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A FRIDAY TRIO by Nyaff – Summer 2012
African Film Festival presents 3 FILMS : Fire in Babylon + Mama Africa + What’s on Your Plate

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AFF PRESENTS A FRIDAY TRIO
Friday, August 3, 2012


Co-presented by Queens Museum of Art
PASSPORT FRIDAYS

Flushing Meadows Corona Park, Queens

FILM
Fire in Babylon
6:00pm

Co-presented by The Bronx Museum of the Arts
AFRICANISMO 6!
Joyce Kilmer Park, Bronx

FILM
Mama Africa
6:00pm


Co-presented by Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts
KIDflix FILM FESTIVAL
Fulton Park, Brooklyn

FILM
What’s on Your Plate

7:30 pm


Programs starts at 6:00pm

FIRE IN BABYLON
Stevan Riley, UK, 2010, 80min

Fire in Babylon is a remarkable documentary about how the West Indies triumphed over its colonial masters through the achievements of one of the most gifted cricket teams in sporting history. In a turbulent era of apartheid and race riots, the West Indian cricketers struck a defiant blow at the forces of white prejudice worldwide. Their undisciplined skill and fearless spirit led them to dominate the genteel game at the highest level, while playing it on their own terms.

Pre-screening performance by Something Positive Dance & Village Drums of Freedom Afro Caribbean Ensemble


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AFRICANISMO 6!
Co-presented by The Bronx Museum of the Arts


Joyce Kilmer Park, Bronx
161st street and Grand concourse
(Rain Venue – The Bronx Museum of the Arts, 1040 Grand Concourse)


Programs starts at 6:00pm

MAMA AFRICA
Mika Kaurismäki, Finland/South Africa/Germany, 2011, 90min

An unforgettable portrait of Miriam Makeba, the world-famous South African artist and civil right activist, who devoted her life to promoting peace and justice and fighting racism around the planet. A figurehead of the Black African movement in exile, her music and her defiant spirit incarnated the hopes and fears of Africa through the convulsive 20th century.

Pre-screening performance by Francis Akrofi & The Authentic Rhythms Band


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KIDflix FILM FESTIVAL
Co-presented by
Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts

Fulton Park, Brooklyn (Stuyvesant St. & Fulton St.)

(Rain Date Following Saturday Night)


Programs starts at 7:30 pm

WHAT’S ON YOUR PLATE?
Catherine Gund with Sadie Hope-Gund and Safiyah Riddle, USA, 2009, 73min.

Filmed over the course of one year, the film follows two eleven-year-old multi-racial city kids as they explore their place in the food chain. Sadie and Safiyah talk to each other, food activists, farmers, new friends, storekeepers, their families, and the viewer, in their quest to understand what’s on all of our plates. The girls address questions regarding the origin of the food they eat, how it’s cultivated, how many miles it travels from the harvest to their plate, how it’s prepared, who prepares it, and what is done afterwards with the packaging and leftovers. They visit the usual supermarkets, fast food chains, and school lunchrooms. But they also check into innovative sustainable food practices by going to farms, greenmarkets, and community supported agriculture programs.

Pre-screening performance by Creative Outlet




For over 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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