For those of you in the Houston area, take special note – an opportunity to see some films covered on this blog, that you may never get to see otherwise. Details via press release below…
The Houston Museum of African American Culture (HMAAC) announces the Houston African Film Festival, February 6-8 at the museum. The museum has partnered with the Silicon Valley African Film Festival (SVAFF) to bring Houston a weekend film festival that promotes an understanding and appreciation of Africa and Africans through moving images. The weekend showcase of films from various African countries will take audiences of all ages across the continent, presenting a mix of feature films, shorts, documentaries and animations from Africa’s seasoned and emerging first-voice filmmakers.
Opening night features the Ethiopian narrative film “Horizon Beautiful,” about a child who sets a mischievous plan in motion to become the next soccer star. The closing night film, “The Art of Ama Ata Aidoo,” a Ghanaian documentary about the beloved Ghanaian playwright and author. Sandwiched between them on Saturday, February 7, with Director Peres Owino in attendance, is “BOUND: Africans versus African Americans,” a hard hitting documentary that addresses the hidden tension that exists between Africans and African Americans. An additional highlight is the Saturday Afternoon community dialogue, “Black Roots, Disparate Connections: The African Diaspora in the 21st Century.”
The museum’s goals with HAFF, the only film festival in Texas exclusively focused on films made by African filmmakers, are to curate a world class festival of African films that provides our audience access to the richness, diversity and vitality of Africa’s creative expressions, promote cultural literacy by hosting post-screening dialogues so our audience can engage and interact on issues of personal, local and global significance, and promote ideas exchange and collaborations between the American and African film industry and allied services practitioners.
According to Jasmine Jones, HMAAC’s Film Series Manager and HAFF Coordinator, “I wanted to do this festival because of the large African diaspora audience we have attracted over the past two years, and because of the strong work being done by African filmmakers.” Those factors led HMAAC to send Jones to the Silicon Valley African Film Festival to work with HAFF’s partner on its festival. “We’re delighted to partner with SVAFF in organizing this festival,” HMAAC’s CEO, John Guess, Jr. said, “and fortunate to have a rising creative talent like Jasmine Jones in Houston and at HMAAC to make it happen.”
HAFF is generously sponsored by HEB, Saint Arnold Brewing Company, Branwar Wine Distributing Company, Blue Nile Authentic Ethiopian Restaurant and CAMAC International Corporation.
The mission of HMAAC is to collect, conserve, explore, interpret, and exhibit the material and intellectual culture of Africans and African Americans in Houston, the state of Texas, the southwest and the African Diaspora for current and future generations. In fulfilling its mission, HMAAC seeks to invite and engage visitors of every race and background and to inspire children of all ages through discovery-driven learning. HMAAC is to be a museum for all people. While our focus is the African American experience, our story in Texas informs and includes not only people of color, but people of all colors. As a result, the stories and exhibitions that HMAAC will bring to Texas are about the indisputable fact that while our experience is a unique one, it has been impacted by and has impacted numerous races, genders and ethnicities.