2012 AFF Summer Series


Friday, July 6th – 6:00 pm

LOCATION Joyce Kilmer Park, Bronx (161st Street and Grand Concourse)
RAIN VENUE The Bronx Museum of the Arts, 1040 Grand Concourse
LIVE PERFORMANCE The Cimarron Project featuring Roman Diaz

Young Rebels
Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck, Cuba/USA, 2005, 70 min
Documentary (English and Spanish with English subtitles)
In Havana, Cuba, the spirited beats and rhymes of the hip-hop community are just as much a product of the troubled economy as of their insatiable revolutionary spirit. Young Rebels intimately engages five hip-hop groups and two producers as they negotiate the Havana summer. With unheard of access to some of Cuba’s best musicians, this documentary witnesses the future of Cuban hip-hop in the making and is a look at Cuba through the eyes of its youth. The New York Times called the film “essential viewing for anyone interested in rap music, free speech issues or the youth culture of contemporary Cuba.”

Followed by

Freddy Ilanga: Che’s Swahili Translator
Katrin Hansing, South Africa/Cuba/USA, 2009, 24min
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.

Co-presented by The Bronx Museum of the Arts


Wednesday, July 18th – 7:30pm

Part of Historic Harlem Parks Coalition’s “Reel Harlem: 11th Annual Historic Harlem Parks Film Festival

LOCATION The Plaza: St. Nicholas Ave. and 135th St.
RAIN VENUE Harlem School of the Arts
LIVE PERFORMANCE DJ Ron Jean-Gilles w/ live drummer

The Harder They Come
Perry Henzell, Jamaica, 1973, 90 min
Reggae superstar Jimmy Cliff is Ivan, a rural Jamaican musician who journeys to the city of Kingston in search of fame and fortune. Pushed to desperate circumstances by shady record producers and corrupt cops, he finally achieves notoriety as an outlaw. Boasting some of the greatest music ever produced in Jamaica, The Harder They Come brought the catchy and subversive rhythms of the rastas to the U.S. in the early ’70s.

Co-presented by Historic Harlem Parks Coalition


Friday, August 3rd – 6:00pm

LOCATION Flushing Meadows Corona Park, Queens
RAIN VENUE Queens Museum of Art
LIVE PERFORMANCE Something Positive Dance & Village Drums of Freedom Afro Caribbean Ensemble

Fire in Babylon
Stevan Riley, UK, 2010, 80min
Fire in Babylon is a remarkable documentary about how the West Indies triumphed over its colonial masters through the achievements of one of the most gifted cricket teams in sporting history. In a turbulent era of apartheid and race riots, the West Indian cricketers struck a defiant blow at the forces of white prejudice worldwide. Their undisciplined skill and fearless spirit, led them to dominate the genteel game at the highest level, replaying it on their own terms.

Co-presented by Queens Museum of Art


Friday, August 3rd- 6:00pm

LOCATION Joyce Kilmer Park, Bronx (161st street and Grand concourse)
RAIN VENUE The Bronx Museum of the Arts, 1040 Grand Concourse
LIVE PERFORMANCE Francis Akrofi & The Authentic Rhythms Band

Mama Africa
Mika Kaurismäki, Finland/South Africa/Germany, 2011, 90min
An unforgettable portrait of Miriam Makeba, the world-famous South African artist and civil right activist, who devoted her life to promoting peace and justice and fighting racism around the planet. A figurehead of the Black African movement in exile, her music and her defiant spirit incarnated the hopes and fears of Africa through the convulsive 20th century.

Co-presented by The Bronx Museum of the Arts


Every Friday of August

LOCATION Fulton Park, Brooklyn (Stuyvesant St. & Fulton St.)
Fridays, August 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th,31st – 7:30 pm
RAIN DATE Following Saturday Night
LIVE PERFORMANCE Creative Outlet (8/3 and 8/24); Culture Clashers (8/10); Sweetbeats (8/17)

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 What’s on Your Plate, 2 nyc girls made this doc about the food being served at their school. Kickoff party with free Brooklyn swirl ice cream at 6:00; Freedom Riders, the story of black and white college kids who risk their lives to fight segregation in the Jim Crow south; The First Grader, the true story of an 84-year old Kenyan freedom fighter who was determined to learn to read; Being Elmo, come meet Kelvin Clash and find out how he became the man behind Elmo; The Wiz, complete with a costume and dance contest! Come as your favorite Wiz character for the costume contest.

Co-presented by Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts

August 3rd

Dirs. Catherine Gund with Sadie Hope-Gund and Safiyah Riddle, USA, 2009, 73min.
The film follows two eleven-year-old multi-racial city kids in their quest to understand what’s on all of our plates! Come and and see what they found out…

Pre-screening performance by Creative Outlet

August 10th

Stanley Nelson, USA, 2011, 120min.
An inspirational documentary about six months in 1961 that changed America. As segregation was still deeply entrenched in society, an integrated band of 400 college students, decided to risk everything and buy a ticket on a Greyhound bus bound for the Deep South.

Pre-screening performance by Culture Crashers

August 17th

Justin Chadwick, UK/USA/Kenya, 103min.
In a small, remote Kenyan mountain, Mau Mau, a veteran in his eighties who fought for the liberation of his country, shows up to the primary school, feeling he must have the chance of an education so long denied – even if it means sitting in a classroom alongside six-year-olds!

Pre-screening performance by Sweetbeatz

August 24th

Being Elmo
Constance Marks, USA, 2011, 80min.
The film traces Kevin Clash’s rise from his modest beginnings in Baltimore to his current success as the man behind Elmo.

Pre-screening performance by Creative Outlet

August 31st

– The Wiz Sing and Dance Along
The Wiz
Sidney Lumet, USA, 1978, 134m.
Starring the beloved late Lena Horne as Glenda the Good Witch, the late Michael Jackson as Scarecrow, and the talented Diana Ross as Dorothy, The Wiz is a 1970s urban adaptation of The Wizard of Oz. This film version of the Tony award winning Broadway sensation will have you up out of your sit, ready to “Ease on Down the Road”.

Preceding the film, there will be a SPECIAL MUSICAL TRIBUTE to Michael Jackson, Lena Horne, Whitney Houston, Etta James, and Don Cornelius.


Wednesday, August 8th – 7:30 pm

Part of Historic Harlem Parks Coalition’s “Reel Harlem: 11th Annual Historic Harlem Parks Film Festival
LOCATION The Plaza: St. Nicholas Ave. and 135th St.
RAIN VENUE Harlem School of the Arts

Kinshasa Symphony
Claus Wischmann & Martin Baer, DRC/Germany, 2010, 95 min
Picture 200 musicians playing Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony in the Congo, as they prepare for their first outdoor performance in the Kinshasa neighborhood of Ngiri-Ngiri. A fascinating look at the lone Congolese symphony orchestra, l’Orchestre Symphonique Kimbanguiste, which has persevered through war and other crises. This powerful film is about the Congo, the people of Kinshasa, and the power of music.

Co-presented by Historic Harlem Parks Coalition


Sunday, August 26th – 12:00pm – 5:00pm

LOCATION Governors Island, Manhattan
RAIN DATE Saturday – September 8th, 12:00pm – 5:00pm

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!

Governors Island is accessible by ferry. Ferries leave from the Battery Maritime Building, at the corner of South and Whitehall Streets, in Lower Manhattan.

Schedule of Events

Dance Classes
12:15 pm – 1:30 pm Afro-Brazilian Dance
2:00 pm – 3:15 pm Senegalese Sabar Dance
3:30 pm – 4:45 pm Guinean Dance
(Live drumming with World-Renowned Master Drummers)

Needle Arts
12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Selected Short Films
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

3:30 pm – 4:30 pm

All events take place at Colonels’ Row on Governors Island

Co-presented by Governors Island Preservation and Education Corporation

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.