The African Film Series brings together recent releases from the African Film Festival’s traveling series with a special screening of Jean-Marie Téno’s Chief! this November 7th to 15th at Amherst Cinema.
The African Film Series 2007 begins with a talk by AFF founder and executive director Mahen Bonetti on Wednesday, November 7th at 5.00 pm followed at 5.30 pm by a special screening of Jean-Marie Téno's Chief! and post-screening discussion of the film with the filmmaker. Téno’s provocative documentaries have garnered international acclaimed for their searching critiques and complexity. The series continues with the Amherst area première of the AFF traveling series in a screening of four short films on Thursday, November 8th at 4.00 pm and the following week with screenings on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday at 4.30 pm of Jean-Pierre Bekolo’s Les Saignantes with an introduction by Meadow Dibble-Dieng, Balufu Bakupu-Kanyinda’s Juju Factory, and Cheick F. Camara’s Clouds over Conakry with an introduction by Patrick Mensah.
Amherst College is proud to collaborate with African Film Festival (AFF) in its commitment to the long-term success of African cinema by expanding the bases of distribution and remaining committed to the continued cultivation of new audiences. The AFF traveling series (AFFTS) represents selections from the 14th annual New York African Film Festival, which launched under the banner “Celebrating 50 Years of Independence and Cinema.” This year’s traveling series includes short- and feature-length films from Cameroon, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Guinea, Nigeria, Lesotho, and South Africa that span a range of genres and modes from documentary to futuristic thriller, from political satire to social melodrama. For longtime fans of African cinema and for newcomers alike, the series provides an insightful glimpse into the diversity and imagination of contemporary African filmmaking and an opportunity to participate in discussions about these films.
This series is part of a wider commitment to making African cinemas a more regular part of local film culture that will include special events at the Massachusetts Multicultural Film Festival, hosted by the University of Massachusetts in 2008.
The African Film Series is made possible by the generous support of the Corliss Lamont Lectureship for a Peaceful World (Amherst College) with the additional support of the Department of Black Studies (Amherst College), Department of English (Amherst College), Department of Film Studies (Mount Holyoke College), Department of French (Amherst College), Five College African Studies Council, Five College Film Council, Interdepartmental Program in Film Studies (University of Massachusetts), and Office of Diversity and Inclusion (Amherst College).