New York African Film Festival - Short Film Selections

New York African Film Festival - Short Film Selections

This spotlight on the 2022 edition of the New York African Film Festival (NYAFF) includes the five short films: Notre Mémoire (directed by Johanna Makabi), Ukuhlolwa Kwephupha / A Dream Deciphered (directed by Hlumela Matika), Mier / The Ant (directed by Oliver North), Algo-Rhythm (directed by Manu Luksch), Egúngún / Masquerade (directed by Olive Nwosu) - all making their exclusive streaming premieres on Film Movement Plus.

African Film Festival, Inc.’s flagship program, the annual New York African Film Festival (NYAFF), is curated around timely themes and is presented in collaboration with Film at Lincoln Center, Maysles Cinema, and BAM. The festival, which runs for three weeks in the spring, showcases classic, contemporary, and archival films and media from Africa and the diaspora. Screenings are followed by discussions with filmmakers and/or cultural experts, as well as performances and public talks.

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New York African Film Festival - Short Film Selections
  • Notre Mémoire

    Mbissine Thérèse Diop played the starring role in Ousmane Sembène’s landmark first feature, 1966’s Black Girl (La noire de...), which was one of the first African films to achieve international acclaim. Today, she looks back on her experience as a Black actress in the 1960s.

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  • Ukuhlolwa Kwephupha (A Dream Deciphered)

    A woman asleep begins to dream. It is a dream that distorts her perception of time and space in relation to her mundane daily tasks – an illusion that evokes a surreal experience of the self.


  • Mier (The Ant)

    MIER follows two days in the lives of Oupa, a San hunter/gatherer who lives in the desert, and Boetie, a “colored” boy from a nearby settlement where his people have been relocated. Boetie is struggling with his own inner demons when he meets the older man, who shares his traditional values with ...

  • Algo-Rhythm

    Shot in Dakar with the participation of leading Senegalese musicians, poets, and graffiti artists, ALGO-RHYTHM probes the rise in the algorithmic management of daily life and the insidious threats it poses to human rights and agency. Using hip-hop, drama, street art, and data-driven filmmaking, M...

  • Egúngún (Masquerade)

    Salewa returns home to Lagos, a place where she once had to hide herself, for her mother's funeral. Once there, she runs into an important person from her past and is forced to go in search of her own peace.

    EGÚNGÚN (MASQUERADE) is a meditation on home, memory, and identity – on the many versio...