The 25th New York African Film Festival
This long-running series celebrates African and African diaspora cinema, and includes four documentaries among its 13 new feature offerings.
TAHAR CHERIAA: UNDER THE SHADOW OF THE BAOBAB
Two of these are profiles of notable figures of African film culture: Valérie Osouf’s ABDERRAHMNE SISSAKO: BEYOND TERRITORIES
profiles the filmmaker behind work like BAMAKO and TIMBUKTU; while Mohamed Challouf’s TAHAR CHERIAA: UNDER THE SHADOW OF THE BAOBAB
is about the Tunisian who founded Africa’s first film festival in Carthage.
The remaining docs are also arts-focused: Iara Lee’s BURKINABÈ RISING
, on nonviolent resistance by artists and others in Burkina Faso; and Joanne Hock’s PURPLE DREAMS
, about the impact of musical theatre arts education on a predominantly African-American southern high school.