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Washington University African Film Festival

"Tug of War / Vuta n’kuvute," by Amil Shivji / Tanzania, South Africa, Germany and Qatar / 2021 / 92mins / Historical Drama / Romance / English and Swahili



Fri, Mar 24
to Sun, Mar 26

Washington University
One Brookings Drive, MSC 1109
St. Louis, MO 63130


Catch 2023 Traveling Series films, Precious Hair & Beauty, Egúngún (Masquerade) and Tug Of War (Vuta N’Kuvute) during the Washington University African Film Festival.

About our National Traveling Series

In order to make African cinema available to wider audiences, AFF programs the annual National Traveling Series, which runs throughout the year in the US, including Puerto Rico. Learn More


Tug of War / Vuta n’kuvute

Amil Shivji / Tanzania, South Africa, Germany and Qatar / 2021 / 92mins

Denge, a young freedom fighter, meets Yasmin, an Indian-Zanzibari woman, in the middle of the night as she is on her way to be married. Passion and revolution ensue in this coming-of-age political love story set in the final years of British colonial Zanzibar.

Egúngún / Masquerade

Olive Nwosu / Nigeria and UK / 2021 / 14mins

Salewa must return home for her mother’s funeral, to Lagos, a place where she once had to hide herself. At the funeral, she runs into an important person from her past, and is forced to go in search of her own peace.

Precious Hair & Beauty

John Ogunmuyiwa / UK / 2021 / 11mins

John Ogunmuyiwa’s vibrant short is an ode to the mundanity and madness of the high street, told through the window of an African hair salon in London.