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African Film Festival Inc: Burkinabe Bounty & The Sound of Masks

  • Maysles Documentary Center 343 Malcolm X Boulevard New York (map)
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Iara Lee (Burkina Faso/USA) 2018, 36min
This documentary chronicles agricultural resistance and the fight for food sovereignty in Burkina Faso – a small, landlocked country in West Africa. Showcasing activist farmers, students, artists and leaders in the local Slow Food movement, the film looks at how the Burkinabé people are reclaiming their land and defending their traditions against the encroachment of corporate agribusiness. From women gaining economic independence by selling artisanal “dolo” beer, to youth marching in the streets against companies like Monsanto, to hip-hop musicians setting up their own farms and reviving the revolutionary spirit of Thomas Sankara through their music, Burkinabè Bounty shows the creative tactics people are using to take back control of their food, seeds, and future.

Sara CF de Gouveia (Mozambique/South Africa/Portugal) 2018, 70min
Atanásio Nyusi, a compelling storyteller and legendary Mapiko dancer, takes us on a journey through Mozambique’s past and present. While sharing his memories with his son, Natepo, he explores themes of identity in modern Mozambique, an ever-changing landscape haunted by the ghosts of the past.