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Friday, March 28 at 7:00 p.m.

Unspoken 10 minutes
Sunny King - Nigeria / UK, 2013

(in English)

Two days before Lola’s dream wedding, her maid of honour stumbles on a secret that could change all of their lives forever. Unspoken is a story of commitment to love and friendship in the face of societal taboos we dare not confront.

Official Selection, Pan African Film Festival, 2014

Aya of Yop City 85 minutes
Marguerite Abouet - Ivory Coast / France, 2013

(in French with English subtitles)

Against the colorful and spirited backdrop of the Ivory Coast in the 1970s, Aya is a vibrant, beautifully animated film. From teen romance to parental tribulations, a rare glimpse into African daily lives, set to the funky sounds of a groovy soundtrack.

Film discussion to follow screening and facilitated by the Brown School African Students Association.

Saturday, March 29 at 1:00 p.m.

Money Tree 7 minutes
Hawanatu Bangura - Sierra Leone / Australia, 2011

(in English)

This is a short animated film about a young boy who wants to become rich by planting a stolen coin.

Imprint 4 minutes
Hawanatu Bangura - Sierra Leone / Australia, 2013

(in English)

This is a short film about the significance of passing down a dance tradition from one generation to the next.

Felix 97 minutes
Roberta Durrant - South Africa, 2013

(in English)

Thirteen-year-old Felix Xaba dreams of becoming a saxophonist like his late father, but his mother thinks jazz is the devil’s music. When Felix takes a scholarship at an elitist private school, he defies his mother and turns to two aging members of his father’s old band to help him prepare for the school jazz concert.

Best Director, African International Film Festival, 2013
Audience Award, Durban International Film Festival, 2013

Saturday, March 29 at 7:00 p.m.

Bone Shaker 13 minutes
Frances Bodomo - Ghana / USA, 2013

(in English)

An African family, lost in America, travels to a Louisiana church to find a cure for their troubled child.

Nomination, Best Short, Sundance, 2013
Nomination, Best Short, Edinburgh International Film Festival, 2013

Tey 86 minutes
Alain Gomis - Senegal / France, 2012

(in Wolof with English subtitles)

What would you do if you knew today was your last day on earth? A joyous, impressionistic celebration of life and death, Tey follows Satché from the moment he wakes, with full knowledge of his imminent passing. Satché reminisces about his friends and family, reflecting on the choices he has made and their consequences.

Special Jury Prize, Narrative Feature, RiverRun International Film Festival, 2013
Golden Stallion, Best Film, FESPACO, 2013
Best Actor, FESPACO, 2013

Tey is co-presented with the Senegalese Association of Saint Louis and the Saint Louis, Missouri-Senegal Sister Cities Committee.

Reception to follow.

Sunday, March 30 at 7:00 p.m.

Faisal Goes West 34 minutes
Bentley Brown - Sudan / USA, 2013

(in English and Arabic with English subtitles)

Faisal and his family come to America in search of a better life. Unfortunately, they have to battle an economic crisis along with cultural and linguistic barriers. Faisal realizes that he is not prepared for his dream of attending an American university, and he begins looking for work. His friend promises to find Faisal a job. After a journey by bus and train, the two arrive at a chicken farm. Only through trials and hardship, can Faisal learn the tough lessons necessary to gain ground in his new homeland.

Best Original Narrative Short, Worldfest Houston International Film Festival, 2013
Official Selection, London Short Film Festival, 2013

Alaskaland 75 minutes
Chinonye Chukwu - Nigeria / USA, 2012

(in English)

Alaskaland tells the story of Chukwuma, an Alaska-raised Nigerian struggling to balance his cultural heritage with the pressures of the world around him. After a family tragedy forces a two-year estrangement from his younger sister, Chidinma, the siblings reconnect in their hometown. Although their time apart has created new frictions, they find their reconciliation bringing them closer to each other and to their roots in this gorgeous, knowing debut film.

Official Selection, Chicago International Film Festival, 2012

Q&A with filmmaker Chinonye Chukwu after the screening.

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Sponsored by African & African-American Studies and Film & Media Studies in Arts & Sciences, African Students Association, and the Brown School African Students Association of Washington University. Funded in part by a grant from the Women’s Society of Washington University and financial assistance by the Missouri Arts Council, a state agency.

The event is supported by the Saint Louis Art Museum which provided craft activities for the Youth Matinee; Saturday’s films are co-presented by the Saint Louis Metropolitan Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.

Tey is provided courtesy of Belle Moon Productions; Money Tree and Imprint are provided courtesy of the filmmakers; Felix is provided courtesy of Penguin Films; and Aya of Yop City is provided courtesy of TF1 International. All other films are provided courtesy of the Traveling Series of the African Film Festival, Inc., which was made possible by the support of the National Endowment for the Arts and the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts.