African Film Festival

1/27/10 to 2/24/10

This annual series invites Bay Area audiences to experience the vibrant voices and visions of African cinema.

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  • Nora, February 10

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Past Films

  • In My Genes

    • Wednesday, February 24 7:00 pm

    Lupita Nyong'o (Kenya, 2009). Eight individuals from across a wide spectrum of Kenyan society, all united as albinos, share their stories in this documentary, a heartfelt counter to the recent serial murders of albinos in Africa. (78 mins)

  • Prince of Broadway

    • Thursday, February 18 7:30 pm

    Sean Baker (U.S., 2008). Sean Baker regrets that he cannot travel to the Bay Area at this time, as previously planned. “It's a hard knock-off life” for a Ghanaian immigrant saddled with a baby boy amid the hustlers of New York's Garment District. From the director of Greg the Bunny; winner of the L.A. Film Festival's Grand Jury Prize and the Special Jury Award from Locarno. (100 mins)

  • Wrestling Grounds

    • Wednesday, February 17 7:00 pm

    Cheikh Ndiaye (Senegal, 2006). A young man enters the flavorful world of Senegelese wrestling (a national obsession) in this vibrant award-winner, based on a novel by acclaimed writer Aminata Sow Fall. A primer on contemporary African pop culture. (105 mins)

  • Dance Dance Revolution: Contemporary African Dance on Film

    • Wednesday, February 10 7:00 pm

    (U.S., U.K., Mozambique, 2007–2008). Two remarkable films on contemporary African choreography: Nora, a dance-film about and starring Zimbabwean choreographer Nora Chipaumire; and Movement (R)Evolution Africa, which follows nine African choreographers on a U.S. tour. (100 mins)

  • Sacred Places

    • Thursday, February 4 7:00 pm

    Jean-Marie Téno (Cameroon/France, 2009). Cameroonian filmmaker Jean-Marie Téno profiles a poor but lively neighborhood in the capital of Burkina Faso, where a cine-club proprietor tries to include Burkinabe films among the action and Bollywood fare. (70 mins)

  • Coming of Age: African Shorts

    • Wednesday, January 27 7:00 pm

    (Ghana/U.S., Kenya, Nigeria, 2007–2008). A “Bronx princess” heads to Ghana; a Kenyan teen comes of age along with her country's fledgling democracy; and two Nigerian gangsters try to go straight in this collection of award-winning African shorts. (66 mins)