2022 Festival Schedule

Friday, September 23 (Click to Expand)

5:30 pm Opening Ceremony. RSVP Here
7:00 pm Atlantis | Director: Meg Rickards (South Africa) 90 mins | English
Saturday, September 24 (Click to Expand)
8:30 am

5th Annual Symposium: African Films and the City: Space-making, Place-making, Film-making

with
Tunde Kelani (Keynote)
and
Juliette Hagopian (Filmmaker, Manitoba)
Shelly Anthis (Film Liaison, City of Winnipeg)
Onookome Okome (Professor, University of Alberta)
Steven Kohm (Professor, University of Winnipeg)

Moderated by Arthur Anyaduba (Professor, University of Winnipeg),

12:15 pm Digging for Life | Director: João Queiroga (Cameroon, Qatar, Portugal, USA) |15 mins | English
Transactions | Directors: Rumbi Katedza, Siza Mukwedini (Zimbabwe) | 52 mins | English
2:15 pm Baby Blues | Director: Mamadou Socrate Diop (Senegal) |15 mins | French with English Subtitle
Memories from Others | Directors: Olajide Ajala, Motunrayo Adeola (Nigeria) | 42 mins | English
4:15 pm Regard Noir | Director: Aîssa Maîga (Senegal/France) | 90 mins | French with English Subtitle
6:15 pm Precious Hair and Beauty | John Ogunmuyiwa (Nigeria/UK) | 10 mins | English
Tales of the Accidental City | Director: Maimouna Jallow (Kenya) | 55 mins | English
8:15 pm Virgo: Long Story Short | Directors: Seyni Ba, Makhfou Ndiaye, Nicolas Omar Diop (Senegal) | 13 mins | French with English Subtitle
The Gravedigger’s Wife | Director: Khader Ayderus Ahmed (Somali) | 83 mins | Somali with English Subtitle

 

Sunday, September 25 (Click to Expand)
1:00 pm I Am Afraid To Forget Your Face | Director: Sameh Alaa (Egypt) | 15 mins | Arabic with English Subtitle
Jegna | Director: Gal Sagy (Israel) 5 mins | Amharic with English Subtitle
Pushkin’s Pants | Director: Lev Brodinsky (Israel) | 10 mins | Russian with English Subtitle
Enough | Director: Caleb Slain (USA) 15 mins | English
Al-Sit | Director: Suzannah Mirghani (Sudan/Qatar) 20 mins | Arabic with English Subtitle
3:00 pm Downstream to Kinshasa/En Route Pour le Millard | Director: Dieudo Hamadi (DRC) | 88 mins | Kikongo with English Subtitle
5:00 pm L’Accord | Director: Frank Lea Malle (Cameroun) 94 mins | French with English Subtitle
7:00 pm Above Water/Marche sur L’eau | Director: Aïssa Maïga (Niger/France) 90 mins | Fula/Hausa/French with English Subtitle

About the Festival

The African Movie Festival in Manitoba (AM-FM) is an annual fall event held in Winnipeg, Manitoba that showcases the best of African Cinema and that creates a platform for Afro-Canadian dialogue. AM-FM consist of movie screenings, interview sessions with directors/producers/actors, cocktail receptions, and cultural activities including dances, food and entertainment. Full feature movies, shorts and documentaries are screened in French and English from Nigeria, South Africa, Ethiopia, Burkina Faso, Senegal, Mali and other African countries.

AM-FM is organized by Manitoba African Film Festival Inc., a non-profit organization based in Winnipeg, Canada. The organization and festival is advised by a committee consisting of Dr. Sheila Petty (University of Regina), Dr. Brenda Austin-Smith (University of Manitoba), Dr. Onookome Okome (University of Alberta), and Dr. Mbaye Cham (Howard University), Dr. Sarah Buchanan (University of Minnesota, Morris).

Manitoba African Film Festival Inc. was founded in 2017 by Dr. Ben Akoh.

5th Annual Symposium: African Films and the City: Space-making, place-making, film-making.

Keynote: Tunde Kelani

Tunde Kelani is the preeminent Nigerian filmmaker, and one of the most distinguished directors on the African continent. His cinematographic endeavors come under the aegis of Mainframe Television and Film Production, which is situated in the heart of Abeokuta, Nigeria. His films are considered to be important works of substance, referenced as having contributed to transforming the culture of the film industry in Nigeria.

Tunde is known for his love of adaptation of literary material into movies. Some of his works include Ko se GbeOlekuThunder BoltThe Narrow PathWhite HandkerchiefMaami and Dazzling Mirage.

Image Credit:WireImage/John Sciulli
 

Now Showing

Atlantis

Director: Meg Rickards (South Africa) 90min | English
Showing September 23, 2022 | 7pm

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Digging For Life

Director: João Queiroga (Cameroon, US, Qatar, Portugal)
14 mins | English
Showing Sept 24, 2022 | 12:15pm

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Transactions

Director: Rumbi Katedza (Zimbabwe) 52 mins| English
Showing Sept 24, 2022 | 12:15pm

Baby Blues

Director: Mamadou Socrate DIOP |15 mins | French with English Subtitles
Showing Sept 24, 2022 | 2:15pm

Memories From Others

Director: Olajide Ajala (Nigeria) 42min | English
Showing Sept 24, 2022 | 2:15pm

Regard Noir/Melanin

Director: Aissa Maiga (France) 90 mins | French with English Subtitle
Showing Sept 24, 2022 | 4:15pm

Precious Hair and Beauty

Director: John Ogunmuyiwa (Nigeria/UK) 10 min | English
Showing Sept 24, 2022 | 6:15pm

Tales of the Accidental City

Director: Maimouna Jallow (Kenya) 55 min | English
Showing Sept 24, 2022 | 8:15pm

Virgo: Long Story Short

Director: Makhfou Ndiaye (Senegal) 13 mins | French with English Subtitle
Showing Sept 24, 2022 | 8:15pm

Gravedigger’s Wife

Director: Khadar Ayderus Ahmed (Somali) 83 min | Somali with English Subtitles
Showing Sept 24, 2022 | 8:15pm

I Am Afraid To Forget Your Face

Director: Sameh Alaa (Egypt)
15 min | Arabic with English Subtitles
Showing Sept 25, 2022 | 1:00 pm

Jegna

Director: Gal Sagy (Israel) 5 min | Amharic/Hebrew with English Subtitles
Showing Sept 25, 2022 | 1:00 pm

Pushkin’s Pants

Director: Lev Brodinsky (Israel)
10 min | Amharic/Russian with English Subtitles
Showing Sept 25, 2022 | 1:00 pm

Enough

Director: Caleb Slain (USA) 15 mins | English
Showing Sept 25, 2022 |1:00 pm

Al Sit

Directors: Suzannah Mirghani (Sudan/Qatar) 20 min |  Arabic with English Subtitle | PG
Showing Sept 25, 2022 | 1:00 pm

Mama Lova

Downstream to Kinshasa/En Route pour le Milliard

Director: Dieudo Hamadi (DRC) 88 min | English Subtitles
Showing Sept 25, 2022 | 3:00pm

L’Accord

Director: Frank Lea Malle (Cameroun) 94 min | French with English Subtitle
Showing Sept 25, 2022 | 5:00pm

Marche sur L’eau | Above Water

Director: Aïssa Maïga (France) 90 min | French with English Subtitle
Showing Sept 25, 2022 | 7:00 pm

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Meet our Team

BEN AKOH

BEN AKOH

Founder/President

Founder/President/Artistic Director and Advisory Committee Chair, Manitoba African Film Festival Inc.

BRENDA AUSTIN-SMITH

BRENDA AUSTIN-SMITH

Adviser

Brenda Austin-Smith, Associate professor, Department of English, Film and Theatre, University of Manitoba.

SHEILA PETTY

SHEILA PETTY

Adviser

Sheila Petty, Ph.D., Professor, media studies, University of Regina.

MBYE CHAM

MBYE CHAM

Adviser

Mbye Cham, Ph.D., Professor, Department of African Studies and Director of the Center for African Studies, Howard University in Washington, D. C.

ONOOKOME OKOME

ONOOKOME OKOME

Adviser

Onookome Okome, Ph.D., Professor, Arts, English and Film Studies, University of Alberta.

SARAH B. BUCHANAN

SARAH B. BUCHANAN

Adviser

Sarah B. Buchanan, Ph.D., Associate professor, University of Minnesota, Morris, USA.

CHIGBO ARTHUR ANYADUBA

CHIGBO ARTHUR ANYADUBA

Adviser

Dr. Chigbo Arthur Anyaduba is an Assistant Professor in the Department of English, The University of Winnipeg. 

ÉTIENNE-MARIE LASSI

ÉTIENNE-MARIE LASSI

Adviser

Étienne-Marie Lassi is an  Associate Professor of French and Francophone Literature at the University of Manitoba. 

NANDOZIE EKEOCHA

NANDOZIE EKEOCHA

Volunteer

Nandozie Ekeocha, M.Sc., Avid film enthusiast and movie critique, writer and director of various screenplays and short films. Volunteer on Social media, marketing and promotion.

BABATUNDE O. ONIKOYI

BABATUNDE O. ONIKOYI

Volunteer

Babatunde O. Onikoyi is coeditor of The Cinema of Tunde Kelan: Aesthetics, Theatricalities and Visual Performance (Cambridge Scholars, 2021). He currently teaches African Screen Media and Postcolonial Studies in Adeleke University, Nigeria. 

ANA CAMILA ESTEVES

ANA CAMILA ESTEVES

Colaborator

Co-founder and curator of Mostra de Cinemas Africanos (Brazil). Specialized in African cinemas, she holds a PhD in the field, and her research interests include curatorship, festivals and streaming platforms.

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