12th Summer Outdoor Series

Join African Film Festival, Inc. for the 12th Summer Outdoor Series, titled Cinema Under the Stars, as we celebrate African history and culture through the arts, all summer long! Showcasing the best in classic and contemporary African cinema, the series is an opportunity to enjoy quality screenings of a vast array of films that range from fantasy and folklore to documentary and *melodramatic comedy, in public settings through Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens and the Bronx.

AFF is known for presenting outdoor screenings to diverse communities and neighborhoods all over NYC. This year we return to some of our favorite outdoor destinations such as Fulton Park in Bed Stuy, Brooklyn; Corona Park in Queens; and Governors Island off the coast of Manhattan. In addition, we are excited about some new venues and partnerships, including Mid-Manhattan Library and the Big Screen Plaza.

Cinema Under the Stars is an amazing series for anyone. Children, teens and adults alike will be entertained by the adventure this summer series has to offer. Meet the master artitsts participating in each of our summer programs.

Every Sunday, in the months of July and August, join African Film Festival, Inc. and the Mid-Manhattan Library as we present the best in classic and contemporary African cinema. Escape the mid-day heat with such films as Mark Donford-May’s U-Carmen eKhayelitsha, winner of the Golden Bear for Best Film at the 2005 Berlin International Film Festival; Damon and Craig Foster’s exploration of astronomy in two of the oldest African tribes—the San (or Bushmen) of Namibia, and the Dogon people of Mali, in Cosmic Africa; Wanuri Kahiu’s stirring drama about the 1998 terrorist bombing of the US Embassy in Nairobi, Kenya, From A Whisper; and George Amponsah’s profile of the DRC’s flamboyant group, La SAPE, whose members have elevated fashion to the status of a religion, in The Importance of Being Elegant. The audience of Shoot the Messenger will have the incredible opportunity to meet with the director Ngozi Onwurah!

The sights and sounds of Africa are just a seven-minute ferry ride away! Please join African Film Festival, Inc. and the Governors Island Preservation and Education Corporation for this exceptional all-day celebration on Governors Island. This event will feature FREE dance classes with world-renowned choreographers and master teachers from Brazil, Senegal, and Guinea. There will also be FREE storytelling, double-dutch and quilting demonstrations and workshops. Short African films by emerging and veteran directors will be shown throughout the day. African food vendors will be on site. A wonderful treat for the entire family!

Presented in collaboration with the Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts (MoCADA), KIDflix guarantees four evenings of entertaining and educational films for kids and families. Screenings include Soul Boy, a magical story about a boy in search of a cure for his ailing father, and a rare glimpse into community life in Kibera, one of the largest slums in East Africa; Mwansa the Great, a beautiful short about a young warrior who wants to prove he is a hero in his small Zambian village; A Night of Caribbean shorts, an homage to the West Indian Day Parade; Brownstones to Red Dirt, which focuses on the pen pal exchange between orphans from Sierra Leone and Kids from Brooklyn’s Bed-Stuy projects; and the annual grand finale screening of The Wiz, complete with a costume and dance contest! Come as your favorite Wiz character for the costume contest.





African Film Festival, Inc. is sponsored by: NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, New York State Council on the Arts, Andy Warhol Foundation and Lambent Foundation. Sunday Movies at the Mid-Manhattan Library is sponsored by Ford Foundation’s Good Neighbor Committee.