NAFTI, Accra, Ghana

Monday, Feb 24, 2020

5:00 PM -

Badagry: The Joy of Return - 14min
Director - Ronke Macaulay (Nigeria)

'Badagry: the Joy of Return' features a visit to the ancient city on the Atlantic Coast of Lagos State, by a multicultural group from Diaspora led by Hon. Abike Dabiri - under the auspices of the Africa Door of Return Experience Initiative (ADORE). Their goal: to retrace the steps of the ancestors who were captured in the region and shipped to the Americas to be sold as slaves. But also to bring a message of solidarity and hope for a brighter future to the local community.

5:15 PM -

D.N.A. - Using Genealogy To Change My (Slave) Last Name - 74min
Director - Nware Rahsaan Burge (Ghana, United States)

The premise of the documentary is to chronicle my DNA results to find out my ethnic African ancestry and use the DNA results to decide on a permanent surname/last name change or hyphenate my new surname choice with my current surname which is of European origin. The English/Germanic surname of BURGE. With my DNA test results, I plan to seek dual citizenship to the country and ethnic group where my results are found.

Tuesday, Feb 25, 2020

5:00 PM -

Partir ? - 79min
Director - Mary-Noël NIBA (Cameroon, France)

Back home after several years in exile, Stéphane, Léo, Boye Gaye and Cheikh break their silence to speak for the first time about their journey through the West. They discuss the reasons for their return, as well as their incomprehension regarding the many Africans who still attempt to migrate to Europe at the risk of their life. Their testimony resounds with the story of Guy Roméo, a young Cameroonian who risked everything to attempt to meet up with his idol in France, the rap artist Mac Tyer.

6:30 PM -

The Rememberer - 60min
Director - Ariel Guntern, Producer - Fernando Carranza (United States; Argentina, Egypt, Israel, Spain, United Kingdom)

THE REMEMBERER, tells the story of Matías De Stefano, an Indigo child who was born in Venado Tuerto, Argentina in 1987. From the moment of his birth he has the ability to remember everything he has done before birth and can understand, in a simple way , how the Universe works. His memories take him to travel the world and share what he knows with thousands of people. His trips help him discover his purpose in life and fulfill a mission that he could not complete thousands of years ago. Matias is taking us on a journey through his memories to show us humanity’s lost story.

Wednesday, Feb 26, 2020

5:00 PM -

Teghadez Agadez - 52min
Director - Morgane Wirtz (Belgium; Niger)

In Agadez, a city of Niger on the outskirts of the Sahara, migrants on the road to Europe cross paths with others who fled Libya or have been expelled from Algeria. We spent several days with them as well as with a smuggler. They told us about their hopes, their dreams, their difficulties. Sometimes they play, they cook or they dance: they are human beings.

6:00 PM -

Prince of Paris - 56min
Director - Veera Lehto-Michaud (Finland; France, Cameroon)

Prince of Paris is a film about a father and daughter separated from each other by migration. It follows closely Issah, an undocumented migrant, on his journey deeper into Europe, but its focus is on those left behind. Princesse, the film's 9-year old narrator, Issah's daughter leads us to her world, allowing us a glimpse of the modern exodus seen through the eyes of a young girl. How does Princesse understand her father's decision to leave in order to secure a better future for her?

7:00 PM -

Ayiti: The Awakening - 26min
Director - Sage Love (Haiti, United States)

A young man is driven to find his Ancestral roots and the trouble history of Ayiti after discovering no real relief efforts was made in the aftermath of Haiti’s 2010 earthquake.

Thursday, Feb 27, 2020

5:00 PM -

Chèche Lavi (Looking for Life) - 76min
Director - Sam Ellison (Haiti, Mexico)

Two Haitian migrants find themselves stranded at the US-Mexico border, strangers in a strange land. With no way forward and no one to depend on but each other, difficult choices lead the two friends towards very different futures. Lyrical and patient, with a careful eye for cultural and linguistic detail, this is a film about longing for a place to fit in, longing for a stable life, for connection and companionship. It isn’t about crossing borders; it’s about how it feels when you can’t get across. It’s about what happens when you end up in a totally unexpected place. When you have to start over.

6:15 PM -

A Second Family - 7min
Director - Ramon Sanchez Orense (Congo, the Democratic Republic of the)

Goma, DR Congo. A few years ago, Amina’s mother couldn’t afford a “normal“ school for her only daughter. So she took her to a school for deaf children even though Amina could hear perfectly well. That day Amina’s life changed forever. Amina learned the sign language and a few years later, in 2018, she started to coach Goma’s first basketball team of deaf people. They train everyday. Very hard. And they dream big. One day they wish to participate in international competitions. This film tells the story of Amina and her team: a group of young people for whom basketball is an escape route from the “noise” of the city of Goma, the third largest city in DR Congo.

Friday, Feb 28, 2020

5:00 PM -

Sapeurs en Danger: The Congo's Best Dressed Man - 30min
Director - Michael James Matthews (Australia; Congo)

Following the life of Maxime Pivot, the Congo's best dressed man, as he tries to teach the youth of Brazzaville how to dress impeccably, without destroying their lives or culture.

5:30 PM -

Zulu Return - 90min
Director - Gugulethu (South Africa, United Kingdom, United States)

In this Internet era, what happens to an iconic DJ when, at the height of his celebrity, he is made to fall from grace? What does he do when he is accused of a gross violation but can never face his accuser before a court of law to defend himself?

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