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New York African Film Festival - 25th Edition

The Film Society of Lincoln Center (FSLC) and African Film Festival, Inc. (AFF) celebrate the silver anniversary of the New York African Film Festival at FSLC from May 16 to 22. The 25th edition of the festival will pay homage to the pioneers of African cinema while marking the passing of the baton to a new generation of African visual storytellers who continue to transform and expand our understanding of the continent and its diaspora. The event also commemorates the 100th birthday of the venerated South African freedom fighter and national leader Nelson Mandela, with a crop of films from his native land. The month-long festival brings 66 films from 25 countries to FSLC, the Brooklyn Academy of Music’s BAMcinématek, and Maysles Cinema in Harlem.

Film Society of Lincoln Center
May 16 to 22, 2018

Here are some of the French speaking films presented at the festival.

Borders (Opening Night)
Apolline Traoré, Burkina Faso, 2017, 107 min
Film Society Lincoln Center, New York, NY 
May 16, 6:30 PM (Q&A with Apolline Traoré)
May 18, 2:00 PM
Four women — Adjara, Emma, Sali, and Vishaa — meet while riding buses that cross West African borders, starting in Dakar and traveling through Bamako, Cotonou, Ouagadougou, and on to Lagos. Despite the gorgeous landscapes of the Atlantic coast and the Sahel, not everything is beautiful: they undergo car breakdowns in the stifling heat, face highway robbers, and endure fights between passengers. But their worst fears are realized in the liminal space of the border itself, where they witness great corruption, violence against women, and dangerous traffic. To survive, the women must stick together and take care of each other: the consequences of this trip will change their lives.
In French with English subtitles

Berni Goldblat, France/Burkina Faso, 2017, 82m
Film Society Lincoln Center, New York, NY 
May 18, 7:30 PM (Q&A with Berni Goldblat)
May 21, 3:30 PM
Thirteen-year-old Ady no longer listens to his father, who is raising Ady on his own in France. Running out of resources, Ady’s father decides to entrust Ady to his Uncle Amadou for the summer. Amadou and his family live on the other side of the Mediterranean Sea, in Burkina Faso. Things are quite different there, however, as boys of Ady’s age are expected to already become men. Ady must learn these lessons as he comes to understand the world a little differently during this life-changing holiday.
In Dioula and French with English subtitles

Shorts Program 1 — Quartiers Lointains: Self-Image
90 min
Film Society Lincoln Center, New York, NY
May 17, 8:30 PM  (Q&A with Claire Diao and Josza Anjembe)
Quartiers Lointains, a media collective comprised of young Francophonie artists and professionals, curated this shorts program which highlights works by artists of bi-cultural descent who seek to understand and explore their dual identity and engage in a dialogue to better understand the Other.
In French with English subtitles

Selbe: One Among Many (2017 version)
Safi Faye, Senegal, 1983/2017, 30m
Film Society Lincoln Center, New York, NY
May 22, 6:00 PM (Q&A with Safi Faye)
In focusing on the daily life of a Senegalese village woman, Selbe: One Among Many examines the economic and social roles rural African women are expected to play. Selbe has the heavy responsibility of providing for a large family as her husband searches unsuccessfully for work in a neighboring town. On his return, he joins the other unemployed men of the village, who will not help the women, but are as dependent on them as the children for food and shelter. This reissue marks the first time the film has been issued in its original Wolof language.
In Wolof with English subtitles

The Wedding Ring
Rahmatou Keïta, Niger, 2016, 30m
Film Society Lincoln Center, New York, NY
May 22, 6:00 PM (Q&A with Rahmatou Keïta)
A student who hails from a prestigious aristocratic family, Tiyaa returns home to the Sultanate of Damagaran, in Niger, for the winter holidays. She is expecting the young man whom she met at university in France — who also comes from a wealthy family, not far from where she grew up — to make a formal proposal of marriage. While waiting for the handsome suitor, she shares her secret with her friends, learning the other women’s stories of love, marriage, and divorce, painting a compelling and revealing portrait of male-female relations in Sahelian society.

More screenings and information available through Film Society Lincoln Center

BAMcinematek, Brooklyn, NY
May 24 to 28, 2018

Co-presented by the New York African Film Festival, this cinematic companion to the annual DanceAfrica celebration features the best narrative and documentary films from across Africa and beyond.

Idrissa Ouédraogo , 1990, 81 min
BAMcinematek, New York, NY 
May 24, 7:00 PM
Idrissa Ouédraogo, the late master of Burkinabe cinema, directs this stunning family tragedy, a folkloric fable of forbidden love and punishment that won the Grand Prix at Cannes.

Shorts Program #2
BAMcinematek, New York, NY 
May 27, 7:45 PM
This program of captivating shorts speaks to South Africa’s politics, history, folklore, and vibrant culture.

The African Who Wanted to Fly
Samantha Biffot, Gabon/France, 2016, 70 min
BAMcinematek, New York, NY
May 26, 7:00 PM
How did a boy from Gabon follow in the footsteps of his hero Bruce Lee to become a martial arts master in China?

More information available through BAMcinematek

Maysles Cinema, Harlem, NY
June 7 to 10, 2018

Alassane Sy, 2017, 27 min
Maysles Cinema, Harlem, NY
June 9, 4:30 PM
Fallou is the story of a young man who was sent from Senegal to London by a marabout linked to a group of religious extremists. Fallou will discover, together with the city and its energy, the music and people of London

The Two Faces of a Bamiléké Woman
Rosine Mbakam, 2017, 86 min
Maysles Cinema, Harlem, NY
June 10, 6:00 PM
The film focuses on the daily life of the women, showing them doing chores in the village of the ancestors where some family members still live, as well as on the compound of the family house in Yaoundé, where Rosine Mbakam grew up and her mother still lives. While the women are preparing meals, they talk freely about their lives, experiences and the choices they made.

More information available through Maysles