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Fim Review – GET OUT

Get Out


Jordan Peele wants both cultures ( majority culture and that of people of color) to feel like they are on the same page. We see ourselves in those moments and we trust the premise enough to be patient as the story rides out.


But the key here is portraying the overreaching white culture as the villain. (Spoiler alert) they so much want to adopt and assume black culture and ability that it is in white families and their neighbors’ interest to inhabit black bodies in the twilight of their lives to remain immortal. Herein lies the dilemma.

True – Whites want to erase minds and adopt advantages, but there is no room for people of color.

Fiction – Whites are doing this as mad scientists and not as assimilators of the culture itself.

As author and social essayist Greg Tate so aptly once put it, {whites} want “everything but the burden” of being black.

They are already assimilating the culture successfully and from afar. Only in “La La Land” is the white pianist saving real jazz, while the characters of color sell it out.

Only in “Get Out” is the TSA agent, played by a actual comedian”, naturally suspicious of white sincerity.

The natural order is upended by black characters only subservient because they are inhabited by white family members. In real life, class is the distinction, not merely racial identity. In the film, being a different skin is only an accident when it is not by choice. They want black people, they just don’t want the real African-rooted culture black people represent. Once blacks are dead, they are free to rule.


Technical aspects of the film follow the Blumhouse formula – tight contained script with few characters in a contained environment. A plot that can be described in terms simple enough to provide marketing by word of mouth. No actual stars to overwhelm or outweigh the mechanics of plot.


Jordan Peele ( of alleged comedy duo Key & Peele) provides a serviceable script that he ably directs with appropriate date night scares, twists and reversals. But Key & Peele are the only people of color who hate black people more than white people do. Their act is comprised of explaining or buffooning African American culture and examining white observations of the buffoonery. Minstrely without the burnt cork.

Unlike, say Dave Chappelle, they provide the white perspective of black culture, not as much satirizing it as examining the white take of the supposed deficiencies or contradictions. This is “Dave Chappelle Light” – none of the actual content, just the appearance of it.


It’s scary, but only because its demonization of the majority culture is a false one, not a metaphor of the actual problem. This is a world where everyone applauds and admires “Moonlight”, but actually buys the tickets only for “LaLa Land.” Just like real life but portrayed ironically, as if we expected otherwise.


The actual subtext of Get Out is the demonization of the white liberal as the sellout, not the demonization of the actual conservative corporate majority culture that destroys black bodies as it completely erases any culture that is not the mainstream.


White culture can be the villain, but not because it loves and admires non-whites too much.


Peele wants everyone on the same page, but that page must always be a white one. The “them” in “them or us” will always be foreign/alien/African at its root.


February 28, 2017 Posted by | CULTURE, FILM, HOLIDAY GUIDES, Uncategorized, We Recommend | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

MUSIC — Randy Weston and Senegalese Master Drummers in a Tribute to Doudou N’Diaye Rose 2/18/16 #NewSchool -#Free

The Piano Is A Drum: Randy Weston and Senegalese Master Drummers in a Tribute to Doudou N’Diaye Rose

Thursday, February 18, 2016 at 8:00 pm to 10:00 pm

John L. Tishman Auditorium, University Center 63 Fifth Avenue, Room U100, New York, NY 10003

[UPDATE: Originally scheduled for Nov. 17th, 2015, due to visa complications this show has been postponed until February 18, 2016]

On August 19, 2015, Doudou N’Diaye Rose passed away in Dakar. We are deeply saddened by his loss, and in this program, which was intended to feature N’Diaye as a special guest artist, we will instead pay homage to Doudou’s incredible musical legacy , and will present performances by several of his sons–master drummers in their own right–direct from Senegal, Moustapha (“Tapha”) N’Diaye and Birame N’Diaye. They will be joined onstage by Senegalese drummers Mar Gueye and his son, Mor Coumba Gueye, legendary percussionist Neil Clarke, and New School Jazz Artist-in-Residence, pianist and composer Randy Weston.

Doudou N’Diaye Rose was a true legend, and one of the most renowned African musicians of the 20th century. Born Mamadou Ndiaye in Dakar in 1930, Rose is a Senegalese drummer, composer and band leader, and is the recognized modern master of Senegal’s traditional drum, the sabar. He is the father of a musical dynasty which includes some of the most successful traditional musicians of contemporary West Africa.

The child of a Griot (West African bard caste) family, Ndiaye Rose began performing in the 1930s, but continued to make his living as a plumber for some time. Shortly before Senegalese independence he performed with Josephine Baker, and became a favorite amongst Dakar audiences. In 1960 he made the first head of the Senegalese National Ballet, and in the 1970s with his Doudou Ndiaye Rose Orchestra. He has also performed and collaborated with Dizzy Gillespie, Miles Davis, Peter Gabriel, and the Rolling Stones.
He was the founder and chief drum major of the Drummers of West Africa (all members of his family), with which he also performed. He also led an all-female drum group called Les Rosettes, composed entirely of his own daughters and granddaughters.
Ndiaye Rose is purported to have developed 500 new rhythms, and, indeed, his music is quite complex, featuring ever-changing rhythmic structures which he conducts with his trademark vigorous style. He has also invented new types of drum.

This program is part of the Randy Weston Artist-In-Residency series at The New School for Jazz.

The concert is Free to the general public, first come – first served.

December 31, 2015 Posted by | ART, avant-garde, CULTURE, LIFESTYLES, Music, opportunity, We Recommend | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment


New York Times Bestselling Author Takes on T’Challa, a.k.a. the Black Panther



Marvel is excited to announce that next spring, one of the most thought-provoking and perceptive writers today, Ta-Nehisi Coates (Between the World and Me) along with legendary artist Brian Stelfreeze, will helm a new BLACK PANTHER series, adding an exciting, erudite new voice to the All-New, All –Different Marvel lineup.


The indomitable will of Wakanda — the famed African nation known for its vast wealth, advanced technology and warrior traditions — has long been reflected in the will of its monarchs, the Black Panthers. But now, the current Black Panther, T’Challa, finds that will tested by a superhuman terrorist group called The People that has sparked a violent uprising among the citizens of Wakanda.  T’Challa knows the country must change to survive — the question is, will the Black Panther survive the change?


“Wakanda is really the light of the world, in the Marvel Universe. And yet it’s a system of governance that has not advanced beyond the idea of blood-rule,” says Coates.  “It’s always seemed to me that T’Challa was aware of this discrepancy. Among the monarchs of Marvel –Namor and Doctor Doom for instance– T’Challa has always been distinguished to me by his discomfort on the throne, and with the problems of one-man rule. I am very much looking forward to exploring that tension.”


That tension and conflict is what will fire BLACK PANTHER #1 into a no-holds-barred adventure that will demonstrate why Black Panther is one of the most powerful heroes in the Marvel Universe.


“Ta-Nehisi writes brilliantly about everything from race to politics to fatherhood to modern culture, but he’s also a longtime Marvel reader. And combining his writing skills with his passion for and understanding of Marvel’s characters, paired with the captivating and engaging artwork of modern master Brian Stelfreeze, has led to a truly amazing story that we can’t wait for the world to read,” says Wil Moss, editor of the new BLACK PANTHER series. “This story will have all the political intrigue of the best episodes of THE WEST WING and HOMELAND, but it’s also going to have the trademark Marvel action and energy that Stan Lee & Jack Kirby (Black Panther’s creators!) built into the foundation of the Marvel Universe. Look for some fun and unexpected Marvel villains to show up in this story, as well as an appearance or two by T’Challa’s new teammates, The Ultimates.”

Ta-Nehisi Coates

Join us next year as Marvel continues to change the creative landscape of the comic book industry as Ta-Nehisi Coates and Brian Stelfreeze make history as the new creative team on Marvel Comics’ BLACK PANTHER.






On sale spring 2016


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September 25, 2015 Posted by | ART, BUSINESS, CULTURE, ENTREPRENEURS, LIFESTYLES, opportunity, Uncategorized, We Recommend | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

FANTASIA 2015 — Film Review – OJUJU

Zombie film from Nigeria.

For some folks – that is all we need to hear – we are seeing it!


But those for those who need a more conventional review, this entry which unspooled at the glorious FANTASIA 2015, belies its no-to-low budget origins with a momentum which charms, even as the Nollywood (Nigerian Hollywood) badge may mislead. This film is not static, the film does not rely solely on dialogue to move the story’s plot points, as many Nigerian based films were prone to do. On the other hand, this is not the magnificent vistas and surreal vision of TOUKI BOUKI or Sembene.

But for many cinephiles you may have seen the titans of African cinema, the cinema of director CJ “Fiery” Obasi is something different. This is not the meditation on time of traditional African cinema. Obasi catches the wave of the new African cinema. This is a filmmaker who will one day make a blockbuster, using whatever materials he has on hand. For OJUJU, he has made a zombie film with the simplest of materials. And it has its moments.


A small but pleasant cast, presumably non -professionals, gets in the way of a water-borne ecological mishap which renders its blocked-in ghetto an overnight study in the dangers of proximity. Slow moving zombies are not harmless in a small, walled-off, marijuana-choked neighborhood with narrow streets and no protective doors. Knowing the neighborhood like the back of your hand offers little respite when the neighborhood is surrounded. And for the main protagonist whose brother is entirely too voluble to the pregnant wife, zombies are only the latest evidence that he has entirely outgrown his neighborhood and his early dreams.

The residents, like the nation, are easy prey for all sorts of lures and predators.

Temptations and strangers will kill you.

So will the things you have been taught to trust.


This is not exactly the season finale of #THEWALKINGDEAD. but you really are not going to confuse it with #TheBrothersMcMullen.

BRAVO TO #FANTASIA2015 for bringing it to North America.

August 6, 2015 Posted by | BUSINESS, CULTURE, ENTREPRENEURS, FILM, opportunity | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

THE DRESS Limited edition fashion photographs By Hamza Mejri Friday, April 3, 2015- 5pm à 7pm MONTREAL,

Visually stunning, contemporary photographs | The Dress, timeless through the ages


Hamza Mejri



Limited edition fashion photographs

By Hamza Mejri

Friday, April 3, 2015- 5pm à 7pm 

Fashion photographer Hamza Mejri is proud to present his latest project, The Dress, an impressive new exhibition taking place at ALT Hotel in Griffintown. This collection of limited edition fashion photographs captures spectacular moments with more than twenty Montreal celebrities and fashion designers. Don’t miss this free, one time only 5 à 7 event on Friday, April 3 before it heads to New York this summer.

A dress is a unisex garment that covers shoulders, legs and the body, all in one piece. Throughout human history, every civilization has distinguished itself with a particular dress style having a specific design or a distinct colour palette. The Dress dramatically covers many styles of dresses inspired by various nations, cultures and empires (Roman, Berber, Japanese, African, Arabic, etc.), transporting you through the ages from antiquity to modernity. For Mejri, this beautiful garment is a statement piece of design, and highlights his pride in Montreal’s extended fashion community, “My goal is to show as many different dresses as possible and promote our terrific Montreal designers with every photograph and every dress style.” Dresses and accessories are chosen from a variety of sources including new collections from the designers, as well as antique and vintage stores.

Poster- The Dress, Les Jumelles Barabé

After days of shooting over fifty models, forty stunning photographs were selected. Each photograph in The Dress tells a story about a civilization and a time, with the dress representing a link to past lives and artistic visions. Mejri is inspired by Karl Lagerfeld, “Lagerfeld’s way of working, his creations and his photography has set the standard for my work. His ‘The Little Black Jacket’ exhibition was one of the biggest inspirational sources for my show”.

The Dress- fashion photographs by Hamza Mejri

Unlike classic fashion photography, the dresses are not being showcased only by mannequins. Here, Montreal artists from diverse disciplines are the models, including: musicians Les Jumelles Barabé, Amylie, and Marco Calliari; fashion designers Evelyne Fay of White Label, Julie Bessette, Luca Galardo of Diodati, Zaida Melo, Emeline Morellet of Les Incompetents and Habi Gerba of Gazelles Montréal; television hosts Angelo Cadet, Cindy Charles; actor Sarah Dagenais Hakim; as well as painters, fashion models, dancers and photographers. Meet the creatives behind the pictures; on hand for the event will be the photographed celebrities, models and designers.

The Dress- fashion photographs by Hamza Mejri

As a special treat, at 7pm Les Jumelles Barabé will perform some of the singles from their new album. (


Hamza Mejri, photographer

Friday, April 3 (one day only)

At ALT Hotel

120 Rue Peel, in Griffintown

Hours: 5-7pm, free admission

For information:, 514 224-7430

To view or purchase Hamza Mejri’s limited edition fashion photographs from The Dress after April 3, please contact Salon de Peintures,

The Dress is generously supported by Art Mtl, ALT Hotel and Studio Giovanelli

March 23, 2015 Posted by | ART, BUSINESS, CULTURE, LIFESTYLES, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

We Recommend the African Diaspora International Film Festival, *nyc (december), *Chicago (June), D.C. (august), Paris (September)

The African Diaspora International Film Festival (ADIFF) is proud of its 22-year history of firsts in presenting, interpreting and educating about films from throughout the world that depict the lives of people from Africa and the African Diaspora. The festival features world and US premieres, recent popular titles, classic movies, foreign and independent releases. Post-screening question-and-answer sessions and panel discussions that include filmmakers, critics, academics, and audiences present the most current discourse on filmmaking in Africa and the African Diaspora.

Timing: The festival begins every year on the last Friday of the month of November during the Thanksgiving weekend and runs for eighteen days. ADIFF 22nd anniversary will be celebrated from Friday, November 28 through Sunday, December 14, 2014.

Location: Various locations in Manhattan, NYC including  The Thalia Cinema at Symphony Space, Quad Cinema, The Cowin Center and Chapel at Teachers College, Columbia University and the Riverside Theater.

Traveling Festivals: ADIFF holds festivals in Chicago in June,  in Washington DC in August, and in Paris, France in September.

ADFF Cine-Club: Since 2003, the African Diaspora Film Festival holds monthly community screenings at Teachers College, Columbia University that are open to the public and have series that vary in theme.

Audience: Since 1993, over half a million people have attended the film festival and its related activities. ADIFF’s media reach was over 15 million people in 2013.


Festival Highlights:

The festival has premiered the following titles:

  • Sankofa, by Haile Gerima
  • Cachao by Andy Garcia
  • Bleeding Hearts by Gregory Hines
  • The Dinner by Bernie Casey
  • Orpheu by Carlos Diegues
  • Kirikou and the Sorceress by Michel Ocelot
  • Funny Valentines by Julie Dash
  • Manderlay by Lars Von Trier
  • Tsotsi by Gavin Hood
  • The following titles signed distribution deals as a result of festival participation:
  • The Keeper by Joe Brewster (USA)
  • Flame by Ingrid Sinclair (Zimbabwe)
  • Bezness by Nouri Bouzid (Tunisia)
  • The Journey of the Lion by Frizt Bauman (Jamaica/Germany)
  • Abolicao by Zozimo Bulbul (Brazil)
  • Who Killed Pixote by Jose Joffily (Brazil)
  • Haramuya by Drissa Toure (Burkina Faso)
  • Black Dju by Pol Cruchten (Cape Verde/Luxembourg)
  • The Draugthmen Clash by Bakupa Kanyinda Balufu (D. R. Congo/Gabon)
  • Thomas Sankara by Bakupa Kanyinda Balufu (D. R. Congo/Gabon)
  • 100% Arabica by Mahmoud Zemmouri (France/Algeria)
  • Kirikou and the Sorceress by Michel Ocelot (France)
  • Otomo by Freider Schlach (Germany)
  • Sia, the Dream of the Python by Dani Kouyate (Burkina Faso)
  • Tattoo Bar by Jo Sol (Spain)
  • The Tracker by Rolf de Heer (Australia)
  • Tasuma, the Fighter by Daniel Kollo Sanou (Burkina Faso)
  • The Other World by Merzak Allouache (Algeria/France)
  • Borders by Mostefa Djadjam (Algeria/France)
  • Denying Brazil by Joel Zito Araujo (Brazil)
  • Congo: White King, Red Rubber, Black Death by Peter Bate (UK/Belgium)
  • Masai: The Rain Warriors by Pascal Plisson (France / Kenya)
  • The following titles signed cable TV deals as a result of festival participation:
  • Le Magique by Ezzedine Fazai (Tunisia)
  • Haramuya by Drissa Toure (Burkina Faso)
  • El Mestizo by Mario Handler (Venezuela)
  • Lotto Land by John Rubino (USA)
  • A Litany for Survival: The Life and Work of Audre Lorde by Ada G. Griffin (USA)
  • Taafe Fanga by Adama Drabo (Mali)
  • Faraw!Mother of the Dunes by Abdoulaye Ascofare (Mali)
  • Tasuma, the Fighter by Daniel Kollo (Burkina Faso)
  • Gospel Hill (USA)
  • La Playa D.C. (Colombia)
  • The Pirogue (Senegal)
  • Toussaint Louverture (Haiti/France)

Past participants in ADIFF:

  • Gloria Rolando (Oggun)
  • Leslie Harris (Just Another Girl in the IRT)
  • Raoul Peck (Haitian Corner, Lumumba)
  • Joe Brewster (The Keeper)
  • Bernie Casey (The Dinner, Once Upon a Time When We Were Colored)
  • Stanley Nelson (The Black Press, Marcus Garvey, The Murder of Emmett Till)
  • Horace Ove (Pressure, Playing Away)
  • Ayoka Chenzira (Zajota & The Boogie Spirit ,Alma’s Rainbow)
  • Reginald Hudlin (House Party, Boomerang)
  • Melvin Van Peebles (Sweet Sweeback’s Baadassss Song, A Belly Full)
  • Isaach de Bankole (Otomo, Chocolat)
  • Sheryl Lee Ralph (Secrets, The Mistress, Moesha)
  • Charles Burnett (Killers of Sheep, To Sleep with Anger, The Annihilation of Fish )
  • Yasmine Guy (A Different World, Kla$h)
  • Roger Guenveur Smith (A Huey P. Newton Story)
  • Eric Ebouaney (Lumumba)
  • Nina Henderson (VP BET)Stanley Crouch, writer
  • Cassandra Wilson, Jazz vocalist
  • Sonia Sanchez, poet activist
  • Warrington Hudlin (Founder, Black Filmmakers Foundation)
  • Delroy Lindo (Wondrous Oblivion, Get Shorty, The Cider House Rules, Gone in Sixty Seconds)
  • Lynn Whitefield (Redemption, The Josephine Backer Story, White Chocolate)
  • Danny Glover (Manderlay, To Sleep with Anger, Lethal Weapons franchise)
  • Nelson George (Smart Black People)
  • Amiri Baraka aka Leroy Jones, writer and poet
  • Giancarlo Esposito (Gospel Hill)



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ADIFF NY 2014 Gala Screening – Bound!

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ADIFF NY 2014: South Africa, 20 Years of Democracy!

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ADIFF NY 2014: Gloria Rolando – An Afro-Cuban Filmmaker

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ADIFF NY 2014: Three Voices of Brazil

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ADIFF NY 2014: France and the Race Issue

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ADIFF NY 2014: Blacks in Latin America

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ADIFF NY 2014: African American Shorts!

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Garifuna Celebration: Homeland (Yurumein) & Revolutionary Medecine

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December 5, 2014 Posted by | ART, BUSINESS, CULTURE, ENTREPRENEURS, FILM, HOLIDAY GUIDES, LIFESTYLES, We Recommend | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

DANCE — Ronald K. Brown / Evidence, A Dance Company ONE SHOT * 11/6-8, 11/13-15

Ronald K. Brown / Evidence, A Dance Company ONE SHOT


Photo: Rachel Papo

One Shot, a group piece by highly regarded choreographer and life-long Brooklynite Ron Brown, and his Evidence, A Dance Company, is inspired by the life and work of noted photographer Charles “Teenie” Harris, who documented black life in Pittsburgh from 1936 to 1975. Harris captured many aspects of life in Pittsburgh: the spirit of childhood, the indulgences of decadence, and the soul of jazz. One Shot uses the idea of looking to the legacy of community and its echoing effect on other communities in their distinct definition and evolution. The work incorporates video projections by Clifton Taylor and music by Anonimo Consejo, Billy Strayhorn, Ahmad Jamal, Mary Lou Williams, Arturo Sandoval, Mamadouba Mohammed Camara, Lena Horne, and Phyllis Hyman.

Each week of Evidence’s run at BRIC House will feature a second work by the renowned company. Week A (November 6, 7, 8) will include Order My Steps (2005), which takes its title from Psalms 119 and explores ideas behind the scripture and seeing one’s life as a path. What is our direction? Is it correct and how do we determine that? Dance is used as a vehicle to investigate the sense of purpose and obedience that comes into play when one recognizes “a calling.” Order My Steps features narration by poet Chad Boseman as well as music by Fred Hammond, Terry Riley, and Bob Marley. Week B (November 13-15) will include Come Ye (2003). Inspired by the music and sociopolitical legacies of artists/activists Nina Simone and Fela Kuti, this multimedia work utilizes Mr. Brown’s signature style of kinetic storytelling through African, Caribbean, modern, ballet and social dance styles to summon warriors, angels and activists dedicated to the pursuit of liberation and peace amidst the strug­gles of human conflict. Come Ye includes music by Nina Simone and Fela Kuti, and a video collage by Robert Penn.

This program is supported in part by a grant from Doris Duke Charitable Foundation’s Building Demand for the Arts Program.

Ronald K. Brown/Evidence, A Dance Company ONE SHOT

November 6, 2014 · 7:30 PM
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Ronald K. Brown/Evidence, A Dance Company ONE SHOT

November 7, 2014 · 8:00 PM
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Ronald K. Brown/Evidence, A Dance Company ONE SHOT

November 8, 2014 · 8:00 PM
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Ronald K. Brown/Evidence, A Dance Company ONE SHOT

November 13, 2014 · 7:30 PM
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Ronald K. Brown/Evidence, A Dance Company ONE SHOT

November 14, 2014 · 8:00 PM
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Ronald K. Brown/Evidence, A Dance Company ONE SHOT

November 15, 2014 · 8:00 PM
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Music — Youssou N’Dour 9/12-13 #NextWave FESTIVAL BAM

The Senegalese singer-songwriter makes a rare stateside appearance, returning to BAM after headlining Muslim Voices: Arts & Ideas during BAM’s 2009 Spring Season.

With a soaring tenor that brims with passion and nuance, singer-songwriter Youssou N’Dour is a global music icon.  An early emissary of the mbalax style—a blend of bubbling Senegalese griot percussion, Wolof lyrics, and Afro-Cuban influences—he has gone on to become a tireless cultural ambassador and one of the most revered figures on the world stage. Last at BAM in 2009, N’Dour returns for a rare stateside appearance, performing with his band, the Super Étoile, for two nights only.


Sep 12—Sep 13, 2014
Performance dates & times
Peter Jay Sharp Building
BAM Howard Gilman Opera House
RUN TIME: RUN TIME: Approx 2hrs 30min

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The 21st New York African Film Festival (Statement)


In Africa and its diaspora, revolution is not always synonymous with the overthrowing of a government or a head of state. It is also the relentless search for liberation of the body and the mind that has characterized the history of African people through the years. Arising as a chain of movements led mostly by the youth and women, revolution is a force against unfair systems, an impulse for the people to follow their own dreams, and a shared experience of empowerment.  In the Digital Age, the struggle for liberation has found a resilient ally in technology, which has exerted multiplier effects in and outside the continent.

This is the core of the 21st New York African Film Festival: the experience of revolution and liberation in and from Africa in the twenty-first century. All of the films featured will tackle the path to liberation or the feeling of freedom itself:  its impact, its agents, but first and foremost its visual splendor.

Under this heading, this month-long multi-venue event will present a unique selection of contemporary and classic African films, running the gamut from features, shorts, and documentaries to experimental films, along with supplementary educational programs. Filmmakers and actors will also attend the screenings and Q&A sessions.


For more than two decades, African Film Festival, Inc. (AFF) has bridged the divide between post-colonial Africa and the American public through the powerful medium of film and video. AFF’s unique place in the international arts community is distinguished not only by leadership in festival management, but also by a comprehensive approach to the advocacy of African film and culture. AFF established the New York African Film Festival (NYAFF) in 1993 with Film Society of Lincoln Center. The New York African Film Festival is presented annually by the African Film Festival, Inc. and Film Society of Lincoln Center, in association with Brooklyn Academy of Music. AFF also produces a series of local, national and international programs throughout the year. More information about AFF is found on the Web at



In celebration of the centenary of Nigeria’s unification, Opening Night will feature the Nollywood dark comedy Confusion Na Wa by Kenneth Gyang

Centerpiece film is the much-anticipated Half of a Yellow Sun, directed and adapted by Biyi Bandele and starring
Thandie Newton, Chiwetel Ejiofor, and Anika Noni Rose

The sweeping epic Sarraounia is the Closing Night selection


English Flyer(Front)


The Film Society of Lincoln Center (FSLC) and African Film Festival, Inc. (AFF) will present the 21th New York African Film Festival (NYAFF) May 7-13. Organized under the banner theme “Revolution and Liberation in the Digital Age,” the initial leg of the festival includes eleven features and eight short films from various African nations and the Diaspora. The NYAFF continues throughout May at the Cinema at the Maysles Documentary Center and the Brooklyn Academy of Music’s BAMcinématek.

“There are long and proud cinematic traditions in countries all over the African continent, and at the same time there are new voices and new means of expression. We are happy that the festival this year will be able to share the work of these artists, who are exploring both myth and modernity,” said FSLC Associate Director of Programming Marian Masone.

Half of a Yellow Sun


“While American cinema started from popular films and progressed to art house, film in Africa went in reverse, garnering international interest through the art house genre before moving to popular cinema. Consequently, most of the films about Africa during its ‘art house’ phase cornered African cinema into a genre in itself, one that was perhaps not easily accessible,” said AFF Executive Director and NYAFF Founder Mahen Bonetti. “Today, the golden era of technology not only allows the African public to see films made about their own realities but also exhorts each generation of filmmakers to raise the bar with the stories they tell about the continent and its diaspora, resulting in a veritable digital revolution.”

With a gracious nod to Nollywood, the world’s second-largest film industry, and to the 100th centenary of the unification of Nigeria, the festival Opening Night presentation will be Confusion Na Wa, the dark comedy by Kenneth Gyang. Winner of Best Picture at the 2013 African Movie Academy Awards, the film stars OC Ukeje and Gold Ikponmwosa as two grifters whose decision to blackmail a straying husband (played by Ramsey Nouah) sets in motion a chain of events leading to a shocking conclusion. The screening will be preceded by the Opening Reception at 6pm. Regular festival prices apply for the screening, and tickets can be purchased on Tickets for the movie and Opening Reception are $50 and available online at

NYAFF audiences will get a sneak peek before the May 16 theatrical release of the critically acclaimed film Half of a Yellow Sun, based on the internationally best-selling novel of the same name by National Book Critics Circle Award–winning Nigerian author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. Directed by Biyi Bandele, the Centerpiece selection stars Thandie Newton and Anika Noni Rose as glamorous twins navigating life, love and the turbulence of the Biafra (Nigerian Civil) war in 1960s Nigeria. The Monterey Media release also includes a powerful performance by recent Oscar-nominee Chiwetel Ejiofor. Directly following the New York premiere of the film on Friday, May 9, the Centerpiece Gala will be held at the DiMenna Center for Classical Music’s Mary Flagler Cary Hall (450 West 37th Street, between 9th and 10th Avenues). Regular festival prices apply for the movie, and tickets can be purchased on Tickets for the screening and benefit are $200 and available online at

Half of a Yellow Sun


A crop of films take up this year’s theme of revolution and liberation. In the documentary Mugabe: Villain or Hero?, director Roy Agyemang gets unprecedented access to the Zimbabwean leader and his entourage and lays bare the fight between African leaders and the West for African minerals and land. Ibrahim El Batout’s narrative feature Winter of Discontent takes viewers inside the Tahrir Square protests that were so central to the Arab Spring. And Ntare Guma Mbaho Mwine’s timely experimental short Kuhani features a conflicted priest, just as Uganda’s Anti-Homosexual Act is grabbing headlines.

As a part of this, women’s rights and issues are again in the spotlight. In her documentary Bastards, director Deborah Perkin follows a single mother, beaten and raped at 14 and discarded as she fights in Moroccan court to legitimize her sham marriage, thus ensuring a future for the daughter born out of her nightmare. In Cameronian director Victor Viyouh’s drama Ninah’s Dowry, the title character flees an abusive marriage only to be pursued by her husband to retrieve either his property (her) or the dowry he paid. The short Beleh, by Eka Christa Assam, turns gender roles on their head as a bullying husband gets a taste of his own medicine. The wounded central characters in the narrative films Of Good Report by Jahmil X.T. Qubeka and Grigris by Mahamat-Saleh Haroun are allegorical to the societal shifts and legacy of post-independent Africa.

On the lighter side, the festival will also present comedies, including Confusion Na Wa and It’s Us (Ni Si Si), as well as the U.S. premiere of the short Soko Sonko (The Market King). The Tunisian short Wooden Hands, also a U.S. premiere, delights as a willful five year-old’s act of rebellion takes on a life of its own. Additionally, writer Marguerite Abouet and illustrator Clément Oubrerie have brought their popular cartoon to life as directors of the animated feature Aya of Yop City, which follows the adventures of a 19-year-old and her girlfriends in Ivory Coast.

The Closing Night film on Tuesday, May 13, will be Sarraounia, Med Hondo’s sweeping epic based on historical accounts of Queen Sarraounia. Feared for her bravery and expertise in the occult arts, the fierce warrior leads the Azans of Niger into battle against French colonialists and enslavement at the turn of the century. The historical drama took first prize at the Panafrican Film and Television Festival of Ouagadougou (FESPACO) in 1987. Regular festival pricing applies.

From May 8-13, the Frieda and Roy Furman Gallery will host the exhibition Digital Africa, featuring the works of Congolese and American photographers. “Congolese Dreams” is a series of works by acclaimed photographer Baudouin Mouanda and a collective of artists, a companion to Philippe Cordey’s film of the same name, which will be screened during the festival. It will be paired with Adama Delphine Fawundu’s stunning portraits capturing the residents of Tivoli Towers in Crown Heights, Brooklyn—home to more than 350 families, who are mostly of African descent—as well as portraits of young musician-activists from Nigeria and the U.S.

All screenings will take place in the Walter Reade Theater, 165 West 65th Street (between Broadway and Amsterdam) and the Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center, 144 West 65th Street (between Broadway and Amsterdam). Tickets for the New York African Film Festival screenings go on sale April 17 at the Film Society’s box offices and online at Pre-sale to Film Society members begins on April 15. Single screening tickets are $13; $9 for students and seniors (62+); and $8 for Film Society members. Discount packages start at $30; $24 for students and seniors (62+); and $21 for Film Society members. Discount prices apply with the purchase of tickets to three films or more. Visit for additional information, and to purchase tickets.

NYAFF then heads to the Cinema at the Maysles Documentary Center in Harlem May 15-18. As is the tradition, the NYAFF closes over Memorial Day Weekend May 23-26 at the Brooklyn Academy of Music BAMcinématek as part of the dance and music festival DanceAfrica. For details, visit African Film Festival online at

The programs of AFF are made possible by the generous support of the National Endowment for the Arts, The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Lambent Foundation, New York State Council on the Arts, NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, Open Society Institute for West Africa, Bradley Family Foundation, International Organization of La Francophonie, Domenico Paulon Foundation, WNYC, New York Community Trust, NYC & Company, New York Times Community Affairs Department, French Cultural Services, Manhattan Portage Bags, City Bakery, Metrowine, Flavorpill, South African Consulate General, SN Brussels, Columbia University’s Institute of African Studies, Hudson Hotel, Divine Chocolate and Omnipak Import Enterprises, Inc.

Kuhani Poster



Films and Descriptions for New York African Film Festival

Opening Night Film
Confusion Na Wa

Kenneth Gyang, Nigeria, 2013, 105m
English and Pidgin with English subtitles
Set in a Nigerian city, Confusion Na Wa is a dark comedy about a group of strangers whose fates become intertwined over the course of 24 hours. At the heart of everything is a phone found by opportunists Charles and Chichi, who, having read through its contents, decide to blackmail the owner Emeka, an arrogant lawyer who is cheating on his wife. Little do they realize that their misdemeanors have set in motion a chain of events that will lead to their own downfall. Meanwhile Bello, a civil servant who naïvely thinks hard work is its own reward is pushed to the edge of reason by his wife and his boss. And businessman Babajide lets his piety get the better of him. Eventually mayhem will connect them all. With a script by Tom Rowlands-Rees, director Kenneth Gyang takes a nonlinear approach to storytelling in this Nollywood prizewinner (Confusion Na Wa was named Best Film at the 2013 African Movie Academy Awards). New York Premiere
May 7, 7:30pm (Q&A with Kenneth Gyang)
May 10, 9:15pm (Q&A with Kenneth Gyang) 

Centerpiece Film
Half of a Yellow Sun

Biyi Bandele, Nigeria/UK, 2013, 113m
With epic grandeur, Half of a Yellow Sun tell the story of a generation living through the tumult of Nigeria’s independence and the ensuing Nigerian-Biafran War through the thorny romantic journeys of two sisters. Olanna (Thandie Newton) is married to Odenigbo (Chiwetel Ejiofor), a revolutionary who fathers a child with another woman. Her twin sister Kainene (Anika Noni Rose) is in love with a British writer (Joseph Mawle) who has come to Nigeria to teach. Playwright Biyi Bandele makes his film directorial debut with this adaptation of Nigerian writer Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s Orange Prize–winning novel. Half of a Yellow Sun may take place 50 years ago, but Bandale has fashioned it as an emotionally gripping example of contemporary Nigerian cinema, and honors the ongoing strength of that country’s women in the process. New York Premiere
May 9, 7:00pm (Q&A with Biyi Bandele and some cast members)

Half of a Yellow Sun


Closing Night Film

Med Hondo, Burkina Faso/Mauritania/France, 1986, 120m
Dioula, French, and Fula with English subtitles
Based on historical accounts of Queen Sarraounia, who leads the Azans into battle against the French colonialists at the turn of the century, Hondo’s sweeping epic rivals any that American cinema has produced. A brilliant strategist and forceful leader, Sarraounia is a young warrior queen, whose mastery of the ancient “magic” skills of martial arts and pharmacology is first put to the test when she defends her people from attack by a neighboring tribe, which earns respect from the men she guides into battle and deep loyalty from her people. But her real trial comes when the French army marches south to widen its colonial grip on the African continent. Hondo contrasts the strong alliances that emerge among African communities with the self-seeking and purposelessness of the Europeans and provides much-needed African historical perspective. Sarraounia is not only an engrossing tale of a remarkable woman’s bravery but also a captivating study of revolution against enslavement and the struggle for peace and freedom.
May 13, 6:30pm (Q&A with Permanent Representative to the UN for Francophonie Affairs Filippe Savadogo conducted by art historian and film critic Beatriz Leal)

Aya of Yop City
Marguerite Abouet & Clément Oubrerie, Ivory Coast/France, 2013, 85m
French with English subtitles
Abouet and Oubrerie bring their popular comic-book series that tracks the adventures of a young woman in a working-class town to cinematic life in a beautifully drawn account of West Africa in the 1970s. Nineteen-year-old aspiring doctor Aya spends most of her time at home in the Abidjan suburb of Yopougon (nicknamed Yop City) studying and dealing with her family so she doesn’t have time to take part in the exploits of her gal pals Bintou and Adjoua, both of whom want it all—to marry up as well as start their own business. Things go awry, though, when one of them gets pregnant. Oubrerie’s vivid drawings capture the spirit of a community growing past colonialism along with the rest of the country, and a spectacular soundtrack of period funk, rock, disco, and Afrojazz sets it all in motion. A delight for the eyes and the ears.
May 8, 4:30pm
May 11, 9:00pm (Intro by actress Aïssa Maïga) 

Deborah Perkin, Morocco/UK, 2013, 93m
Arabic with English subtitles
In Morocco, as in all Muslim countries, sex outside marriage is illegal. Single mothers are despised, but what is the fate of their children? They are outcasts, condemned to a life of discrimination. Bastards tells this story from a mother’s point of view. At 14, Rabha El Haimer was an illiterate child bride, beaten, raped, and then rejected. Ten years later, she is a single mother, fighting to legalize her forced marriage, to register her daughter, and to make the father accept his child so that she can secure a future for her “illegitimate” daughter. With unprecedented access to the Moroccan justice system, filmmaker Deborah Perkin follows Rabha’s fight from the Casablanca slums—confronting her mother and asking why she married her off so young—to the high courts where the child’s father makes absurd claims and Rabha suffers verbal abuse from her father-in-law. Perkin may be the first Westerner to film in Moroccan family courts, where she captures real-life drama, played out in the first Muslim country in the world to recognize that single mothers and illegitimate children have rights.



Screening with
Eka Christa Assam, Cameroon, 2013, 30m
Pidgin with English subtitles
Pregnant Joffi has a bullying husband who takes her, and pretty much everything else, for granted. His attitude is challenged when he awakes one morning to find a very different world from the one he fell asleep to the night before. A quirky, poignant, and pertinent look at gender roles. New York Premiere
May 9, 4:00pm
May 12, 6:00pm (Q&A with Deborah Perkin) 

Mahamat-Saleh Haroun, Chad/France, 2013, 101m
French and Arabic with English subtitles
Despite a bum leg, 25-year-old Grigris has hopes of becoming a professional dancer, using his killer moves on the dance floor of his local club to secure some extra cash. His dreams are tested when his stepfather falls critically ill and he’s forced to risk his future by smuggling oil to pay the hospital bills. When he falls for Mimi, a beautiful but damaged prostitute, they attempt to start a new life together. But as bad decisions begin to catch up with them, they are forced to run for their lives. Their pasts, however, are never far behind… Professional dancer Souleymane Deme is remarkable as a man who can’t get a break, and veteran director Mahamat-Saleh Haroun, whose visually striking films have won awards at the Cannes and Venice film festivals, creates an elegant character study. New York Premiere
May 8, 8:45pm (Q&A with Mahamat-Saleh Haroun)
May 12, 3:45pm

It’s Us (Ni Si Si)
Nick Reding, Kenya, 2013, 88m
Swahili with English subtitles
Picture a typical Kenyan community: a harmonious muddle of tribes, intermarriages, and extended families; people living and working together all their days who don’t care which tribe their neighbor belongs to. What starts out as comic ribbing and good-natured banter between friends takes a more serious turn when politically motivated rumors arise and a sudden mistrust takes hold. With mistrust comes a sense of threat, and with threats, fear escalates, and in a matter of days, the bonds and alliances—the foundation of the community—are severed, just as they were in Kenya in 2008. Can a once-peaceful community learn from the mistakes of the past and be given another chance? Written and directed by Nick Reding, It’s Us was produced by the NGO-sponsored Arts for Education (S.A.F.E.) prior to Kenya’s elections to promote identity, peace, and unity by showing people confronting turmoil and violence. Can film change hearts and minds? Nick Reding and S.A.F.E. are making sure that happens. U.S. Premiere
May 8, 6:30pm (Q&A with Nick Reding)
May 12, 1:45pm



Mugabe: Villain or Hero?
Roy Agyemang, UK/Zimbabwe, 2012, 116m
To most in the West, the title question of Roy Agyemang’s provocative documentary hardly needs to be asked. Accused of inept leadership and human-rights abuses, Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe, who has ruled the country since its independence from Great Britain in 1980 and was sworn in for a new five-year term just last summer, is also known for being the first African leader to seize white-controlled farms and redistribute them to the local population. British-born of Ghanaian parents, Agyemang set out to gain a fresh perspective on Mugabe by exploring the reality behind the headlines. And what was supposed to be a three-month project became a three-year all-access journey with Mugabe and his inner circle that reveals a charismatic, complicated man ruling a country at the intersection of international economics and post-colonial fallout. This personal film also raises wider serious issues about the relationship between African leaders and the West in the fight for the continent’s minerals and land.
May 7, 2pm
May 11, 6:15pm

New African Shorts
TRT: 110m

Baudouin Mouanda: Congolese Dreams
Philippe Cordey, Congo, 2012, 25m
Lingala, French, and German with English subtitles
For his latest project, The Dream, photographer Baudouin Mouanda explores beauty in unlikely places by asking women to pose in the same white wedding dress in different locations, from rubbish dumps to crowded trains.
Aissa’s Story
Iquo B. Essien, Nigeria/USA, 2013, 15m
French and English with English subtitles
An African immigrant housekeeper and single mother must decide whether to move on with her life or fight when the case against her assaulter is dismissed.
Kwaku Ananse
Akosua Adoma Owusu, Ghana/Mexico/USA, 2013, 26m
Outsider Nyan attends her estranged father’s funeral. Overwhelmed at the procession, she searches for him in the spirit world. Kwaku Ananse draws upon the rich mythology of Ghana and combines semi-autobiographical elements with the tale of Kwaku Ananse, a trickster in West African stories who appears as both spider and man.
Soko Sonko (The Market King)
Ekwa Msangi-Omari, Kenya/USA, 2014, 22m
Kiswahili and Sheng with English subtitles
When her mom gets sick, Kibibi’s dad takes her to the market to get her hair braided before school. A fish out of water, this well-intentioned dad goes on a roller coaster of a journey where no man has gone before… because only women have been there!
Frances Bodomo, Ghana/USA, 2014, 15m
On July 16, 1969, America prepares to launch Apollo 11. Thousands of miles away, the Zambia Space Academy hopes to beat America to the moon. Inspired by true events.
Ntare Guma Mbaho Mwine, Uganda, 2013, 7m
An experimental short inspired by Ugandan Catholic priest Father Anthony Musaala’s open letter titled “The Failure of Celibate Chastity Among Diocesan Priests.” Father Musaala is one of many Ugandans who has been persecuted as a result of the country’s recently passed Anti-Homosexuality Act. New York Premiere
May 8, 2:00pm
May 11, 3:30pm (Q&A with Iquo B. Essien, Akosua Adoma Owusu, Ekwa Msangi-Omari, Kenya, Frances Bodomo, and Ntare Guma Mbaho Mwine) 

Ninah’s Dowry
Victor Viyouh, Cameron, 2012, 95m
English, Pidgin and Babanki with English subtitles
Ninah is a mother of three stuck in an abusive relationship with no hope of change. Her family lives off her meager earnings from farm work while her husband, Memfi, drinks away his equally meager earnings as a shepherd. When she learns that her father is seriously ill and her husband refuses to let her go to him, Ninah realizes that she cannot take the abuse anymore and runs away. Memfi pursues her: he will recover the dowry he paid or take home the woman he owns—by any means necessary. This action sets off an incredible series of events with a whirlwind of suspense, thrills, and adventure that traverses the Cameroon landscape. Writer-director Victor Viyouh has crafted a powerful story with nuanced and complex characters, and Mbufung Seikeh, as Ninah, makes a screen debut that is nothing short of astonishing. Co-presented by Alwan for the Arts. New York Premiere
May 9, 2:00pm
May 9, 9:45pm




Of Good Report
Jahmil X.T. Qubeka, South Africa, 2013, 109m
English and Xhosa with English subtitles
Schoolteacher Parker Sithole (Mothusi Magano) arrives in a rural village with no local connections. Though his unassuming disposition and a glowing recommendation from his previous employer inspires trust and sympathy, he promptly begins a torrid affair with one of his new pupils, 16-year-old Nolitha (Petronella Tshuma). Jahmil X.T. Qubeka’s second feature delves into the type of impoverished black community that the government has ignored, making it that despair is part of the working poor’s daily life, and a man “of good report” can get away with anything. Shot in stark black and white, the film is a tribute to classic film noir while at the same time takes us out of that genre with bold artistic and political strokes (the film was banned, but quickly unbanned, by South African authorities).
May 10, 6:30pm (Q&A with Jahmil X.T. Qubeka)
May 12, 9:00pm (Q&A with Jahmil X.T. Qubeka) 

Winter of Discontent  (El sheita elli fat)
Ibrahim El Batout, Egypt, 2012, 96m
Arabic with English subtitles
Set against the momentous backdrop of the whirlwind protests in Cairo’s Tahrir Square that began on January 25th, 2011, director Ibrahim El Batout takes us on a raw and starkly moving journey into the lives of revolutionaries and counter-revolutionaries alike. Amr is an opposition activist whose face is etched with pain and sorrow; Farah is a journalist who is feeling the pressure of working for the state’s television news channel; and Adel is a security officer who tortures detainees by day and has dinner with his wife in the comfort of their home by night. Their lives will collide in this hard-hitting political thriller that lays bare the police state of Hosni Mubarak’s Egypt and offers a glimpse of the systematic torture and harassment that targeted any internal dissidence. One of the most dramatically satisfying cinematic accounts to date dealing with Egypt’s turbulent developments. Co-presented by Human Rights Watch Film Festival. U.S. Premiere



Screening with
Wooden Hands
Kaouther Ben Hania, Tunisia, 2013, 23m
Arabic with English subtitles
As the holidays end, 5-year-old Amira entertains herself before going back to Koran school. Attaching her hand to a chair with superglue looks like fun… U.S. Premiere
May 7, 4:30pm
May 11, 1:00pm

Public Screening Schedule for 2014 New York African Film Festival

Directors and guest speakers will be present during the festival (indicated by an asterisk* before the show time). ALL FILMS IN NON-ENGLISH LANGUAGES WILL BE SUBTITLED IN ENGLISH.

Screening Venue:
The Film Society of Lincoln Center:
Walter Reade Theater (165 West 65th Street, between Broadway and Amsterdam) and Francesca Beale Theater (144 West 65 Street, between Broadway and Amsterdam)

Wednesday, May 7 (Walter Reade Theater)
2:00PM  Mugabe: Villain or Hero? (116m)
4:30PM Winter of Discontent (96m) + Wooden Hands (23m)
7:30PM *Confusion Na Wa (105m)

Thursday, May 8 (Walter Reade Theater)
2:00PM New African Shorts Program (110m)
Baudouin Mouanda: Congolese Dreams (25m) + Aissa’s Story (15m) + Kwaku Ananse (26m) + Soko Sonko (The Market King) (22m) + Afronauts (15m) + Kuhani (7m)
4:30PM Aya of Yop City (85m)
6:30PM *It’s Us (Ni Si Si) (88m)
8:45PM *Grigris (101m)

Friday, May 9 (Walter Reade Theater)
2:00PM Ninah’s Dowry (95m)
4:00PM Bastards (93m) + Beleh (30m)
7:00PM *Half of a Yellow Sun (113m)
9:45PM Ninah’s Dowry (95m)

Saturday, May 10 (Walter Reade Theater)
6:30PM *Of Good Report (109m)
9:15PM *Confusion Na Wa (105m)

Sunday, May 11 (Francesca Beale Theater)
1:00PM Winter of Discontent (96m) + Wooden Hands (23m)
3:30PM *New African Shorts Program (110m)
Baudouin Mouanda: Congolese Dreams (25m) + Aissa’s Story (15m) + Kwaku Ananse (26m) + Soko Sonko (The Market King) (22m) + Afronauts (15m) + Kuhani (7m)
6:15PM *Mugabe: Villain or Hero? (116m)
9:00PM *Aya of Yop City (85m)

Monday, May 12 (Francesca Beale Theater)
1:45PM It’s Us (Ni Si Si)(88m)
3:45PM Grigris (101m)
6:00PM * Bastards (93m) + Beleh (30m)
9:00PM *Of Good Report (109m)

Tuesday, May 13 (Francesca Beale Theater)
6:30PM Sarraounia (120m)

Founded in 1969 to celebrate American and international cinema, the Film Society of Lincoln Center works to recognize established and emerging filmmakers, support important new work, and to enhance the awareness, accessibility, and understanding of the moving image. The Film Society produces the renowned New York Film Festival, a curated selection of the year’s most significant new film work, and presents or collaborates on other annual New York City festivals including Dance on Camera, Film Comment Selects, Human Rights Watch Film Festival, LatinBeat, New Directors/New Films, NewFest, New York African Film Festival, New York Asian Film Festival, New York Jewish Film Festival, Open Roads: New Italian Cinema and Rendez-Vous with French Cinema. In addition to publishing the award-winning Film Comment magazine, The Film Society recognizes an artist’s unique achievement in film with the prestigious Chaplin Award. The Film Society’s state-of-the-art Walter Reade Theater and the Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center, located at Lincoln Center, provide a home for year-round programs and the New York City film community.
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The 21st New York African Film Festival (Statement):

This year, Nigeria celebrates the centenary of its unification. To mark this special occasion, the 2014 NYAFF will highlight films that have been produced, inspired by, and made in Nollywood, Africa’s largest movie industry. We are proud to present our NYC audience with the winners of last year’s “African Oscars” (AMAA); Kenneth Niang’s frenetic dark comedy Confusion Na Wa and the poetical short Kwaku Ananse by Akosua Adoma Owusu, an adaptation of a mythological tale from Ghana about wisdom and belonging. We will also premiere Biyi Bandele’s highly anticipated film Half of a Yellow Sun, a rendition of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s best-selling book about the Biafran war, a movie that glows thanks to the leading performances of Thandie Newton, Anika Noni Rose and Oscar-nominee Chiwetel Ejiofor.

The animated film adaptation of the acclaimed comic series Aya of Yop City by Marguerite Abouet & Clement Oubrerie is not just an ode to young romance in West African cultures, but a nod to animation is at its golden age, encompassing every region of the world, including Africa. Victor Viyouh, Ninah’s Dowry carries in its poignant story of women empowerment the elements of a revolution. Cannes award-winner Mahamat-Saleh Haroun comes back to NYC with his latest movie Grigris, a story of love and solidarity between two outcasts in the backdrop of present-day Chad. Narratives of struggles and liberation from all around Africa and the diaspora round out the program, expanding the festival’s human scope: the incisive documentary Mugabe: Villain or Hero? by Roy Agyemang; Ibrahim El Batout’s feature Winter of Discontent, about the traumatic emotional and physical wounds of Egypt’s repressive system; and the Kenyan moral fable It’s Us (Ni Si Si), which stresses the need of forgiveness and comprehension of the other, complete the program.

Our shorts program is a fresh selection devoted to the richness and experimental elements of the genre and its special ability to convey this year’s festival theme. Young filmmakers use a wide range of approaches from sci-fi (Afronauts) to social melodrama (Aissa’s Story and Kuhani), with a special focus on comedy (Soko Sonko, Wooden Hands and Beleh) to reflect upon a wide spectrum of pressing contemporary issues.

To honor the 20th anniversary of South Africa’s independence, we will feature the controversial neo-noir Of Good Report by Jahmil XT Qubeka, which is exemplary of the vigor of South Africa’s present-day film industry. One of the most poignant epics of revolution and liberation ever filmed on the continent, Med Hondo’s masterpiece Sarraounia, winner of the first prize at FESPACO, will be the crowning jewel to close the festival.


"Sodiq", a documentary by Adeyemi Michael

We have put together this wide-ranging and penetrating program as an audiovisual allegory of the power and relentless effort of African people to overcome crisis and oppression. Built around the embodiment of the male figure as a vivid force to overcome crisis, we are delighted to introduce Rehad Desai’s striking new work Miners Shot Down to NYC audiences. Recent winner of the Camera Justitia Award at the Movies that Matter Festival, Desai’s documentary follows the developments that lead to the biggest use of force by security forces of post-colonial South Africa: the Marikana Massacre of a group of striking miners in August 2012.

The session devoted to the Cultural Healing Project Short Documentary Films gathers seven shorts reflecting on the challenges and opportunities faced by Sudan. This creative peace-building project sprouts from British-Sudanese filmmaker Taghreed Elsanhouri’s proposal that a group of auteurs film the story that mattered most to them in their communities, encouraging them to express through film their cultures and traditions.

Shorts and documentaries about men and women confronting personal, social, economic, and political limitations compose this compelling selection: the struggles of an addict in Zanzibar to defeat his dependence in the short Curse of an Addict; the desperation of a woman unable to conceive a male heir in chauvinistic present-day Nigeria in the feature film B for Boy by Chika Anadu; Eliaichi Kimaro’s quest to understand his complex identity as a young Tanzanian-Korean in the US in A Lot Like You; and the different hurdles standing between a young Congolese tenor and his dream (Rêve Kakudji); a child aspiring to be a doctor subjected to a trial for murder (Sodiq); and a heterogeneous group of people plunging into the uncertain future of Mali’s annual Festival in the Desert in The Last Song Before the War.

BAM Cinématek (MAY 23 – 26)

"Legends of Madagascar", by Haminiaina Ratovoarivony

Madagascar will be in the spotlight of the festival’s BAM run, with a carefully selected
group of movies that best represent the history of the country. Angano, Angano (1989) by the tandem César Paes & Marie Clémence, and When the Stars Meet the Sea (1996) by pioneer Raymond Rajaonarivelo will be screened alongside the recent road movie Legends of Madagascar (2012) by Haminiaina Ratovoarivony.

Beyond Madagascar, we will screen other films from across the continent. From Kenya we have Something Necessary, Judy Kibinge’s insightful reflection on the effects of the war in Kenya, as well as the tragicomedy Nairobi Half Life (2012) by David ‘Tosh’ Gitonga’. Based in Ivory Coast, Lonesome Solo’s Burn It Up Djassa (2012, Ivory Coast) blends together action and music in one of the most successful examples of contemporary African noir, and acclaimed Tunisian filmmaker Taieb Louhichi presents a touching story of love and longing in The Child of the Sun (2013).

Cassa, Cassa (2013), a revealing documentary about contemporary African dance by Elodie Lefebvre, and the fast-paced Fuelling Poverty (2012) by Ishaya Baku, which exposes gasoline fraud in Nigeria, show how documentary can serve as an X-ray of present-day realities in Africa


20th NYAFF @ BAMcinématek – May 24-27

The New York African Film Festival returns to celebrate its 20th anniversary. The festival closes over Memorial Day Weekend May 24 to 27 at the Brooklyn Academy of Music BAMcinématek—part of the dance and music festival DanceAfrica.

Under the banner “Looking Back, Looking Forward: 20 Years of the New York African Film Festival”, our 2013 edition is dedicated to commemorating half a century of African cinema and two decades of work introducing American audiences to the best of this cinema and its protagonists.

Screening Venue:
BAMcinématek @ BAM Rose Cinemas, 30 Lafayette Avenue in Brooklyn.


Friday, May 24
2:00PM, 7:00PM Africa Shafted: Under One Roof (55 min.) + Farewell Exile (15 min.)
4:30PM, 9:30PM Our Beloved Sudan (92 min.)

Saturday, May 25
2:00PM, 7:00PM Black Africa, White Marble (77 min.)
4:30PM, 9:30PM How to Steal 2 Million (90 min.)

Sunday, May 26
2:00PM, 4:30PM Zarafa (78 min.)
7:00PM, 9:30PM Tey/Aujourd’hui (86 min.)

Monday, May 27
2:00PM, 7:00PM Monica Wangu Wamwere: The Unbroken Spirit (71 min.)
4:30PM, 9:30PM Microphone (120 min.)

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DANCE PARADE NYC May 18th Over 10,000 Dancers! 75 Styles of Dance! EVERYBODY WELCOME

DANCE PARADE May 18, 2013  Everybody is WELCOME!!
New York Dance Parade is a lot of fun.

Join a Dance Group in the Parade

photo by Lawrence Parkerphoto by Lawrence Parker

Be a *Star* — Dance down Broadway!

Join over 10,000 dancers moving and grooving to over 75 styles of dance for the 7th Annual Dance Parade!  Dance Parade is a participatory event and participation is open to everyone who commits to DANCING in the Parade on Saturday, May 18, 2013.
Dancing as an individual is FREE.  Be a part of a Belly Dance Troupe, a Samba band, Hooping Group, Dance Studio (Dance Manhattan or DNA), Burning Man camp,  or legendary Grand Marshal DJ Louie Vega–All you have to do is join a Dance Group.

To JOIN a Dance Group as an individual,

complete the simple registration form here .

Click here to see a list of Dance Groups that have already registered for Dance Parade 2013

photo by Ronnie Ginneverphoto by Ronnie Ginnever
The organizers encourage everyone to come and dance, come and volunteer, come and enjoy the fun.
Grand Marshals Jacqulyn Buglisi, Chuck Davis and Louie Vega headline Dance Parade by gathering 10,000 dancers of over 70 styles of dance to light up New York City with vibrant moves and colorful charm! 

Parade kicks off at 1pm at 21st Street and Broadway!
The day will feature colorful floats by: Dance Manhattan, 92Y Harkness Center for Dance, Israeli Dance Institute (presenting “Explore A World of Dance”), Ovation TV’s “Stand Up For The Arts” float,  Grammy Award Winning Louie Vega launches tracks from his new album “Eclipse,” and House Coalition rounds out the procession.
Groups like Steele Dancers, Dance New Amsterdam, Broadway Dance Center, dance studios and troupes from the tri-state area and beyond will represent professional dance. In addition, Bhangra, African and Square Dancers will present an exuberant variety of cultural dance.   You will also find revelers from The Burning Man Festival, Aerialists and Stilt Walkers adorning the thoroughfare.
“It is not a question of who dances but of who or what does not dance.” ~ RUTH ST. DENIS
Saturday, May 11, 2013
Planning The 7th Annual Dance Parade and Festival is well underway but as the event gets bigger and bigger, more and more help is needed to make it a success.  The following positions for the 2013 Parade are urgently needed. Please fill out our online application HERE if you would be interested in joining any of the following teams and/or filling any of the following positions:

We appreciate our sponsors so much–Click HERE to learn more about sponsorship opportunities and inquire about ad space on street banners along parade route, booths at DanceFest or a FLOAT in the parade.
for more information.
On Saturday, May 18, 2013 get the best seat on the parade route as 10,000 dancers stop and perform in front of this year’s Grandstand!  Watch over 200 dance organizations be announced by our MC as they dance their way to Tompkins Square Park for a DanceFest. Bring your camera–there’s no other event quite like this one!
5 Rhythms
Afro House
Afro Latino
Afro Brazilian
American Indian
Argentine Tango
Asian Indian
Belly Dance
Bolivian Morenada
Bolivian Tinkus
Bomba y Plena
Brazilian Zouk
Brazillian Samba
Break Beats
Caribbean Dance
Chicago Steppin
Clown Dance
Contact Improv
Country and Western
Cumbia Dance Theater
Drum and Dance Improv
Electric Slide
Haitian Folklore
Indian Bhangra
Jamaican Dancehall
Lindy Hop
Mexican Carnival
Michael Jackson
Modern Folkloric
Modern Western Square
Nepal Sherpa
New Wave
Pole Dance
Post Modern Nicaraguan
Roller Disco
Sacred & Soulful
Salsa-Belly Dance
Skateboard Roller Disco  
Stilt Dance
Street Dance
Tap Dance
Urban Fancy Trick
West Coast Swing
Yoga Contortion
AS OF TODAY: 5044 Dancers, 115 Organizations, 56 Unique Styles have registered!
Dance Parade, Inc. is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to promoting dance as an expressive and unifying art form. We celebrate diversity and educate the public about the opportunities to experience dance in New York City. Throughout the year we present cultural diversity with engaging curriculum to schools, senior and community centers. At the end of our programs, participants celebrate by joining the parade.
Grand Marhsals Jacqulyn Buglisi, Chuck Davis and Louie Vega headline Dance Parade by gathering 10,000 dancers of over 70 styles of dance to light up New York City with vibrant moves and colourful charm! 
Parade kicks off at 1pm at 21st Street and Broadway! The day will feature colourful floats by: Dance Manhattan, 92Y Harkness Center for Dance, Israeli Dance Institute (presenting “Explore A World of Dance”), Ovation TV’s “Stand Up For The Arts” float,  Grammy Award Winning Louie Vega launches tracks from his new album “Eclipse,” and House Coalition rounds out the procession.
Groups like Steele Dancers, Dance New Amsterdam, Broadway Dance Center, dance studios and troupes from the tri-state area and beyond will represent professional dance. In addition, Bhangra, African and Square Dancers will present an exhuberant variety of cultural dance.   You will also find revellers from The Burning Man Festival, Aerialists and Stilt Walkers adorning the thoroughfare.
Our Main Stage this year has been carefully curated to offer your eyes, mind and soul a stupendous feast that will surely take you on a journey of various styles and disciplines of dance along with an inspiring trip around the world without leaving Tompkins Square Park.   Here is our list of performances planned for the stage set up in Old Bandshell!

  • Anabella Lenzu/DanceDrama
  • Andanza Flamenco
  • Asha Dance Company
  • Buglisi Dance Theatre
  • Bellydance America – Jehans Bellydance Raks Stars
  • Dance Manhattan
  • Eidolon Ballet
  • Energy in the Middle
  • Fusha Dance Company
  • Jorge Torres & Maria Blanco
  • Kaina Quenga
  • Kizomba Dance2Heartbeat
  • KTMDI – Korean Traditional Music and Dance Institute
  • Lei Pasifika
  • Mazarte Dance Group
  • Neville Dance Theatre
  • Princess Lockerooo
  • RiSE Dance Company 
  • Saung Budaya
  • Sol Dance Center (Pending)
  • The Pink Tutu Ballet CompanY
  • Yosakoi Dance Project – 10tecomai
  • Zouk Nation
Our Family Stage includes a roster of styles from all over the world including Teaching Artists from our Community Engagement Program!
  • J. Hood Wright Recreation Center – Broadway Bodies
  • Dance For Life
  • Roy Wilkins Recreation Center – Dancehall Aerobics
  •  East 54th Street Recreation Center – Thrill the World
  • Von King Cultural Center – Thrill the World
  • Faber Recreation Center
  • 92nd St Y Tap Project
  • Academy of Dance Artistry
  • Boston Community Dance project
  • Breaking Ground Dance Center
  • Broadway Bodies
  • Connecticut Dance Center
  • Dancing Classrooms Youth Dance Company
  • Dancing Rubies
  • Epitome of Diversity
  • High Definition Dance
  • Hoboken Hip Hop
  • Inner Spirit Dance Company
  • Joy of Dance
  • Lorenz Latin Dance Studio
  • Marching Cobras of New York
  • Mich-Mash Productions
  • Na Oiwi NYC
  • New York Music In Motion
  • NIWA
  • Spiral Effect
  • The Bridge for Dance Company
  • Vaydra Dance Fusion
WBAI 99.5 FM will be broadcasting LIVE from DanceFest from 4:00-6:00pm!  Jeannie Hopper, the queen of Liquid Sound Lounge will be hosting the broadcast, interviewing participating dancers, spectators and various other prominent figures in the dance community.  Catch it from wherever you are online at
Free Dance Lessons on our Teaching Stage!
Spend some time at our Teaching Stage this year and you could learn the moves of Alvin AIley Extension, Bex Burton’s Hoop Class, ZBoogie Crew or The Times Squares Square Dance Club.   Join Princess Lockeroo and Broadway Dance Center for some waacking,  learn swing from Teddy Kern of Dance Manhattan, work it out with BODYroll, tap with the 92nd Street Y or get modern with Suzanne Beahrs of Dance New Amsterdam.
Site Specific Performances
Featured in Tompkins Square Park are The AfroBrazilian Samba Reggae of BatalaNYC,  Sense of Motion HoopDance, The Michael Jackson magic of Thrill the World NYC,  the astounding aerialist displays of Sky Box of The House of Yes, Cocoons,  Marni’s Imagination on Ice, the Theater Dance of Pradomar, the aerobic excitement of Broadway Bodies and The Door to Open Movement.

On the Float:
A Live  DJ set by Grammy Award Winner Louie Vega
& a Performance by Elements Of Life Featuring Josh Milan, Oveous Maximus
At DanceFest in Tompkins Square Park:
DJ Sets by
Anane Vega (Nulu Music)
Louie Vega (Maw, Vega Records)
& A Special Performance by The Elements Of Life Band Featuring Josh Milan, Anane Vega, Jose Mangual, Oveous Maximus, Luisito Quintero
50 Avenue B
Exciting details to be announced in the next issue of STEPS!
Dance Parade will hold a press conference on the steps of City Hall on Monday, May 13th at noon.Parade participants and groups invited are asked to arrive no later than 11:30 am.  All are welcome to attend! CLICK TO RSVP


Dance Parade New York Executive Director Greg Miller, Cultural Agencies, and over 50 dancers of diverse cultural traditions gather on the steps of New York’s City Hall in support of dance in New York as part of the Seventh Annual Dance Parade and Festival taking place on Saturday, May 18th.
New York Dance Parade is pleased to announce that students from our Community Engagement Program, workshops generously funded by our first ever Kickstarter campaign, will lead this year’s parade, which launches from 21st Street and Broadway in Manhattan. Grand Marshals Jacqulyn Buglisi, Chuck Davis and Louie Vega will be honoured at the occasion for their contribution to the dance universe.  Close to 10,000 international dancers and movers will proceed down Broadway, turn left on 8th Street in Astor Place and will end at Tompkins Square Park in the East Village, wrapping up the afternoon with a festival filled with free dance workshops, performances from a roster of world-class dance troupes.
In addition, Dance Parade announces this year’s projects presented in conjunction with its Community Engagement Program. Teaching artists will describe their five-week residencies in partnership with New York City Department of Parks and Recreation. Over 100 youth from various recreation centers will celebrate the end of their five-week program by participating in the parade and presenting their work on stage at the post-parade Festival.  Finally, Dance Parade reveals a special proclamation from New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, announcing May 18th “Dance Parade Day”.
We at Dance Parade do more than produce the parade and festival–Through our Community Engagement Education Program we offer engaging dance curriculum to under-resourced communities.  Beginning April 15th, we will offer five week-long Dance Residency Programs to Community Centers in Manhattan, Brooklyn and in Queens.  Teaching artists are selected from dance groups already registered in the 2013 parade and each of the five groups complete their experience with the honor of leading off the parade on May 18th!
[New York] – Dance Parade is pleased to announce three Grand Marshals for the Seventh Annual Dance Parade and Festival on Saturday, May 18, 2013: world renowned choreographer Jacqulyn Buglisi, DanceAfrica founder Chuck Davis and Grammy Award- winning DJ Louie Vega will lead. These three iconic Grand Marshals will be joined by 10,000 local and international dancers.
The Dance Parade and Festival is the only one to celebrate dance in all its myriad forms. It is a moving street parade through Greenwich Village, with a festival featuring staged performances, free workshops and dance classes in Tompkins Square Park in the East Village. This year’s theme, Unity Through Dance, will have 125 dance groups performing 65 styles of dance from African to belly dancing, hip-hop, Peruvian, roller disco, Jamaican Dance Hall, tango and zouk. The event will also feature 200 youth who have participated in Dance Parade’s Community Engagement Education program sponsored by New York City Departments of Parks and Recreation, with additional support by Dance Parade’s Board of Directors and a grant from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.
Members of the NYDP peruse the crowd and issue out summonses to those not enjoying themselves, standing still, not participating and looking like they’re simply not having a good time!   Enforcing positive energy and sheer fun is the mantra of the NYDP and local dance companies and schools have offered discount passes and coupons for FREE CLASSES in which we disguise as ‘citations’ promoting our annual parade and festival.
In this issue of STEPS! we will be exploring traditional dance of Bolivian Morenada. Watch out for this traditional dance in the 7th annual Dance Parade on May 18th, 2013!
The Morenada (Dance of the Black Slaves) is a music and dance style from the Bolivian Andes characterized by a mixture of African and native elements.[2] The origins of this dance are debated among specialists on this topic, the three main hypotheses say that the dance could have been inspired in African slaves brought to Bolivia to work in the silver mines of Potosí, another theory states that it would be inspired in the Afro-Bolivian community living in the Yungas region of La Paz, and the third main theory links this dance with the Aymara culture due to the findings of cave paintings in the Lake Titicaca shores in the Taraco peninsula.. READ MORE BY JAIME JAGET ON OUR BLOG!
Dance Parade, Inc. is a volunteer supported non-profit organization and it is the dedication, expertise and passion of these individuals that make our events so successful! Every issue of STEPS!, we choose a different volunteer to spotlight. We ask them a few questions to share some of the magic they help create and experience within the Dance Parade family.
This time we introduce you to veteran member of our Dance Parade team…ERIK BRYAN SLAVIN!
Greetings Erik…let’s start at the beginning shall we? How did you first stumble upon Dance Parade? Greg Miller first told me about Dance Parade several months before the first one in 2007. He had a vision of filling the streets with thousands of dancers in New York City with many forms of expressive dance. He made the Parade a reality and it’s now one of my all time favorite New York City events.
What is your current role in Dance Parade? I’m honored to serve as Chair on the Board of Directors.
What is your favorite style of dance to watch? to participate in?  5 Rhythms, High vibration waves. It gets me out of my head in a powerful and consistent way.
Now in its third year, our Podcast Series AUDIO DANCE PARADE on PODOMATIC brings the dance floor to YOU… featuring mixshows from artists who have shared and will share their talents at past and future events as well as DJs from around the world that simply support our mission
You can also subscribe in iTunes!
REGISTRATION has been open for the world’s largest celebration of diversity and culture—Want to dance ballet, ballroom, breakdance or break it down to some killer breakbeats? Sign up to PARTICIPATE in one of New York City’s most anticipated days.
“Dance Parade is the official rite of passage from Spring to Summer” so says Jeannie Hopper of LIQUID SOUND LOUNGE of WBAI Radio.
CHOOSE from any our growing list of dance styles and join us Saturday, May 18th for the Seventh Annual Dance Parade!
 Starting on 21st Street and Broadway,   the Parade will kick off at 1pm.  We will boogie our way down Broadway in History of Dance order! We will drum up some African beats, shine like only the Korean, Bolivians and myriad ethnic cultures Can Can and Samba our way past Union Square and onto University Place. At Eighth Street we will Salsa, Tango and Waltz East into Saint Marks Place. Pause to Hula, Stilt and Break Dance in front of Our VIP Grandstand in Astor Place–then our House, Techno and Disco floats will have afternoon shoppers wigglin as they watch us get down in the heart of the East Village. A straight shot from there brings us to DanceFest in Tompkins Square Park.
DANCEFEST: Starting at 3:00pm, in Tompkins Square Park, we will come together and celebrate dance watching free dance performances on three stages, be able to take free dance lessons, visit dance community information booths and enjoy an outdoor dance party.

 Dance Parade offers FREE Dance Classes to Schools and Community Groups throughout the year, as well as the FREE Annual Parade and Festival. Please support this fun and exciting, yet important way to offer DANCE in its many forms to the public by making a tax-deductible donation today!
Here is an assortment of photos taken by Josef Pinlac capturing the magic that took place on Sunday, April 28th for our 7th Annual International Dance Day Gala.  Click HERE for full galleries
The 7th Annual New York Dance Parade & Festival Saturday, May 18, 2013.  Visit

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