New York African Film Festival


Did you know there was an African Film Festival? Me neither. It has been around since 1998 apparently. Guess you can find out a lot on the internet.

On April 11th-17th at the Film Society of Lincoln Center and April-May at the Jerome L. Greene Performance Space, Columbia University of African Studies, Maysles Cinema Institute and the Brooklyn Academy of Music’s BAMcinematek the works that artistically show Africa and the Diaspora will be displayed. Fans and future fans will get to see the works from filmmakers, visual arts, critics, scholars and master chefs.

The theme for the festival is 21st Century: The Homecoming. They intend to shorten the bridge between Africans and African Americans – home and the homeland. The festival will mark the 100th anniversary of the African National Congress and the 50th anniversary of independence for Algeria, Burundi, Jamaica, Rwanda and Uganda. The life of President Obama thru his half sister will be seen on film. It won the Viewer’s Choice Award last year at the African International Film Festival and the Festival Founders Award.

African cinema was born in the same year as the New York Film Festival, 1963, and it’s always been a source of great pleasure and pride for me that for 50 years our programs have provided a vital showcase for the best in African filmmaking,” says Film Society of Lincoln Center Program director Richard Pena.

Check www.africanfilmny.org for dates and times.

Peace and luv!

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