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The 19th New York African Film Festival: April 11-17

21st Century: The Homecoming

This film festival–still the premier site for African film in New York City and on the US east coast–opens tonight at Lincoln Center with a showing of “Mama Africa,” the 2011 documentary by Finnish director Mika Kaurismäki about the life of singer Miriam Makeba “who brought South African music to the world.”The popular blog, Africa is a Country (AIAC), will present a two-part panel discussion, on Saturday, April 14, 2012, titled “Cinema and Propaganda”. From 1:30pm-4:00pm, join AIAC as featured bloggers and special guests examine, first, the relationship between Africa and the Soviet Union in the 1960s and 1970s, as is evidenced by Russia’s extensive film archive of the continent (panelists: AIAC’s Basia Lewandowska Cummings and Russian film archivist Alexander Markov), and then, for a second panel, explore the relationship between film and social media movements, including but not limited to Occupy Nigeria, Tahrir revolutionary videos and cinema and #Kony2012, among others. (The panelists for the second panel are AIAC’s Sean Jacobs, Boima Tucker, Elliot Ross and Neelika Jayawardane).