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STARTING THIS FRIDAY!


The 18th New York African Film Festival

For up-to-the-minute updates during the festival: Twitter@AfricanFilmFest


Yeelen (Brightness). Filmed in the African country of Mali, Yeelen weaves several Malian folk stories into an engaging framework.

 

THURSDAY, MAY 26th

ONE SMALL STEP (2011 N.Y. PREMIERE)
Remi Vaughan-Richards, Nigeria, 2010, 45 min
Local hairdresser, Grace Fidelis, takes a stand against the corrupt local councilman in a small town in Nigeria to save her community from a health disaster. No one is bothered by the overflowing refuse on the streets. Not even when there is an outbreak of cholera from the contaminated water does her community take action, since they feel there is nothing they can do. Grace almost loses her son to cholera and decides to take action, but no-one in the community will support her. They are too scared of the local councilman until young Tola loses her newborn child.

PUMZI
Wanuri Kahiu, Kenya/South Africa, 2009, 33 min
Pumzi (Air) is set in the East African region, 35 years after World War III, in a world with no water and toxic soil. The story is told through the eyes of Asha, a curator at a virtual natural history museum in the Maitu Community. She receives soil in the mail and decides to plant a seed in it, regardless of her superior’s instructions.

FRIDAY, MAY 27th

A SCREAMING MAN
Mahamat-Saleh Haroun, Chad/Franc/Belgium, 2010, 88 min
Adam, a former swimming champion is a pool attendant at a hotel in Chad. When the hotel gets taken over by Chinese owners, he must give up his job to his son. Meanwhile rebel forces are attacking the government and the authorities demand that every one contribute to the “war effort”. Constantly harassed for his contribution, Adam, in a moment of weakness makes a decision that he will forever regret.

YEELEN
Souleymane Cisse, France/Burkina Faso/Mali, 1987, 106 min
Filmed in the African country of Mali, Yeelen (Brightness) weaves several Malian folk stories into an engaging framework. The hero is a young boy whose father is an evil magician. Facing fatal circumstances, the boy heads for the hills. En route to his kindly uncle, our hero utilizes his own conjuring skills for the benefit of those less fortunate than himself; he also rescues a king from being deposed.

SATURDAY, MAY 28th

KIRIKOU AND THE WILD BEAST
Michel Ocelot, France, 2005, 95 min
Animated feature
Tiny Senegalese hero Kirikou is back in this sumptuous follow-up to the universally beloved Kirikou and the Sorceress. Using his wits and speed, brave Kirikou once again sets out to thwart the evil Sorceress Karaba and save his village from supernatural and environmental perils. Comprised of 4 short segments and based on traditional West African folk tales, Kirikou and the Wild Beasts shows how the smallest and most valiant of heroes can overcome the fiercest of beasts.

SHIRLEY ADAMS
Oliver Hermanus, South Africa, 2009, 92 min
He began his professional career as a press photographer, covering international events such as the Glastonbury Music Festival and the G-8 Summit. He holds a BA in Film Media and Visual Studies from the University of Cape Town where, as a student, he directed a number of short films and documentaries. Shirley Adams is his first feature film.
Co-presented by the Global Film Institute and is part of the Global Lens Collection.

SUNDAY, MAY 29th

A SCREAMING MAN
Mahamat-Saleh Haroun, Chad/Franc/Belgium, 2010, 88 min
Adam, a former swimming champion is a pool attendant at a hotel in Chad. When the hotel gets taken over by Chinese owners, he must give up his job to his son. Meanwhile rebel forces are attacking the government and the authorities demand that every one contribute to the “war effort”. Constantly harassed for his contribution, Adam, in a moment of weakness makes a decision that he will forever regret.

RESTLESS CITY (2011 N.Y. PREMIERE)
Andrew Dosunmu, USA/Nigeria, 2011, 80 min
Restless City tells the story of an Africa immigrant, Djibril, surviving on the fringes of New York City where music is his passion, life is a hustle, and falling in love is his greatest risk. Djibril sells merchandise on Canal Street, but seeks to succeed as a singer. He meets Bekay, a shady character who runs a secret brothel. It is at Bekay’s brothel that Djibril sees beautiful Trini for the first time.

MONDAY, MAY 30th

AFRICAN SHORTS
DR. CRUEL
Teco Benson and Jakob Boeskov, Nigeria/USA, 2010, 9 min
This tongue-in-cheek, Scandinavian-Nigerian-American co-production follows the interrogation of a white oil executive in a hideout somewhere in Nigeria. This action-art video borrows from all three cinematic cultures, as well as from the aesthetics of fundamentalist propaganda videos.

FREDDY ILANGA: CHE’S SWAHILI TRANSLATOR
Katrin Hansing, South Africa/Cuba/USA, 2009, 24 min
Freddy Ilanga, a fifteen year old Congolese youth, becomes Che Guevara’s personal Swahili teacher and translator during the seven intense months of Che’s mission to train anti-Mobutu rebels in Congo. This film is about displacement, familial relations and the high costs of exile during the Cold War and the Cuban Revolution. It is a story about migration and displacement and the high human costs of exile and family separation.

A HISTORY OF INDEPENDENCE
Daouda Coulibaly, Senegal/Mali, 2009, 21 min
It is the early 1960s, and Nama and Siré have just gotten married. Nama decides to make his home in a cave, where he will lead a hermit’s life and devote himself to God. One day, God sends an angel to Nama to thank him for being so devoted.

GUEW BI – SABAR DANCES OF SENEGAL
Françoise Bouffault, Senegal, 1997, 30 min
Senegalese often set up a temporary stage at a street corner. It is the guew bi, the dancing circle where a cheerful crowd dressed in beautiful attire slowly gathers. The event is called a sabar. Soon drummers start playing and one at a time, women and men get up and enter the guew bi to perform the most exuberant, breathtaking dances. This documentary introduces us to an astonishing contemporary art form deeply rooted in African tradition, filmed in the streets of Dakar with the participation of Master Drummer Doudou Ndiaye Rose.

BEYOND THE OCEAN
Elaine de Latour, Ivory Coast/France, 2008, 106 min
Cab driver, Otho, and drug dealer, Shad, share dreams of returning to their homeland, Ivory Coast, as triumphant benefactors. A police raid separates their fates, leaving one to find success in Europe, while the other suffers the disappointment of deportation and a dream deferred.

TUESDAY, MAY 31st

YEELEN
Souleymane Cisse, France/Burkina Faso/Mali, 1987, 106 min
Filmed in the African country of Mali, Yeelen (Brightness) weaves several Malian folk stories into an engaging framework. The hero is a young boy whose father is an evil magician. Facing fatal circumstances, the boy heads for the hills. En route to his kindly uncle, our hero utilizes his own conjuring skills for the benefit of those less fortunate than himself; he also rescues a king from being deposed.

TICKETS
BAM Rose Cinemas
General Admission: $12
BAM Cinema Club members: $7

Movie Moguls: Free
To purchase tickets, visit the BAM’s website
http://www.bam.org

Big Screen Project –Outdoor Cinema
May26th – 31st 2011:
Rose Cinemas, Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM)

For more information on our programming, please contact us by phone or email or check our social networking sites:
Facebook African Film Festival, Inc.
for in-depth information on films, including photos…
Twitter@AfricanFilmFest
for up-to-the-minute updates during the festival…
Youtube AfricanFilmFest – for teasers and previews from this year’s film selection!

Also, check out our updated homepage
www.africanfilmny.org
for schedule information, synopses and more details on what’s to come!

 

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