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Film Festival To Bring The Best In African Cinema To The DC Area

The New African Film Festival returns to Silver Spring, Maryland for its 12th edition this month.

Ousmane Sembène. Courtesy of Sembene!


At first glance the lineup for the New African Film Festival in Silver Spring, Maryland is crazy overwhelming. Fortunately, the films are all screening in one location and they’re spread out over the course of a full week.

This year’s festival offers the opportunity to see seven out of ten of our top films of 2015Lamb, Necktie Youth, Sembene!, Things Of The Aimless Wanderer, Crumbs, Akounak Tedalat Taha Tazoughai (the Tuareg Purple Rain remake) and the Okayafrica executive produced They Will Have To Kill Us First: Malian Music In Exile. So if you saw our movie roundup at the end of last year and you were wondering how to watch our film picks–and you’re in the DMV next week–the festival’s got you covered.

You’ll also have the rare opportunity to see Biyi Bandele’s entertaining Nigerian drama, Fifty, on the big screen. The movie, which debuted earlier this year on Netflix, tells the scandalous, intertwining stories of a circle of powerful women in Lagos.

And while almost every one of the festival’s titles are from 2015 (a few, like the Sudanese music doc Beats Of The Antonov, are from 2014) you’ll also have the chance to see one of the most important titles in African cinema, Ousmane Sembène's 1966 masterpiece, Black Girl.

Check out the full list of films below:

Opening Night: LAMB – Ethiopia

NECKTIE YOUTH – South Africa

BEATS OF THE ANTONOV – Sudan

CUCKOLD – South Africa

FIFTY – Nigeria

PRICE OF LOVE – Ethiopia

EYE OF THE STORM – Burkina Faso

SEMBENE! – Senegal

Double Feature: BLACK GIRL (1966) w BOROM SURRET – Senegal

MADAME COURAGE – Algeria

MORBAYASSA – Guinea

AISHA – Tanzania

SUGARCANE SHADOWS – Mauritius

THINGS OF THE AIMLESS WANDERER – Rwanda

KATATURA – Namibia

CRUMBS – Ethiopia

THE BODA BODA THIEVES – Uganda

THEY WILL HAVE TO KILL US FIRST – Mali

RAIN THE COLOR BLUE WITH A LITTLE RED IN IT – Niger

THE CURSED ONES – Ghana

The 12th annual New African Film Festival, taking place March 11-18 in Silver Spring, Maryland, is hosted by AFI Silver and co-presented by AFI, Africa World Now Project and africafé. The festival is also hosting a market on Saturday, March 12 (1-7PM), presented by Fenton Street Market.

Head to the AFI Silver website for additional information on tickets and screenings.

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