Cinema Under The Stars 2013
14ème édition. Free admission: Films / Live Music.



Jazz On A Summer’s Day!
Thursday, July 25th, 7:30pm

Jackie Robinson Park
(Bandshell – Bradhurst Ave. at 148th St.)

Opening with Jazz, Fusion & Soul Music by DJ Blade + Live Drumming!

Shape of a Broken Heart
Andrew Dosunmu, Nigeria/Cuba, 2012, 16min.
Hauntingly beautiful, this video-film was shot for singer Imany’s debut album, Shape Of A Broken Heart. Directed by Andrew Dosunmu (Restless City), with cinematography by Bradford Young, this film leaves audiences enchanted and embraced by timeless music, style, and grace.

Jazz On A Summer’s Day
Bert Stern, USA, 1960, 85min.
In 1958, celebrated photographer Bert Stern was inspired by a
friend to « take some pictures » of the Newport Jazz Festival.
Following a turn of events, Stern decided to produce a full-fledged
motion picture. It would become his only film. By breaking many
cinematic taboos, Stern recreated the look of his still
photography into motion with a dazzling display of rich human
observation and some of the most remarkable scenes of live jazz
ever brought to the screen. When it premiered at the Venice Film
Festival rumors of an American « New Wave » swirled.

RAIN VENUE Jackie Robinson Park Recreation Center (85 Bradhurst Ave. 146th Street)


West Harlem Piers Park!
Thursday, August 1st, 7:30pm

West Harlem Piers Park
(125th St. @ the Hudson River)

Opening With A
7:30 Zumba Class!!

Zelalem Woldemariam, Ethiopia, 2010, 14min.

Lezare is a revealing and touching story about a homeless boy in
a small village in southern Ethiopia. A beautifully shot film about
global warming and shortsightedness.

Jeans and Martò
Claudia Palazzi and Clio Sozzani, Ethiopia/Italy, 2011, 52min.
Jeans and Martò reveals the complexity of the ‘Ethiopia of the
new millennium’, constricted between modernity and tradition,
pastoralist and urban lifestyle, old and new generations who
struggle to adapt to such a rapid transformation. Roba, who
narrates his story, is a young Ethiopian pastoralist who escapes
his arranged marriage to fulfill a dream. An apparently normal
student, who is willing to reach a balance between his tribe’s
costumes and the dream of becoming an educated man. A life
straddled between tradition and modernity, and a commitment to
discover the good in both.

RAIN VENUE Manhattan Pentecostal Church, 541 West 125th St.

Friday, August 2nd, 6:00pm

Joyce Kilmer Park, Bronx
(161st St. & Grand Concourse)

Live Performance! Speaking In Rhythms’ Project Syncopated New York
+ K5! Azonto

Zelalem Woldemariam, Ethiopia, 2010, 14min.
Lezare is a revealing and touching story about a homeless boy in
a small village in southern Ethiopia. A beautifully shot film about
global warming and shortsightedness.

Soul Boy
Hawa Essuman, Kenya/Germany, 2010, 60min.
14 year-old Abila lives with his parents in Kibera, in Nairobi,
Kenya. One morning the teenager discovers his father ill and
delirious. Abila wants to help his father and goes in search of a
suitable cure. Supported by his friend Shiku who is the same age
as him, he learns that his father has gambled his soul away in
the company of a spiritual woman. The teenager sets about
looking for the witch. When he discovers her in the darkest corner
of the ghetto, she gives him seven challenging tasks to save his
father’s lost soul. Abila embarks on an adventurous journey
which leads him right through the microcosm of his home town.

RAIN VENUE Bronx Museum of the Arts, 1040 Grand Concourse

Family Day Celebration!!
Sunday, August 4th, 12-5:00pm

Governors Island, Manhattan

Afro-Brazilian Dance Class
The sights and sounds of Africa are just a seven-minute ferry ride away!

Please join African Film Festival, Inc. and the Governors Island
Preservation and Education Corporation for this exceptional all-day
celebration on Governors Island.

This event will feature FREE dance classes with world-renowned choreographers and master teachers from Brazil, Senegal, and Guinea. There will also be FREE storytelling, double-dutch and quilting demonstrations and workshops. Short African films by emerging and veteran directors will be shown throughout the day. African food vendors will be on site. A wonderful treat for the entire family!

RAIN DATE Sunday, September 8, 12:00pm – 5:00pm

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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