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AFI and Washington, D.C. festival celebrate global black culture

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Two cultural, vibrant events are happening right now in the Washington, D.C. area you won’t want to miss. The American Film Institute (AFI) is presenting the New African Films Festival from March 13-20 and the D.C. Francophonie Festival from March 1- April 14.

These events are excellent ways to learn more about black culture around the world for the curious-minded and those who wish to view and participate in a different, fresh perspective. One of the highlights from the film festival is the movie “Half of a Yellow Sun” which stars the Oscar-nominated and BAFTA award winner for Best Actor Chiwetel Ejiofor. The actor played the true life story of Solomon Northrup in the Golden Globe (Drama), BAFTA, Satellite and Oscar award winning picture of this year “12 Years a Slave.” The title of the new movie is also based on a book by the same name by author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and was filmed in Nigeria. The film also stars actresses Thandie Newton (Mission Impossible II, Crash, For Colored Girls) and Anika Noni Rose (Dreamgirls, The Princess and the Frog, For Colored Girls).

The D.C. Francophonie Festival is described on its website as “celebrates the diversity and richness of the French language and francophone communities around the world through a series of cultural events and outreach programs presented every spring in the U.S. capital region.” Many of the films that are part of this festival will be shown at the AFI Silver Theater in Silver Spring, Md. There are 57 countries that belong to Francophonie which include many countries such as Haiti and African nations Chad, Morocco, Ivory Coast, Congo and Rwanda. This festival also includes guided French-language tours at the National Museum of African Art.

More information for both events can be obtained at http://www.francophoniedc.org/overview/ and http://www.afi.com/silver/films/events.aspx#dcfra.

AFI phone number: 240-672-1854

Gazette.net featured an article yesterday on films presented at the New African Films Festival. Read below:

http://www.gazette.net/article/20140311/ENTERTAINMENT/140319966/1149/new...

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