New York’s African Film Festival is celebrating its twentieth anniversary with the theme “Looking Back, Looking Forward.”
It is honoring the first generation of African filmmakers like Ousmane Sembene, and introducing a new wave of African directors.
Host Michel Martin talks with festival founder Mahen Bonetti.
They’re joined by Frances Bodomo, who is showing her short film Boneshaker at the event.
I absolutely identify with Bodomo’s statements about constantly moving around and being a ‘migrant’, rather than an ‘immigrant’, living and existing between several cultures. She also makes some important statements about the stereotypical images of Africa recent generations in the West have become all too familiar with, as well as the important of filmmaking from African sources.
Bonetti’s link between the experiences of those of us who grew up on the continent and our peers who have either grown up or spent a significant time living in the West is also a critical relationship to recognize and build on.