NEW YORK AFRICAN FILM FESTIVAL - FIVE MOVIES TO WATCH OUT FOR
The 19th Annual New York African Film Festival launched April 11 at Lincoln Center, and this year’s batch of movies are as inspiring as they are entertaining. In recent years, there has been more and more discussion about the plight of diasporic filmmakers and what to do about the lack of opportunity and representation that black people face in Hollywood. Luckily, the AFF this year is proving yet again that there are strides being made all over (take the Kenyan documentary featuring AP member Djae Aroni and his band Crystal Axis, for instance). Filmmakers from countries across Africa, from the Caribbean, and from the US are sticking up a (figurative) middle finger at Hollywood and taking matters into their own, talented hands. As founder Mahin Bonetti described it at the festival’s opening on Wednesday, “[The festival] is for us to have a discussion, to realize our worth. It’s a way to reach the community. African filmmakers are the vanguard right now.” Here is a list of my personal favorites from the festival: movies that you should be on the lookout for, movies that are telling the stories that Hollywood won’t.
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