The African Film Institute

The African Film Institute

The African Film Institute
September 19, 2023
e-flux Screening Room
172 Classon Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11205

e-flux is pleased to present the African Film Institute, with an ongoing series of events and other activities starting September 2023.

A Home and a Place for African Cinema

The African Film Institute aims to create a home and a place of intimacy with African cinema in New York, through developing gradually and organically a viewing program animated by fellowships; a growing library; an active writers’ room; and an expanding catalog of recorded dialogs.

The Institute will maintain a presence of African cinema through cultural critique, social analysis, and a convivial scholarship, grounded in fellowship and anchored in mutuality and affiliation with near and distant places and times, rendered through the medium of the moving image in the plural idiom of African expressions.

The Institute wishes to supplement existing public encounters with African cinema in New York, most of which take place at screenings presented either as part of occasional and temporary exhibitions, or at dedicated film festivals that are limited to a number of days each year, leaving publics and students of African cinema underserved for the remainder of the time.

An Evening School

The African Film Institute aims to sustain a cinematic experience that views culture as a symbolic meeting place of all creative practices of a society, and a space in which, every day, we learn something new, while ensuring not to leave anyone behind. And yet, culture is also exactly that which cannot be taught in the classroom, even though we may pass it on without even realizing it.

To this end, the African Film Institute draws from the visual cultures that view cinema as an evening school: a popular information system in the service of education, aesthetic experience, and public dissemination—employing a methodology concerning the use of cinema’s collective production, and investing in viewing methods informed by different uses of time, visual and textual histories, and social struggles and hopes in mutuality between their own locality and the world at large.

The African Film Institute is convened by Christian Nyampeta.

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Haile Gerima’s Sankofa, with Honey Crawford and Merawi Gerima
June 27, 2024, 7pm
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Ahmed El Maanouni, Al Hal [Trances]
Screening and conversation curated by Omar Berrada
April 18, 2024, 7pm

African Film Institute Film Series: Sosena Solomon, Mpho Matsipa
March 19, 2024, 7pm

African Film Institute Film Series: Amelia Umuhire
Curated by Natacha Nsabimana
January 23, 2024, 7pm

Prelude: A Song About Love
September 19, 2023, 7pm

Film, Education
Africa, Artistic Research, Libraries & Archives

Christian Nyampeta is an artist, filmmaker, and researcher living in New York, and working in London, the Netherlands, and Rwanda where he convenes the Nyanza Working Group of the Another Roadmap African Cluster (ARAC). In New York Nyampeta sits on the Board of Directors at Storefront for Art and Architecture in New York, and he is on the board of November magazine. Nyampeta holds a PhD in Visual Cultures at Goldsmiths completed under the supervision of Kodwo Eshun, following the examination of Leela Gandhi and Denise Ferreira da Silva.

Natacha Nsabimana teaches in the anthropology department at the university of Chicago. Her research and teaching interests include postcolonial critique, musical movements, and the cultural and political worlds of African peoples on the continent and in the diaspora.

Amelia Umuhire (b. 1991, Kigali, Rwanda) is a filmmaker and artist living in Kigali and Berlin. In 2015, she wrote and directed the award-winning web-series Polyglot, in which she follows the lives of young, deracinated London- and Berlin-based Rwandese artists. Her short film Mugabo was awarded Best Experimental Film at the Blackstar Film Festival, and screened at MOCA Los Angeles and the Berlin Biennale among many other places. In 2018, Umuhire produced the Prix Europa-nominated radio feature Vaterland for the German radio station Deutschlandfunk Kultur. She was a Villa Romana Fellow in 2020, and is currently working on her first feature film.


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