to Kinshasa—a seductively vibrant, lawless, fuel-starved sprawl of shantytowns, gated villas, bordellos and nightclubs—and falls for a gangster’s girl. A Music Box Films release.
Apr 8: 8:15pm; Apr 11: 2pm
Debs Gardner-Paterson, Rwanda/UK, 2010; 90m
The extraordinary story of three Rwandan children trying to achieve their lifelong dream: to take part in the opening ceremony of the 2010 Football World Cup in Johannesburg.
Apr 10: 8:30pm*
Besouro (co-presented with Cinema Tropical)
João Daniel Tikhomiroff, 2004, Brazil; 95m
In 1920s Bahia, legendary capoeira fighter Besouro leads an uprising of agricultural workers against their exploitative landowner. Based on a true story! A Shoreline Entertainment release.
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.
Apr 7: 3:20pm; Apr 9: 6:45pm*
For the Best and for the Onion
Elhadj Magori Sani, Niger, 2008; 52m
An engaged couple devise a plan to hasten their wedding before the bride’s father can postpone it once again. An Icarus Films release.
Bondo: A Journey Into Kono Womanhood
Sunju Ahmadu, Sierra Leone, 2006; 26m
The filmmaker reflects on her initiation as a young girl into Bondo, a women’s traditional society. The film delves into issues of cultural pride, women’s power, as well as Western and local views on female circumcision.
Apr 9: 4:45pm*
Kongo: Grand Illusions
Daniel Cattier, 2011, Congo/Belgium; 52m
Through the use of animation and never-before-seen colonial footage, this documentary recounts the extraordinary history of Belgian Congo.
Why Are They Here? Chinese Stories in Africa
Yara Costa, Mozambique, 2011; 35m
Poor Chinese immigrants struggle in Lesotho, Mozambique and Ghana.
Apr 8: 1:30pm; Apr 12: 6:15pm*
One Way, a Tuareg Journey
Fabio Caramaschi, Italy/Niger, 2010; 52m
Caramaschi’s inspirational documentary chronicles a separated family’s slow, fractured, emigration from Niger to Italy, and the adversity and opportunities they find there.
Say Grace Before Drowning
Nikyatu Jusu, USA, 2010; 17m
A girl meets her disturbed refugee mother for the first time.
Apr 10: 2:00pm*; Apr 12: 4:30pm
Shooting with Mursi
Olisarali Olibui & Ben Young, 2009, Ethiopia; 57m
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.
Zelalem Woldemariam Ezare, 2010, Ethiopia; 14m
A beautifully shot short story about a homeless boy in an Ethiopian village.
Apr 6: 2:00pm; Apr 11: 6:30pm
Sierra Leone and Tanzania Celebrate Independence
USSR, 1963–1977; 70m
World Premiere! From the Russian Archives!
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.
Apr 6: 6:00pm; Apr 12: 3:00pm
Hawa Essuman, 2010, Kenya/Germany; 60m
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.
Dyana Gaye, Senegal/France, 2006; 15m
A child beggar decides to write a letter to Santa Claus…
Apr 6: 4:00pm; Apr 10: 6:15pm*
Violeta Ayala & Daniel Fallshaw, 2009, Australia/US; 78m
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.
Apr 8: 6:15pm*; Apr 12: 8:30pm*
Jo Menell, 2010, South Africa; 48m
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.
Apr 10: 4:00pm*
A Trip to Algiers/Voyage à Alger (co-presented with ArteEast)
Abdelkrim Bahloul, Algeria/France, 2010; 97m
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. Actress Samia Meziane recently won the Best Actress prize at the FESPACO festival.
Apr 7: 8:30pm*
An Uncommon Woman
Abdoulaye Dao, Burkina Faso, 2009; 101m
The chairwoman of a big company decides to take a second husband in a society where polyandry is an unknown practice.
Apr 9: 9:30pm*; Apr 11: 4:15pm
The Witches of Gambaga (co-presented with Human Rights Watch Film Festival)
Yaba Badoe, 2010, Ghana; 55m
An intimate record and disturbing exposé of women condemned to live as witches in Northern Ghana, largely told by its subjects. The film recently won Best Documentary at the FESPACO festival.
The Deliverance of Comfort
Zina Saro-Wiwa, Nigeria, 2010; 8m
A short satirical fable about a “child witch” called Comfort.
Ekwa Msangi-Omari, USA/Kenya, 2011; 12m
A tale of underground liberationists set amidst Kenya’s 2007-08 post-election violence..
Zina Saro-Wiwa, Nigeria, 2010; 14m
The Nollywood-style yarn about a psychic vampire.
Apr 7: 1:30pm; Apr 11: 8:30pm*
AFRICA FIRST! SHORTS PROGRAM
Stephen Abbott, South Africa, 2010; 15m
Something strange is happening late at night at The Wishy Washy laundromat!
Umkhungo (The Gift)
Matthew Jankes, South Africa, 2011; 26m
A Johannesburg street thug rescues an child with supernatural powers.
Daouda Coulibaly, Mali, 2010; 25m
Tinye So traces the quest of ancestors struggling to be heard. The film recently won the Bronze Etalon for short feature at the FESPACO festival.
Mwansa the Great
Rungano Nyoni, Zambia/UK, 2011; 23m
An 8-year-old goes on a journey to fix his sister’s mud doll.
Apr 7: 6:00pm*
- The Film ‘Stolen’ by Violeta Ayala & Daniel Fallshaw. Source: NY African Film Festival
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