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A cinematic companion to BAM’s DanceAfrica Festival that showcases the best new narrative, documentary, and short films across Africa and the diaspora. This year, the series will specifically focus on films from and about Rwanda, marking the 25th anniversary of the Rwandan genocide. DanceAfrica Festival 2019—which includes dance, music, film, visual art, a bazaar, and workshops.
The series begins with Sew the Winter to My Skin (2018), Jahmil X.T. Qubeka’s sensually rich epic based on the life and legend of John Kepe, a Robin Hood-esque who achieved folk hero status by robbing and outwitting colonizers in 1950s South Africa. Other films include Finding Hillywood (Warshawski & Towey, 2013), a documentary chronicling the birth of Rwanda’s burgeoning film industry, screening with Imfura (Ishimwe, 2018), a 2018 Berlinale Silver Bear-winning short film about the legacy of the Rwandan genocide; Rwandan filmmaker Anisia Uzeyman’s iPhone-shot debut feature, Dreamstates (2016), an otherworldy vision of America through the eyes of an outsider; Intore (Kabera, 2014), an inspiring documentary about overcoming Rwanda’s tragic history by reclaiming music, dance, and resilience, screening with A Place for Myself (Dusabejambo, 2016), a portrait of a young Rwandan girl with albinism; and Sometimes in April (2005), Raoul Peck’s shattering account of the Rwandan genocide, starring Idris Elba (free screening).
The series continues with Ouaga Girls (Dahlberg, 2017), a documentary following a group of young women studying to be mechanics in a rapidly changing Burkina Faso;The Fruitless Tree (2016), Aïcha Macky’s bravely personal documentary on taboos around childlessness in Nigeria; and Mossane (1996), a portrait of rural Senegalese life and a teenage girl’s crisis of tradition and self-determination from pioneering Senegalese director Safi Faye. Other screenings include Borders (Traoré, 2017), a portrait of traveling alone while female and a tribute to the bravery of West African women; Supa Modo (Wainaina, 2018), the story of a terminally ill Kenyan girl who dreams of being a superhero; Wallay (2016), Swiss-Burkinabe director Berni Goldblat’s debut feature, a naturalistic coming-of-age story of a French teenager sent to live with his uncle in Burkina Faso for a summer; and a program of contemporary short films.
see www.bam.org forschedule