The 2012 New African Film Festival begins Thursday (and runs from March 8 – 13)

AFI Silver Hosts the 8th Annual New African Films Festival
Thursday, March 8 – Tuesday, March 13
AFI Silver Theatre
8633 Colesville Road
Silver Spring, MD 20910
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AFI Silver is proud to host the 8th annual New African Films Festival, co-presented by AFI, TransAfrica and afrikafé. The vibrancy of African filmmaking from all corners of the continent is on display in this year’s acclaimed selections.

To see the entire schedule, visit AFI’s New African Film Festival site.

Opening night: Thu, Mar 8, 7:00
Opening night tickets $12/$10 AFI Members
Additional screening: Mon, Mar 12, 9:20

The late, great singer Miriam Makeba (1932–2008) was one of the most charismatic African performers of her time. At the height of her popularity in Africa, Makeba boldly took a public anti-apartheid stand that led to the revocation of her passport and the beginning of a lifetime in exile. Director Mika Kaurismäki uncovers stunning archival footage that offers a rare glimpse into Makeba’s personal life, highlighting the admiration and gratitude that she felt for Harry Belafonte, who managed her career in the United States. This documentary reveals private moments which illuminate this legendary artist’s political activism. Official Selection, 2011 AFI Fest presented by Audi. – Courtesy of AFI Fest presented by Audi

DIR/SCR/PROD Mika Kaurismäki; SCR/PROD Don Edkins; PROD Rainer Kölmel. Finland/Germany/South Africa, 2011, color/b&w, 90 min. In English and French with English subtitles. NOT RATED

Mama Africa trailer

Mama Africa – Miriam Makeba from trigon-film on Vimeo.

To see the entire schedule, visit AFI’s New African Film Festival site.

Excerpted from the AFI Silver site.

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