Every May, African Film Fest Inc, presents a month-long festival featuring film from across the diaspora. From greats like Sembene to contemporary first features, NYAFF has, for decades, been a champion of Black cinema.
Ahead of this year's festival, NYAFF will be here at Weeksville Heritage Center to screen Raquel Cepeda's "Some Girls". Thorugh this documentary, Cepeda explores issues of identity within the Latina-American community by focusing on a group of troubled teenage girls in a Bronx-based suicide prevention program who feel rejected by mainstream America, but are transformed through an exploration of their roots, followed by a trip to the seat of the Americas. On that journey to modern-day Dominican Republic, the white supremacist narratives about American history they’ve been taught are challenged, leaving them free to re-construct their own respective identities. What does it really mean to be American? And, more importantly, what does that look like?
A community conversation about finding our own identities, the connectors across the diaspora, and discovering home will follow the film.
African Film Festival, Inc. (AFF) is dedicated to advancing an enhanced understanding of African culture through the moving image. It offers diverse platforms for the wide distribution of African media through its flagship annual film festival and complementary year-round programming. AFF is committed to increasing visibility and recognition for African media artists by introducing African film and culture to a broad range of audiences in the United States and abroad, bypassing economic, class and racial barriers.
In 1990, AFF’s founders established goals that continue to enrich the organization mission and organizational development: To use African cinema to promote and increase knowledge and understanding of African arts, literature and culture; To develop a non-African audience for African films; To expand the opportunities for the distribution of African films in the United States and abroad.