African Film Festival 2016

February 11–March 19, 2016

The festival spotlights new work from Africa and the African diaspora, including a new crop of documentaries.

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  • The Longest Kiss

  • Black Girl

  • Timbuktu

  • Run

  • Upcoming
  • Past
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Past Films

  • Kirikou and the Sorceress

    • Saturday, March 19 3:30 PM
    Michel Ocelot
    France, Belgium, 1998

    Free for BAMPFA members. RSVP to

    Recommended for ages 6 & up 

    English-Language Version

    This gorgeously animated modern classic recounts the tale of little Kirikou, a brave newborn toddler who takes on an evil sorceress in order to save his village. Soundtrack by Youssou N’Dour.

  • Run

    • Saturday, March 12 8:15 PM
    Philippe Lacôte
    France/Ivory Coast, 2014

    A young man goes on the run after assassinating a politician in this picaresque coming-of-age tale, the first Ivorian feature screened at Cannes. Isaach de Bankolé (Night on Earth, White Material) costars.

  • Red Leaves

    • Sunday, March 6 5:30 PM
    Bazi Gete
    Israel, 2014

    Israel’s vibrant Ethiopian Jewish community—rarely portrayed on screen—is featured in this story of an elderly widower, inspired by King Lear.

  • The Longest Kiss

    • Monday, February 22 7 PM
    Alexandra Sicotte-Levesque
    Canada, 2013

    Filmed during the split between Sudan and South Sudan, this poetic, hopeful, heartbreaking documentary introduces us to the people (and future) of the region. With Omani short Cholo.

  • Timbuktu

    • Saturday, February 20 6:30 PM
    Abderrahmane Sissako
    France/Mauritania, 2014

    The real-life fall of Timbuktu to Islamic militants in 2012 forms the basis of this political fable from Abderrahmane Sissako (Waiting for Happiness, Bamako). “An extraordinary film” (New Yorker).

  • The Art of Africa: Short Films

    • Thursday, February 18 7 PM

    Three shorts profile artists and movements making waves in Africa today, from urban culture in Nairobi and Accra (Afripedia: Kenya, Afripedia: Ghana) to photographer Fabrice Monteiro’s project on the environment in Senegal (The Prophecy).

  • Black Girl

    • Thursday, February 11 7 PM
    Ousmane Sembène
    Senegal, 1966

    A young Senegalese woman takes a job as a maid in the French Riviera but finds her dreams dashed against the ordinary racism of the bourgeoisie in this landmark work of postcolonial resistance.

  • Housemaids

    • Thursday, February 11 8:30 PM
    Gabriel Mascaro
    Brazil, 2013

    Seven Brazilian teenagers from diverse backgrounds film their housemaids in this provocative work on race and class, an update to Black Girl.