New York Festival Gives Voice to African Stories

A tale of a woman who flees the life of a gangster’s wife. The clash of the traditional versus the modern. A documentary look at a rising new musical sound.

Universal themes, told from the African perspective at the New York African Film Festival.

This year’s 25th annual festival features more than 70 films from 25 African nations and the African diaspora, with offerings in every genre, from comedy and satire to full- length dramatic features, documentaries, shorts and some hybrid-category films.

Festival founder and director Mahen Bonetti said every film has something that is intangibly, yet vividly, African about it “under the skin.”

“It’s atmosphere. It’s color. It’s language. It’s intonation,” he said. “And I think it comes from us being storytellers. It’s a living thing. You…

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