Film Series

FilmAfrica

 
Film Series
 
May 23—May 27, 2019
 
   
 
 
 
 
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This cinematic companion to the annual DanceAfrica celebration showcases the best new narrative, documentary, and short films from across Africa and the diaspora, with a special focus on films from and about Rwanda.

Co-presented by the New York African Film Festival


Leadership support for BAM Film programs provided by The Thompson Family Foundation

 
 
Sew the Winter to My Skin
Film
Sew the Winter to My Skin
Thu, May 23, 2019
 
Sew the Winter to My Skin
Thu, May 23, 2019
 

This senses-stunning epic recounts the life and legend of John Kepe, a Robin Hood-esque bandit who achieved folk hero status amongst black South Africans by robbing and outwitting colonizers in the 1950s.

+ Post-screening Q&A with director Jahmil X.T. Qubeka
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Finding Hillywood
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Finding Hillywood + Imfura
May 24—May 25, 2019
 
Finding Hillywood + Imfura
May 24—May 25, 2019
 

A moving documentary about the birth of Rwanda’s burgeoning film industry screens alongside a prize-winning memory piece about the legacy of the genocide.

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Ouaga Girls
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Ouaga Girls
Fri, May 24, 2019
 
Ouaga Girls
Fri, May 24, 2019
 

This vital, heartfelt documentary profiles a group of proudly independent young women who find a sense of belonging, joy, and sisterhood as they study to become car mechanics in a rapidly changing Burkina Faso.

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Intore
Film
Intore + A Place for Myself
Fri, May 24, 2019
 
Intore + A Place for Myself
Fri, May 24, 2019
 

This stirring documentary offers an inspiring look at how Rwanda is overcoming its tragic history by reclaiming its identity through music, dance, and the resilience of a new generation.

+ Post-screening Q&A with director Eric Kabera
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Sometimes in April
Film
Sometimes in April
Sat, May 25, 2019
 
Sometimes in April
Sat, May 25, 2019
 

Idris Elba stars in this soul-shaking account of the Rwandan genocide from acclaimed director Raoul Peck (I Am Not Your Negro).

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Dreamstates
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Dreamstates
Sat, May 25, 2019
 
Dreamstates
Sat, May 25, 2019
 

Rwandan filmmaker Anisia Uzeyman offers a mesmerizing tour, shot entirely on iPhones, through America’s Afropunk underground, featuring her real life husband, hip-hop poet Saul Williams.

+ Followed by a performance by Saul Williams and CX KIDTRONiK
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The Fruitless Tree
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The Fruitless Tree
Sat, May 25, 2019
 
The Fruitless Tree
Sat, May 25, 2019
 

This fearlessly personal documentary breaks the silence on a taboo topic in Nigerien society: the ostracism faced by married women who don’t or can’t have children.

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Sumo
Film
Supa Modo
Sun, May 26, 2019
 
Supa Modo
Sun, May 26, 2019
 

A new superhero takes flight in this heartfelt ode to the power of imagination, in which a young Kenyan girl’s dream of becoming invincible captivates and inspires her entire community.

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Mossane
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Mossane
Sun, May 26, 2019
 
Mossane
Sun, May 26, 2019
 

A teenage girl finds herself caught between tradition and her own heart when she rejects the marriage her family has arranged for her in this stunning drama from pioneering Senegalese director Safi Faye.

+ Post-screening Q&A with director Safi Faye
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Borders
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Borders
May 26—May 27, 2019
 
Borders
May 26—May 27, 2019
 

On a bus en route from Dakar, Senegal, to Lagos, Nigeria, four resourceful women must band together as they navigate the risks that come with traveling alone while female.

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Entitled
Film
Shorts Program
May 26—May 27, 2019
 
Shorts Program
May 26—May 27, 2019
 

From Nigerian surrealism to the story of how Afrobeat was developed to dazzling dance films, this shorts program spotlights the work of visionary artists across Africa.

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Wallay
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Wallay
Mon, May 27, 2019
 
Wallay
Mon, May 27, 2019
 

A rebellious teenage boy gets a serious case of culture shock when he’s sent from his home in France to Burkina Faso for a summer in this tender, perceptive tale of reconnecting with your roots.

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