African Film Festival

African Film Festival

AME Zion Church, 103rd St. and 5th Ave.

April 16, 2008 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Image:   Les Saignantes

Screening dates:  April 15 & 16, 2008

New York African Film Festival (NYAFF) was established in 1993 with festival co-organizer, the Film Society of Lincoln Center. This flagship program of screenings and panel discussions was presented bi-annually until 1998 and is now an annual spring event. Screenings feature critically acclaimed releases of feature- and short-format works by African directors of the global diaspora and their counterparts.   The Traveling Film Series is intended to make the unique experience of watching African cinema available throughout the country, and increasingly, around the world.

7 PM Wed 4/16

Les Saignantes
Jean-Pierre Bekolo, Cameroon.
2005, 92m.

A superbly photographed, stylishly edited, and tastefully scored film about two young femmes fatales who set out to rid a futuristic country of its corrupt and sex obsessed powerful men. In this sci-fi-action-horror hybrid, Majolie and Chouchou, exquisitely played by Adèle Ado and Dorylia Calmel, navigate a sordid world where sex, money, politics and death are perniciously imbricated. Young, attractive, fashionable and lethal, they are on a mission to change the destiny of their country. Reveling in its display of excess, committed to aesthetics of cool, One of the first science fiction films to come out of Africa.


Mama Put
Seke Somolu, Nigeria.
2006, 26m.

The power of food to transform, rescue and wreak revenge is eloquently demonstrated in this Nigerian film. A single woman, who makes and sells street food, is struggling to bring up her family.  Her young son desperately needs kidney treatment, and just when it seems things can get no worse, a gang of armed youths break in to the house. The mother decides that the gang must go, and prepares a meal to send them on their way.

Local presentation of the African Film Festival is made possible with volunteer labor and hundreds of individual donations from patrons of The Sanctuary for Independent Media, co-sponsored by the Arts Department at RPI, A.M.E. Zion Church and the New York State Council on the Arts.

The Sanctuary for Independent Media is launching a spectacular lineup of films and music for the African Film Festival over the next ten days in a beautiful Sanctuary-in- exile, the historic African Methodist Episcopal Zion (AME Zion) Church at 103rd Street and 5th Avenue in north Troy!

AME Zion is a great place to gather for these events-founded more than 200 years ago, the Freedom Church continues to promote racial justice, peace and harmony. Part of an organization with more than one million members, the Lansingburgh branch is just two blocks from The Sanctuary for Independent Media in a building remarkable for its architectural elegance and intimacy.

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