Green White Green
Play the Devil
Three strangers from the South African hinterlands journey to bustling Johannesburg looking for success but find far more than they bargained for in this well-crafted urban noir, an Amores perros for twenty-first-century Africa.
Tonight’s program mingles short African fiction films with documentary essays from the diaspora. Discover works by Alassane Sy and Mamadou Dia (Senegal), Cedric Ido (Burkina Faso), Lebert Bethune (Jamaica), and Carlos Javier Ortiz (Oakland by way of Chicago).
Three friends join together to get through the dog days of a Lagos summer—and create a film—in this salute to the creativity and vitality of Nigerian youth, which has garnered comparisons to early Spike Lee.
Alassane’s films range from animations to ethnography-infused comedies and adaptations of African legends, all sharing a playful humor and incisive commentary on modern Africa.
Bahamian director Maria Govan, one of the Caribbean’s rising filmmakers, returns with this atmospheric noir drama on class divides, sexual repression, and identity in Trinidad.
An apolitical small-time crook in Soweto gets swept up in political protests in this legendary 1988 film, the first anti-apartheid feature made in South Africa and a still-vital time capsule of protest, street culture, and pride.
This sweet-natured documentary showcases the remarkable life of a man who journeyed from a small Gabonese village to China to study martial arts, and eventually star in kung fu films. With Nora Chipaumire’s Afrofuturist short Afro Promo #1 (Kinglady).
Uprize! revisits South Africa’s Soweto Uprising, which began as a student rebellion and became a founding moment in the history of anti-apartheid struggle. With Jamaican filmmaker Lebert Bethune’s historic 1967 film Malcolm X: Struggle for Freedom.