African Film Festival shows the world

Joyce White | 5/25/2011, 9:23 a.m.

And on May 26, the festival moves to the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM), where it will close out Tuesday, May 31 after Memorial Day.

The BAM offerings include: "One Small Step," an inspiring film from Nigeria by Remi Vaughan-Richards about a spirited hairdresser who takes a stand against a local corrupt councilman in the name of a clean environment and a neighborhood health disaster.

Other gems on show at BAM are "Beyond the Ocean," a film from the Ivory Coast about the fate of two friends who are separated when one escapes a police raid and the other is seized by the cops. "Dr. Cruel," a zany, nine-minute film about a white Scandinavian revolutionary who, along with several Africans, seize a white oil executive and hold him hostage in a hideout in oil-rich Lagos, Nigeria, is also on the BAM calendar. And on Monday, May 30 at 2 p.m. and 6 p.m., Sabar dancers from Senegal will execute their glorious, defying stuff in a film titled "Guew Bi-Sabar Dances of Senegal."

The festival this year, as always, offers a potpourri of other full-length films from across Africa, including "A Trip to Algiers," "Besouro," "Restless City," "All I Wanna Do," "Shouting Silent, "Alex's Wedding," "North-South.Com" and "Driving with Fanon," plus many short features.

The admission at BAM is $12 for the general public, and $9 for seniors 65 and over, children under 12 and students 25 and under with valid ID. Admission at Lincoln Center is $12 for the general public, $9 for students, $8 for seniors and $7 for Film Society members.

To verify showings and times, and to inquire about the purchase of a special five-film pass as well as special package requests, contact the festival organizers at (212) 352-1720. You can also visit the festival's website for a complete list of showings at

The festival organizers will also present films outdoors at parks around the city beginning in the late spring, running throughout the summer and early fall, all free to the public. They too will soon be listed on the African Film Festival's website.