Premiere Feature

Stories From Africa and The Diaspora

Stories From Africa and The Diaspora

April 16, 12:30 PM – April 16, 3:30 PM

Bright Family Screening Room at the Paramount Center

Africa has a vibrant storytelling history and we are pleased to showcase three modern short films that live up to that rich legacy.


It's a visual adaptation of poems from the book Words In My Head, which explore emotions surrounding, gender, sexual orientation, blackness and feminism through the eye of a gay director from an homophobic African country Nigeria

Directed by Ayodeji otuyelu 18 m English USA Drama, Foreign


A love story about ìfé and Adaora, two Nigerian women who fall in love over a three-day date, but their love is soon tested by the realities of being lesbian in Nigeria.

Directed by Uyaiedu Ikpe-Etim 36 m English Nigeria Foreign, Drama


In the first gay love story out of Namibia, George, a middle class insurance broker, lives openly and with acceptance from his family, while his new boyfriend — working-class food vendor Simeon — remains in the closet, gnawed at by traditional notions of masculinity and the desire for acceptance from his peers. In a country where same-sex relationships are still criminalized, these two men begin a romance that challenges both of them to shed societal expectations and stigma to truly flourish

Directed by Philippe Talavera 60 m English, Afrikaans, Oshiwambo Namibia Foreign