Date: April 7th through April 13th
Venue: Walter Reade Theatre (165 W 65th St., 212-721-6500
The 2010 New York African Film Festival (AFF), presented under the banner “Independent Africa,” spotlights 17 African nations, as they observe 50 years of independence from colonial rule. These nations include: Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Congo, Cote D’Ivoire (Ivory Coast), Democratic Republic of Congo, Gabon, Madagascar, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Somalia and Togo. Complementing the theme of independence, the festival incorporates rare archival footage of African nations as they transitioned from colonial rule, alongside independently produced classic and contemporary African cinema, to bring into full view a strong visual narrative, which chronicles the changes throughout the continent, over a 50-year period. Rounding off the festival are films that highlight the World Cup in South Africa!
PROCLAMATION OF A GRIOT
Performance by griot, storyteller and artist Fifi Dalla Kouyate.
Frieda and Roy Furman Gallery, Walter Reade Theater, April 7th Columbia University, 420 W. 118th St., April 14th
Fifi Dalla Kouyate is a griot, storyteller and artist with a majestic stage presence. In her performance, she will be the voice and live memory, representing the fathers of the emancipation, the liberation and the union of all African countries! For two nights only, Ms. Kouyate will perform her performance of proclamations of independence.