“31st New York African Film Festival” (May 2 to June 1)

31st New York African Film Festival (May 2 to June 1)

“31st New York African Film Festival” (May 2 to June 1), © Mångata/Director: Maja Costa

22.04.2024 - Article

Film at Lincoln Center (FLC) and African Film Festival, Inc. (AFF) will celebrate the 31st edition of the New York African Film Festival (NYAFF), from May 2nd to June 1st, 2024.

Since its inception in 1993, the NYAFF has been at the forefront of showcasing African and diaspora filmmakers’ unique storytelling through the moving image. This year’s theme, “Convergence of Time,” explores the intersection of historical and contemporary roles played by individuals representing Africa and its diaspora in art. With more than 80 films from more than 50 countries, the festival invites audiences to delve into the convergence of archival and modern experimentalism, transcending both space and time.

Join us for an illuminating cinematic experience as we present two films that epitomize the vision and talent of young, impassioned filmmakers. These cinematic works not only delve into pressing issues confronting contemporary Africa and its diaspora but also redefine cultural paradigms with sensitivity and insight. At the forefront of this cinematic revolution are a new generation of storytellers who adeptly navigate the complexities of cross-cultural exchanges, offering a fresh perspective on the evolving tapestry of our global society. Through their artistry, these filmmakers dismantle stereotypes and unveil the multifaceted experiences of African diaspora women, delving into themes of intimacy, fragility, and resilience. In one compelling narrative, we follow Mirah, an Egyptian immigrant in Germany, as she embarks on a journey of self-discovery amidst the bustling streets of Berlin, prompting viewers to contemplate the societal facades we adopt for security. Meanwhile, the poignant film Mångata tells the story of Little Alya that captures the harrowing reality of migration and survival, juxtaposed against the backdrop of a future where past traumas intersect with newfound purpose. Together, these films offer a nuanced exploration of female agency and the human spirit, inviting audiences to engage with stories that resonate deeply with our shared humanity.

Date, Time & Location: May 2 to June 1 (times and location see link)

More Information: https://nyaff31.africanfilmny.org/schedule

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