2014 AFF SUMMER SERIES

Movies? Check! Live Music? Check! Free? Check! The Summer Series is back and we at AFF cannot wait to welcome you and yours to various NYC venues, as we celebrate the summertime with wonderful programs like “CINEMA UNDER THE STARS” set throughout various NYC Parks, and our “FAMILY DAY CELEBRATION” at the beautiful Governor’s Island.

Please refer to the schedule below our poster for more information. See you soon!

Summer Series 2014

MARCUS GARVEY PARK

Monday, July 7, 7:30PM

LOCATION The Amphitheater, Manhattan (Behind Pelham Fritz Recreation Center, Mt. Morris Park West at 122nd St.)

RAIN VENUE Mt. Morris Ascension Presbyterian (15 Mt. Morris Park West at 122nd St.)

LIVE PERFORMANCE Francis Akrofi & The Dynamic Rhythms Band

FILM Confusion Na Wa (Kenneth Gyang, Nigeria, 2013, 105min.)

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Not Recommended For Young Audiences

Set in a Nigerian city Confusion Na Wa is a dark comedy about a group of strangers whose fates become intertwined over the course of 24 hours. Told in four segments the story traces a group of strangers whose fates become interconnected through a series of incidents, most notably the theft of mobile phone, the rape of a teenage girl and her father’s quest for revenge.

At the heart of everything is a phone found by two opportunist wasters Charles and Chichi who, having read through its contents, decide to blackmail the owner Emeka. Little do they realize that their misdemeanors have set in motion a chain of events that will lead to their own downfall and the killing of an innocent youth.

Performer Bio: Francis Akrofi was born in the eastern region of Ghana in the western part of Africa. He started playing the trumpet and the talking drum at the tender age of 9. He followed his passion for the arts into his adult life. Francis has played at various prestigious musical events such as ; New York Film Festival , Face to Face Africa Awards night at the Time Center ,Make Music New York World Tour, AAI (African American Institute Gala) , BB King Jazz Club, The Bronx Museum 40th Anniversary ,SOB Jazz Club, Sweet Rhythms Jazz Club & Ghana Independence Day Celebration

Francis is the 2009 recipient for the Dynamic Trumpeter of year for his skill and talent in the arts. Recently , Francis has been playing and sharing his musical talents with the “Dynamic Band” in New York.

AFRO-CUBAN FILM NIGHT

Friday, July 11, 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 The Miguelo Valdés Project + DJ Asho

FILM They are We (Emma Christopher, Australia/Cuba/Sierra Leone, 2013, 77min.)

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In Central Cuba, proud members of the Gangá-Longobá, a small Afro-Cuban ethnic group, have kept their unique heritage alive. Incredibly, through decades of brutal enslavement, independence wars, and then the denying of all religions after the revolution, they have retained a collection of distinct songs and dances that one of their ancestors brought from Africa as a slave. They Are We is the story of a remarkable reunion 170 or so years later, of the Gangá-Longobá group with their ancestors in Sierra Leone, West Africa.

Produced in collaboration with the Bronx Museum of the Arts and Asho Productions, as part of the UN Remembrance programme of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade.

Performer Bio: DJ Asho, Ariel Fernández Díaz, a Havana-born, is undoubtedly a man on a mission. An internationally renowned cultural critic, Hip Hop historian, journalist, essayist and event organizer, Ariel has distinguished himself as a leader and advocate of Cuban youth culture and social-cultural movements. On top of that he continues to demonstrate his vision, drive, and love for Hip-Hop and the arts as vehicles for social change.

Miguel Valdes was born in Havana Cuba but has resided in Mexico City since 1993, where he has performed with the Philharmonic Orchestra under the direction of tenor, Fernando de la Mora. Miguel’s recording career has also been very prolific, recording with such notable artists Xiomara Laugart, Charanga Cubana, Emiliano Salvador, and Judith Banalt.

WEST HARLEM PIERS PARK

Wednesday, July 30, 7:30pm

LOCATION 125th St. @ the Hudson River, Manhattan

RAIN VENUE Manhattan Pentecostal Church (541 West 125th St.)

LIVE PERFORMANCE DJ Asho and Drummers

FILM Taking Root: The vision of Wangari Maathai(Lisa Merton & Alan Dater, USA/Kenya, 2008, 80min.)

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Taking Root weaves a compelling and dramatic narrative of one woman’s personal journey, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Wangari Maathai, in the context of the turbulent political and environmental history of her country. Wangari Maathai was born and raised in the rural highlands of Kenya. She went to University in the United States during the 1960s civil rights era, and was the first female to receive a doctorate in East and Central Africa. Maathai discovered the core of her life’s work by reconnecting with the rural women with whom she had grown up. They told her that their daily lives had become intolerable: they were walking longer distances for firewood, clean water had become scarce, the soil was washing down hills in their fields, and their children were malnourished. “Well, why not plant trees?”

Performer Bio: DJ Asho, Ariel Fernández Díaz, a Havana-born, is undoubtedly a man on a mission. An internationally renowned cultural critic, Hip Hop historian, journalist, essayist and event organizer, Ariel has distinguished himself as a leader and advocate of Cuban youth culture and social-cultural movements. On top of that he continues to demonstrate his vision, drive, and love for Hip-Hop and the arts as vehicles for social change.

AFRICANISMO 8!*

* PLEASE NOTE: Africanismo 8! will take place at its rain venue, at the Bronx Museum of the Arts – 2nd Floor’s North Wing; 1040 Grand Concourse.

Friday, August 1, 6:00pm

LOCATION Joyce Kilmer Park, Bronx (161st Street and Grand Concourse)

RAIN VENUE The Bronx Museum of the Arts – 2nd Floor’s North Wing, 1040 Grand Concourse

LIVE PERFORMANCE The Buyu Ambroise’s Quintet + DJ Asho

FILM Felix(Roberta Durrant, South Africa, 2013, 97min.)

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Felix tells the story of a young penny whistler Felix who wants to play his father’s saxophone. However his strict mother is against it as she feels that playing Jazz is the ‘devil’s music’ and will lead him astray and to an early grave like his father. Felix’s life takes a sudden turn when he gets a scholarship to study at a all-boys private school.

Things are not easy at the new school for young Felix and he struggles to fit in with the other school boys and is bullied. He then finds a friend and bodyguard in Ricardo and a tutor in Samuel Pepys played by Joseph Hughes. Together the three form an unbreakable bond that exhibits what true friendship is. Felix goes against his mother’s words after discovering his father’s old saxophone and begins rehearsing for the school’s jazz concert behind his mother’s back. To make matters worse, Felix’s saxophone lessons are with a man she blames for her husband’s death.

Despite a long absence from his homeland of Haiti, Buyu’s roots in Haitian culture remain strong. Buyu could not resist the calling of infusing the similar African roots of both Haitian music and American Jazz into these story-telling melodies. Buyu has created a fruitful combination of traditional Afro-Haitian beats with the smooth improvisational grooves of enticing bass lines, melodic brass solos & piano explorations in styles that take after those of American Jazz greats such as John Coltrane and Wayne Shorter.

Performer Bio: DJ Asho, Ariel Fernández Díaz, a Havana-born, is undoubtedly a man on a mission. An internationally renowned cultural critic, Hip Hop historian, journalist, essayist and event organizer, Ariel has distinguished himself as a leader and advocate of Cuban youth culture and social-cultural movements. On top of that he continues to demonstrate his vision, drive, and love for Hip-Hop and the arts as vehicles for social change.

KIDflix FILM FESTIVAL

Fridays, August 1, 8,15, 22, 29,7:30pm

LOCATION Fulton Park, Brooklyn (Stuyvesant St. & Fulton St.)

RAIN DATE The following Saturday night

LIVE PERFORMANCE TBA

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Presented in collaboration with the Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts (MoCADA), KIDflix guarantees five evenings of entertaining and educational films for kids and families. Screenings include Thunder Soul, follows the extraordinary alumni from Houston’s storied Kashmere High School Stage Band, who return home after 35 years to play a tribute concert for the 92-year-old “Prof,” their beloved band leader; Soundtrack for a Revolution, tells the story of the American civil rights movement through its powerful music – the freedom songs protesters sang in picket lines, in mass meetings, in paddy wagons, and in jail cells as they fought for justice and equality; Rejoice & Shout, covers 200 years of musical history of African-American Christianity, featuring the legends of Gospel music, including The Staple Singers, amongst others; All on a Mardi Gras Day, is the story of New Orleans’ black carnival traditions: the Zulus, Indians, Baby Dolls, Skeletons and the men and women who carried on these traditions for over a century; and the grand finale of The Wiz, complete with a costume and dance contest! Come as your favorite Wiz character for the costume contest.

RED HOOK FLICKS

Tuesday, August 5, 8:00pm

LOCATION Valentino Pier, Brooklyn (Ferris St. between Coffey St. and Van Dyke St.)

RAIN VENUE Atelier Roquette (63 Commerce St., between Van Brunt and Richards Sts.)

LIVE PERFORMANCE TBD

FILM Wooden Hands (Kaouther Ben Hania, Tunisia, 2013, 23min.)

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Five-year-old Amira, lives with her mother in a tiny flat in Tunis. In this day of re-entry to Kouttab, little Amira seeks the means of gaining a few hours of more off. She has found nothing better than super glue! She sticks her hand to the balustrade out of the new wooden armchair which furnishes their small living room.

PASSPORT FRIDAYS

Thursday, August 14, 6:30pm

LOCATION Flushing Meadows – Corona Park, Queens

RAIN DATE Queens Museum of Art

LIVE PERFORMANCE The Cimarron Project

FILM HabanaStation (Ian Padrón, Chile/Cuba, 2011, 95min.)

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Habanastation depicts a view of everyday Cuban life through the eyes of Mayito, a young boy whose wealthy jazz pianist father showers him with the latest PlayStation games. Accustomed to being driven to school with a TV in the car, he is the epitome of the successful student who does everything proper and usually receives whatever he wants. When he gets lost during the May Day Celebration in Revolution Square, he finds himself in a poorer neighborhood outside Havana, where a fellow schoolmate, Carlos, lives. At first uncomfortable in the strange settings, he soon discovers the simple joys that Carlos and his friends experience without the latest electronic games and TV shows.

Find out more about Passport Fridays by clicking here!

Performer Bio: The Cimarron Project is an ensemble dedicated to showcasing the diversity of Afro-Cuban music and dance at its most traditional. They educate their listeners by introducing them to lesser known forms such as the Cuban Bata drumming style, Abakua music, Suku Suku, and Changui by weaving these elements into renditions of Rumba and Cuban Son. The ensemble features the profound knowledge and talents of master percussionist and steward of Afro Cuban traditions, Roman Diaz from Havana, Cuba.

FAMILY DAY CELEBRATION

Sunday, September 7, 11:00am – 5:00pm

RAIN DATE Sunday, September 14, 11:00am – 5:00pm

LOCATION Governors Island, Manhattan

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

DIRECTIONS TO VENUES

MARCUS GARVEY PARK, (Mt. Morris Park West at 122th St.), Manhattan.

Subway: 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 to 125th St

JOYCE KILMER PARK & BRONX MUSEUM OF THE ARTS, (near Yankee Stadium), Bronx.

Subway: B, D, 4 to 161st St–Yankee Stadium

WEST HARLEM PIERS PARK, (125th Street @ the Hudson River), Manhattan.

Subway: 1 to 125th St

FULTON PARK & KIDflix FILM FESTIVAL (opposite Boys and Girls High School), Brooklyn.

Subway: A, C to Utica Ave

RED HOOK FLICKS (close to Fairways Market and IKEA), Brooklyn.

Subway: Click here for public transportation directions to Red Hook Flicks.

QUEENS MUSEUM (located next to the Unisphere, the giant steel globe), Queens.

Subway: 7 to Mets–Willets Pt

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

African Film Festival, Inc.’s Summer Outdoor series is sponsored by: NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, New York State Council on the Arts, Bradley Family Foundation The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts and Lambent Foundation.