African Film Festival 2011 

1/27/11 to 2/17/11

The features and shorts of the 2011 African Film Festival offer compelling glimpses of a continent in flux. Films from a wide range of countries, including Morocco, Mali, Ghana, and South Africa, expand and challenge our understanding of Africa.

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Past Films

  • Contemporary African Short Films

    • Thursday, February 17 7:00 PM

    These six short films, including three debut projects, variously look back at African history, explore contemporary issues, and imagine a dystopic future. With shorts A History of Independence, Dr. Cruel, Intermittent Delight, Mapping Journey, Atlantique, and Pumzi. (75 mins)

  • Beyond the Ocean

    • Saturday, February 5 6:30 PM

    Eliane de Latour (France/Ivory Coast, 2008). Two friends from the Ivory Coast try to make it big in Europe-with different results-in this raucous look at the African immigrant underground in Europe. (106 mins)

  • Shirley Adams

    • Thursday, February 3 7:00 PM

    Oliver Hermanus (South Africa, 2009). A single mother fights to raise her paraplegic son in the slums of Cape Town in this powerful melodrama from South Africa, winner of the Durban Film Festival's awards for Best South African Film, Best Actress, and Best Debut Film. (92 mins)

  • Kirikou and the Wild Beasts

    • Saturday, January 29 4:30 PM

    Michel Ocelot/Bénédicte Galup (France, 2005). This sequel to the popular Kirikou and the Sorceress finds little Kirikou using his brains and heart to help out his fellow African villagers. Vibrantly colorful animation and a superb soundtrack by Youssou N'Dour and Manu Dibango make Kirikou a fabulous film for all ages. (74 mins)

  • One Small Step

    • Thursday, January 27 7:00 PM

    Remi Vaughan-Richards (Nigeria, 2010). One woman turns from hairdresser to fiery community activist in this docu-fictional attack on local corruption in Nigeria. With Akosua Adoma Owusu's short portrait of hair salons in Ghana, Me Broni Ba. (67 mins)