Money, Freedom, a Story of the CFA Franc
Ama: An African Voyage of Discovery
The Last Shelter
The history of the Congo’s decolonization and independence is glimpsed through the recollections of the filmmaker’s grandparents in this New York Times Critic’s Pick, a “deeply personal, sometimes poetic, sometimes harrowing history of oppression, revolution, betrayal, disillusionment, and love” (Business Doc Europe).
A young Marxist and a runaway Indian Zanzibari bride find love and revolutionary fervor amidst the atmospheric alleys and taarab nightclubs of 1950s-era Stone Town, Zanzibar, in this gorgeously languid Tanzanian period drama, and anti-colonial In the Mood for Love.
A Ghanaian English teenager’s chance discovery reawakens African legends and stories in an early 1990s England of floppy discs, yuppies, racists, and neon jackets in this restored 1991 cornerstone of diasporic Black cinema.
The tainted history of the CFA franc, a currency created (and still controlled) by France for its former sub-Saharan colonies, is investigated here, in “the most important contemporary document on Francophone Africa’s malignant economic relations with France” (Film Verdict).
Presented in conjunction with What Has Been and What Could Be: The BAMPFA Collection
Pioneering Black abstract artist and curator Peter Bradley reflects on life and art in this invigorating, intimate documentary portrait. “Documentary in its purest form: one subject speaking and showing us his life and work. It is riveting” (Film Threat). With two short films by painter/filmmaker Mike Henderson.
A mother and son confront (or avoid) the past that drove them apart in this powerfully acted Congolese/Belgian drama of identity, family ties, and intergenerational trauma, winner of Best Film at the Kinshasa Film Festival.
A transit house on the edge of the Sahara provides the last refuge for African migrants on their way through the desert—toward Algeria, Europe, or failure. “An arresting, artful, fragmentary portrait” (Variety).
From Nigeria to South Africa, London to Lagos, these short films bear witness to the extraordinary talents and stories of Africa and the African diaspora. The program includes John Ogunmuyiwa’s Precious Hair & Beauty, Olive Nwosu’s Egúngún, Tisa Chigaga’s Frieda, and Reabetswe Moeti’s Botlhale and Mma Moeketsi.