Starting this Wednesday!
New York African Film Festival:Celebrating 50 Years of
Independence and Cinema!
The African Film Festival joyously commemorates the 50th anniversary of the independence of
Ghana (the first sub Saharan African nation to gain independence from colonial rule) with a selection of remarkable and inspiring cinema
April 4th – April 12th; April 20th – 21st; May 25th -28th MANHATTAN * THE BRONX *
***Be sure not to miss our special screening of Ossie Davis’ film Kongi’s Harvest***
This Wednesday, April 4th at 6:30 pm! With Guest of Honor Ruby
The acclaimed actress, civil rights activist, and
Davis’ wife for over 50 years will present the film. Ms. Dee will be introduced by S. Epatha Merkerson, Tony, Emmy and Golden Globe award-winning actress and star of Law and Order.
Kongi’s Harvest with Interview with Ossie DavisKongi’s HarvestOssie Davis, Nigeria/USA, 1970; 85m After deposing the king, the dictator of a fictional African country endeavors to bring his people into the 20th century in this political satire based on a play by Nobel Prize-winner Wole Soyinka. The dictator uses every means possible, not all of them honest, to attain his goal of uniting his nation, which is largely comprised of different tribes. He even consults the dethroned king. Among his controversial policies is an order forcing his officials to wear traditional African clothing, in an effort to save his country’s cultural roots. The late Ossie Davis’ fine-tuned direction found the perfect balance between political satire and outright comedy for this excellent screen adaptation of a major work by one of
Africa’s finest writers.FOLLOWED BYInterview with Ossie Davis on Kongi’s HarvestCity
Cinematheque, USA, 2002; 30mOssie Davis and Jerry Carlson of City Cinematheque discuss Kongi’s Harvest.
Following the screening of Kongi’s Harvest and in celebration of the 50th anniversary of Ghana’s Independence, the 2007 NYAFF proudly presents the works of John Akomfrah, one of Ghana’s most progressive filmmakers, who will be present to introduce the films and hold a Q&A after the following screening:
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 4th – 9:00PM:
GHANA’S POLITICAL EXPERIMENTS: Shorts ProgramAfrican Footsteps – US PremiereJohn Akomfrah, Ghana/UK, 1995; 25mPopular personalities undertake journeys in an African travelogue series; comedian David Baddiel goes on a spoof safari to the
National Park in
Namibia.FOLLOWED BY CPP Welcome Freed LeaderArchival Newsreel, Gold Coast (
Ghana), 1951; 46sConvention People’s Party leader Kwame Nkrumah is released from prison following The Gold Coast’s election.FOLLOWED BY
Newsreel, Ghana, 1957; 1mLong Live
Ghana! Fishermen, beauty queens and the Duchess of Kent join Kwame Nkrumah in celebrating the first black African nation’s independence.FOLLOWED BY TestamentJohn Akomfrah, Ghana/UK, 1988; 80mA film about cultural and spiritual exile, dispossession and recovering personal memory in areas of public and collective chaos. The film addresses the decline of Ghanaian political optimism which came with independence in 1957 and the subsequent pessimism which has characterized Ghanaian politics and civilian life since the collapse of the Nkrumah regime in 1966. (‘Semaine de la Critique’, Cannes Film Festival; Grand Prix at the Rimini International Film Festival, Rimini, Italy, 1988; Special Jury Award for First Drama, India, 1988;Special Jury Prize at the African Film Festival of Perugia, 1989; Honourable Mention at the San Francisco International Film Festival, 1989; Special Mention for the Use of Archive Film and Music at FESPACO)*filmmaker present for Q&A after screening
Other Festival Highlights Include:
*a selection of rare archival footage showing newly independent nations celebrating their liberation!
*Award winning New Works by talented directors who represent the future of African cinema!
*Mid-Career Retrospective—The distinctive films of Burkinabè director Fanta Regina Nacro
Africa Unite! Exclusive Preview Screening of a work-in-progress by Stephanie Black: with very special guests Rita and Kymani Marley
*“Ethiopia: Then and Now”—Ethiopian films including 2007 Berlin Film Festival Crystal Bear Award , 2007 FESPACO and
Milan Film Festival short film prizewinner Menged, by Daniel Taye Workou.
* Photography Exhibit – “African Cinema in Pictures,” photographs by Antoine Tempé and Stephan Zaubitzer
… And much, much MORE! ….
FOR A COMPLETE LISTING OF FILMS, SCHEDULE & TO PURCHASE TICKETS, VISIT: www.africanfilmny.org
Also, dont forget to check out our special sneak peek of items available for biding during our opening night gala silent auction, now on our website!