African Film Festival 2020

March 4–May 8, 2020

This year’s edition of the African Film Festival welcomes new voices and veteran filmmakers from both the African continent and the diaspora, spotlighting stories, communities, and struggles rarely seen in Western cinema.

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  • The Two Faces of a Bamileke Woman

  • Chez Jolie Coiffure

  • Fatwa

  • My Beloved Co-Wife

  • The Mercy of the Jungle

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  • Chez Jolie Coiffure

    Rosine Mbakam
    Cameroon, Belgium, 2018
    • Wednesday, March 4 7 PM
    Introductions by Ellen Spiro and Cornelius Moore

    A Brussels hair salon catering to West African immigrant women is at the center of this warmhearted documentary. “A must-see! An atypical and timely portrait of the intersection between the immigrant experience and female identity” (Indiewire). With Ellen Spiro and Cheryl Dunye’s short DiAna’s Hair Ego REMIX.

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  • Brightness

    Souleymane Cissé
    Mali, 1987
    • Thursday, March 12 7 PM
    Souleymane Cissé and Akin Adesokan in Conversation

    A young warrior/seer must overcome his own father to gain the knowledge of the ancients in this visionary reimagining of Mandé creation myths and oral tales. “Not only the most beautifully photographed African film ever, but also the best African film ever made” (Film Comment).

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  • Baara

    Souleymane Cissé
    Mali, 1978
    • Saturday, March 14 5 PM
    Souleymane Cissé and Akin Adesokan in Conversation

    The unlikely friendship between a young worker from the countryside and a progressive factory engineer leads to the triggering of political and class fault lines in Cissé’s searing drama. “Cissé makes explicit the infrastructure of corruption” (New Yorker).

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  • The Wind

    Souleymane Cissé
    Mali, 1982
    • Sunday, March 15 7 PM
    Souleymane Cissé and Akin Adesokan in Conversation

    Cissé’s remarkable satire on Africa’s ruling class follows two college kids rebelling against military control and the establishment, and is by turns fierce, romantic, and ultimately hopeful.

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  • Fatwa

    Mahmoud Ben Mahmoud
    Tunisia, 2018
    • Saturday, April 25 7:15 PM

    A Tunisian living abroad returns home to discover his deceased son had joined a radical Islamist group in this passionate drama on fanaticism and the Arab Spring’s broken dreams, coproduced by the Dardenne brothers. Winner, Best Arabic Film, Cairo Film Festival.

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  • The Two Faces of a Bamileke Woman

    Rosine Mbakam
    Cameroon, Belgium, 2016
    • Wednesday, April 29 7 PM

    “The filmmaker reinventing how African women are portrayed in movies” (NPR), Rosine Mbakam turns the camera on her own remarkable mother and her generation in this captivating documentary. With Haminiaina Ratovoarivony’s short Razana.

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  • African Short Films: Women’s Stories


    • Sunday, May 3 7 PM

    This program of recent shorts focuses on women’s stories and struggles in Africa and the diaspora. Titles include Marielle’s Legacy Will Not Die (Leonard Cortana, Brazil), My Beloved Co-Wife (Angèle Diabang, Nigeria), Awani (Aderonke Adeola, Nigeria), and The Prophetess (Sylvie Weber, Congo).

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  • The Mercy of the Jungle

    Joël Karekezi
    Belgium, France, Rwanda, 2018
    • Friday, May 8 7 PM

    Two Rwandan soldiers embark on a journey of survival through the unforgiving jungle in this visceral feature—inspired by Terrence Malick’s The Thin Red Line—from Joël Karekezi, himself a survivor of the Rwandan genocide.

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