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The New York African Film Festival Returns This May

The New York African Film Festival returns to bring more of the best in African and diasporan cinema to New York City.

The Tuareg Purple Rain remake, Akounak Tedalat Taha Tazoughai, is screening at the 2016 NYAFF
The New York African Film Festival returns next month to bring more of the best in African and diasporan cinema to New York City. As the festival organizers point out, 2016 marks the 50th anniversary of the “Father of African Cinema” Ousmane Sembène’s first feature, Black Girl. As such, this year’s NYAFF is being presented under the theme “Modern Days, Ancient Nights: 50 Years of African Filmmaking.”

The full lineup includes 25 feature-length films and 27 short films from a total of 26 countries.


The festival kicks off with a preview town-hall event on Sunday, May 1, at the Film Society’s Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center Amphitheater featuring the Digital Diaspora Family Reunion Roadshow (DDFR).

Opening the series at the Film Society of Lincoln Center is Bentley Dean and Martin Butler’s South Pacific drama, Tanna. The festival’s centerpiece is Ethiopian director Hermon Hailay’s Price of Love. A closing night spotlight on Tuesday, May 10, will include Manthia Diawara’s Negritude: A Dialogue Between Wole Soyinka and Senghor and the “Africa in New York” shorts program featuring a collection of films by or about New York City–based African creatives reflecting on the experience of the New York corner of the African Diaspora.

The Tuareg Purple Rain remake, Akounak Tedalat Taha Tazoughai, is also screening.

As in previous years, the festival continues throughout the month of May at Maysles Cinema in Harlem (May 13-15) and over Memorial Day Weekend at the Brooklyn Academy of Music as part of BAM’s DanceAfrica festival (May 26-30).

For tickets and more information on the 2016 New York African Film Festival head here. See below for a full schedule of events.

2016 NYAFF Film Schedule

The following schedule is divided into the three main venues of this year's NYAFF:

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THE AMPHITHEATER AT FILM SOCIETY OF

LINCOLN CENTER

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SUN MAY 1

2:00* DIGITAL DIASPORA FAMILY REUNION ROADSHOW

+ ART & ACTIVISM: PERSONAL JOURNEYS

A special town hall event for the 2016 New York African Film Festival

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FILM SOCIETY OF LINCOLN CENTER

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WED MAY 4

7:00* Tanna

THU MAY 5

6:00* The Cursed Ones

8:30* Cuckold

FRI MAY 6

2:00 While You Weren't Looking

4:15 La Belle at the Movies + Twaaga

6:30* Price of Love

9:00* Pastor Paul + Hex

SAT MAY 7

1:30* Martha & Niki

4:00* Quartier Lointains - Shorts Program #1

6:30* Akounak Tedalat Taha Tazoughai

8:45* '76

SUN MAY 8

1:30* Intore + Some Bright Morning: The Art of Melvin Edwards

4:15* Queen Nanny + Yemanja

7:15* In the Eye of the Spiral + About a Mother

9:15 While You Weren't Looking

MON MAY 9

2:00 Akounak Tedalat Taha Tazoughai

3:45 Tanna

6:00* Black Jews: The Roots of the Olive Tree + The Dance of King David

8:30* La Belle at the Movies + Twaaga

TUE MAY 10

1:30 The Cursed Ones

3:45* Cuckold

6:00† Negritude: A Dialogue between Wole Soyinka and Senghor

7:45* Africa in New York - Shorts Program #2

9:30 Price of Love

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MAYSLES CINEMA

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FRI MAY 13

7:00* Too Black to be French?

SAT MAY 14

2:00* Oya: Something Happened On The Way To West Africa! + Finah Misa Kule

4:00* Child of the Revolution

6:00* Mixtress X

7:45 Faaji Agba

SUN MAY 15

2:00* Egypt’s Modern Pharaohs

6:00 The Other Side of the Atlantic

8:00 Tchindas

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BAMCINÉMATEK

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THU MAY 26

7:30 Lamb

FRI MAY 27

2:00 Lamb

4:30, 9:15 Red Leaves + Cholo

7:00 *Afripedia

SAT MAY 28

2:00, 7:00 Sembene!

4:30, 9:30 The Longest Kiss + The Prophecy

SUN MAY 29

2:00 Kirikou and the Wild Beasts

4:00, 6:00, 8:00 Under the Starry Sky

MON MAY 30

2:00, 6:30 TGV

4:00, 8:30 Head Gone

*Director will be in attendance

† Special Introduction or Q&A

News Brief
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Here's What You Need To Know About The Political Unrest In Sudan

Thousands have been protesting the Sudanese government over the weekend, supporting the military's plans for a coup.

Sudan's transitional government is in turmoil as thousands of citizens conducted a sit-in protest against them, over the weekend. A group of Sudanese citizens have called on the military to disestablish the nation's current government, as the country struggles with the greatest crisis they've seen since the end of former dictator Omar al-Bashir's controversial ruling, two years ago. The weekend's pro-military protests come as anti-military protestors took to the streets earlier this month to fight for civilian-ruled laws.

Military-aligned demonstrators assembled outside of the famously off-limits entrance of the Presidential Palace located in the Sudanese capital, Khartoum on Monday. Gatherers set up tents, blocking off access to two main intersections, cutting off access to the capital for those inside. Police attempted to wave off crowds with teargas, with Khartoum state officials saying they had, "repelled an attempted assault on the seat of government," in a statement issued Monday.

The assembly was called for by a coalition of rebel groups and political parties that support Sudan's military, accusing the civilian political parties of mismanagement and monopolizing power under their ruling. Demonstrations began on Saturday, but Sunday's gathering saw a lower attendance. According to Reuters, by Monday afternoon, thousands, between 2,000 - 3,000, had returned to voice their concerns. 52-year-old tribal elder Tahar Fadl al-Mawla spoke at the helm of the sit-in outside of the Presidential palace saying, "The civilian government has failed. We want a government of soldiers to protect the transition." Alongside a 65-year-old Ahman Jumaa who claimed to have traveled more than 900 kilometers (570 miles) from Southern region Nyala to show his support.

Protesters are demanding the appointment of a new cabinet that is "more representative of the people who participated in the December 2019 revolution that eventually led to the ousting of former president Omar al-Bashir", Al Jazeera reported from Sudan. Protesters headed towards the Presidential Palace, where an emergency cabinet meeting was being held when they were met by police forces.

Pro-civilian political parties have plans for their own demonstration on Thursday, the anniversary of the 1964 revolution that overthrew Sudan's first military regime under Ibrahim Abboud and brought in a period of democracy that the country still struggles to uphold.


Sudanese Twitter users shared their thoughts online, with many drawing similarities between the current unrest and other political crises the nation has faced.


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