Oct 5 – Oct 6, 2018
Bringing the best in thought-provoking films and
innovating crafts celebrating African culture and experience.
for Innovative Crafts Exhibition
works by Monsuru Alshe
Sponsor: Community Race Relations Coalition
Friday, 5th October
6:30 pm Opening Reception Texas Room 113
7:00 pm Queen of Katwe
Living in Katwe, a slum in Kampala, Uganda, is a constant struggle for 10-year-old Phiona (Madina Nalwanga), her mother Nakku Harriet (Lupita Nyong’o) and younger members of her family. She and her younger brother help their mother sell in the market and scavenge for food and water. She also helps care for a new baby brother. Her world changes one day when she meets Robert Katende (David Oyelowo) at a missionary program. Katende coaches soccer and teaches children to play chess at a local center. Curious, Phiona approaches and learns the game. She becomes fascinated with it and soon becomes a top player under Katende’s guidance.
Saturday, 6th October
Filmfest Celebration Africa is honored to show this animated film prior to the National release date
2:00 pm Liyana
Under the guidance of acclaimed South African storyteller, Gcina Mhlophe, five orphaned children from Swaziland collaborate to craft an original fairytale drawn from their darkest memories and brightest dreams. Their fictional character, Liyana, is brought to life in innovative animated artwork as she embarks on a dangerous quest to rescue her young twin brothers. The children’s real and imagined worlds begin to converge, and they must choose what kind of story they will tell – in fiction and in their own lives. This inspiring tale of perseverance is a tribute to creativity, the strength of the human spirit, and the healing power storytelling.
6:30 pm Burkinabé Rising
A small, landlocked country in West Africa, Burkina Faso is home to a vibrant community of artists and engaged citizens, who prove that political change can be achieved when people come together. Burkinabé Rising shows that Burkina Faso is an inspiration, not only to the rest of Africa but also to the rest of the world.