There’s still time to get tickets for the New York African Film Festival, which runs from May 12 to May 17. With a theme of “Vision of Freedoms,’ the films depict various notions of freedom across Africa and the diaspora and celebrate freedom of expression. From Surreal 16, a Nigerian indie filmmaking collective, Juju Stories is a three-part anthology that plumbs the depths of Nigerian folklore and urban legends.
For Maria Ebun Patak is an in depth looks at postpartum depression. After a laborious pregnancy, Derin (Meg Otanwa) becomes withdrawn. Freda is the story of a young woman who lives with her family in Port-au-Prince, Haiti.
The conditions are precarious, with violence rising. But Freda (Néhémie Bastien) believes in the future of her country. In The Gravedigger’s Wife Guled (Omar Abdi) and Nasra (Yasmin Warsame) are a couple living in the outskirts of Djibouti with their son when they are rocked by terrible news.
Juwaa, which was shot in Belgium and the Democratic Republic of the Congo, is a drama about a son and a mother who have a very complex relationship.