African Pictures

SIFF is thrilled to present African Pictures, showcasing the best filmmaking happening in and about Africa today. This program will bring shorts and features, documentaries, and fiction films to American audiences who might never have the chance to see them otherwise. This is a not-to-be-missed opportunity to experience innovative and inspiring filmmaking from across the continent.

Captains of Zaatari

Egypt | 2021 | 75 minutes | Ali El Arabi

April 8 - 18, 2021

SIFF Channel

A rousing, heartfelt tale about two soccer-obsessed Syrian friends living in Jordan’s Zaatari Refugee Camp who, upon learning that a famed Qatari sports academy is visiting the camp, may have finally found their ticket to a bigger, brighter future.

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Caterpillars

Central African Republic | 2020 | 73 minutes | Elvis Sabin Ngaïbino

April 8 - 18, 2021

SIFF Channel

An observational film about the modern-day Pygmy villages of the Central African Republic and two young Pygmies who travel to the city to sell makongo (roasted caterpillars, a regional delicacy) to fund a travelling tribal school.

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Downstream to Kinshasa

Democratic Republic of Congo | 2020 | 90 minutes | Dieudo Hamadi

April 8 - 18, 2021

SIFF Channel

A stark, honest, and empathetic portrait of disabled survivors of the Democratic Republic of Congo’s Six-Day War traveling to the capital city of Kinshasa seeking reparations after 20 years of dehumanizing bureaucratic delays.

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This Is My Desire

Nigeria | 2020 | 116 minutes | Arie Esiri, Chuko Esiri

April 8 - 18, 2021

SIFF Channel

In this tender and compassionate drama elegantly captured in 35mm, two modern Nigerians, grappling with their everyday lives and the compromises they make to help their families, dream of leaving the hectic streets of Lagos for a new life abroad.

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The Unknown Saint

Morocco | 2019 | 100 minutes | Alaa Eddine Aljem

April 8 - 18, 2021

SIFF Channel

An absurdist, droll, entertaining fable about a criminal who returns to the hill where he stashed his stolen goods, only to find that a well-guarded shrine to a “missing saint” has been built over it.

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Faya Dayi

Ethiopia | 2021 | 119 minutes | Jessica Beshir

April 16 - 18, 2021

SIFF Channel

A visually breathtaking narrative/documentary hybrid about the khat trade, a lucrative Ethiopian crop with a psychoactive effect, told through a hallucinatory patchwork of episodes on those who cultivate it, those who partake, and the local youth who seek something more out of life.

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