International African Arts Festival, Brooklyn

Thursday, Jul 4, 2019

6:00 PM - Commodore Barry Park

Maid In Hell - 59min
Søren Klovborg (Saudi Arabia, Kenya)

Women from Africa (Kenya) are being sent to be house maids in Saudi Arabia with little to no human rights.

7:05 PM - Commodore Barry Park

The Rise of The African Female Drummer - 26min
Akin Alabi (Nigeria)

Drumming has been, culturally, a men driven art. This films tells the process and path of a female talking drummers and how women are gaining more rights.

7:35 PM - Commodore Barry Park

Mis(s) Interpreted - 5min
Ayesha Kosaka (USA)

The film is a short film on the suppression of the black female voice. Although society traps black women in a box, we want to express that we can still move past the stereotypes and break through.

Friday, Jul 5, 2019

6:30 PM - Commodore Barry Park

Skin - 80min
Directed by Daniel Etim Effiong (Lagos, Nigeria)

This film explores the hierarchy of skin--light verssus dark. It discusses how this has split up communities and identities.

8:10 PM - Commodore Barry Park

The Dream of El Dorado - 12min
Miriam Alexa (Germany, France)

"Coming to Europe for an African is like El Dorado." This is a biographical journey of an African trying to find "home" in France. She tells her experience of acclimating to this culture. A mother tells how this migration has separated her from her children and the hardships she has aced.

Saturday, Jul 6, 2019

6:00 PM - Commodore Barry Park

Moriri - 28min
Mohau Mannathoko, Tlotlo Rasesia (Botswana, South Africa)

A gripping documentary addressing the contentious issue of black hair. The evolution of hair from pre-colonial era to post looking at the natural hair and weave phenomena.

6:35 PM - Commodore Barry Park

Emails to My Little Sister - 35min
Soloman A. Mekonen (Ethiopia)

Not another-film-about-refugees or “the misery” of Africans for there is never a single story. Emails to My Little Sister is an anthropologically intended film project concerning the phenomenology of Blackness in Berlin. The film, however, takes place in Ethiopia where becoming Black is reflected back on in siblings email conversations.

7:15 PM - Commodore Barry Park

Children of the Incursion - 24min
Ina Sotirova, Eka Campbell (Jamaica)

In May 2010, the Jamaican government carried out a controversial military operation in downtown Kingston’s notorious inner city communities of Tivoli Gardens and Denham Town, where the area don Christopher ‘Dudus’ Coke ruled a state of his own. The Tivoli Incursion, as the operation came to be known, left many dead and many more scarred for life, especially the children. Seven years later, now in their late teens and early twenties, they reflect on the traumatic experience and how it continues to affect their lives. Children of the Incursion is a poetic journey through memories, realities and universal truths seen through the eyes of inner- city youths that attempts to understand the rampant and increasing violence in Jamaica.

Sunday, Jul 7, 2019

6:30 PM - Commodore Barry Park

Congo - A Political Tragedy - 87min
Patrick Kabeya (Congo)

This is a history based film telling the political tragedy of Democratic Congo.

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