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Friday, March 27
7:00 p.m.

Soko Sonko
Soko Sonko Ekwa Msangi-Omari, Kenya/USA, 2014, 22 minutes (Kiswahili and Sheng with English subtitles)

When her mom gets sick, Kibibi’s dad must take her to the market to get her hair braided before school begins. Soko Sonko is a hilarious, fish-out-of-water roller-coaster of a journey about a well-intended dad who goes where no man has gone before — because only women have been there.

Simon Mukali, Kenya, 2013, 90 Minutes
(English and Swahili with English subtitles)

Set in the town of Maua (Kenya), the film follows the lives of multiple characters trying to find themselves in a world of political intrigue, revenge, and love amid the thriving yet unregulated veve business. Veve is a slang word for what is internationally known as khat or miraa. All are in search of purpose not knowing that their destinies are entwined in more ways than they imagine.

Adult situations, strong content

Q & A with Ekwa Msangi-Omari (Soko Sonko) following both screenings.

Saturday, March 28
7:00 p.m.

Beleh Eka Christa Assam, Cameroon, 2013, 26 minutes (Pidgin with English subtitles)

Set in a small village at the foot of Mount Fako in Cameroon, Beleh examines the relationship between Ekema and his heavily pregnant wife, Joffi. The difficulty she faces in her first pregnancy is made worse by the petulant and selfish demands of her irate and uncompromising husband. Things come to a head when one morning, the situation mysteriously changes in the village and there's a total role reversal between the sexes. Ekema gets to experience a day as a pregnant man and his experiences throw a whole new light on his view of Joffi's feelings.

Abderrahmane Sissako, Mali, 2014, 97 Minutes
(Tamasheq and Arabic with English subtitles)

Not far from Timbuktu, now ruled by the religious fundamentalists, Kidane lives peacefully in the dunes with his wife, Satima; his daughter, Toya; and Issan, their 12-year-old shepherd. In town, the people suffer, powerless, from the regime of terror imposed by the Jihadists determined to control their faith. Music, laughter, cigarettes, even soccer have been banned. The women have become shadows but resist with dignity. Every day, the new improvised courts issue tragic and absurd sentences. Kidane and his family are being spared the chaos that prevails in Timbuktu. But their destiny changes when Kidane accidentally kills Amadou, the fisherman who slaughtered “GPS,” his beloved cow. He now has to face the new laws of the foreign occupants. Timbuktu is Mauritania's first entry for the Best Foreign Language Film Academy Award.

Best Foreign Language Film Nominee, Academy Award, 2015
Prize of the Ecumenical Jury and the François Chalais Prize, Cannes Film Festival, 2014
Grand Prize, Union de la Critique de Cinéma (Belgium), 2015

Post-show discussion with film historian Samba Gadjigo (Mount Holyoke). Reception sponsored by the Saint Louis Metropolitan Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. to follow screening.

Sunday, March 29
7:00 p.m.

Wooden Hands
Wooden Hands Kaouther Ben Hania, Tunisia, 2013, 23 minutes (Arabic with English subtitles)

Five-year-old Amira lives with her mother in a small apartment in Tunis. On the day that she’s supposed to return to the Koranic school, dearly wishing to enjoy the few remaining hours of her holiday, Amira attaches her hand to the chair with super glue.

Dani Kouyate, Burkina Faso/France, 2014, 96 minutes
(French with English subtitles)

Soleis is a road-movie through time and space that revisits relationships between Europe and Africa, especially in regards to the way Africa has been written.

Audience Award of Innsbruck Film Festival, 2014

Youth Matinee

Saturday, March 28
1:00 p.m.

The Case of the Disappearing Daddy
Triggerfish Studio Team, South Africa, 2014, 4 minutes (English)

When Daddy goes missing during bath time, little Amy turns the case over to super sleuth A. Stemmet and her trusty deputy, Ted Tedson. This film was made in 48 hours as part of the 48 hours film project competition in South Africa.

2nd Runner Up, Best Production Design, Best Supporting Actress, Best Writing, Best Original Score, Best Producer, Best Director and Best Film, Cape Town 48 Hour Film Project, 2014

Kanyekanye Kanyekanye
Miklas Manneke, South Africa, 2013, 25 minutes (English)

In a township in South Africa, an argument about which apple is better, the red or the green, causes the greatest divide in the town’s history. A big white line is drawn through the middle of the town, and everyone who believes that the green apple is better lives on the right side of town in a green house and only wears green clothing. Everyone who believes that the red apple is better lives on the left side of town in a red house and only wears red clothing. The one rule that greens and reds do not mix is broken when Thomas, a boy from the green side of town, falls in love with Thandi, a girl from the red side of town.

Audience Choice Award, Best Short Film, Chicago International Film Festival, 2013
Audience Choice Award, Best Short Film, CinéSud Short Film Festival (France), 2014
Best Student Narrative Short Film, RiverRun International Film Festival, 2014

Khumba Khumba
Anthony Silverston, South Africa, 2013, 85 minutes (English)

Rejected by his superstitious herd, a half-striped zebra embarks on a daring quest to earn his stripes but finds the courage and self-acceptance to save all the animals of the Great Karoo. Khumba is a South African computer-animated adventure comedy film.

Best Animation, Zanzibar International Film Festival, 2014
Best Animation, Africa Movie Academy Awards, 2014

The Saint Louis Art Museum will provide crafts for the Youth Matinee.

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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. It is funded in part by a grant from the Women’s Society of Washington University. Financial assistance for this project has been also provided by the Missouri Arts Council, a state agency, and an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.

The event is also supported by the Saint Louis Art Museum; Saturday’s films are co-presented with the St. Louis Metropolitan Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.

Timbuktu was provided courtesy of Cohen Media; Veve was provided by The Festival Agency; Soleils was provided by Odelion Films; and Khumba was provided by Swank Films. Beleh, Soko Sonko and Wooden Hands were provided courtesy of the
African Film Festival New York’s Traveling Series. Kanyekanye and The Case of the Disappearing Daddy were provided courtesy of the filmmakers. Series of the African Film Festival, Inc., was made possible by the support of the National Endowment for the Arts and the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts.

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