The opening night of the 22nd New York African Film Festival was presented by the Film Society of Lincoln Center and African Film Festival, organized under the banner of the United Nations International Decade for People of African Descent (2015-2024).

The initial leg of this year’s festival ran May 6 to 12 at FSLC and featured a diverse crop of 15 features and 13 short films from Africa and the Diaspora. The NYAFF continues throughout May at the Cinemanat the Maysles Documentary Center and Brooklyn Academy of Music’s BAMcinematek. The festivities take place as AFF marks its 25th anniversary.

“As we reach our anniversary, it is clear that on many levels we have achieved all we set out to do some 25 years ago in creating a festival to challenge the prevailing narrative about Africa through the cinematic arts,” said AFF Executive Director and NYAFF founder Mahen Bonetti. “As we revisit our mission this year, we see that our community has not only helped bring our film masters to the attention of global audiences but that we continue to push to the forefront new voices that celebrate Africa in this important moment in our history.”

Isa Cucinotta, Film Society of Lincoln Center programmer, said, “We are thrilled by this year’s selection of films exploring the breadth and depth of the African experience both on the continent and beyond. Through comedy, drama and documentary, the striving of a people on the move is vibrantly expressed. We are happy to be able to share the dreams and hard work to today’s artists.”