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Misan Harriman’s “The After” Wins Best Short Film at the 2024 African-American Film Critics Awards

Misan Harriman’s “The After” Wins Best Short Film at the 2024 African-American Film Critics Awards

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Misan Harriman is a Nigerian-born British photographer, filmmaker, entrepreneur, and social activist. 

By Hope Ibiale

Nigerian-born British photographer and filmmaker, Misan Harriman’s film, The After, has won the Best Short Film at the 2024 African-American Film Critics Awards. 

AAFCA Best Short Film - Misan Harriman - The After - Afrocritik

Other winners include A Thousand and One (Best Independent Feature), Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse (Best Animated Feature), Stamped From the Beginning (Best Documentary), Io Capitano (Best International Film), and many others. 

This year, American Fiction and The Color Purple lead the winner’s list with four awards each. Winners will be celebrated at the 15th annual AAFCA event on February 21, 2024, at the Beverly Wilshire in Beverly Hills. 

In a statement released by AAFCA president and co-founder Gil Robertson, he said, “It’s become a tradition to announce our winners on MLK (Martin Luther King) Day. And what a great year for cinema showcasing the vibrant tapestry of Black storytelling, where diversity is not a trend, but an imperative. This year’s winners have inspired, challenged, and moved us and we are delighted to celebrate them and their cultural impact.”

Written and directed by Misan Harriman and John Julius Schwabach, The After follows the story of Dayo (David Oyelowo), who struggles to pick up the pieces of his life after he loses someone close to him. The film stars David Oyelowo, Jessica Plummer, Sule Rimi, Amelie Dokubo, Ravi Singh, and more. 

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Misan Harriman is a Nigerian-born British photographer, filmmaker, entrepreneur, and social activist. Harriman is also the first black man to shoot a cover of British Vogue magazine. As well as being an award-winning photographer, Harriman serves as the Chairman of Southbank Centre in London. 

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The African-American Film Critics Association (AAFCA) is the world’s largest group of Black film critics that recognises and rewards excellence in film and television. Since its inception in 2023, the award show has celebrated black voices in film criticism and art journalism across the African diaspora.

Check the full list of winners here.

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