African Film Festival New York is streaming two documentaries on pioneers of African cinema available from now upto 8 July 2021

1. “Mambéty”
by Papa Madièye Mbaye

In this behind-the-scenes documentary, shot during the making of his final work, The Little Girl Who Sold the Sun, Mambéty speaks with his technicians, prepares the actors, talks with his young star, and, in voiceover, shares his thoughts on cinema and life.


2. “Ouaga, capitale du cinéma”
by Mohamed Challouf

Between 1983 and 1987, Ouagadougou, the capital of Burkina Faso and the home city of FESPACO, one of the most important Pan-African film festivals in the world, was the scene of an exciting cinema utopia. With the support of the young president Thomas Sankara, the festival became a symbol of the cultural renaissance of a whole continent. The assassination of Sankara stifled the hopes of millions of young Africans, but the dynamism of FESPACO and African cinema did not stop.