African FILM FESTIVAL New Zealand

AUCKLAND 26 NOVEMBER-6 DECEMBER 2020 | WELLINGTON 4-8 NOVEMBER 2020

Fig Tree

During the Ethiopian civil war, a Jewish teenager struggles to keep her beloved Christian boyfriend from being drafted, as she resists the pressure of leaving with her family to go to Israel without him. Set at a traumatic time in Ethiopia’s history, the film poses questions integral to the current international immigration debate: When war […]

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Freedom is Not Free

Since its adoption in June 1955 by the Congress movement, the Freedom Charter has been the key political document that acted as a beacon and source of inspiration in the liberation struggle against Apartheid. It was reputedly the main source that informed democratic South Africa’s liberal constitution and a constant reference point for the ruling […]

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Dhalinyaro

Deka, Asma and Hibo are three young Djibuti women from different socio-economic backgrounds who are studying for their secondary school graduation exam together. A beautiful insight into lives and loyalties of Djibouti teenagers whose concerns, in spite of an externally repressive culture, are those of teenagers everywhere regardless of religions and traditions. […]

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Wallay

Ady, a 13 year-old boy, no longer listens to his father, who raises him alone in southern France. The father running out of resources, decides to entrust Ady to his uncle Amadou for the summer. Uncle Amadou and his family live across the Mediterranean Sea in Burkina Faso! There, at 13 years of age, one […]

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Mama Africa

An unforgettable portrait of Miriam Makeba (1932-2008), the world-famous South African artist and civil right activist, who devoted her life to promoting peace and justice and fi ghting racism around the planet. A fi gurehead of the Black African movement in exile, her music and daily practice incarnated the hopes and fears of Africa through […]

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Frontières

The paths of four very different women converge in this free spirited road movie across western Africa. Each is making the long trip from Bamako in Mali to Nigeria’s bustling capital Lagos, passing through Burkina Faso and Benin on the way. Crammed together on a stifling bus, they take in the breathtaking landscapes of coastal […]

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Captain Thomas Sankara

A portrait comprised of material from the archives of Thomas Sankara, president of Burkina Faso from 1983 until his assassination in 1987. Through his desire to liberate his country and transform his fellow citizens’ way of thinking by questioning the world order and challenging the authority of those with power at that time, he made […]

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The Whale Caller

Based on the novel by renowned South African author, Zakes Mda.The seaside village of Hermanus is overrun with whale-watchers; foreign tourists determined to see whales in their natural habitat. But when the tourists have gone home, the Whale Caller lingers at the shoreline, wooing a whale he has named Sharisha with cries from a kelp […]

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Soleils

An old man is entrusted with curing a young girl struck by amnesia. He takes her on a healing trip, eccentric and joyous, to Ouagadougou – by way of the Cape, Berlin, Mali, Belgium… In a series of travels full of surprises, they meet characters both remarkable and luminous – or ignorant, with set ideas; […]

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TIGERNUT(Mousso Faso)

A worldwide trade war has broken out over the control and distribution of the new healthy Super Food, tiger nuts. An investigation uncovers a plot of international corruption and abuses around the production of tiger nuts by European and American companies exploiting African resources. “Tigernut” shows the encouraging response of thousands of families resisting this […]

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Hayat

Thirty Moroccan immigrants are on a road trip and forced to coexist within a single space – a bus. From the extremist to the prostitute, a revolutionary Marxist, musician, their experience becomes a laboratory of events. From Northen Morocco down to the south the film gets you to absorb the aesthetics and the absurdity of […]

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Noma

Nomaliphathwe Gwele, a young single mother of two, disabled infant, decides to improve her life. She joins a group in a land occupation action, to build her own shack in the new slum, risking violent evictions. […]

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