The 19th New York African Film Festival: April 11-17

This film festival–still the premier site for African film in New York City and on the US east coast–opens tonight at Lincoln Center with a showing of “Mama Africa,” the 2011 documentary by Finnish director Mika Kaurismäki about the life of singer Miriam Makeba “who brought South African music to the world.” The well structured documentary, a celebration of Makeba’s life, is a mix of archived video footage, and interviews with some of her closest family associates (her grandchildren Nelson Lumumba Lee and Zenzi Monique Lee, former husband Hugh Masekela and musicians Sipho Mabuse, Abigail Kubeka, Angelique Kidjo and Dorothy Masuku.)  Other films include “Relentless” (see our review on Friday) “How to steal 2 million,” ‘Playing Warriors” and “Restless City.” The detailed program (and tickets) can be accessed here.  Africa is a Country is reviewing a selection of films from the festival (see our timeline). And on Saturday afternoon (1.30-4pm) we’re co-hosting two panels on “Cinema and Propaganda” in the Frieda and Roy Furman Gallery at Walter Reade Theater, Lincoln Center. Here’s the details: Continue reading