“I Scrubbed to Make the Black Go Away” and Other Tales from the 27th New York African Film Festival

Cinema from Nigeria and Sudan Get Their Due

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Poster for “You Will Die at Twenty”
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From Amjad Abu Alala’s “You Will Die at Twenty”
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From Ngozi Onwurah’s semi-autobiographical short, “Coffee Colored Children” (1988).

Her classmates “thought they could catch it. Blackness. If you touched us, you’d go black.”

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From Ngozi Onwurah’s “Coffee Colored Children” (1988).

“Teacher wanted me to color my face with a brown crayon. I couldn’t. I was nearly 14 when I could, and then it was without any pride.”

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Ambroise Ruzidana is on the run in Ibrahim Shaddad’s “Hunting Party” (1964).
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Petra Hinze can’t believe who’s being run down in Ibrahim Shaddad’s “Hunting Party” (1964).
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Sudanese director Marwa Zein has two of her films showcased at the Festival.
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Poster for Morowa Loga’s “Shoot the Messenger”

Brandon Judell has published in The Village Voice, The Advocate, and 50 or so other outlets. He is currently a lecturer at The City College of New York.

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