African Film Festival

African Film Festival

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

April 15, 2008 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Image:   Juju Factory

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 Tue 4/15

Juju Factory

Balufu Bakupa-Kanyinda,
Democratic Republic of Congo.
2007, 97m.

Kongo lives in Brussels, in the Matonge
district on which he is writing a book. His
editor wants a kind of traveler's book spiced
with ethnic ingredients. However, the writer
is inspired by the vision of complex and
tormented souls that he meets at all
crossings. Through his writing, he meditates
upon the invisible connections between
Congolese history and its ghosts.  How is it
possible to stand upright in this chaotic
history?  By having the "juju", self
confidence, and Beatrice's love.


Menged: An Ethiopian Road Movie
Daniel Taye Workou, Ethiopia.
2006, 21m.

Adapted from a traditional Ethiopian folk
tale with origins in the classic Arab world
that inspired writers such as "La Fontaine"
and the "Brothers Grimm," "Menged" is
very much a parable for Ethiopia today: a
country in transition between modernism
and traditional belief.

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

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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