The MFA Film Program is proud to present The 8th Annual Boston African Film Festival, February 1-29. Showcasing highlights from the New York African Film Festival and new releases from the California Newsreel—the country's leading distributor of African Cinema—this festival combines dramatic features, compelling documentaries, and smart, short films. Thirteen new films, making their Boston premieres, are from nations throughout the continent including Cameroon, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Guinea, Nigeria, South Africa, and Zimbabwe.
- Feb 1 & 2: Tradition, destiny, and duty clash in Clouds Over Conakry, by Cheick F. Camara
- Feb 9 & 15: Forgiveness by Ian Gabriel, a drama about truth and reconciliation in South Africa.
- Feb 21 & 24: Les Saignettes, by Jean-Pierre Bokolo, is Africa's first sci-fi film.
- Feb 2 & 8: A Love During the War, by Osvelde Lewat-Hallade, examines the effects of wartime rape on African women.
- Feb 2 & 24: Ezra by Newtowne Aduaka's documentary about Sierra Leone's child soldiers.
- Feb 23 & 29: Robin Shuffield's Thomas Sankara: The Upright Man examines the life and ideals of a revolutionary martyr.
In addition, don't miss two American documentaries shown in conjunction with the festival:
- Feb 1 & 9: Boston's own Franco Sacchi presents his film, This Is Nollywood
- Feb 10 & 20: Connie Field's Have You Heard from Johannesburg: Apartheid and the Club of the West
Tickets: Members, seniors and students $8; general admission $9. Discount matinee prices (weekday until 5 pm; weekends until 12:30 pm) are $6, $7. To purchase please call the box office at 617-369-3687 or online at www.mfa.org/film.
The African Film Festival National Traveling Series has been organized by the African Film Festival Inc. This series has been made possible by the generous support of National Endowments for the Arts, the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, New York State Council on the Arts, and the Tides Foundation.