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North Carolina African Film Festival 2023




Fri, Mar 31
to Sat, Apr 1



The AFF 2023 National Traveling Series films will screen during the 2023 North Carolina 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



Tisa Chigaga / USA / 2022 / 8mins

An older undocumented migrant is summarily dismissed from her housekeeping position. Cast into desperate uncertainty, she roams the city in despair.

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.

Intelligent / Botlhale

Reabetswe Moeti / South Africa / 2022 / 35mins

Botlhale, who’s mentally ill, makes new friends and finds love when he’s institutionalized. The comrades plan an escape to Chicken Heart, a fast-food joint, where they’ll live out their fantasies of being high-society people. But their outing collides with the shutting down of their home, forcing the friends to confront tragedy and death head-on.

Mma Moeketsi

Reabetswe Moeti / South Africa / 2018 / 25mins

Based on true events, this film recounts a 2012 massacre in which a group of South African mine workers went on a wage-increase strike, leading to a national tragedy in which 34 miners were brutally killed by the police.

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.


Nganji Mutiri / Belgium and Democratic Republic of the Congo / 2021 / 85mins

Shot in Belgium and the DRC, Juwaa is a subtly powerful drama offering African characters rarely seen on screens. Years after a traumatic night, a son and a mother reconcile and slowly peel away the layers of their complex relationship.

The Last Shelter

Ousmane Samassékou / France, Mali and South Africa / 2021 / 85mins

At the southern edge of the Sahara desert stands The House of Migrants, a safe haven for those on their way to Europe, or those returning home. Here they come to terms with their individual migration stories. How does one feel, or what does one need, when their dreams have been buried in the sand, or when they are waiting to be lived?