Yale Africa Film Festival 2021

All YAFF 2021 films and discussions will be presented virtually. Both feature length films Aya of Yop City & Air Conditioner will be sent to viewers upon registration. 

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YAFF 2021  Program

Click here to view and download the official 2021 Yale Africa Film Festival Progam in pdf format. 

Friday, February 19, 2021

Schedule of Events

1:00 - 2:00 p.m

Session I

Me, You & The City: Fashioning the Self & Community

Screening of A Beautiful Struggle (2019, 13 min)

Panel Discussion & Filmmaker Q&A

2:15 - 3:45PM

Session II

Sites of Intimacy: Community & Care 

Screening of :

  • uNomalanga & The Witch  (2017, 22 min)
  • Kiu (2018, 8 min)

Panel Discussion & Filmmaker Q&A

4:00 - 5:00PM

Session III

Lights, Camera, Activism: Black Creativity & Community Organizing 

Screening of Street 66 (2018, 13 min)

Panel Discussion & Filmmaker Q&A


Official Selections

A beautiful struggle is a fashionable portrait following a small-town man’s pursuit of stardom against a vibrant, psychedelic backdrop of Lagos city where music is his passion. Written & Directed by Dafe Oboro in collaboration with Vlisco&co. Featuring fashion designs by Papa Oyeyemi and Abiola Olusola.

When the air-conditioners in the city of Luanda mysteriously began to call, Matacedo (security guard) and Zezinha embark on a mission to retrieve the boss’s AC by the end of the day. View the trailer.

Based on Marguerite Abouet’s popular graphic novel series about her life in 1970s post-colonial Cote d’Ivoire, this animated film chronicles the story of 19-year-old Aya and her friends Adjoua and Bintou, who live in the working-class neighborhood of Abidjian (renamed Yop City). While Aya would like to become a doctor one day, her friends are more interested in nightclubbing at the local maquis and looking for a husband. View the trailer. 

In a small South African town, a church-going woman becomes obsessed with her hairdresser neighbor - a rumored murderer.

Drought ravages on as a lone woman travels the scathing land searching for water. Things however get complicated when she has an unexpected encounter on the way to a trade stop. View the trailer. 

A chronicle of the life of Ghanaian housing activist Dora Boatemah and her influence on the regeneration of Angell Town Estate in Brixton, South London.