WNYC is a media sponsor of the 20th New York African Film Festival. Now through May 27. Co-presented with Film Society of Lincoln Center and commemorating half a century of African cinema and two decades of the New York Film Festival. To celebrate its 20th anniversary, NYAFF is paying homage to Senegalese filmmaker Ousmane Sembène -the ‘father of African cinema’- and to the first generation of African filmmakers, while passing the baton to a new group of storytellers who continue to challenge understanding of the continent.
The 2013 New York African Film Festival, presented under the banner “Looking Back, Looking Forward: 20 Years of the New York African Film Festival” is dedicated to commemorating half a century of African cinema and two decades of work introducing American audiences to the best of this cinema and its protagonists.
This two-month multi-venue event will bring to New York a unique selection of classic and contemporary African films, running the gamut from features, shorts, and documentaries to experimental films and archival footage. In order to challenge preconceptions and spread knowledge about the continent and its Diaspora, supplementary programs such as panel discussions, visual and performing art exhibitions, workshops, and in-school presentations for K-12 and university students will take place alongside the projections.