After two years of pandemic-related cancellations or virtual screenings, we are proud to welcome the African Film Festival back to BAMPFA. This year, open your eyes to new horizons, new heroes, and new narratives.Read full description
The Two Faces of a Bamiléké Woman
For their Black Life presentation, Nolly Babes—sisters Tochi and Ebele Anueyiagu—has selected Highway to the Grave, a film that deals with indigenous mythology, superstition, and feminine power.
Tochi and Ebele Anueyiagu and Ruth Gebreyesus in Prerecorded Conversation
A hard-charging theater director/activist brings her successful play on women’s empowerment into Nigeria’s largest waterside slum in this eye-opening look at exactly what it takes to make a difference. With Leonard Cortana’s short Marielle’s Legacy Will Not Die, on the murder of an Afro-Brazilian councilwoman.
Introduced by Ivy Mills
An indomitable young woman in Addis Ababa’s sprawling Merkato market finds that her running talent could lead her out of poverty in this inspiring, colorful film. Legendary runner Haile Gebrselassie cameos.
Introduced by Ruth Gebreyesus
N’Diaye explores Malian tradition, myth, and the ethereal through interviews with women who—like her—claim to be possessed by enigmatic spirits known as jinn.
A young queen leads her people against a brutal French expeditionary force in 1899 Niger in Hondo’s anti-colonialist, rough-hewn epic based on the brutal true-life history of the Voulet-Chanoine Mission.
Women of all ages and backgrounds drive the narratives of these short films, whether in Senegal, Sudan, South Africa, or London.
“The filmmaker reinventing how African women are portrayed in movies” (NPR), Mbakam turns the camera on her own remarkable mother and her generation in this captivating documentary.
BAMPFA Student Committee Pick
Replete with mind-altering visual and sonic imagery, this Afrofuturist mélange of music, poetry, and resistance is hypnotic and visionary in its depiction of a genderqueer community of hackers and techno poets. With Manu Luksch’s short Algo-Rhythm.