African FILM FESTIVAL New zealand

AUCKLAND 2-12 APRIL 2020 | WELLINGTON 6-10 MAY 2020

Photocopy

In a way, Mahmoud’s life is a ‘photocopy’ of millions of others: He has worked for 30 years in the same government job, as a data-entry typist for the State-owned newspaper. He has never married, and he’s never even been with a woman. When he settles for early retirement, he buys a nearby Storefront and […]

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Duga, the Scavengers

Duga or Vultures are birds that live off dead animals. This film is about modern Burkinabe society where everyone is on the make like the vultures; and Animists, Muslims, and Christians are all entrenched in their own practices. The film rejects this religious sectarianism. Good friendships can be forever! […]

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The Other One is Me

This is a film of “life is always better on the other side of the Mediterranean Sea”. Three men meet on a deserted beach where they’ve been shipwrecked. The two Algerians are heading to Europe, and a Frenchman, who’s decided to change his life by going in the opposite direction. The resulting confusion, involving personality […]

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Rumba

Rumba, also known as Gumba, meaning ‘belly button to belly button’ is a famous musical rhythm in Africa and Latin Africa. “Sur le chemin de la Rumba” is a Congolese film tracing Rumba’s musical history through Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean, and thence back to Africa. It takes the audience on an exquisitely filmed […]

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My Friend Fela

Unlike any previous narrative about the Nigerian musical genius Fela Kuti. Most often portrayed as an eccentric African pop idol of the ghetto, Fela is rarely presented as the strong political leader he was. Through the eyes of his friends, especially of this close friend and official biographer, the African-Cuban intellectual Carlos Moore, this documentary […]

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The Elephants Cemetery

The closed universe of a retirement home in France, referred to as “The Elephants cemetery”, is home to about thirty boarders, retired priests, including Father François de Gaulle, the nephew of General De Gaulle. In this Burkanibe documentary, we share the daily lives of these former missionaries, named “Pères blanc (White Fathers)” by the West […]

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Coupé! une Histoire decalée

This is a very inspiring film for youth as the philosophy of Coupe Decale is “Work Hard, Have Fun and Show Off” because you deserve it. In 2002, armed with computers and music software, a group of young Ivorians living in France, and led by the charismatic Douk Saga created a movement called “Coupé Decale” […]

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Khartoum Offside

A group of young women in Khartoum are determined to play football professionally, and they are prepared to defy the ban imposed by Sudan’s Islamic Military government to do this. Their battle to get officially recognised as Sudan’s National Women’s team is fearless, courageous and often humorous. Through the intimate portrait of these women over […]

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Musa

Musa is the story of an uncompromising strong princess in a village in the North West of Cameroon who places her love interest over tradition. The man in question is a nomad of Fulani origin. To her royal family, this is not just a matter of priority but a disrespect of long-standing traditions, and must […]

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El Ghriba’s Jews

This film presents one of the most successful models of peaceful cohabitation between peoples and their religions. El Ghriba represents a coexistence that the world today struggles to establish elsewhere. The annual pilgrimage of El Ghriba on the Island of Djerba in Tunisia is one of the most famous events celebrations. It is an event […]

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Head or Tail

A painting of a love doomed to failure, which traces the journey of three slices of lives. An array of taboos both in his prodigality and atrocity. It emphasises and highlights the evil powers of the traditions in a world where sins and values are blurred, are lost and dissolve. “The film delves into societal […]

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Maasai Remix

Maasai Remix follows three Maasai individuals who in different settings – the United Nations, a Tanzanian village, and an American university – face challenges to their community by drawing strength from local traditions, modifying them when necessary, and melding them with new resources. […]

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