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March 15, 2007

2007 NY African Film Festival Line-up


The 14th annual New York African Film Festival brings back two highlights from the 2005 NYAFF program: Cameroonian filmmaker Jean-Marie Téno's provocative and thoroughly fascinating exposition on the integral (and ignominious) relationship between Christian missionary work and the enabling of colonialism in The Colonial Misunderstanding, and Zimbabwean filmmaker and author, Tsitsi Dangarembga's eccentric fusion of modern dance and moral tale, Mother's Day.

I'm eagerly anticipating the short films program by Burkina Faso filmmaker, Fanta Régina Nacro, whose 2004 feature film, Night of the Truth (also screening in this series) is a harrowing indictment of the factionalism, endemic corruption, and fragile stability that continue to plague contemporary African nations. Additionally, I'm also looking forward to seeing Dangarembga's profile of two AIDS activists, Growing Stronger (in the Women of Zimbabwe program), Brahim Fritah's The Train (in the Young Rebels program) whose poetic essay film (which screened in last year's festival), The Woman Alone on exploited (former) domestic servant, Akosse Legba, humanized the anonymous face of modern slavery and human trafficking, Abderrahmane Sissako's Rostov-Luanda on the repercussions of the Cold War on the (protraction of the) Angolan civil war, Micah Schaffer's documentary, Death of Two Sons on the tragic, coincidental deaths within a year of each other of Amadou Diallo (at the hands of New York City police in 1999) and American Peace Corps volunteer, Jesse Thyne who lived with Diallo's family in Guinea, the late iconic actor, Ossie Davis' political satire, Kongi's Harvest, and Raquel Cepeda 's Bling: A Planet Rock, a satiric documentary on the pop culture of flashy diamonds and its role in fueling the ten year civil war in Sierra Leone. The festival runs from April 4-12, 2007:

Feature Films

Africans Unite (Stephanie Black, 2007)
Bling: A Planet Rock (Raquel Cepeda, 2007)
Clouds Over Conakry (Cheick Fantamady Camara, 2007)
Death of Two Sons (Micah Schaffer, 2006)
The Colonial Misunderstanding (Jean-Marie Téno, 2004)
Kongi's Harvest (Ossie Davis, 1970)
The Narrow Path (Tunde Kelani, 2005)
The Night of Truth (Fanta Régina Nacro, 2004)
Max and Mona (Teddy Mattera, 2004)
Movement (R)evolution Africa (Joan Frosch and Alla Kovgan, 2007)
Paris selon Moussa (Cheik Doukouré, 2003)
Rostov-Luanda (Abderrahmane Sissako, 1997)
Teranga Blues (Moussa Sene Absa, 2007)

Short Film Programs

Women in the Diaspora:
- Redefinition (Leslie To, 2006)
- Lyttelton in Kenya - Archival Newsreel, 1952
- Kenya Gains Independence - Archival Newsreel, 1963
- Via New York (Kagendo Murungi, 1995)

Ghana's Political Experiments:
- African Footsteps (John Akomfrah, 1995)
- CPP Welcome Freed Leader - Archival Newsreel, 1951
- Ghana Celebrates - Archival Newsreel, 1957
- Testament - John Akomfrah, 1988

Women of Zimbabwe:
- Governor Stands Firm - Archival Newsreel, 1965
- Spell My Name (Tawanda Gunda Mupengo, 2005)
- At the Water (Women Filmmakers of the Zimbabwe Production Skills Workshop, 2005)
- Growing Stronger (Tsitsi Dangarembga, 2005)
- Mother's Day (Tsitsi Dangarembga, 2004)

Young Rebels:
- Tanganyika Independence - Archival Newsreel, 1961
- The Train (Brahim Fritah, 2005)
- Mama Put (Seke Somolu, 2006)
- Meokgo & The Stick Fighter (Teboho Mahlatsi, 2006)

Fanta Régina Nacro:
- Un Certain Matin, 1991
- Puknini, 1995
- Konaté's Gift, 1998
- Bintou, 2000

Ethiopia: Then and Now:
- Ethiopian Campaign - Archival Newsreel, 1941
- The Father (Ermias Woldeamlak, 2000)
- Menged (Daniel Taye Workou, 2006)

Hope in the Time of Crisis (co-presented with Human Rights Watch):
- The Forgotten Man (Osvalde Lewat-Hallade, 2004)
- UK: London: Mr. Louw's Views on UN Congo Intervention - Archival Newsreel, 1960
- The Congo–What Now? - Archival Newsreel, 1961
- A Love During the War (Osvalde Lewat-Hallade, 2005)

Posted by acquarello on Mar 15, 2007 | | Filed under 2007, Quick Notes