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After three successful years in Auckland, the African Film Festival is coming to the Capital!
We know that the people of Wellington - renowned for their open-mindedness and their love of culture - are always keen to host new artistic enterprises, so we are confident of a warm welcome!
So, what are our aims, and what do we have to offer? Well, a character in “Ayanda” - one of the films at our 2016 AFF - used these words:
“My mission is to capture what it means to be African. I feel we’ve been completely misrepresented. It’s not all civil war and kwashiorkor... It’s really understanding the vibrancy, the colour, the flair that is Africa. It’s embracing our music... our culture... our arts... sewing our own tapestry. So what I’m looking forward to doing with this story - this journey - is to answer the question: who is the modern African?”
This quotation serves as a perfect introduction to the essence and the goals of the 2017 edition of the African Film Festival, New Zealand.
What are we actually presenting this year? Perhaps you love the work of the great Senegalese musician, Baaba Maal. One of this year’s films provides a unique insight into the man and his music.
An African take on the supernatural? It’s here.How does a young woman from Niger handle the complexities of love, engagement and marriage? Come and find out! What about the issues arising from cross-cultural relationships or from an individual challenging repressive authority? The festival tackles those topics too! The films also explore the theme of the clash between tradition and modern ideas - especially for women. How appropriate, then, that several of the films are actually directed by women. Another stereotype overturned!
We have put together a diverse, fascinating and thought-provoking range of films, but they are not interested solely because of their themes. Lovers of the medium will be impressed, also, by the directorial skills, by the range of techniques and by the excellent cinematography on display.
We are delighted that the Embassy Theatre, Mt. Victoria has agreed to host the festival. We are also very proud of the impressive line-up of patrons, sponsors and organisers of African film festivals, worldwide, who are supporting our 2017 event.
In particular, the opening night promises to be something extra-special, with many of those people in attendance - not to mention the Congolese coffee-makers, a free glass of wine, traditional food, singing and drumming, which are all part and parcel of the evening. Come along to help us celebrate, from 7 o'clock onwards. (The film begins at 8:15).
To find out full details of the 2017 AFF programme (including film synopses and trailers), and for access to ticketing information, visit the website.
The organisers of the 2017 African Film Festival, New Zealand are excited to be playing a part in widening the scope and range of Arts and Culture in Wellington. Please do all you can to support our venture.
Nga Taonga Sound & Vision, Wellington
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