The New York African Film Festival at Film Society of Lincoln Center from May 6-12, 2015 presents films from Africa and the African diaspora.
These may be African films, but the curators have chosen films that have a special resonance to our contemporary U.S. American culture.
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About the New York African Film Festival
The New York African Film Festival is produced by the African Film Festival (AFF). It is co-presented by Film Society of Lincoln Center and the Brooklyn Academy of Music. AFF produces events year-round.
New York African Film Festival 2015
This is the 22nd edition of the New York Film Festival.
New York African Film Festival 2015 Opening Night
The Festival opens May 6 at 7pm with Carey McKenzie’s 2014 South African film Cold Harbour. It’s a “blue wall of silence” story about a Cape Town policeman who stumbles on police corruption. After busting a ring of abalone smugglers, the contraband disappears and the policeman is given a promotion. Realizing what is happening, the policeman takes the law into his own hands. Director Carey McKenzie and Producer Tendeka Matatu will be present for an opening night Q&A.
This is relevant to our U.S. American experience because of our own problems with the way the “blue wall of silence” allows the unnecessary arrest and even murder of people of color without any consequence.
New York African Film Festival 2015 Centerpiece
The Festival’s centerpiece film is the May 8 6:45pm U.S. premiere of Bazi Gete’s 2014 Israeli film Bazi Gete. It’s the story of Meseganio Tadela, an aging Ethiopian Jewish immigrant to Israel who wants to preserve his Ethiopian culture. After his wife passes away, Tadela visits his children and realizes that nobody cares about preserving their Ethiopian roots. Tadela struggles to survive with one foot in Israeli culture and one foot in Ethiopian culture.
This is the story of all immigrant generations who struggle to embrace their new homelands without losing their cultural heritage. It has special relevance given the current news about Demas Fikadey, an Israeli soldier of Ethiopian decent who was beaten by Israeli police without an reason.
Soldier Becomes Unlikely Face of Ethiopian-Israeli Discontent, New York Times, May 4, 2015.
Film Society of Lincoln Center is the leading film presenter in the United States. They screen a year-round daily schedule of international premieres, retrospectives and festivals with a focus on European film. Film Society presents the annual New York Film Festival in September & October.