The 24th New York African Film Festival Presents:
The African Who Wanted to Fly
Samantha Biffot, Belgium/France/Gabon/China, 2016, 70 min
Based on the incredible true story of Luc Bendza, this film follows his journey from a tiny Gabonese village to eventually becoming an international phenom, starring in dozens of kung fu films and working behind the camera with Jackie Chan’s crew.
L'ÉCHAPPÉE (N.Y. Premiere)
Jonathan Mason & Hamid Saïdji, Algeria, 2016, 20 min
Hocine Filali is a forty-something taxi driver in the port city of Algiers. His day-to-day routine has him snaking through thick morning traffic, bustling boulevards, and the occasional military checkpoint. Dreaming of a better life in Italy, he must first escape the grip of this magical city.
Q&A with Samantha Biffot - Moderated by Ekwa Msangi