R-L: Mahen Bonetti, Founder of the New York African Film Festival with Richard Pena, Program Director of the Film Society of Lincoln Center
By Isseu Diouf Campbell
African filmmakers converged on Film Society of Lincoln Center on April 11, 2012 for the opening night of the New York African Film Festival.
The 19th annual festival began with a screening of “Mama Africa,” a documentary that traces singer/activist Miriam Makeba, through the life and 50-year-plus career.
Other film highlights of the festival include:
-“The Education of Auma Obama,” which tells the story of Barack Obama’s half-sister, Auma Obama, during the 2008 Presidential elections.
-“Relentless,” a haunting story about loneliness, love and self-discovering starring hip-hop and soul singer Nneka.
-“Outside the Law,” a movie directed by Rachid Bouchareb that gives more insight into the fight for Algeria’s Independence that any history book.
The New York African Film Festival runs until Mary 28, 2012. For more information, visit www.africanfilmny.org.
Photos of the event