NEW YORK AFRICAN FILM FESTIVAL 2013
NEW DIRECTORS NEW FILMS 2013
Festival International du Film
de Femmes 2012
New York Film Festival 2012
The 13th National Film Festival in
The 4th Annual Maghreb des Films
The 9th Annual Festival du Court
Métrage Méditerranéen de Tangier
Tribeca Film Festival 2011
WAR AND MEDIA
Tribeca Film Festival 2010 Interviews
Tribeca Film Festival 2009 Interviews
Out of Infamy: Michi Nishiura Weglyn
The personal history of a Japanese American woman whose writing about her time in American interment camps led to reperations from the U.S. government.
The Wild and Wonderful Whites of West Virginia
The saga of the dancing outlaw—and his family—continue in this documentary about Appalachin culture.
When We Leave
A look at honor killings in a diaspora community in Germany.
An incisive narrative that unravels the complex tale of a child’s abduction.
Tribeca Film Festival roundtable for the film.
My Queen Karo
A view of the ’60s squatting scene in Amsterdam from a child’s perspective.
An exploration of national pride, lust, and possibly fake pyramids.
Arias with a Twist
A “docu-fantasia” of pop, rock, and burlesque.
An experimental documentary about the life and legacy of Andrea Dunbar.
Thieves by Law
While Russia at large has experienced a shaky transition to capitalism, this documentary shows its mafia took to laissez faire easily.
A roundtable discussion with Brillante Mendoza about his latest film.
James Franco plays a mysterious man caught up in the underworld, in an ensemble acting piece set in a minimalist, visually stunning narrative.
Life inside a midwestern juvenile correctional facility proves to be nasty, brutish, and short.
A horror film about home invasion and bad relationships.
The Third Rule
A short about two slackers seeking advice from an employment guru.
New York African Film Festival 2010
An insightful and provocative exploration into the complexities of political solidarity.
Outrage sees Academy Award nominee Kirby Dick give a searing indictment of the hypocrisy of closeted politicians who campaign against the LGBT community they covertly belong to.
A fragile, long-distance relationship develops between a younger woman living in Amsterdam, and an older gentleman doctor residing in Argentina.
Fixer: The Taking of Ajmal Naqshbandi
Fixer recounts a 2007 story in which the Taliban kidnapped 24-year-old Ajmal Naqshbandi and an Italian journalist.
An austere, unflinching examination of the realities of chronic hunger for three Brazilian families.
Mustang: Journey of Transformation
Mustang illustrates the "lost" Himalayan Kingdom of Mustang, one of the last sanctuaries of authentic Tibetan Buddhist culture. Long isolated by geography and politics, the people struggle to survive and are dangerously close to collapse.
Soundtrack for a Revolution
A timeless film about the American civil rights movement told through the soul-stirring music that birthed and fortified the fight from picket lines and mass meetings to paddy wagons and jail cells.
New York African Film Festival 2009
African videofilm comes to the New York African Film Festival!
Between The Cup and The Election
The story of the 1974 Congolese soccer team that played at the World Cup.
A science-fiction story based on the very real issue of water rights in the majority world.
While soccer is viewed as a sport of the people in the majority world, this documentary from the 2010 African Film Festival traces the story of the subaltern “Homeless World Cup.”
Freddy Ilanga: Che’s Swahili Translator
More on Cuba’s intervention in African revolutions, and the government’s transition from idealism to demagoguery.
Interviews with the star and director of The Absence/L’Absence.
New Directors 2010
Jean-Marie Teno’s reflection on African Cinema and Cinema Culture.
The story of poor whites in South Africa.
Director George Amponsah speaks about documentary and African identity at the 2009 African Film Festival.
Filmmakers Against Racism Panel
Founded in response to a series of xenophobic violence in South Africa, Filmmakers Against Racism works—gratis—to create PSAs and documentaries to promote racial unity.
Behind the Rainbow Panel
Behind the Rainbow panel at Columbia University in April 2009 done in conjunction with the 2009 African Film Festival.
Margaret Mead 2009
Women Without Men
Visual artist and provocateur Shirin Neshat’s adaptation of the novella Women Without Men by Shahrnush Parsipur.
The Oath details the story of two brothers: one who is free, and the other who is in Guantanamo.
Night Catches Us
From the 2010 African Film Festival comes Night Catches Us, a fiction feature about the legacy of the more radical segments of the civil rights movement.
Beautiful Darling: The Life and Times of Candy Darling
Muse, gender rebel, and actress of stage and screen, Candy Darling hung out with and inspired everyone from Lou Reed and Andy Warhol to Robert Mapplethorpe and the Rolling Stones.
The story of five Russians going through puberty and perestroika...at the same time.
Human Rights Watch International Film Festival 2009
Herskovits at The Heart of Blackness
Jerry Gershenhorn, a cultural anthropologist at Duke University, provides a closer look at the life and career of Melville J. Herskovits. A student of Franz Boas, Herskovits came to prominence for studying the links between African and New-World black culture, and established the African Studies Center at Northwestern. Gershenhorn contrasts the Jewish- and African-American experiences, neither vilifying nor blindly lauding his work.
Last Days of Shishmaref
A documentary about the cultural implications of global climate change. From the 2009 Margaret Mead Film Festival.
Exploring the intersection of religion and global flows of capital.
An examination of Soviet farm collectivization in Ukraine.
Perestroika: Reconstruction of a Flat
The intricacies of free market real estate deals in Russia.
The meals behind the battles.
New Releases/Independent Films
Remnants of a War
Remnants of a War takes an intimate look into the lives of the brave women and men who are demining the unexploded cluster bombs that fell on southern Lebanon in the 2006 war between Hezbollah and Israel.
The Reckoning: The Battle for the International Criminal Court
Follows International Criminal Court prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo’s attempts to arrest human rights offenders in Uganda, Congo, and Sudan.
Beetle Queen Conquers Tokyo
A documentary which shows how differing relationships to nature result in very different pets.
Breath Made Visible
A documentary about the work of performance artist Anna Halprin.
Have You Heard From Johannesburg
A multi-part documentary about the struggle for racial equality and independence in Africa.
Using footage shot by marines during the initial push of Operation Iraqi freedom, Kristian Fraga’s documentary explores the horrors and thrill of battle.
In conjunction with the release of Harlan: In the Shadow of Jude Süss, inteviews and supplemental materials associated with Veit Harlan, the “baroque fascist” who directed the Third Reich’s most praised fiction films.
Member of the Jesus Seminar, filmmaker Paul Verhoeven has authored a book about the life and teachings of Jesus of Nazareth.
As part of Film Forum’s Victor Fleming retrospective, we’ve assembled a host of supplemental material, including an interview with Fleming biographer Michael Sragow and some rare early television clips of performers from his films.
A documentary about the massacre which traumatized its victims, participants, and the public.
Rachel Dretzin and David Rushkoff question technological determinism.
WWII Behind Closed Doors
Historian and filmmaker Laurence Rees tells the unknown story of Stalin’s backroom dealings—first with the Nazis, and then with Roosevelt and Churchill.
Interviews and supplemental materials surrounding HBO’s 10-part miniseries, telling the intertwined stories of three Marines in the Pacific Theater.