African Film Festival Inc, Doc Watchers' Inc, and Maysles Cinema Presents: Footprints of my Mother

Sunday, May 5th, 1:30pm

Footprints of My Other

Directed by Claude Haffner, 2011, 52 min, France/Congo

Claude Haffner, daughter of a French father and Congolese mother, sets off for Congo in search of her African identity. Her starting point is the archive of photos left by her late father, a specialist in African cinema. She also speaks with her mother, who tells of life in Congo and adjusting to France. In 2004, Claude and her mother visited Congo for the first time since the family left in 1981. This experience has inspired Claude to return again, now alone, to deepen her relationship with her mother’s family. Her journey brings her face to face with the diamond trade, and with her sense of otherness, both in Congo and back home in France.

Post-Screening Skype Q&A with Director Claude Haffner.


Sunday, May 5th, 3:00pm


Dir. Chai Vasarhelyi, 2013, 83 min, Senegal/USA

Touba chronicles the Grand Magaal pilgrimage of one million Sufi Muslims to the holy city of Touba, Senegal. This observational film takes us inside the Mouride Brotherhood, one of Africa's fastest growing religious organizations.


Q&A with director Chai Vasarhelyi to follow screening.