8th Annual Family Day Celebration- Now on Sunday, September 20th, 2015

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Due to inclement weather this weekend, the 8th Annual Family Day Celebration on Governors Island has been postponed until Sunday, September 20th!

A fun and engaging cultural experience awaits New Yorkers of all backgrounds as the 8th edition of African Film Festival Inc.’s Family Day Celebration returns to Governors Island on Sunday, September 20th, 2015. Fun-seeking individuals of all ages are invited to join African Film Festival, Inc. and the Trust for Governors Island for this exciting and entertaining day-long celebration of African and African diaspora arts and culture. A one-of-a kind, kid-friendly event, Family Day will feature FREE activities including story-telling, double-dutch, dance and drum, and needlepoint. Free dance classes with esteemed instructors from USA, Senegal, Brazil and Guinea will also take place during the celebration topped off with a selection of short films highlighting the best talent from Africa and its diaspora. Vendors offering the tastiest selections of African food and beverages will be on-site for interested customers. Join us for an enchanting day of music, film and dance!

AFFFamilyDayCelebration_Storytelling_Credit MelissaBunniElian

WHEN: Sunday, September 13th, 2015; 

Now scheduled for Sunday, September 20th, 2015

TIME: 11:00am -5:00pm

WHERE: Colonels Row on Governors Island, Manhattan

Schedule of Family Day Classes:

Please note that there has been a program change. The first class will begin 

at 12:oo pm. The 11:00 am Zumba Dance Class will not be held.

schedule of events 2015

Selected Short Films:

The Prophecy

Marcia Juzga, Senegal, 2015, 20 min.

The Prophecy is a behind-the-scenes look at the making of Fabrice Monteiro’s photographic project whose objective is to raise the awareness of the Senegalese population and the rest of the world about the environmental issues Senegal is facing by combining art, culture and tradition. The series of surreal photographs details the most representative sites of Senegal’s environmental destruction. The essence of each site is characterized by a Jinn – a supernatural genie omnipresent in African cultures – merging with its environment.




Muzna Almusafer, Oman, 2014, 21 min.

The dark-skinned 11-year-old Cholo meets his fair-skinned younger stepbrother Abdullah for the first time when their father Said arrives in Muscat. Although strikingly different, the boys have great chemistry. Cholo is a 10-year-old boy full of imagination and a great love for nature and life. But jealousy, competitiveness and curiosity arise between the two, as they go through a journey of self-discovery.



Bus Nut

Akosua Adoma Owusu, USA, 2014, 7 min.

Bus Nut rearticulates the 1955 Montgomery Bus Boycott, a political and social protest against U.S. racial segregation on the public transit system of Montgomery, Alabama, and its relationship to an educational video on school-bus safety. Actress MaameYaa Boafo restages a vintage video while reciting press-conference audio of Rosa Parks on a re-created set in New York City.

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The Road We Travel

Aidan Belizaire, Uganda/UK, 2014, 38 min.

After arriving in Uganda without any money, a downtrodden photographer befriends a local taxi driver who offers him a place to stay, forcing him to embrace a culture very different to his own. Through an unlikely friendship, both men realize that despite differences in culture, religion and race, meeting a particular person (either by fate or coincidence) can change your life for the better.



LOCATION: Governors Island-

Please note that this weekend there is a service change on the 1 train line. To get to Governors Island from Manhattan this Sunday, instead of the 1 train visitors can take the 2 or 3 to Chambers Street and then connect to free shuttle buses to South Ferry. Likewise, visitors can take the 4 or 5 train to Bowling Green or the R train to Whitehall Street. Then take the Governors Island Ferry- for a $2 round trip fee- located in the Battery Maritime Building, Slip #7, to the Island and follow the signs to the Family Day festivities. Ferry service from Brooklyn is also available on weekends. Ferries leave from Brooklyn Bridge Park’s Pier 6, at the foot of Atlantic Avenue. Ferry service from Brooklyn to Governors Island is also $2 for the round trip. Please click HERE for the detailed ferry schedule and directions. Visitors can also visit www.mta.info for complete details on the MTA’s planned service change for the 1 train this weekend.