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African Cinema Is In Spotlight As NYC African Film Fest Returns TONIGHT (4/11 to 4/17)

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by Tambay A. Obenson
April 11, 2012 12:03 PM
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I remember salivating over last year's eclectic lineup, and I'm certainly looking forward to this year's offerings which include several titles we've covered here on S&A like Andy Okoroafor's Relentless (photo above of the director and star Nneka) and South African noir How To Steal 2 Million.

Other highlights Include the opening night film Mama Africa, which celebrates the legacy of Miriam Makeba, and The Education of Auma Obama, which offers a window into the African Family and father of President Obama.

Panel discussions include one from our friends at the popular Africa Is A Country blog (africasacountry.com) on "the relationship between Africa and the Soviet Union in the 1960s and 1970s, as is evidenced by Russia's extensive film archive of the continent;" I'm very intrigued!

The panel will also examine the relationship between film and social media movements in Africa.

For the festival's full lineup, which begins TONIGHT, and ticket info, click HERE. I've got a few reviews on the way...

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