New York African 2018: Documentary Overview

Festival:
The 25th New York African Film Festival

Dates:
May 16-22

About:
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.

BURKINABÈ RISING

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.

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