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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.

(via NPR)

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.

'Mama Africa' is a biopic about the late and legendary South African musician and activist Miriam Makeba. Throughout Makeba’s musical career, her influence was not only felt in her home country, but all over Africa and the world.

The title of the film is in reference to the affectionate name in which she came to be known by throughout the continent as the film pays tribute to a woman whose spirit still lives on.

The film will be showing on April 11 at 7:15 P.M. and on April 13 at 1:30 P.M. at the Walter Reade Theater, Lincoln Center.

Filmed entirely in Lagos and directed by Nigerian filmmaker Andy Amadi Okoroafor, ‘Relentless’ is a highly emotional tale that tells the story of a former Sierra Leone peace-keeper who struggles to come to terms with the ghosts and demons of his past. 

The film will show on April 13at 8 P.M. at the Walter Reade Theater, Lincoln Center at the New York African Film Festival.

DIASPORA EVENT: Celebrating its 19th year, the annual New York African Film Festival is upon us once again. Screening a host of diverse African films from all over the continent and parts of the Diaspora, the event takes place between April 11th - 17th and will also include talks and workshops open to the general public.

Find out more about the films that will be screened at the event.