Selected from the 2022 New York African Film Festival which was presented under the theme, "Visions of Freedom," the films in the 2023 National Traveling Series lineup tune into diverse and interconnected notions of freedom pertinent to Africa, the diaspora, and the world at large. Learn more about the films below.
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/ Nigeria and UK / 2021
Salewa must return home for her mother’s funeral, to Lagos, a place where she once had to hide herself. At the funeral, she runs into an important person from her past, and is forced to go in search of her own peace.
/ UK / 2021
John Ogunmuyiwa’s vibrant short is an ode to the mundanity and madness of the high street, told through the window of an African hair salon in London.
/ USA / 2022
An older undocumented migrant is summarily dismissed from her housekeeping position. Cast into desperate uncertainty, she roams the city in despair.
/ South Africa / 2018
Based on true events, this film recounts a 2012 massacre in which a group of South African mine workers went on a wage-increase strike, leading to a national tragedy in which 34 miners were brutally killed by the police.
/ South Africa / 2022
Botlhale, who’s mentally ill, makes new friends and finds love when he’s institutionalized. The comrades plan an escape to Chicken Heart, a fast-food joint, where they’ll live out their fantasies of being high-society people. But their outing collides with the shutting down of their home, forcing the friends to confront tragedy and death head-on.
/ Tanzania, South Africa, Germany and Qatar / 2021
Denge, a young freedom fighter, meets Yasmin, an Indian-Zanzibari woman, in the middle of the night as she is on her way to be married. Passion and revolution ensue in this coming-of-age political love story set in the final years of British colonial Zanzibar.
/ France, Mali and South Africa / 2021
At the southern edge of the Sahara desert stands The House of Migrants, a safe haven for those on their way to Europe, or those returning home. Here they come to terms with their individual migration stories. How does one feel, or what does one need, when their dreams have been buried in the sand, or when they are waiting to be lived?
/ Belgium and Democratic Republic of the Congo / 2021
Shot in Belgium and the DRC, Juwaa is a subtly powerful drama offering African characters rarely seen on screens. Years after a traumatic night, a son and a mother reconcile and slowly peel away the layers of their complex relationship.