Delwende, January 27
Introduced by Alassane Paap Sow. A fisherman journeys from his small Senegalese village to the big city in search of aid for his dying child in a "simple but moving portrait of a modern tragedy" (London Film Festival). Based on the novel by Ousmane Sembene.
A thoughtful young man moves from skipping class to robbery in this "400 Blows in Gabon" (California Newsreel), set in a hip-hop-ruled contemporary urban Africa. "A droll film that knows how to turn the tragic into candid satire."-Libération
Introduced by Cornelius Moore. A wounded veteran of Angola's murderous 30-year civil war returns to civilian life in this nuanced story of a man, and a country, seeking reconstruction. Winner, World Cinema Dramatic Competition, Sundance Film Festival.
Four films from Zimbabwe, Nigeria, Guinea, and Burkina Faso offer a hard-hitting, provocative introduction to current African cinema.
A young boy must overcome poverty, the police, and rival teammates in this uplifting tale of soccer, Guinean style. Bring the family.
Two female judges in Cameroon lay down the law in this inspiring documentary from the director of Divorce, Iranian Style and The Day I Will Never Forget. "These women are brave, fierce, and ultimately joyous in their support for each other."-Vancouver International Film Festival
Introduced by LaToya Beck. The connection between Christian evangelism and European colonialism is exposed in Jean-Marie Teno's documentary about Germany's activities in Namibia, including their first use of concentration camps. "[Teno is] surely one of the freshest talents in African cinema today."-Film Comment
Introduced by Lisa Marie Rollins. The history of African cinema as told through the rebellious life of Zalika Souley, the first professional African actress. "Warm and revelatory."-L.A. Film Festival
A daughter searches for her mother, accused of witchcraft and chased out of her village, in this feminist cry against injustice and sexual oppression from Burkina Faso. Based on a true story, it's "a fine example of issue-based African cinema" (Variety), comparable in emotional power to Ousmane Sembene's Moolaadé.