(Thursday) 10:00 am - 11:00 am
We bring you a presentation on how the Africa Center is transforming the world’s understanding of Africa, its Diaspora and the role of people of African descent in the world.
We bring you a presentation on how the Africa Center is transforming the world’s understanding of Africa, its Diaspora and the role of people of African descent in the world. Serving as the hub for the exchange of ideas around culture, business, and policy related to the continent, and in the spirit of collaboration and engagement with individuals and institutions who share the Center’s values, The Africa Center inspires enthusiasm, and advances thought and action around Africa’s global influence and impact on our collective and shared futures.
Also join us for a presentation and 2 film clips celebrating the 28th New York African Film Festival is presented under the banner, “Notes From Home: Recurring Dreams & Women’s Voices.” Programs in this edition of the festival present the many different “types of Africa”. It reflects the dynamism of “African-ness”, highlighting the ways in which we are all connected in cyclical dreams of hope and change and the voices of women who push the culture forward while preserving treasured traditions.
Presenting an array of offerings that capture “Africanness” in its myriad iterations and manifestations, NYAFF spotlights the global Black community’s influence on our cultural pasts, present, and futures.
The festival took place in Film at Lincoln Center’s Virtual Cinema from February 4 to 14. The second leg of the festival is live from February 18 to March 4 at Maysles Documentary Center Virtual Cinema. Tickets are available here.
Featured Film Clip 1
The Inconvenience of Being Black:
DIRECTOR: UKACHI ARINZEH
USA, 8 min, 2020, English
A young motorist faces the challenges of driving while Black during a routine traffic stop.
Featured Film Clip 2
Konaté’s Gift ( (Le truc de Konaté):
DIRECTOR: FANTA REGINA NACRO
BURKINA FASO, 1998. 33m
Dioula w/English subtitles.
When Djénéba returns from the city where she has been visiting her cousin, she brings
her husband, Konaté, a wonderful gift, a condom. Konaté is furious and refuses to
change his habits. Djénéba, well aware of the effects of AIDS, refuses to give in.
Speakers for this event
Mahen Bonetti is the Founder and Executive Director of African Film Festival, Inc. As ED, she curates and facilitates all AFF programming in conjunction with AFF staff and participating partners. She has served on panels for the Panafrican Film and Television Festival of Ougadougou (FESPACO), the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, and Africa’s U.S. diplomatic offices, among others. Bonetti is the recipient of France’s Chevalier De L’Ordre Des Arts Et Des Lettres, an award bestowed by the French government. Mahen Bonetti is originally from Sierra Leone.
Uzodinma is an award-winning writer, filmmaker, and medical doctor. As the CEO of The Africa Center, he is dedicated to promoting a new narrative about Africa and its Diaspora. Uzodinma was the CEO, Editor-In-Chief, and co-Founder of Ventures Africa magazine, a publication that covers the evolving business, policy, culture, and innovation spaces in Africa. His books include Beasts of No Nation, a novel released in 2005 to critical acclaim and adapted into a major motion picture; Our Kind of People, a non-fiction account of HIV/AIDS in Nigeria released in 2012; and Speak No Evil, a novel about a queer first-generation Nigerian-American teen living in Washington, D.C. He was also the founding CEO of the Private Sector Health Alliance of Nigeria, an organization that promotes private sector investment in health services and health innovation in Nigeria. He sits on the boards of the Sundance Institute and the African Development Bank’s Presidential Youth Advisory Group. A graduate of Harvard University and the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, he lives in New York City and Lagos, Nigeria.