African Film Festival

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The Office of Ethnic Communities is proud to have partially sponsored the 2017 African Film Festival through our Ethnic Communities Development Fund.

The festival aims to recognise the contribution of African New Zealanders to the diversity of Aotearoa and to enhance New Zealanders understanding of the diverse cultures, traditions, religions and people of the African continent. The festival’s first two years saw the showcasing of interesting films generating stimulating discussions on issues relating to social justice, social movements, multicultural communities, religious tolerance, and the impact of globalisation.

After three successful years in Auckland, the African Film Festival will also be hosted in Wellington for the first time this year. With a selection of films that aim to increase recognition for African film-makers in New Zealand, the festival features films that examine immigration, love, religion, gender and identity.

“We have put together a diverse, fascinating and thought-provoking range of films, but they are not interesting solely because of their themes. Lovers of the medium will be impressed, also, by the directorial skills, by the range of techniques and by the excellent cinematography on display”, says Boubacar Coulibaly, Founder and Chairman of the African Film Festival New Zealand Trust.

To find out full details of the 2017 African Film Festival programme (including film-synopses and trailers), and for access to ticketing-information, visit their website.