African Film Festival at the New Museum presents South African Cinema Now: A Film Series
September 19 2009
In conjunction with “Intersections Intersected: The Photography of David Goldblatt,” African Film Festival has selected a series of documentary and fictional films exploring contemporary representations of South Africa, highlighting its culture, politics, and complex history. The series features three screenings at the New Museum on August 29, September 19, and October 10.
Sincerely Yours / Wa ’n Wina, 2001, 52 min.
Dir. Dumisani Phakathi, South Africa
The filmmaker returns to his old neighborhood in Soweto and engages with friends to discuss relationships, sex, and love. As his subjects talk intimately about street realities and the ways they cope with hardships, the film reveals the gap between life and AIDS campaigns that often talk past the people they try to address. English, Sotho, and Zulu with English subtitles.
Story of a Beautiful Country, 2004, 73 min
Khalo Matabane, South Africa/Canada
The journey of Khalo Matabane, a young black filmmaker in search of his “promised land,” serves as an open forum for ordinary people to talk about their feelings and impressions of the new South Africa. In English.
For almost twenty years, African Film Festival, Inc. (AFF) has bridged the divide between post-colonial Africa and the American public through the medium of film. AFF’s unique place in the international arts community is distinguished not only by leadership in festival management but a comprehensive approach to the advocacy of African film and culture. AFF established the New York African Film Festival (NYAFF) in 1993 with The Film Society of Lincoln Center. The New York African Film Festival is presented annually at the Walter Reade Theater by African Film Festival, Inc. and the Film Society of Lincoln Center. AFF also produces a series of local, national, and international programs throughout the year.
“Intersections Intersected: The Photography of David Goldblatt” is organized by Fundação de Serralves, Museu de Arte Contemporânea, Porto, Portugal and presented by the New Museum, New York.
The exhibition is curated by Ulrich Loock, Curator, Fundação de Serralves, Museu de Arte Contemporânea. Its presentation at the New Museum is organized by Richard Flood, Chief Curator, New Museum.
Major support provided by the Robert Mapplethorpe Photography Fund.