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African Metropolis

Kenya | 2013 | 92 minutes | Marie Ka, Philippe Lacôte, Ahmed Ghoneimy, Vincent Moloi, Folsakin Iwajomo, Jim Chuchu

Filmmakers from across the African continent paint a vivid picture of a new, urbanised Africa through innovative short stories featuring six fast-growing major cities: Abidjan, Cairo, Dakar, Johannesburg, Lagos, and Nairobi.

B for Boy

Nigeria | 2013 | 118 minutes | Chika Anadu

In Chika Anadu's award-winning debut film, Amaka, a 40-year-old Nigerian woman, is expected to produce a male heir. But when the baby dies in utero, she desperately searches for a solution that would keep her husband from taking a second wife.

Bound: Africans versus African Americans

USA | 2014 | 90 minutes | Peres Owino

2014 Lena Sharpe Award for Persistence of Vision

Controversial and illuminating, this documentary from Kenyan-born Peres Owino uses testimonials to expose the seldom-discussed ways that Africans and African Americans view each other, and looks at the cultures’ shared history to foster mutual understanding. With director Peres Oswino and producers Tene Carter and Isaiah Washington in attendance!

Difret

Ethiopia | 2014 | 99 minutes | Zeresenay Berhane Mehari

From Executive Producer Angelina Jolie comes this captivating film based on the extraordinary true story of 14-year-old Aberash. After being kidnapped, she kills her attacker. Her act of self-defense pits Aberash and her tenacious lawyer against Ethiopia's long-standing tradition of marriage by abduction. Director Zeresenay Mehari in attendance.

Electro Chaabi

Egypt | 2013 | 77 minutes | Hind Meddeb

Cairo's wedding festival music is made over in a hyper collision of hip-hop, electro, and folk called "mahraganat," which flourishes across social classes following the revolution.

Finding Fela

USA | 2014 | 120 minutes | Alex Gibney

June 6 | African Pictures Film and Party

Afrobeat pioneer Fela Kuti's magnetism reverberates through time. The social and political significance of his life's work is considered through historic clips and scenes from the Broadway musical "Fela!"

Four Corners

South Africa | 2014 | 119 minutes | Ian Gabriel

13-year-old chess prodigy Ricardo gets caught between two long-warring gangs, the 26s and the 28s of the pitiless Cape Flats of South Africa, just as the father he's never known is released from prison.

Half of a Yellow Sun

Nigeria | 2013 | 106 minutes | Biyi Bandele

Based on the eponymous novel, Half of a Yellow Sun follows the lives of two Nigerian sisters in the 1960s who return home after receiving education in England. The tumultuous Nigerian Civil War is the backdrop to this author-approved drama adaptation.

Leading Lady

South Africa | 2014 | 96 minutes | Henk Pretorius

From the director of Fanie Fourie's Lobola, winner of the SIFF 2013 Golden Space Needle Award for Best Film, comes this laugh-out-loud comedy about a  struggling actress who enlists a South African sheep farmer to help her prepare for a make-or-break film role.

Rags and Tatters

Egypt | 2013 | 87 minutes | Ahmad Abdalla

A nameless fugitive fights his way through the chaos of revolutionary Cairo to deliver cell phone footage of police brutality from his dying friend to the outside world. Hailed as "a touchtone of post-revolutionary Egyptian cinema."

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