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Past Events in the African Film Weekend Series

Africa Week 2019

15th Annual Africa Film Weekend: Stories of African Migration


The Hirak:  "2019 peaceful protest movement in Algeria", Professor Alek Baylee Toumi, University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point

People Power:  Social Media and Political Space in Uganda, East Africa, Professor Ernest Okello Ogwang, Makerere University, Uganda

French-Speaking African Immigrants in Ottawa:  Entrepreneurship, Resilience and Integration, Dr. Virginie Mesana, University of Ottawa


  • An Opera of the World, directed by Manthia Diawara (2018)
  • Soleil Ô, directed by Med Hondo (1970)
  • Chez Jolie Coiffure, directed by Rosine Mfetgo Mbakam (2018)
  • Borders (Frontières), directed by Apolline Traoré (2017)
  • To Return (Revenir), directed by Kumut Imesh & David Fedele (2018)
  • Tazzeka, directed by Jean-Philippe Gaud, (2018) 

Africa Week 2018

14th Annual Africa Film Weekend: Exploring South Africa


South Africa and Siberia: Managing Hope and Fighting Despair in Societies Struggling to Stop HIV Epidemics, Dr. Rebecca Dillingham, University of Virginia

Beyond the Numbers? Keeping Gender on the Agenda of African Regional Courts, Dr. Josephine Jarpa Dawuni, Howard University

South African Summits to Sea: A Watershed Perspective on Society, Biodiversity, and Freshwater Resources, Dr. James Vonesh, Virginia Commonwealth University


  • Call Me Thief (Noem My Skollie), directed by Daryne Joshua (2016)
  • The Wound (Inxeba), directed by John Trengove (2017)
  • Life Above All, directed by Oliver Schmitz (2010)
  • Ayanda, directed by Sara Blecher (2015)
  • Fanie Fourie’s Lobola, directed by Henk Pretorius (2013)
  • Five Fingers for Marseilles (Menoana e Mehlano ea Marseilles), directed by Michael Matthews (2017)

Africa Week 2017

Africa Week Lectures: Urban Culture and the Challenges of Global Security

Space, Vegetation and Community: The Chase of Kinshasa
François Gutu, Université Pédagogique Nationale, Kinshasa, DRC

We Are Not Birds: Globalization and Land Dispossession in Tanzania
Dr. Dorothy Hodgson, Rutgers University

Busting Myths about China’s Overseas Development Program in Africa With New Data
Bradley Parks, AidData and College of William and Mary

African Film Weekend: The African Hero 

I Am Not Your Negro
Half of a Yellow Sun
Viva Riva 
The Man Who Mends Women – The Wrath of Hippocrates 
Whose Country?

Africa Week 2016: Africa: The Preservation of the Planet and its Cultures


The Role of African Languages in the U.S. Academy of the 21st Century,Dr. Leonard Muaka, Howard University

Urban Environments in Africa: Sustainable Development and Grassroots Socio-Environmental JusticeDr. Garth Myers, Trinity College


  • Price of Love
  • African Metropolis
  • Crumbs
  • Black November
  • The Shore Break

Africa Week 2015: African Women Beyond Narrow Frames


"Soft Power in the African Diaspora: The Case of Cuba and Angola," Dr. Linda Heywood, Boston University


Timbuktu, directed by Abderrahmane Sissako (Mauritania, 2014) 
Kwaku Ananse, directed by Okosua Adoma Owusu (Ghana, 2015)
Aissa’s Story, directed by Iquo B. Essien (Nigeria & USA, 2013)
Coming Home, directed by Marinda Stein 3.(Namibia, 2014)
Morbayssa, directed by Cheick F. Camara (Guinea-Conakry, 2014)
Virgim Margarida, directed by Licinio Azevedo (Mozambique, 2012)
The Challat of Tunis (Le Challat de Tunis), directed by Kaouther Ben Hania (France, Tunisia, & UAE 2014)

2014: The City and the State in Contemporary Africa

The 2014 Africa Week Lecture

"The Boko Haram Phenomenon: Challenges for the Nigerian State and Society," Dr. Tanure Ojaide, Frank Porter Graham Professor, Africana Studies Department, The University of North Carolina at Charlotte


Tey (Aujourd'hui), directed by Alain Gomis (Senegal/France, 2012)  (86 minutes)
Mwansa the Great directed by Rungano Nyoni (Zambia/ UK, 2011).  (23 min) Appropriate for ages 7 and up.
Varavarankely directed by Sitraka Randriamahaly (Madagascar, 2008-2010) (silent animation, 3 min.) Appropriate for all ages
Y en a marre /Fed Up directed by Adams Sie (Senegal, 2013). (19 minutes)
A Letter to Nelson Mandela, directed by Khalo Matabane (South Africa/Germany, 2013). (85 mins)
Atalaku (Crieur), directed by Dieudo Hamadi (République Démocratique du Congo/ France, 2013). (60 minutes)
Aya de Yopougon / Aya of Yop City, directed by Marguerite Abouet and Clément Oubrerie (Ivory Coast/France, 2013) (84 mins)

2013: Africa’s Global Challenge


“20 Years of the New South Africa: Visions and Vagaries.” Professor Hein Willemse, Department of Afrikaans, University of Pretoria


La Pirogue directed by Moussa Touré (Senegal, 2010)
St-Louis Blues (Un Transport en commun) directed by Dyana Guèye (France & Senegal, 2010)
Land Rush, Osvalde Lewat, (Cameroon, 2012)
Indochina, Traces of a Mother (Indochine sur les traces d’une mère), directed by Idrissou Mora Kpai (France, Benin and Vietnam, 2012)
Grey Matter, directed by Kivu Ruhorahoza (Rwanda, 2010)

2012: Coming To and Going From Africa


“Chinese Social Transformation and Afro-Asian Solidarity.” Horace Campbell, Professor of African and African-American Studies, University of Syracuse
“The Cultures of Asian immigrants in Africa (East Africa and/ South Africa).” Gaurav Desai, Tulane University
Tradition, Leadership and  Development in Ghana.” Professor Irene Odotei, University of Ghana


Teza, directed by Haile Gerima & Michelange Quay (Ethiopia & France, 2008)

Taxcarte (1996) & L’Étranger venu d’Afrique or Feizhou Laowai (1998), two shorts directed by Joseph Kumbela (Congo)

Kinshasa Symphony, directed Claus Wischmann and Martin Baer (Germany, 2010)

The Big Banana, directed by Franck Bieleu (Cameroon, 2011)

Pegasus (Pégase), directed by Mohamed Mouftakir (Morroco, 2010)

2011: Return Home


Biguine, directed by Guy Deslauriers (Martinique, 2004)
A Screaming Man, directed by Mohamat-Saleh Haroum (Tchad, France, Belgium, 2010)
Return to Goree, directed by Pierre Yves Borgeaud (Senegal, 2008)
Aliker, directed by Guy Deslauriers (Martinique, 2009) 

2010: Carmen in Africa


Eat, for this is my body, directed by Michelange Quay (Haiti, France, 2007)
Moloch Tropical, directed by Raoul Peck (France, Haiti, 2009)
Poto-Mitan, directed by Mark Schuller and Renee Berger (France, Haiti, 2009)
Jacques Roumain, directed by Arnold Antonin (Haiti, Canada, 2009)

2009: Carmen in Africa


Karmen Gei, directed by Joseph Gaye Ramaka (Senegal, 2002)
Carmen Jones, directed by Otto Preminger (USA, 1954)
U-Carmen eKhayelitsha, directed by Mark Dornford-May (South Africa, 2005)

2008: The 4th African Film Weekend


Juju Factory, directed by Balufu Kanyinda (Democratic Republic of Congo and France, 2007)
Ezra, directed by Newton Aduaka (Nigeria and France, 2007)
Africa Paradis, directed by Sylvestre Amoussou (Benin, 2007)

2007: The 3rd African Film Weekend


Homecoming, directed by Norman Maake (South Africa, 2005)
Clouds over Conakry (Il Va Pleuveoir sur Conakry), directed by Cheick Fantamady Camara (Guinea, 2007)
The Price of Forgiveness, directed by Mansour Sora Wade (Senegal and France, 2002)