E-Bulletin 02-07-12: AFRICAN FILM FESTIVAL, INC. IN THE MONTH OF FEBRUARY

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African Film Festival, Inc.

WINTER COMMUNITY PROGRAMS

December 21st, 2011 – March 19th, 2012

AFF IN THE MONTH OF FEBRUARY

(Broken Stones – Dir. Guetty Felin)

A NEW TWIST ON BLACK HISTORY MONTH

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 10th – SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 11th

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SCHOMBURG CENTER BLACK HISTORY MONTH CO-PRESENTATION

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 23rd

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CELEBRATING THE 75TH ANNIVERSARY OF ZORA NEALE HURSTON’S
THEIR EYES WERE WATCHING GOD

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 24th – WEDNESDAY, MARCH 28th

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SAVE THE DATE:

19TH NEW YORK AFRICAN FILM FESTIVAL

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 11th – MONDAY, MAY 28th

African Film Festival, Inc., Doc Watchers Inc.,

&

Maysles Cinema

present:

A NEW TWIST ON BLACK HISTORY MONTH

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 10th – SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 11th

Maysles Cinema

343 Lenox Avenue (Malcolm X Boulevard)

New York, NY, 10027

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(Our Generation – Dirs. Sinem Saban & Damien Curtis )

Three films focused on Australian Aborigines.

Forty percent unemployment…Wide-spread discrimination… Segregated public spaces…This quiet genocide of the very isolated Aborigines in Australia is long overdue for international mainstream attention.

Inspired by the Marcus Garvey, Malcolm X & Stokely Charmical, aboriginal activists created their own brand of Black Power. Few outside of Australia have any idea that there was once an Australian Black Panther Party, or that Aborigine and White students once organized their very own Freedom Rides through Australia.

In celebration of Black History month, we will be screening two brilliantly made narrative features, which vividly portray painful aspects of Aborigine history, and a recently completed engaging documentary which reveals the current predicament in which the Aborigines find themselves.

PROGRAM SCHEDULE

*indicates narrative feature

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 10th at 7:00 PM

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(Rabbit Proof Fence – Dir. Phillip Noyce)

RABBIT PROOF FENCE*

Phillip Noyce, Australia, 2002, 94 min.
The true story of three aboriginal girls who were forcibly taken from their homes in 1931 to be trained as domestic servants as part of an official Australian government policy. They make a daring escape and embark on an epic 1,500 mile journey to get back home — following the rabbit proof fence that bisects the Australian continent — with the authorities in hot pursuit.

RECEPTION TO FOLLOW SCREENING

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SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 11th at 5:00 PM

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(The Tracker – Dir. Rolf de Heer)

THE TRACKER*

Rolf de Heer, Australia, 2002, 98 min.
The year is 1922. The Tracker (David Gulpilil) has the job of pursuing a fugitive, an aborigine who is suspected of murdering a white woman, as he leads three mounted policemen across the outback. As they move deeper into the bush and further away from civilization, the toxic forces of paranoia and violence begin to escalate, stirring up questions of what is black and what is white and who is leading whom. Their journey becomes an acrimonious and murderous trek that shifts power from one man to another.

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SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 11th at 7:00 PM

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(Our Generation – Dirs. Sinem Saban & Damien Curtis )

OUR GENERATION
Sinem Saban & Damien Curtis, Australia, 2010, 73 min.
Our Generation is a powerful and upfront documentary on the Australian Aboriginal struggle for their land, culture and freedom — a story that has been silenced by the Australian Government and mainstream media. In this film, national indigenous leaders, historians and human rights activists explore the ongoing clash of cultures that is threatening to wipe out the oldest continuing culture in the world.

RECEPTION TO FOLLOW SCREENING

For more information about the series, visit – www.mayslesinstitute.org

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African Film Festival, Inc.

&

Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture

Present:

SCHOMBURG CENTER BLACK HISTORY MONTH CO-PRESENTATION

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 23rd

7:00 p.m.

Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture
515 Malcolm X Boulevard (at 135th)

New York, New York 10037

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(Broken Stones – Dir. Guetty Felin)

BROKEN STONES*
Guetty Felin, Haiti/France/US, 2012, 61 min.
The oldest neighborhood of the city of Por t-au-Prince, Haiti, Quar tier Cathédrale (Catheral Quarter) was the most devastated sector in the city, it is also where the bulk of the documentary Broken Stones was shot. With its erected columns and open air,the ruins of the cathedral resembles an amphitheater where the daily realities of Haitian life unfolds…

Panel discussion with the filmmaker and guest panelists will follow the screening.

*Special Preview Screening

THIS EVENT IS FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

For more information about the series, visit – www.africanfilmny.org

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WNYC Presents:

CELEBRATING THE 75TH ANNIVERSARY OF ZORA NEALE HURSTON’S
THEIR EYES WERE WATCHING GOD

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 24th – WEDNESDAY, MARCH 28th

The Jerome L. Greene Performance Space

44 Charlton Street (Between Vandam St. and Charlton St.)

New York, NY 10014

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Celebrate this seminal work from the American literary canon with live theater, conversations and more this season from The Greene Space.

PROGRAM SCHEDULE

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 24th at 7:00 PM

I, TOO, SING AMERICA: LANGSTON AND ZORA’S UNSUNG COLLABORATION

I, Too, Sing America: Langston And Zora’s Unsung Collaboration Host Terrance McKnight explores the music of the era through the lens of Langston Hughes and his close and controversial relationship with Zora Neale Hurston.

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WEDNESDAY FEBRUARY 29th & THURSDAY, MARCH 1st

at 7:00 PM

THEIR EYES WERE WATCHING GOD: A RADIO DRAMA

Starring Brandon Dirdon, Phylicia Rashad, Roslyn Ruff, Leslie Uggams and others. Radio drama adapted by Arthur Yorinks.

Directed by Ruben Santiago-Hudson

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WEDNESDAY, MARCH 14th at 6:00 PM

A LITERARY SALON

Mix and mingle and enjoy readings from Their Eyes Were Watching God by poet and actor Carl Hancock Rux.

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WEDNESDAY, MARCH 28th at 7:00 PM

WOMEN WRITERS ON THE HORIZON

A conversation with Alice Walker, Sonia Sanchez and Ruby Dee, moderated by Zora Neale Hurston’s niece, Lucy Anne Hurston.

For more information about the series, visit – thegreenespace.org

Presented by WNYC

Co-Presented by African Film Festival, Inc.

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SAVE THE DATE:

19TH NEW YORK AFRICAN FILM FESTIVAL

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 11th – MONDAY, MAY 28th

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(Stocktown South Africa – Dir. Teddy Goitom) Please save the date. The 19th New York African Film Festival will commence in April 2012, with a dynamic presentations of films and live performances. More information will be available in the coming weeks.

FESTIVAL SCHEDULE

THURSDAY, APRIL 5th

WNYC Jerome L. Greene Space

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 11th – TUESDAY, APRIL 17th

Walter Reade Theater @ Lincoln Center

THURSDAY, APRIL 19th

Institute of African Studies @ Columbia University

FRIDAY, MAY 4th & SATURDAY, MAY 5th

Maysles Cinema Institute

FRIDAY, MAY 25th – MONDAY, MAY 28th

BAMcinématek @ BAM Rose Cinemas

For more information on our programming, please contact us by phone or email or check our social networking sites:

Facebook African Film Festival, Inc
for in-depth information on films, including photos…

Twitter @AfricanFilmFest
for up-to-the-minute updates during the festival…

Youtube AfricanFilmFest
for teasers and previews from this year’s film selection!

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For over twenty years, African Film Festival, Inc. (AFF) has bridged the divide between post-colonial Africa and the American public through the medium of film. AFF’s unique place in the international arts community is distinguished not only by leadership in festival management but by a comprehensive approach to the advocacy of African film and culture. AFF established the New York African Film Festival (NYAFF) in 1993 with Film Society of Lincoln Center. The New York African Film Festival is presented annually at the Walter Reade Theater by African Film Festival, Inc. and Film Society of Lincoln Center, in association with Brooklyn Academy of Music. AFF also produces a series of local, national, and international programs throughout the year.

African Film Festival, Inc. (AFF) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) arts organization.

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