My Africa Is – Trailer
My Africa Is peers into the soul and spirit of Nairobi through three stories of innovation. Viewers will meet game developers who create African superheroes to inspire Kenyan youth; a self-taught engineer who builds drones as a solution to Kenya’s poaching problem and trains youth in the technology to build human capacity; and two rock bands that are part of a growing rock scene in Nairobi. Along the way viewers will be introduced to the city, a restless and bustling metropolis with a musicality and energy that only locals can fathom. Meet the Africa that most don’t know but which is the reality of millions.
Days of Hope – Trailer
Days of Hope weaves three immigrant stories into a unflinching portrait of courage and sacrifice as they travel, by any means, across deserts and oceans from Africa to Europe in the hopes of providing a better life for the families they leave behind. Days of Hope presents the human side of these immigrant stories as they discover that to traverse the waters that separate them from one continent is one thing; to traverse the gulf that separates them from the rest of humanity is quite another.
Tchindas – Trailer
Calm reigns in Sâo Vicente, a small Cape Verdean island (off the West Coast of Africa) where most of the people have never moved away. In Mindelo we meet Tchinda, one of their most beloved women, especially after coming out as a transgender person in the local newspaper in 1998. Since then, her name has become the way local people call queer Cape Verdeans. Tchinda sells “coxinhas” by day and in the evening is responsible for security at her bar as music and grog, the famous local rum permeates every corner of the island. In February the island evolves as thousands of people pack into the streets for Carnival.
First Friday – Trailer
On the first Friday of every month, thousands of people gather in the streets of downtown Oakland. Rich and poor, young and old, black and white, they all meet here. As the event grows, it becomes symbolically attached to the city’s larger cultural and economic renaissance. But after a teenager is murdered during the event, the future of First Fridays and the rebirth of Oakland itself is in peril. This film provides a multi-layered snapshot of a fascinating American city while exploring issues of redevelopment, gentrification and violence that many other urban centers face.
Native Sun – Trailer
Native Sun follows Mumin, a precocious young boy who makes the long trip to Accra from his home in Ghana’s rural northern region. He leaves, having just experienced his mother’s death. Her last words to him were a directive to find the father he has never met.
Pan! Our Music Odyssey – Trailer
Each year, philharmonic orchestras of over 100 musicians come to Trinidad from countries throughout the world to compete for the greatest Pan event: the Panaroma. Pan is the story of the men and women through out the Caribbean and the world who staked all on their art and whose passion and daring has drawn them to the world championships. Their stories are interlaced with re- enactments of the rags-to-riches tale of the steelband movement, which was born in poverty and violence but climbed to the highest levels of social and artistic acceptance without losing its life-or-death urgency.
The Abominable Crime
The Abominable Crime, at heart, is a story about a mother’s love for her child and an activist’s troubled love for his country. It gives voice to Jamaicans like Simone Edwards, who survives an anti-gay shooting, and Maurice Tomlinson, a leading activist who is forced to flee the country after being outed.
Told as they unfold, these personal accounts take the audience on an emotional journey traversing four years and five countries. Their stories expose the roots of homophobia in Jamaican society, reveal the deep psychological and social impacts of discrimination on the lives of gays and lesbians and offer intimate first-person perspectives on the risks and challenges of seeking asylum abroad.
AfroPunk Presents The Triptych
AFROPUNK presents the Triptych is a unique and profound documentary film series profiling some of the most outspoken visual artists of our time: artists whose talent spans the gamut from interdisciplinary to photography and performance. Produced by AFROPUNK Pictures, the documentary is itself a work of art, featuring three intimate 25-minute conversations with three bold and culturally resonant voices in art. Each monologue is a reflection of their life experiences, letting the viewer discover how their observations have shaped the art they create.
The first in the series features Sanford Biggers, Wangechi Mutu and Barron Claiborne—contemporaries, luminaries and friends. Their keen reflections on the world are at once startling and insightful.
Sound of Torture
Since Europe closed its borders in 2006, thousands of Eritrean refugees have fled their military dictator-ruled country towards Israel. The only way out is across the Sinai desert in Egypt. There, many are kidnapped by Bedouin smugglers and taken to camps where they are tortured and raped as they are forced to call their relatives begging for ransom for their release.
Told through the eyes of an increasingly empowered heroine, The Carrier is a powerful and moving portrait of an unconventional family, set against the backdrop of the growing HIV/AIDS epidemic in Zambia. This lyrical film follows Mutinta Mweemba, a 28-year-old subsistence farmer living in a polygamous marriage. After learning she is HIV positive and pregnant, Mutinta sets out to keep her unborn child virus-free and to break the cycle of transmission.
In 2009, in Senegal, where “football is king,” a women’s football street tournament is organized for the first time by the association Ladies’ Turn. Despite the passionate commitment of Seyni, the former captain of the women’s national team, and of the women and men that fight at her side, the game is far from won.
Defying taboos and prejudices, the girls play on the fields for a growing audience. Will they be allowed to go all the way and play the game they love?
John Ambrose Kenwyn Rawlins was an ordinary man of modest means. He was a good father, grandfather and husband; an obedient public servant. Yet the most vivid part of his life was lived in was a small workshop beneath his house. In there, at the end of his workday, he made things. From simple push toys to elaborate 1/16th scale waterline battle ship models and dockyards, miniature furniture and dolls houses, he painstakingly constructed everything from scratch, sometimes spending upwards of a year on a single model. Smallman is an exploration of the worlds, both real and imagined, that Kenwyn Rawlins made, as told by his son Richard.