Agogo Ewo Makes African Film Festival


POPULAR Nigerian movie, Agogo Ewo has been listed among other notable films in this year's Traveling Series, courtesy of the African Film Festival. Agogo Ewo is produced by well acclaimed filmmaker, Tunde Kelani.

Other African films named in the series include: Cosmic Africa, Dirt For Dinner, Soldiers Of The Rock, Madame Brouette, About Braids / Histoire De Tresses, For The Night / Pour La Nuit and Kounandi.

African Film Festival (AFF) also released its event's bulletin for the early part of the year.

According to the release, AFF's Traveling Series continues at Cine Ballaj‡, in Old San Juan, Puerto Rico - January 14 through 16 at Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture while Black History Month Screening and Discussion holds February 17.

AFF Inc. which is now in our second decade, hopes to continue providing audiences with the best cinematic fare coming out of the Africa continent and its Diaspora.

In the meantime, AFF equally has plenty in store for 2005 and beyond, especially movies. Following a successful outing of the
9th African Film Festival National Traveling Series which began last year the showing remains until May 2005 to compliment its successful run at Chicago's FACETS in November. AFF's Traveling Series was cited as "entertaining and instructive" by Chicago's leading newspaper, the Chicago Tribune, which also gave the Traveling Series film Cosmic Africa 3.5 stars.

The next site in the series is Cine Ballaj‡ in Old San Juan, Puerto Rico. Screenings are scheduled to take place : January 14th -16th, 2005.

For more information, please contact:
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Other events on the 2005 Schedule of the AFF National Traveling Series include:

Southern Hemisphere Film Festival, San Juan, Puerto Rico: January 14th to 16th

The Baltimore Museum Of Arts- Baltimore, Maryland, January 22nd to 23rd

Pacific Film Archives- Berkeley, California
Feb. 3-5 and Feb. 9.

Museum Of Fine Arts- Boston, Massachusetts, February 12th to 27th (Feb. 12-13 and Feb. 19-20 and Feb. 26-27).

Museum Of Fine Arts - Houston, Texas
February 12th to 27th (Feb. 12-13 and Feb. 19-20 and Feb. 26-27)

Cornell University, Ithaca, New York
March 8th to 16th

Center For Contemporary Arts, Santa Fe, New Mexico, March 23rd to 27th

Wisconsin Film Festival, Madison, Wisconsin. March 31st to April 3rd

Brown University- Providence, Rhode Island. April 13th to 17th

Namaskar Group- Miami, Florida.
April 28th to May 1st

Jacob Burns Film Center- Pleasantville, New York. May 6th to 12th,

Brooklyn Academy Of Music- Brooklyn New York. May 28th to 31st
Meanwhile, the U.S. National Traveling Series of African Cinema has given audiences the unique experience of watching African cinema for the past eight years. The film program travels to cultural institutions, museums, and universities in different cities in the U.S. and Puerto Rico. In this way, AFF is able to provide enhanced viewing opportunities for audiences who would otherwise not have access to African cinema.
For more information on participating venues, film synopses and interviews with Traveling Series filmmakers Bramwen Okpako and Tunde Kelani, please check the website:
AFF's also celebrates the Black History Month at the Schomburg Center, New York's prestigious and foremost research center on the Black experience. There would be a film screening followed by a discussion on the upcoming elections in Zimbabwe. This event will take place on 17th February at 7:00 pm. In Schomburg Center, 515 Malcolm X Boulevard, New York, NY 10037-1801, (212) 491-2200 The event is free and open to the public.

The organisation says this year's African Film Festival line-up of programs and events, will reinforce her goals for continued awareness and greater understanding of African culture and cinema. "This year promises to be unique in many ways, including collaborations with some old and new partners."
Some dates to look forward to are: April-May: 12th Annual New York African Film Festival. July: Summer Outdoor Screenings in Harlem. August: Summer Outdoor Screenings in Brooklyn.