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AFF 26: Shorts Program

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

Saturday, June 8th, 3pm


Aaron Hosé, 2019, 12m
Craft beer is an annual multi-billion-dollar boom for the United States economy. Yet, the overwhelming majority of this industry remains white-male-dominated, with women and minorities occupying a small fraction of its workforce and brewing culture. In 2018, three African-Americans in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, created the nation’s first-ever Black beer festival, a historic event aiming to diversify the industry while promoting a new narrative in craft beer.

Djaka Souare, 2018, 10m
Julie French, an African immigrant, and her daughter Jazz, 7-years-old, are on their way to see the Greek tragedy Antigone. As they stop by to get a milkshake, the cashier points out Julie’s accent. The comment not only causes discomfort to both mother and daughter, but triggers a much deeper conversation around Jazz’s recent uncovering: slavery.

Déwun Owusu, 2018, 9m
‘You only get to meet someone for the first time, once.’ Narrated and captured by filmmaker Déwun Owusu, Kwabena drops you in the middle of a once in a lifetime event. Powered by mystery, revelation and raw emotion, Kwabena expressively captures an extraordinary human experience that sticks with you long after the conclusion of the film.

Robin Andelfinger, Ibrahima Seydi, 2017, 17m
Mama Bobo is a widow in her eighties. Day after day, she goes to the same bus stop in Dakar. Sitting on the bench, she remembers her past life and her husband who died long ago, until her routine gets interrupted.

Angèle Diabang, 2018, 15m
Two new co-wives are alone in a house. They don’t want to talk to each other; at the same time, the voices of two other women tell us about their own experiences of polygamy. This film is an essay that mixes visual elements of fiction and documentary sound excerpts.

Sylvie Weber, 2018, 22m
The Prophetess
is a story of overcoming struggle through gumption and sisterhood. Furaha and Venantie have survived physical and psychological traumas we could never imagine. Set in the South Kivu region in the DR Congo, the pair has experienced horrific sexual terrorism by the FDLR militia, yet in each other they find the strength to make a change and tell their own stories, devoid of societal pressures. Their strength is so great, it empowers their entire female community to set out for a different future. Contemporaneously, the mythical story of Kimpa Vita plays out – the mother of a revolution, who stood and suffered for all women in her fight against patriarchy and colonialism.

Haminiaina Ratovoarivony, 2018, 15m
Solo is Malagasy, Parisian and homosexual. In order to fulfill the last wishes of his deceased partner, Solo returns to Madagascar to meet with his estranged “in-laws”.

This program is part of the African Film Festival.