African film festival 2011 – 12th Summer outdoor screenings series
Cinema Under The Stars (Cinéma sous les étoiles).


July 7th – August 28th, 2011 (du 7 juillet au 28 août 2011)

THURSDAY, JULY 7th, 2011


Behind the Eventi Hotel
(6th Avenue – b/w 29th and 30th Streets- New York, NY)

Live Music @ 6:15 p.m.
Film Starts @ 7:00 p.m.

(I am Cuba – Dir. by Mikhail Kalatozov)
Mikhail Kalatozov, Cuba/USSR, 1964, 141m.
Started a week after the Cuban missile crisis and designed to be Cuba’s answer to Sergei Eisenstein’s propaganda masterpiece, The Battleship Potemkin, and Jean-Luc Godard’s freewheeling romance, Breathless, I Am Cuba became something quite unique. Taking place in the final days of Batista’s regime, the film illustrates the ills that led to the revolution and the call to arms that cut across social and economic lines. I Am Cuba explores the seductive, decadent (and marvelously photogenic) world of Batista’s Cuba. I Am Cuba was widely acclaimed at its release but then languished in obscurity for many years before recently recapturing the imagination of many filmmakers.

SUNDAY, JULY 10th, 2011

455 5th Avenue, at 40th Street
(Across from the Main Library), 6th Floor
Film Starts @ 2:00 p.m.

FRIDAY, JULY 15th, 2011
AFF will be in BOTH Queens & the Bronx!

African Film Festival, Inc. & Queens Museum of Art

(RAIN VENUE: Queens Museum of Art)

6:30 p.m.
(Africa United – Dir. Debs Gardner-Paterson)

LIVE PERFORMANCE: Dance by Ballet African International

Africa United
Debs Gardner-Paterson, Rwanda/South Africa/UK, 2010, 90 min.

The extraordinary story of three Rwandan kids who walk 3000 miles to the 2010 Soccer World Cup in South Africa. They set off through the endless horizons of Africa in pursuit of an unlikely dream. And as they walk they gather a ragamuffin team of broken and brilliant characters who help them negotiate a way through a series of glorious, dangerous, hilarious and often bizarre situations through seven countries.

For More Information, visit – http://www.queensmuseum.org/2011/07/15


FRIDAY, JULY 15th, 2011

African Film Festival, Inc. & Bronx Museum of the Arts
Grand Concourse to Walton Avenue,
Between East 161st Street & East 164th Street
(RAIN VENUE: Bronx Museum of the Arts)

7:00 p.m.
(All I Wanna Do – Dir. Michelle Medina)

LIVE PERFORMANCE: Iboru (Afro-Cuban, Yoruba, Rumba)

All I Wanna Do
Michelle Medina, Morocco, 2010, 59 min.

All I Wanna Do follows the dreams of 48-year-old Simohamed who works as a parking guard and his 17-year-old son Ayoub, who acts in Hollywood films such as’Charlie Wilson’s War’. When Ayoub’s dreams of going to Hollywood are dashed he turns to music and forms a hip hop group with his father. The duo set out to meet their heroes, enter studios and radio stations for the first time in an adventure through the music industry of Casablanca.

Preceded by
Bongo Barbershop
Charlie Ahearn, USA, 2005, 8 min.

An East African MC, Balozi Dola, wanders into a Bronx barbershop on his pilgrimage to find « the real hip hop. » Stubeling upon the pioneers of the New York hip hop scene, including Grandmaster Flash’s original partner DJ Easy Mike, Balozi enters the scene rhyming with Grandmaster Caz. « Bongo » is the Swahili expression for « Brain » used in local hip hop slang.

For More Information, visit – http://www.bronxmuseum.org/events.php

For almost twenty years, African Film Festival, Inc. (AFF) has bridged the divide between post-colonial Africa and the American public through the medium of film. AFF’s unique place in the international arts community is distinguished not only by leadership in festival management but 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 at the Walter Reade Theater by 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.

African Film Festival, Inc. (AFF) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) arts organization.
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