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.


African Film Festival Inc, Doc Watchers', and Maysles Cinema Presents: Creation In Exile

Saturday, May 4th, 1:00pm   

Creation In Exile

Daniela Ricci, 2013, 53 min, France

This documentary follows the personal and artistic paths of five major African filmmakers in exile from Paris to Washington, from Ouagadougou to London, via Uppsala.

Post-Screening Q&A with Director Daniela Ricci.


Sifuna Okwethu: We Want What's Ours

Bernadette Atuahene, 2011, 19min, South Africa

Under Apartheid, the Ndolila family’s ancestral land was stolen. Years later, with their descendents trying to regain ownership of the land, the family is still battling apartheid and its lingering effects. And much to the dismay of the middle-class black mortgage holders who now own their ancestral land, the Ndolilas have built shacks on the disputed property.

Dear Mandela

Dara Kell & Christopher Nizza, 2012, 90 min, South Africa

When the South African government promises to 'eradicate the slums' and begins to evict shack dwellers far outside the city, three friends who live in Durban's vast shantytowns refuse to be moved. Dear Mandela follows their journey from their shacks to the highest court in the land as they invoke Nelson Mandela's example and become leaders in a growing social movement. By turns inspiring, devastating and funny, the film offers a new perspective on the role that young people can play in political change and is a fascinating portrait of South Africa coming of age.




Jeppe On A Friday

Arya Lalloo & Shannon Walsh, 2012, 85 min, Quebec/South Africa

The directors and a team of local filmmakers spent a single day following five distinct characters, creating a portrait of a community pulsing with life. The result is an astonishing work that stands as a fluid exploration of the complex and fascinating spectrum of South African society.

Skype post-screening Q&A with filmmakers.




Saturday, May 4th, 8:00pm   

You Laugh But Its True

David Paul Meyer, 2011, 84 min, US/South Africa

In South Africa’s emerging world of stand-up comedy, comedians of color have only recently started performing on stage. With the opportunity to finally command the attention of a large audience, they go beyond just settling for easy laughs and confront the legacy of apartheid head on in their material. Against the backdrop of this volatile environment, 25-year-old Trevor Noah ambitiously pursues his passion to entertain. Yet his fledgling career as a comedian is largely relegated to headlining at corporate events due to the country’s comedy scene being so small. Determined to pursue his dream of performing all over the world, Trevor decides to produce his first one-man show, despite his lack of experience performing on stage. Based on the size of the proposed venue alone, it will be the most ambitious debut ever attempted by a comedian in South Africa. To prepare for the show, Trevor revisits his past, creating material from memories of growing up in the township under apartheid. As the child of an interracial couple, a union that was illegal in South Africa at the time of his birth, Trevor’s life reveals the story of an outsider who has somehow figured out a way to relate to everyone through his comedy. Despite this progress, the preparation for the show becomes increasingly difficult as Trevor faces a multitude of challenges: an underdeveloped comedy scene, criticism from other comics, strained personal relationships, lingering racial tension, and a shocking family tragedy. They combine to form a crisis that threatens not just the success of the show, but Trevor’s dreams of lifting himself and the South African comedy scene to the global stage.

Post-Screening Skype Q&A with Director David Meyer to follow screening.


African Film Festival Inc, Doc Watchers', and Maysles Cinema Presents: Rasta: A Soul's Journey

Friday, May 3rd, 7:30pm

Rasta: A Soul’s Journey

Stuart Samuels, 2011, 93 min, Canada

Rasta: A Soul's Journey tells the story of the journey of Rita and Bob Marley's granddaughter, Donisha Prendergast, to eight (8) countries around the world to explore the roots and evolution of Rastafari. Her journey takes her to places where her grandfather's captivating performances and his message are still fondly remembered. The documentary boasts an uplifting and inspiring reggae soundtrack that features established as well as emerging contemporary, reggae stars such as Humble, Matisyahu and Damian Marley. This exciting mix of travel, music and culture packs a powerful punch that will appeal to audiences around the world.

Post-Screening Q&A with director/granddaughter of legendary artist Bob Marley, Donisha Prendergast.