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“Over The Bridge”, “This is Lagos”, “Wèrè”, Other African Films to Screen at the 31st New York African Film Festival

“Over The Bridge”, “This is Lagos”, “Wèrè”, Other African Films to Screen at the 31st New York African Film Festival

The New York African Film Festival will be held from May 8-14, 2024.

By Hope Ibiale

The New York African Film Festival (NYAFF) returns for its 31st edition, slated to be held from May 8-14, 2024. This year’s festival will explore the “intersection of historical and contemporary roles played by individuals representing Africa and its diaspora in art”. 

The annual film festival, which has selected over 50 films from more than 25 countries, will invite filmmakers and film enthusiasts from various countries to explore the “convergence of archival and modern experimentalism, transcending both space and time”. 

Tolu Ajayi’s Over The Bridge will open the festival. Its screening at the festival will also serve as the film’s North American debut. Dibakar Das Roy’s Dilli Dark will close the film festival. 

Over the Bridge world premiere in the UK- Afrocritik

While speaking about the festival, Mahen Bonetti, NYAFF Founder and AFF Executive Director, stated, “The 31st New York African Film Festival has so much to offer in terms of honoring the origins of homegrown, beloved African and diaspora film industry, as well as celebrating their references in modern masterpieces”. 

“Over The Bridge”, “This is Lagos”, “Wèrè”, Other African Films to Screen at the 31st New York African Film Festival - Afrocritik

“Over The Bridge”, “This is Lagos”, “Wèrè”, Other African Films to Screen at the 31st New York African Film Festival - Afrocritik

NYAFF will present an “Art & Activism” at the Town Hall at The Africa Centre on Thursday, May 2, at 6:00 pm, featuring artists Christian Nyampeta, Adama Delphine Fawundu, and Taiwo Aloba. Independent filmmaker, Ngozi Onwurah, will also spearhead a masterclass dedicated to aspiring filmmakers. In the masterclass, Onwurah will discuss how to use a camera as a tool for crafting stories around the socioeconomic status quo. 

Since its inception in 1993, the festival has been at the centre of showcasing African and diaspora filmmakers’ unique storytelling. Interested participants can purchase tickets here

The films screening at the film festival include:

Tolu Ajayi – Over The Bridge

Kenneth Gyang – This is Lagos

Dibakar Das Roy – Dilli Dark

Damien Hauser – After the Long Rains

Awa Moctar Gueye – Timis / Dusk

Jean-Michel Tchissoukou – La Chapelle

Francis Y. Brown – Jabari

Oyiza Adaba – DELA: The Making of El Anatsui 

Uche Aguh – Dynamite

Peter Oti Asamoah – Last Night

Matthew Leutwyler – Fight Like a Girl

Antoine Panier – Making Men with Discussion + Dance Performance

Osvalde Lewat – MK: Mandela’s Secret Army

Ngozi Onwurah – Neighborhood Alert

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Siji Awoyinka – Funmi!

Yajaira De La Espada – Teacher Don’t Teach Me Nonsense

Clive Will – Time Spent with Cats Is Never Wasted

Perivi Katjavivi – Under the Hanging Tree

Christian Nyampeta – Sometimes It Was Beautiful

Rehanna Ngom – The Prophecy

Imran Hamdulay – The Wait

Dika Ofoma – A Quiet Monday

Morad Mostafa – I Promise You Paradise

Umar Turaki – Bege (Yearning)

Max Fouchee – Cape Town Royalty Program

Dolapo Marinho – Wèrè

Priscillia Kounkou Hoveyda – Where My Memory Began

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