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August 28th: A Day in the Life of a PeopleAva DuVernay IFFR 2018 22′
Ava DuVernay's short film looks at six significant events in African-American history that all occurred on that date in different years.
Beyond NollywoodIFFR 2018
Beyond Nollywood is a term coined by curator Nadia Denton to describe New Wave cinema coming out of Nigeria and its diaspora: indie, animation, experimental, documentary films and music videos.
Black BarbieComfort Arthur IFFR 2018 4′
A young black woman bleaches her skin to conform to societal pressure.
Black GirlOusmane Sembène IFFR 2018 59′
A young Senegalese woman is 'chosen' as a governess by a rich French family in Dakar. When she moves to live with them in France, a dream seems to be coming true. This influential film by Sembene, the father of African cinema, clinically exposes the colonial process of dehumanization through an extremely layered narrative.
BornMichael Omonua IFFR 2018 8′
A young woman feels she has no choice but to terminate her pregnancy.
La boucheCamilo Restrepo IFFR 2018 19′
A daughter was murdered. Time stands still as a father oscillates between the need for solace and his urge for revenge. A sung story.
Bridging the GapIFFR 2018
IFFR’s programme PACT focuses on the history of Pan-Africanism as captured in films. The main event through which the festival explores this underexposed milestone in history is Bridging the Gap. A vibrant six-hour non-stop talk show with a collection of cinema, debates, music and arts. In colaboration with The Nest Collective from Nairobi.
BroodMichael Omonua IFFR 2018 5′
A guy can't get a difficult conversation out of his head.
Café com canelaAry Rosa, Glenda Nicácio IFFR 2018 102′
Violeta lives in a Brazilian Bahia village full of striking characters. Everyone struggles with daily life, scarred by loss and mourning, yet all find comfort in the sense of community and spirituality. Only Margarida suffers in solitude and silence. A transforming film about transformation.
The Color Line: African American Agency in Cultural RepresentationIFFR 2018
Films from the Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture revisiting W.E.B. Du Bois' notion that "the problem of the twentieth century is the problem of the color line".
Cook OffTomas L. Brickhill IFFR 2018 115′
Single mother Anesu has been signed up for a cooking contest by her son and best friend. It's anything but exotic: universal themes such as love or its lack, jealousy and cooking against the clock. A warm family film full of African stars that received support in optimistic, brand-new, post-Mugabe Zimbabwe.
Les deux visages d'une femme BamilékéRosine Mbakam IFFR 2018 76′
An exploratory documentary by a daughter about her mother in Cameroon. Mama Bamiléké tells daughter Rosine Mbakam about arranged marriage, a second wife in the family, poverty and repression by the French. Mbakam uses the material to celebrate the strength of Cameroon women.
Didn't We Ramble OnBilly Jackson IFFR 2018 14′
Documentary about the tradition of marching bands in African-American culture.
EllenDaryne Joshua IFFR 2018 124′
The true story of Ellen Pakkies, a mother suffering from her adult son Abie’s addiction. In Cape Flats, a poverty-stricken, violent area in Cape Town, danger is everywhere, with almost no way out. This drives her to commit a dramatic act: she kills her own child.
Fluid FrontiersEphraim Asili IFFR 2018 23′
Powerful final part in the series of films in which Asili studies his relationship to the African diaspora. Will be screened both as part of Bright Future Short and PACT (Pan-African Cinema Today).
Footprints of Pan AfricanismShirikiana Aina IFFR 2018 77′
Robert Lee was one of the black Americans who heeded Kwame Nkrumah’s call to return home. Not only to help build up Ghana, the first African state to liberate itself, but also to stimulate the liberation of the whole continent. A documentary that uses witnesses' testimony to present the many historical threads of Pan-Africanism.
The Foreigner's HomeRian Brown, Geoff Pingree IFFR 2018 57′
In 2006 Nobel Prize-winning author Toni Morrison curated an exhibition in the Louvre based around Géricault’s painting The Raft of the Medusa. She argued for the contemporary relevance of this work through artists and ‘outsiders’ who have been displaced. She finds out that, during the following 10 years, the problem has not only become larger, but also more urgent.
Freak the Fxxk OutKanso Ogbolu IFFR 2018 4′
Creepy figures in the shape of humans do strange things.
Las Gidi ViceUdoka Oyeka IFFR 2018 17′
TJ meets a girl at a party, unaware that she is about to give him a night he will never forget.
Got Flowers TodayJibril Mailafia IFFR 2018 4′
"Even though he beat me, I got flowers today." A touching animation based on a poem by Paulette Kelly.
HairatJessica Beshir IFFR 2018 7′
At night, outside the walls of the Ethiopian city of Harar, Yussuf Mume Saleh gets together with a group of spotted hyenas.
Harvest 3000 YearsHaile Gerima IFFR 2018 150′
A poor peasant family resists a violent feudal lord. This original 16mm version of Gerima's first Ethiopian featureis both in substance as in form a passionate revolutionary narrative and an allegory about the class system and colonialism at a time of collective resistance to oppression in Africa and the United States.
Her Name in My MouthIFFR 2018 6′
A reinvocation of the Aba Women’s War, the 1929 anti-colonial uprising in Nigeria, through embodiment, gesture and the archive.
Home Movie Excerpts from Cab Calloway on Tour in South America and the CaribbeanCab Calloway IFFR 2018 7′
16 mm Kodachrome silent home movies mixed with audio excerpts taken from Cab Calloway’s personal acetate master recordings and his radio quiz show Quizzicale.
How Can I Ever Be LateClaudrena N. Harold, Kevin Jerome Everson IFFR 2018 5′
African-American students at the University of Virginia welcome the band Sly and the Family Stone at Charlottesville airport in 1973.
I Believe in PinkVictoria Thomas IFFR 2018 5′
In a crowded market on the Lagos mainland, John makes men beautiful by tattooing their lips.
IFFR Presents PACT: Archives and Collections of Pan-African ContentIFFR 2018
An inquiring programme about the dynamics of archives and archival collections, introduced by Dr. Rhea L. Combs and Jon Goff from the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture.
IFFR x DDG: PACT Workshop Haile GerimaIFFR 2018
Critically acclaimed and influential director, Haile Gerima will share his vision on the importance of independent cinematic expression as opposed to formulated conventions and stereotypes. He will encourage oppressed voices to develop a visual and narrative language to express one’s personal and cultural sources and engage social change.
Kemtiyu, Cheikh AntaOusmane William Mbaye IFFR 2018 94′
The remarkable story about the lifework of Senegalese scientist Cheikh Anta Diop who studied philosophy, physics, chemistry, history and linguistics. All this knowledge came together in his thesis: Africa is the birthplace of civilisation and the Egyptian pharaohs were black Africans. A claim with a high price to pay.
Das Kongo TribunalMilo Rau IFFR 2018 100′
Through an unofficial tribunal, theatre-maker and filmmaker Milo Rau exposes the mechanisms behind the mass murders in the Congo. Tribunal participants reveal how mining companies exploit the land in this region, resulting in armed militia, civil war and genocide.
LumumbaIFFR 2018 115′
Raoul Peck (I Am Not Your Negro) first made a documentary, then this political thriller about Patrice Lumumba, the first president of the Congo following the struggle for independence from Belgium. This beloved prophet of Pan-Africanism faced powerful foes in Belgium and the United States. Several months after his stormy rise to power, he was brutally murdered.