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Watch South African Film 'Catching Feelings' and More at the Urbanworld Film Festival in NYC

OkayAfrica will be co-presenting South African comedy, 'Catching Feelings,' starring Pearl Thusi and Kagiso Lediga at this year's Urbanworld Film Festival.

Looking to catch a good movie this week? The 21st Annual Urbanworld Film Festival is coming to NYC from September 20 to 24 with a selection of the best new films by Africans and people of the diaspora.

OkayAfrica is proud to co-present Catching Feelings, a dark romantic comedy set in Johannesburg about what happens to a young couple when an unexpected visitor moves in with them. The screening will be followed by a Q&A with writer and director Kagiso Lediga, an acclaimed stand-up comedian and writer from South Africa.

Catching Feelingswhich also stars Pearl Thusi, is "a tale of how life, love and art intersect in uncontrollable ways," according to Shadow and Act. It premiered at the LA Film Festival to a sold out screening in June.

Here are a few other films from Africa and the diaspora we're looking forward to watching at this year's festival:

1. French

Seyna, a teenager from Cameroon, loves France, the country where she was born. She is determined to study and get French nationality, despite her father's fierce opposition.

2. Behind the Curtain: Eclipsed

"Eclipsed" was a Broadway  play written, directed and performed by all women of African descent, which starred Lupita Nyong'o. This documentary follows the genesis and rise of this groundbreaking play written by the Walking Dead's Danai Gurira.

3. Waiting for Hassana

Of the 276 girls who were kidnapped by Boko Haram from their school in Chibok, Nigeria in 2014, only a few managed to escape. This film follows Jessica, an escapee, as she shares her account of a life interrupted by terror.

4. Cargo

Kevin, an unsuccessful fisherman from Miami, turns to human smuggling in order to make ends meet. He soon takes the risk of smuggling his girlfriend and her son into the U.S., but is confronted with a situation that forces him to take a difficult look at his responsibilities.

5. Torments of Love

Two sisters meet at their family home on an island off the coast of Guadeloupe. One sister, Vanessa, is caught off guard when her father shows up for lunch. The unexpected confrontation forces each person at the table to face complicated emotions.

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Cinema Africa: Tanzanian Director Hamadi Mwapachu's 'Dar Noir' Brings Intrigue and Swahili to the Big Screen

Tanzanian actor and director Hamadi Mwapachu takes us inside his debut feature film, 'Dar Noir'

In the latest installment of Cinema Africa, Josephine Opar sat down with Tanzanian director Hamadi Mwapachu ahead of the U.S. premiere of his debut feature, Dar Noir, at the Urbanworld Film Festival in New York City.

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