Cinema Africa

Cinema Africa


In relation to Bronx River Art Center’s current exhibition, WOMAN OF THE IVORY COAST AND MALI: Photographs of a Heritage by Nancy Lensen-Tomasson, BRAC presents the program CINEMA AFRICA, a collection of films that dwell into the lives, experiences, and stories of people from various countries in Africa. 

CINEMA AFRICA will take place from Thursday, August 18th to Sunday, August 21st. Bronx River Art Center will be screening these representative gems of African films either outdoors on BRAC's rooftop garden, or indoors in BRAC's Event Space, both located at 1087 East Tremont Avenue in the West Farms area of the Bronx. The film screening program was curated by Hector Canonge. 

The event is FREE, but donations are welcome.


Thursday, August 18th
6:30 PM
Aniedi Awah Noba (Nigeria, 2016, 113 min.)
A comedy which tells the story of a couple who are about to get married and the class struggle to get a high end wedding by the bride and her family. A fairy tale wedding where Victor, the groom, feels the wedding should be simple but Nicole, the bride, wants a large, outrageous ceremony.

8:30 PM

Dir. Wanuri Kahiu (South Africa - Kenya, 2010, 21 min.)
As a result of the Third World War, the war for water, life died out on Earth. Asha lives and works in one of the communities established in Africa. Once he receives a sample of the earth and tries to plant one of the seeds on it. It turns out that the land is not contaminated radioactive, the grain begins to germinate. 

9:00 PM
TOUKI BOUKI: The Journey of the Hyena
Dir. Djibril Diop Mambéty (Senegal, 1973, 85 min.)
Alienated and disaffected with Senegal and Africa, Mory and Anta long to go to Paris and work up different schemes to raise the money. Mory steals clothing and money from a wealthy gay man who had brought him home, and he and Anta book passage on a ship to France.


Friday, August 19th
6:30 PM
Encore showings of PUMZI and TOUKI BOUKI: The Journey of the Hyena

8:30 PM

Dir. Daniel Taye Workou (Ethiopia, 2006, 20 min.)
A lot can happen on the long way to the market in the Ethiopian countryside. A father and his son follow all the people's good advice... and come back to their senses.

Dir. Gavin Hood (South Africa - United Kingdom, 2006, 94 min.)
In Johannesburg, a small-time criminal, Tsotsi, is a teenager without feelings, hardened by his tough life. After a series of violent gang hits, Tsotsi hijacks a car and finds that there is a baby in the back seat. He brings the baby to his house in the slum and a change in him that couldn't be foreseen.


Saturday, August 20th
6:30 PM
Encore showings of MENGED and TSOTSI

8:30 PM

Dir. Chiwetel Ejiofor (Malawi - United Kingdom, 2019, 113 min.)
William Kamkwamba was born in the country of Malawi. When he was fourteen years old, a terrible drought hit the village where he lived. People had nothing to eat. Being an excellent student and very fond of physics, William decides to save his native village from starvation. 


Sunday, August 21st
6:30 PM

8:30 PM

Dir. Mário Bastos aka Fradique, (Angola, 2021, 72 min.)
An extraordinary story that navigates through the magical neo-realism of an old building in downtown Luanda. When the city's air-conditioners mysteriously start to fall, Matacedo (security guard) and Zezinha (housemaid) have the mission of retrieving their boss's ac. This mission will take them through a world full of water leaks, cracks, cages of noisy generators and hope when they enter the mysterious semi-abandoned electrical shop of the neighborhood.

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DIRECTIONS TO CENTER:  By Train: Take #2 or #5 to West Farms Square/East Tremont. Walk one block east to Bronx Street. By Bus: Take #'s B9, 21, 36, 40, 42, or Q44 to East Tremont and Boston Road. By Car: Take Bruckner Expressway to Sheridan Expressway, and exit at East Tremont Ave. Turn left at the traffic light one block down onto East Tremont. Turn left after one block onto Bronx St. (Cross Bronx Expressway) towards Rosedale Ave, then exit. Turn left onto Rosedale Ave, then take a left onto Tremont Ave. Drive four blocks to West Farms Square.

This program is made possible with support from the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, including Council Members Eric Dinowitz, Althea Stevens, Kristy Marmorato and the Bronx Delegation. Additional support is from Bronx Borough President Vanessa Gibson, the NYS Council on the Arts with support from Governor Kathy Hochul and the NYS Legislature. Foundation support is from Con Edison: The Power of Giving, The New Yankee Stadium Community Benefits Fund, The Lincoln Fund, and private donors.

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