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Battle Of Tabatô Battle Of Tabatô

Guinea Bissau and Portugal
Director: João Viana

After years of European exile, Imatur returns to his native village of Tabatô to attend his daughter’s wedding, his head still saturated with horrific visions of a war he fought long ago. When tragedy strikes on the road to Tabatô, the entire village must come together in this entrancing, surreal film that blends music and magic with the lingering effects of Guinea-Bisseau’s history.

Mandinka with English Subtitles, 83 min

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  • Sat Oct 12, 2013 at 4:00pm , EFBAT1 – $14/$11 Director João Viana Scheduled to Attend
  • Sun Oct 13, 2013 at 7:00pm , EFBAT2 – $14/$11 Director João Viana Scheduled to Attend
Black South-Easter Black South-Easter

South Africa
Director: Carey McKenzie

When a body washes up on a Cape Town beach, ambitious township cop Sizwe seizes the opportunity to prove himself and earn the promotion he desperately needs. But when the investigation leads him to a black market smuggling ring, Sizwe is caught in the middle of a deadly power play orchestrated by an old friend. With no one left to trust, Sizwe must take the law into his own hands in this gritty crime drama.

Sotho, Xhosa, Afrikaans with English Subtitles, 92 min

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Show Times:

  • Sat Oct 12, 2013 at 8:00pm , EFBSE1 – $14/$11
  • Mon Oct 14, 2013 at 6:15pm , EFBSE2 – $14/$11
  • Fri Oct 18, 2013 at 1:00pm , EFBSE3 – $5
Boneshaker Boneshaker

USA
Director: Frances Bodomo

A Ghanaian family, lost in America, travels to a Louisiana church to find a cure for their problem child.

Part of Shorts 5: Spotlight Africa

English, 13 min

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Show Times:

  • Sat Oct 19, 2013 at 12:00pm , EFSAF1 – $14/$11
Burn It Up Djassa Burn It Up Djassa

France / Ivory Coast
Director: Lonesome Solo

Shot on a miniscule budget but positively bursting with style and energy, this hugely inventive DIY crime thriller follows Tony, a young cigarette seller in an Abidjan ghetto. Ignoring the pleas of his policeman brother to stay on the right side of the law, Tony gets increasingly mixed up in local gambling and criminal activities until a moment of violence puts him on the run from the law.

French and Nouchi (Ivorian dialect) with English Subtitles, 70 min

Links: Trailer

Show Times:

  • Sat Oct 12, 2013 at 1:00pm , EFBUR1 – $14/$11
  • Sat Oct 19, 2013 at 9:30pm , EFBUR2 – $14/$11
  • Mon Oct 21, 2013 at 8:45pm , EFBUR3 – $14/$11
Comrade President Comrade President

Zimbabwe
Director: Mosco Kamwendo

An inspiring portrait of Mozambique’s founding president, Comrade President traces the life and legacy of revolutionary leader Samora Moisés Machel. At the forefront of a popular uprising, Machel helped establish a fledgling government and continued fighting for justice until his suspicious death in 1986. With candid interviews from those who knew Machel best - including his opponents - this documentary examines the indelible legacy of a revolutionary hero.

Portuguese with English Subtitles, 90 min

Links: Trailer

Show Times:

  • Fri Oct 11, 2013 at 6:15pm , EFCOM1 – $14/$11 Director Mosco Kamwendo Scheduled to Attend
  • Sun Oct 13, 2013 at 6:30pm , EFCOM2 – $5 Director Mosco Kamwendo Scheduled to Attend
    Harper Theater (5238 S. Harper)
The Curse The Curse

Morocco / UK
Director: Fyzal Boulifa

When a small boy catches her with her lover, Fatine must pay a terrible price.

Part of Shorts 5: Spotlight Africa

Arabic, 16 min

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Show Times:

  • Sat Oct 19, 2013 at 12:00pm , EFSAF1 – $14/$11
Fluorescent Sin Fluorescent Sin

Kenya
Director: Amirah Tajdin

A majestic drag queen descends into a breakdown in Nairobi’s iconic central station.

Part of Shorts 5: Spotlight Africa

8 min

Links: Trailer

Show Times:

  • Sat Oct 19, 2013 at 12:00pm , EFSAF1 – $14/$11
Grigris Grigris

Chad
Director: Mahamat-Saleh Haroun

Despite a paralyzed leg that keeps him on the fringes of society, Grigris comes alive at the local nightclub, tearing up the dance floor every night. When a relative’s hospital bills start piling up, Grigris must turn to the black market for work. After double-crossing his new boss in a desperate attempt at fast money, Grigris finds himself on the run in this sensitive depiction of a desperate, marginalized man by one of Africa’s most celebrated directors.

French and Arabic with English Subtitles, 101 min

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Show Times:

  • Sun Oct 13, 2013 at 5:30pm , EFGRI1 – $14/$11
  • Sat Oct 19, 2013 at 3:00pm , EFGRI2 – $14/$11
Imbabazi: The Pardon Imbabazi: The Pardon

Rwanda
Director: Joel Karekezi

Best friends Manzi and Karemera find themselves on opposing sides in Rwanda’s ethnic civil war, with Tutsi Karemera’s family paying a horrific price for Manzi’s allegiance to his Hutu heritage. When Manzi is released from prison fifteen years later, his return re-opens old wounds. Filmmaker Joel Karekezi draws from his own experience as a survivor of Rwanda’s violence in creating this moving account of two former friends who must contend with the unimaginable horrors in their past.

73 min

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Show Times:

  • Fri Oct 18, 2013 at 8:30pm , EFIMB1 – $14/$11 Director Joel Karekezi Scheduled to Attend
  • Sun Oct 20, 2013 at 4:00pm , EFIMB2 – $14/$11 Director Joel Karekezi Scheduled to Attend
    Logan Theater (2646 N. Milwaukee Ave.)
  • Mon Oct 21, 2013 at 2:00pm , EFIMB3 – $5 Director Joel Karekezi Scheduled to Attend
Jonah Jonah

Tanzania / UK
Director: Kibwe Tavares

When two best friends photograph a gigantic fish leaping out of the sea, their small town blossoms into a tourist hot spot.

Part of Shorts 5: Spotlight Africa

English, 17 min

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  • Sat Oct 19, 2013 at 12:00pm , EFSAF1 – $14/$11
KanyeKanye: The Line KanyeKanye: The Line

South Africa
Director: Miklas Manneke

In a township divided by an age old feud, a boy falls in love with a girl from the other side of town.

Part of Shorts 5: Spotlight Africa

Zulu, 26 min

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  • Sat Oct 19, 2013 at 12:00pm , EFSAF1 – $14/$11
Malak Malak

Morocco
Director: Abdeslam Kelai

When 16-year-old Malak discovers that she’s pregnant, she quickly finds herself alone in a community that marginalizes and mistreats single mothers. Abandoned by the baby’s father, shunned by her family, and in dire need of cash, Malak is forced to take desperate measures. An elegantly-photographed portrait of a young woman’s struggles, Malak garnered major awards at Morocco’s National Film Festival, including the Jury Prize, Best Screenplay, and Best Actress for its young star Chaimae Ben Acha.

Moroccan Arabic with English Subtitles, 97 min

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Show Times:

  • Tue Oct 15, 2013 at 8:30pm , EFMAL1 – $14/$11
  • Thu Oct 17, 2013 at 7:45pm , EFMAL2 – $14/$11
  • Fri Oct 18, 2013 at 1:00pm , EFMAL3 – $5
Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom

UK and South Africa
Director: Justin Chadwick

Mandela: A Long Walk To Freedom is based on South African President Nelson Mandela’s autobiography of the same name, which chronicles his early life, coming of age, education, and 27 years in prison before becoming President and working to rebuild his country’s once segregated society. Idris Elba (Prometheus) stars as Nelson Mandela, and Naomie Harris (Skyfall) stars as Winnie Mandela, with Justin Chadwick (The Other Boleyn Girl) directing.

152 min

Show Times:

  • Sat Oct 12, 2013 at 5:45pm , EFMAN1 – $20/$16
Of Good Report Of Good Report

South Africa
Director: Jahmil X.T. Qubeka

This modern day film noir tracks Parker, a shy high school teacher arriving at a new school. While he is earnest in his passion for teaching, his extra-curricular attentions are drawn to a gorgeous young woman. When he realizes she is a student at his very school - and forbidden fruit - he grows increasingly obsessed. When the girl goes missing, a female detective comes snooping around, fueling Parker’s unstable, even dangerous, behavior as she gets closer to the shocking truth.

Xhosa, Zulu and Sotho with English Subtitles, 109 min

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Show Times:

  • Thu Oct 17, 2013 at 6:10pm , EFOFG1 – $14/$11 Director Jahmil X.T. Quebeka Scheduled to Attend
  • Sat Oct 19, 2013 at 4:15pm , EFOFG2 – $14/$11 Director Jahmil X.T. Quebeka Scheduled to Attend
  • Sun Oct 20, 2013 at 6:30pm , EFOFG3 – $14/$11 Director Jahmil X.T. Quebeka Scheduled to Attend
    Logan Theater (2646 N. Milwaukee Ave.)
Shorts 5: Spotlight Africa - From Earth's Center Shorts 5: Spotlight Africa - From Earth's Center

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When two best friends photograph a gigantic fish leaping out of the sea, their small town blossoms into a tourist hot spot in Jonah (Tanzania/UK). Yellow Fever (Kenya/UK) reflects on the effects that globalization is having on the African woman’s understanding of beauty. A majestic drag queen descends into a breakdown in Nairobi’s iconic central station in Florescent Sin (Kenya). An old man is getting ready to go to an important meeting in Siggil (France/Senegal). A Ghanaian family, lost in America, travels to a Louisiana church to find a cure for their problem child in Boneshaker (USA). When a small boy catches her with her lover, Fatine must pay a terrible price in The Curse (Morroco/ UK). In a township divided by an age old feud, a boy falls in love with a girl from the other side of town in KanyeKanye: The Line (South Africa).

107 min

Show Times:

  • Sat Oct 19, 2013 at 12:00pm , EFSAF1 – $14/$11
Siggil Siggil

France / Senegal
Director: Remi Mazet

An old man is getting ready to go to an important meeting.

Part of Shorts 5: Spotlight Africa

French, 20 min

Show Times:

  • Sat Oct 19, 2013 at 12:00pm , EFSAF1 – $14/$11
Something Necessary Something Necessary

Kenya and Germany
Director: Judy Kibinge

Anne struggles to rebuild her life after Kenya’s civil unrest has killed her husband, gravely injured her son, and left her isolated farm in ruins. Joseph, a quiet and troubled young gang member who took part in the countrywide violence, is drawn to Anne and her farm, seemingly in search of connection and redemption. This powerful story of forgiveness and reconciliation presents an intimate look at the aftermath of violence on both perpetrators and victims.

Swahili with English Subtitles, 85 min

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Show Times:

  • Sun Oct 20, 2013 at 8:45pm , EFSOM1 – $14/$11
  • Mon Oct 21, 2013 at 8:30pm , EFSOM2 – $14/$11
  • Wed Oct 23, 2013 at 12:30pm , EFSOM3 – $5
Spotlight Africa: African Music Videos Spotlight Africa: African Music Videos

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With a new generation of African musicians, we see once again, that there is always something new out of Africa. This program includes work that mixes regional forms with hip-hop and R&B, and reflects the intense cultural pride of musicians whose lineage in music can be traced back 1000 years.

This is a FREE event. Tickets must be obtained from the box office.

Show Times:

  • Sat Oct 12, 2013 at 9:00pm – $20/$10
  • Wed Oct 23, 2013 at 3:30pm – Free!
Die Welt Die Welt

Netherlands and Tunisia
Director: Alex Pitstra

In the summer of 2011, Tunisia is finally free of its dictatorial shackles, but 23-year-old Abdallah is still a slave to his mundane life, dreaming of an escape to Europe - or “die Welt” - to fulfill his dormant ambitions. Following a chance encounter with Dutch tourist Anna, Abdallah’s passion to reach the other side of the Mediterranean burns brighter than ever before, prompting a desperate gamble for escape in this at turns comic and heartbreaking story.

English, Arabic and Dutch with English Subtitles, 80 min

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Show Times:

  • Sat Oct 12, 2013 at 6:00pm , EFWEL1 – $14/$11 Director Alex Pitstra Scheduled to Attend
  • Sun Oct 13, 2013 at 4:00pm , EFWEL2 – $14/$11 Director Alex Pitstra Scheduled to Attend
    Harper Theater (5238 S. Harper)
  • Mon Oct 14, 2013 at 2:00pm , EFWEL3 – $5 Director Alex Pitstra Scheduled to Attend
Yellow Fever Yellow Fever

Kenya / UK
Director: Ngendo Mukii

The effects that globalization is having on the African woman’s understanding of beauty.

Part of Shorts 5: Spotlight Africa

Swahili, English, 7 min

Links: Trailer

Show Times:

  • Sat Oct 19, 2013 at 12:00pm , EFSAF1 – $14/$11
Yema Yema

Algeria / France
Director: Djamila Sahraoui

In an isolated house on a drought-stricken mountainside, Ouardia must bury the body of her son Tarik, a victim of the civil conflict waging between the government and the fundamentalists. She suspects her other son, Ali, a mujahedeen fighter, has had a hand in the killing. And their mutual distrust is evidenced in the young soldier that Ali has sent to guard her. Beautifully capturing the expansive Algerian countryside this minimalist tale of a single family’s tragedy takes on mythic proportions.

Arabic with English Subtitles, 90 min

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Show Times:

  • Sat Oct 12, 2013 at 1:30pm , EFYEM1 – $14/$11
  • Sun Oct 20, 2013 at 2:45pm , EFYEM2 – $14/$11
  • Tue Oct 22, 2013 at 5:45pm , EFYEM3 – $14/$11