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14th New African Film Festival

Makan Nathan Diarra in Wallay (2017) by Berni Goldblat

Co-presented by AFI, Africa World Now Project and afrikafé, the 14th New African Film Festival showcases the vibrancy of African filmmaking from all corners of the continent and includes a dozen of French productions and co-productions.

  • SOLEIL Ô [OH, SUN] by Med Hondo

France/Mauritania,1970, b&w, 98 min. In French and Arabic with English subtitles​. 

Taking its title from a song sung by African captives en route to the Caribbean, Hondo's SOLEIL Ô takes place in an unnamed French colony in West Africa, where black men line up before a white priest for baptism and renaming — the first step in a process that simultaneously alienates and subjugates them. Encouraged by propaganda, these men arrive in France to seek a better life. What they find is unemployment or a handful of "dirty" jobs, unacceptable living conditions, naked racism and bureaucratic indifference.

Thurs, March 8, 9:30 p.m.; Sun, March 11, 12:30 p.m

  • MAMA COLONEL by Dieudo Hamadi

France/Democratic Republic of Congo, 2017, color, 72 min. In Lingala, Swahili and French with English subtitles.

Colonel Honorine Manyole, commonly known as "Mama Colonel," works for the Congolese police force and heads the unit for the protection of minors and the fight against sexual violence. Having worked for 15 years in Bukavu, in the east of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, she is suddenly transferred to Kisangani, capital of Tshopo province. There, she finds herself faced with new challenges. Through the portrait of this extraordinarily brave and tenacious woman fighting for justice, this documentary addresses the issue of violence toward women and children in the DRC and the difficulty of overcoming the past war.

Fri, March 9, 5:30 p.m.; Mon, March 12, 5:30 p.m.

  • BORDERS [FRONTIÈRES] by Apolline Traoré​

France/Burkina Faso, 2017, color, 90 min. In French with English subtitles.​ 

The paths of four very different women covered in this free spirited, at times gritty, movie set across western Africa. Each woman is making the long trip from Bamako in Mali to Nigeria's bustling capital of Lagos, passing through Burkina Faso and Benin on the way. Crammed together on a stifling bus, they take in the breathtaking landscapes of coastal and Sahelian countries. But when bus breakdowns, traffic jams, highway robbers, fights between passengers and, worst of all, corrupt and violent border customs officers cause problems, these initially private women join forces.

Sun, March 11, 7:20 p.m.

  • FÉLICITÉ by Alain Gomis

France/Senegal/Belgium/Germany/Lebanon, 2017, color, 123 min. In Lingala and French with English subtitles.

Félicité (singer Véro Tshanda Beya Mputu, in her first major film role) is a proud, fiercely independent single mother who works as a singer in the Congolese capital of Kinshasa. When her 14-year-old son suffers a terrible — and expensive — traffic accident, Félicité's life is thrown into turmoil. In order to raise the money for his operation, she sets out on a frantic race through the streets of Kinshasa. As Félicité's journey unfolds, a soundtrack performed by the Congolese musical collective Kasaï Allstars, with arrangements by Orchestre Symphonique Kimbanguiste, breathes life into every moment of her struggle. 

Sun, March 11, 2:45 p.m.

  • RAZZIA by Nabil Ayouch​

France/Morocco/Belgium, 2017, color, 120 min. In French, Arabic and Berber with English subtitles​.

Spanning decades and locations, RAZZIA weaves an intricate tale of lost loves, forbidden desires and fragile dreams in past and modern-day Morocco. In 1982, against the starkly beautiful landscapes of the Atlas Mountains, an idealistic teacher (Amine Ennaji) passionately works to expand the minds of the village children. Cut to Casablanca, 2015. Here we encounter the headstrong Salima (Maryam Touzani, co-screenwriter), who refuses the traditional stereotypes of wife and mother; a Jewish café owner, Monsieur Joe (Arieh Worthalter), caught between honoring his past and his desires; the troubled bourgeois teen Inès (Dounia Binebine); and part-time singer, full-time Freddie Mercury fan Hakim (Abdelilah Rachid). Though these lives are seemingly disparate, director and co-writer Nabil Ayouch (MUCH LOVED) navigates their realities nimbly, evoking a complex tapestry of life in this capital city.

Tue, March 13, 7:15 p.m.


 France/Algeria/Germany, 2017, color, 113 min. In Arabic and French with English subtitles.

Karim Moussaoui's feature debut explores three diverse stories which plunge us into the human soul of contemporary Algerian society. Past and present collide in the lives of a newly wealthy property developer (Mohamed Djouhri), an ambitious neurologist (Hassan Kachach) impeded by wartime wrongdoings, and a young woman (Hania Amar, THE NILE HILTON INCIDENT) torn between the path of reason and sentiment. Moussaoui's evocative and tender portrait of his homeland weaves together these narrative strands to create a complex and nuanced representation of a country that has many more stories left to tell.

Thurs, March 15, 7:15 p.m.


France/Republic of Benin, 2017, color, 89 min. In French with English subtitles. 

Beninese actor-director Sylvestre Amoussou's (AFRICA PARADIS) latest feature is a bold parable about the colonization and exploitation of Africa's land and natural resources. Set in a fictitious, diamond-rich African nation called Tangara, the film charts the fallout after the nation's president (Amoussou) decides to nationalize all means of production built on its territory by non-Tangarans. Seeing their business interests slipping away, the Western corporations that have been mining the land for decades will resort to any available means to reclaim their mines, but the people and politicians of Tangara will not back down.

Fri, March 16, 5:15 p.m.


France, 2017, color, 81 min. In French with English subtitles. 

Dapperly dressed Charles (Jacky Ido, IN THE MORNING, INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS), nicknamed the Prince, is the charismatic leader of a group of hustlers that cajole potential clients into the hair salons around Paris' Chateau d'Eau metro station. But Charles has dreams of his own — settling down and owning Mourat's failing barber shop. This film paints a kaleidoscopic portrait of daily life in a working-class area of Paris, captivatingly seen through the eyes of the employees and clientele of the African hair salons located there, with a more general homage to the French capital and the resourcefulness and vivacity of the people who live in it.

Sat, March 17, 7:00 p.m.

  • WALLAY by Berni Goldblat

France/Burkina Faso, 2017, color, 84 min. In French and Dioula with English subtitles. 

A winning combination of witty comedy and sweet-natured drama, WALLAY finds a young boy coming of age in a different culture. Following the death of his French mother, 13-year-old Ady (Makan Nathan Diarra) lives alone with his father in Lyon. Edging toward delinquency, Ady is sent to his father's hometown in Burkina Faso. Once there, he is entrusted to the guardianship of his uncle, a fisherman and disciplinarian who intends to put the boy back on the right track. To do so, he decides that Ady needs to learn the ways and traditions of his family's culture, with mixed results. By contrast, Ady's grandmother is a gentle woman who sees in the boy a deep reservoir of grief. She offers Ady the love that he has missed since his mother died.

Sat, March 17, 5:00 p.m.