African Film Festival

1/25/09 to 2/22/09

This annual series invites Bay Area audiences to experience the vibrant voices and visions of African cinema. A tribute to the late Youssef Chahine is one of this year's highlights.

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  • Shoot the Messenger, February 1

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Past Films

  • Paris selon Moussa

    • Sunday, February 22 4:30 pm

    A Guinean villager is stranded in Paris in this lighthearted yet politically sharp combination of fable and farce, winner of a U.N. Human Rights Award.

  • Cairo Station

    • Sunday, February 8 5:00 pm

    By Youssef Chahine, one of the Arab world's greatest directors, a steamy psychosexual thriller set in 1950s Cairo. With short Cairo As Seen by Chahine.

  • Awaiting for Men

    • Thursday, February 5 6:30 pm

    Mauritania's atmospheric red-walled city of Oualata is the setting of this eye-opening documentary on sexuality and empowerment among Saharan women. With short Coffee Colored Children.

  • Shoot the Messenger

    • Sunday, February 1 4:45 pm

    A well-meaning black Briton strives to make sense of identity politics in this controversial take on race and class, part Swiftian satire, part Shakespearean tragedy.

  • Kinshasa Palace

    • Sunday, January 25 2:00 pm

    A filmmaker travels across Lisbon, Paris, and the Congo to find a missing brother in this “engrossing study of the corrosive ramifications of the African diaspora.”-Variety

  • Journeys: Short Films from Africa

    • Sunday, January 25 3:45 pm

    Physical and emotional journeys are at the heart of these shorts from Zaire, Ethiopia, and Sudan.