African Film Festival Coming to New York

April 3, 2012 Updated: April 3, 2012

NEW YORK—The 19th annual New York African Film Festival will run April 11–17 at the Film Society of Lincoln Center. It will feature “Restless City,” which explores the African diaspora and is set in New York City.

Other highlights include a film that explores President Barack Obama’s personal life through his half-sister, titled “The Education of Auma Obama,” and the opening night film “Mama Africa,” which features the celebrated music of Miriam Makeba.

This year’s festival marks the 100th anniversary of the African National Congress. It is also the 50th anniversary of independence for Algeria, Burundi, Jamaica, Rwanda, and Uganda.

“This is a continuation of the discussion about the shape of Africa that has taken place since independence and that is now not being embraced by the younger generation,” stated executive director and founder of the festival, Mahen Bonetti, in a press release.