African Film Festival

African Film Festival

The Sanctuary for Independent Media

www.thesanctuaryforindependentmedia.org

This festival, which features work from South Africa, Senegal, Burkina Faso, Egypt, Algeria and Morocco, showcases a neglected part of international film culture and supports African films overlooked by distributors but which are deserving of larger audiences. Film titles and screenings dates can be found at www.thesanctuaryforindependentmedia.org. (Image from "The Night of Truth.")

 

SCHEDULE :

5/2 AFF "DON'T F*** WITH ME I HAVE 51 BROTHERS AND SISTERS" w/ "OUSMANE"


5/9 AFF "A CHILD'S LOVE STORY / UN AMOUR D'ENFANT" w/ "TOI, WAGUIH"


5/16 AFF "THE NIGHT OF TRUTH / LA NUIT DE LA VÉRITÉ" w/ "MY LOST HOME / MA MAISON PERDUE


5/23 AFF "DAUGHTER OF KELTOUM" w/ "WHOLE: A TRINITY OF BEING"

 

FILM/VIDEO DESCRIPTIONS: 

DON'T F*** WITH ME I HAVE 51 BROTHERS AND SISTERS
Dumisani Phakathi, South Africa, 2004, 86min.
In English & Zulu with English subtitles
This film is the story of Dumisani's epic journey to find his 51 
siblings and come to terms with the loss of his father as a child. 
Critics have compared this film to jazz music—with bursts of joy and 
pain that allow the viewer to feel the family's triumph over loss and 
longing. This film is as much the story of South Africa in search of 
its origins as it is Dumisani's. 

A CHILD'S LOVE STORY / UN AMOUR D'ENFANT
Ben Diogaye Beye, Senegal, 2004, 96min.
In French with English subtitles
This is a touching investigation of innocent love between children in 
Senegal set against the background of a traditional class system. 
Despite the difference in their background and family-lives, five 
young children become friends. Omar is in love with Yacine, a pretty, 
intelligent girl from a wealthy family. He writes her a love letter, 
but it only causes misunderstanding and a rift between the two. 
Meanwhile, Demba falls in love with a beggar and they share secret 
long looks and tender touches in their brief meeting time. All the 
children seek advice from their mentor, who sells bicycle-rides at 
the beachfront. As Senegal begins to deteriorate under economic 
upheaval, their mentor starts striking and when Yacine's father 
looses his job, he is forced to take a transfer to a distant land.

THE NIGHT OF TRUTH / LA NUIT DE LA VÉRITÉ
Fanta Régina Nacro, Burkina Faso, 2004, 100min.
In Dioula, French, & More with English subtitles
Mirroring the political strife and genocide in contemporary Sub-
Saharan Africa, this film opens as preparations are being made to end 
a decade of civil war in a fictitious country. A peace agreement is 
about to be signed and celebrated in a night of reconciliation with a 
"laying down of arms". As the powerful drumming begins, both rebels 
and government forces gather, bringing with them years of rage, 
grief, hope, suspicion, and bitterness. In this first feature film, 
Fanta Régina Nacro boldly presents the sometimes unintentional but 
inhuman behavior inherent in all people.

DAUGHTER OF KELTOUM
Mehdi Charef, Algeria, 2001, 106min.
In Arabic with English subtitles
A young woman, Rallia, raised in Switzerland, travels to an isolated 
and barren Berber settlement located in the rocky Atlas Mountains of 
Algeria. Rallia's journey is one of multi-tiered discovery in terms 
of her relationship to her extended family, traditional Berber 
culture, and her desperate need to locate her biological mother. 
Through her eyes, the viewer is immersed in a world virtually 
untouched by contemporary society, one that still clings to tribal 
mores and strict religious codes of conduct. Mehdi Charef skillfully 
captures the windswept vistas of a faraway mountain range with wide 
camera angles that frame the harsh environs and the desperate daily 
search for water, the responsibility of the resilient women of the 
Berber tribe.


SHORTS:

OUSMANE
Dyana Gaye, Senegal/France, 2006, 15min.
In Wolof & French with English subtitles
Dakar, Senegal. Ousmane a 7 years old child, who begs in the streets, 
decides to write a letter to Santa Claus…

TOI, WAGUIH
Namir Abdel Messeeh, Egypt/France, 2005, 28min.
In French & Arabic with English subtitles
"In 1959 in Egypt, several thousand Communists were arrested and sent 
to prison camps. Amongst these prisoners was Waguih, my father. 
Waguih was arrested in 1964. He was 29, my age today. It is a topic 
that we hardly discussed together, simply because he does not talk 
much about himself. I inherited this modesty, but today I want him to 
talk. I want us to speak to each other." You, Waguih, is the story of 
a relationship between a screenwriter son and his father, told 
through the silence of the father's feelings about his political 
life. Grand Prize winner at Rencontres du Moyen Metrage de Brive 
Festival.

MY LOST HOME / MA MAISON PERDUE
Kamal El-Mahouti, Morocco/France, 2001, 19min.
In French & Arabic with English subtitles
Kamal El-Mahouti arrived in France in 1970, when he was six years 
old, and lived in a housing project for the next twenty years. The 
filmmaker recounts his childhood memories in the wake of the 
destruction of the housing project, exploring the complexly 
intertwined history of France and Morocco through the eyes of 
Moroccan immigrants living in France.

WHOLE: A TRINITY OF BEING
Shelley Barry, South Africa, 2004, 16min.
Three experimental shorts which deal with sexuality, visibility, and 
voice from the perspective of a wheelchair user who turns the camera 
on herself to celebrate love and survival.
 

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