African Film Festival, Inc. and Film Society of Lincoln Center present the 18th edition of the New York African Film Festival!
A multi-venue, two-month celebration of African arts and culture, taking place from April 2nd through May 31st, 2011, the festival will feature a gallery exhibition, fashion show, panel discussions, Q&As with directors and actors, live performances, and of course, the best in contemporary cinema from Africa and the Diaspora.
The 2011 18th annual New York African Film Festival, in collaboration with Film Society of Lincoln Center, will take place from April 6th through the 12th at the Walter Reade Theater of Lincoln Center and conclude at Brooklyn Academy of Music’s Rose Cinemas, from May 26th through May 31st, 2011.
2011 has been designated as the ‘International Year for the People of African Descent’ by the United Nations. AFF is honoring that declaration with an exploration of the historical and contemporary roles in the arts played by people representing the African Diaspora. This exploration will include a special focus on two countries from which so many people of the African Diaspora draw their roots, and which are both also celebrating 50 years of independence in 2011: Tanzania and Sierra Leone. In addition, the festival will continue to introduce the works of emerging filmmakers from Africa and the Diaspora.
April 6-April 12, 2011: Walter Reade Theater, Lincoln Center
April 29-May 1: Maysles Cinema
The 18th New York African Film Festival was organized by Richard Peña, program director, The Film Society of Lincoln Center and Mahen Bonetti, founder and executive director of African Film Festival, Inc. (Toccarra Holmes Thomas, Morgan Seag and Alonzo Speight) with special thanks to the AFF Board of Directors, Jane Aiello, Joan Baffour, Luca Bonetti, Francoise Bouffault, Sean Jacobs, Mamadou Diouf, Sarah Diouf, Gabriele Donati, Jacki Fischer, Jana Haimsohn, Belynda M’Baye, Alexander Markov, Andrew Milne, Larry Ossei-Mensah, Marina Pieretti, Muriel Placet-Kouassi, Prerana Reddy, Keith Shiri, Mohammed Sillah, Claudia Akyeampong, Cheryl Duncan & Company Inc. Public Relations, Kojo Associates and AFF’s volunteer team
The programs of AFF are made possible by the generous support of the National Endowment for the Arts, The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, JPMorgan Chase, New York State Council on the Arts, NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, International Organization of La Francophonie, Divine Chocolate, Continental Airlines, Domenico Paulon Foundation, New York Foundation for the Arts, American Express, New York Times Community Affairs Department, Bradley Family Foundation , South African Consulate General, Russian State Documentary Film and Photo Archive at Krasnogorsk, French Cultural Services, Bloomberg, Broadway Cares, Lambent Foundation, Columbia University’s Institute of African Studies and Center for African Education, WNYC, 57 Main St. Wine Company, Putumayo World Music, Websignia, Africa.com, and Omnipak Import Enterprises, Inc.