African film festival 2011 – 12th Summer outdoor screenings series: 2011/07/31
Saint Louis Blues, directed by Dyana Gaye, Senegal/France, 2009, 48 min.. Preceded by: Festival in the Desert: The Tent Sessions directed by Sean Barlow and Banning Eyre, Mali/U.S., 2003, 42 min.



African Film Festival, Inc. and Mid-Manhattan Library
The Sunday Movies at Mid-Manhattan Library

40th Street and 5th Avenue, 6th Floor – New York, NY

@ 2:00 p.m.
Every Sunday, in the months of July and August, join African Film Festival, Inc. and the Mid-Manhattan Library as we present the best in classic and contemporary African cinema.

Sunday, July 31, 2011
2 p.m.

Saint Louis Blues

Dyana Gaye, Senegal/France, 2009, 48 min.

At a taxi stop in the capital, Dakar, people gather and wait for the battered old Peugeot station wagon to depart; the taxi won’t leave until the driver finds a seventh passenger. Along the journey from Dakar to Saint Louis, the passengers of the taxi meet each other’s destiny and tell their lives through songs.

Preceded by:

Festival in the Desert: The Tent Sessions
Sean Barlow and Banning Eyre, Mali/U.S., 2003, 42 min.

An intimate performance documentary about the 2003 festival featuring Ali Farka Touré, Tartit, Robert Plant and Justin Adams, a host of exquisite musicians playing astounding music-and plenty of camels! Held outside Timbuktu, the festival was initially conceived as a way for the nomadic Tuareg people to unite with their brethren who had been dispersed by political upheaval. From magnificent camel riders to enchanted lantern-lit sand dunes, this film captures the sights and sounds of the event so well that it is the next best thing to making the arduous journey yourself.


Sunday, August 7, 2011

2 p.m.

U-Carmen Ekhayelitsha

Mark Dornford-May, South Africa, 2005, 120 min.

Based on Bizet’s opera Carmen, U-Carmen eKhayelitsha takes place in Khayelitsha Township in Cape Town. Sung and spoken in Xhosa, this is a story of seduction, love, jealousy and betrayal. U-Carmen eKhayelitsha is an operatic tour-de-force by an incredibly talented cast of performers which will make you forget all previous representations of Carmen on film. U-Carmen was the winner of the Golden Bear for Best Film at the 2005 Berlin International Film Festival and an Official Selection in the Cannes Film Festival.


Sunday, August 14, 2011

2 p.m.

The Importance of Being Elegant

George Amponsah, U.K./U.S./Ghana, 2004, 69 min.

This is the story of one of the most unusual clubs in the world: La SAPE, or the Société des Ambianceurs et Personnes Élégantes. Its members, the Congolese Sapeurs, have elevated fashion to the status of a religion. Papa Wemba, a well-known Congolese singer, is one of Le SAPE’s most prominent figures. This film is a splendid evocation of Papa Wemba’s music, and it presents an unusual insight into what it means to be an immigrant in contemporary Europe.


Sunday, August 21, 2011
2 p.m.

From a Whisper

Wanuri Kahiu, Kenya, 2008, 90 min.

This film commemorates the 10th anniversary of the August 1998 terrorist bombing of the US Embassy in Nairobi, Kenya, in which over 250 people died and more than 5,000 were injured. The film tells the story of an artist and an intelligence officer, and how they find unique ways to move on from the tragedy that shattered their lives.


Sunday, August 28, 2011
2 p.m.

The Great Dance

Craig & Damon Foster, South Africa, 2000, 75 min.

The Great Dance is a fascinating documentary that examines the unique relationship between Kalahari Desert Bushmen, or the San people, and the harsh landscape of the Kalahari Desert in Southern Africa. Filmed through the eyes of !Nqate, a hunter and one of the Kalahari Desert bushmen, The Great Dance follows the life of !Nqate as a hunter and tracker. It’s a raw and poignant story of !Nqate’s survival, as told in his own words.

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