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NYAFF: The African Who Wanted to Fly

  • Maysles Cinema 343 Malcolm X Boulevard New York, NY, 10027 United States (map)

The 24th New York African Film Festival Presents:

The African Who Wanted to Fly
(N.Y Premiere)

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.


Screening with

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