18th NY African Film Festival

18th New York African Film Festival (April 2 – May 21, 2011)

African Film Festival Inc. and Film Society of Lincoln Center present the 18th edition of the New York African Film Festival. A multi-venue two-month celebration of African arts and culture taking place from April 2nd through May 31st 2011, the festival will feature a gallery exhibition fashion show panel discussions Q&As with directors and actors live performances and of course the best in contemporary cinema from Africa and the Diaspora. The 2011 18th annual New York African Film Festival in collaboration with Film Society of Lincoln Center will take place from April 6th through the 12th at the Walter Reade Theater of Lincoln Center and conclude at Brooklyn Academy of Music/Rose Cinemas from May 26th through May 31st 2011.

2011 has been designated as the “International Year for the People of African Descent” by the United Nations. AFF is honoring that declaration with an exploration of the historical and contemporary roles in the arts played by people representing the African Diaspora. This exploration will include a special focus on two countries from which so many people of the African Diaspora draw their roots and which are both also celebrating 50 years of independence in 2011: Tanzania and Sierra Leone. In addition the festival will continue to introduce the works of emerging filmmakers from Africa and the Diaspora.

April 2, 2011: Museum of Art and Design
April 6 -12 2011: Walter Reade Theater Lincoln Center
April 14, 2011: Institute of African Studies Columbia University
April 29 – May 1, 2011: Maysles Cinema
May 20, 2011: Big Screen Project “Outdoor Cinema
May 26 – 31, 2011: Rose Cinemas Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM)



For its 18th edition the New York African Film Festival NYAFF honors the landmark International Year for People of African Descent as 2011 has been designated by the United Nations. The Festival also celebrates 50 years of independence in Sierra Leone and Tanzania and highlights the following themes:

Africa— the Next Generation
These fictional and documentary films depict the resilience of Africas youth as they rise above adversity whether by bravely facing life with AIDS Thembi or by simply writing a letter to Santa Claus Ousmane . Other films include Soul Boy and Africa United. Sorcery and Subversion in the 21st Century The filmmakers question perceptions of activists and outliers who intentionally or unintentionally challenge their communities to question the norms that underline their societies. The Witches of Gambaga, Taharuki, The Deliverance of Comfort, and Phyllis.

Examining the Heart of Africa
Situated in the center of the African continent the Democratic Republic of the Congo DRC has long been considered the heart of Africa. Its politics and its cultures seem to pulse in time with the heart of the continent. Three films present different perspectives on the DRC: Kinshasa Symphony Viva Riva and Kongo—Grand Illusions.

The Retention of Memory
A new generation of filmmakers brings in today’s Africa and the African Diaspora a fresh perspective to the longstanding conversation about traditional beliefs and modern rituals cultural heritage and cultural evolution memories of the past and hopes for the future. Besouro For the Best and For the Onion A Journey into Kono Womanhood and Ebony Goddess.

Africa First Shorts
The NYAFF is pleased to present the U.S. premiere of the 2011 Focus Features Africa First Shorts Program. The program now in its third year has been supporting the growth of groundbreaking emerging filmmakers who push boundaries and create brilliant works. Dirty Laundry Umkhungo Tinye So and Mwansa The Great.

The Camera—A Filmmaker’s Weapon
The camera has transformed the lives of artists and everyday people throughout the continent: an Ethiopian man who protects his tribe with a Kalashnikov and a camera Shooting with Mursi a young boy who documents the life of immigrants in Italy One Way a Tuareg Journey unwitting outsiders whose cameras lead them toward a terrible secret Stolen.

The 18th New York African Film Festival was organized by Richard Peña, program director The Film Society of Lincoln Center, and Mahen Bonetti, founder and executive director of African Film Festival Inc., Toccarra Holmes Thomas, Morgan Seag, and Alonzo Speight with special thanks to the AFF Board of Directors Jane Aiello Joan Baffour Luca Bonetti Francoise Bouffault Sean Jacobs Mamadou Diouf, Sarah Diouf, Gabriele Donati, Jacki Fischer, Jana Haimsohn, Belynda M’Baye, Alexander Markov, Andrew Milne, Larry Ossei-Mensah, Marina Pieretti, Muriel Placet-Kouassi, Prerana Reddy, Keith Shiri, Mohammed Sillah, Claudia Akyeampong, Cheryl Duncan Company Inc. Public Relations, Kojo Associates, and AFF’s volunteer team. The programs of AFF are made possible by the generous support of the National Endowment for the Arts, The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, JPMorgan Chase, New York State Council on the Arts, NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, International Organization of La Francophonie, Divine Chocolate, Continental Airlines, Domenico Paulon Foundation, New York Foundation for the Arts, American Express, New York Times Community Affairs Department, Bradley Family Foundation, South African Consulate General, Russian State Documentary Film and Photo Archive at Krasnogorsk, French Cultural Services, Bloomberg, Broadway Cares, Lambent Foundation, Columbia University’s Institute of African Studies and Center for African Education, WNYC, 57 Main St. Wine Company, Putumayo World Music, Websignia, Africa.com , and Omnipak Import Enterprises Inc.