The annual New York African Film Festival, which is co-presented with Film Society of Lincoln Center and Brooklyn Academy of Music, is a co-curated event featuring local, national and international African film and multi-media programs for a variety of cultural, academic and art institutions.
For more than 20 years, the NYAFF has been shining a light on both new and classic films from Africa and the African diaspora, through a series of screenings, panel discussions with filmmakers and critics and school programs. The festival opens on May 7 at Lincoln Center with a screening of Kenneth Gyang's comedy Confusion Na Wa, which took best picture honors at the 2013 "African Oscars" (the festival later moves to the Maysles Institute and the Brooklyn Academy of Music). Neither awarding prizes nor serving as a marketplace, the NYAFF seeks to gain a wider audience for the best in African cinema, and more broadly, to encourage an appreciation of African arts, film and culture.
AFF’s founders established goals that continue to enrich the organization mission and organizational development: To use African cinema to promote and increase knowledge and understanding of African arts, literature and culture; To develop a non-African audience for African films; To expand the opportunities for the distribution of African films in the United States and abroad.
Titles, locations, and ticket prices vary. Visit the African Film Festival website for more information.
Photo: Still from "Half of a Yellow Sun" (2012), Shareman Media Limited/The British Film Limited/Yellow Sun Limited