New York University’s
Institute of African American Affairs
Department of Film and Television
Cinema Studies and Africana Studies Program


“New Directions in African Cinema”

A series exploring recent,
innovative and cutting edge
film works in the fields of documentary,
experimental and narrative

Thursday, March 27th, 2014

a screening of

“Va’ pensiero,
Walking Stories”

va pensiero scaricato film poster

(Italy, 2013, 58 min.)

and a talk with director Dagmawi Yimer

Time: 6:30 pm

Location: Cinema Studies Dept-Tisch-NYU
721 Broadway, 6th floor Michelson Theater
(Free and open to the public. Space is limited.)

Va’ pensiero, Walking Stories is an interwoven account of two racist attacks in Milan and Florence and the victims’ painful attempts to piece the fragments of their lives back together. In central Milan, Mohamed Ba, a 50 year old Senegalese griot (bard), actor and teacher and resident in Italy for 14 years, is knifed in broad daylight on May 31, 2009. In Florence, residents Mor e Cheikj, also immigrants from Senegal, are beaten on December 31, 2011 while working in the San Lorenzo market. This powerful account brings together the overlapping stories of the three protagonists’ ordeal and their enduring hope of building a life in Italy, despite the fear and uncertainty of suddenly being plunged back to the moment of the attacks by one look or gesture. The director Dagmawi Yimer, a refugee from Ethiopia, shows us what violence looks like through the eyes of the victim.

“New Directions in African Cinema” – Screenings for Spring 2014

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● April 11th

Film titles/locations to be announced on-line at

New York University’s Institute of African American Affairs, the Department of Film and Television, Cinema Studies and the Africana Studies Program have partnered to devote a year-long exploration of the new directions in African cinema, with a particular emphasis on film form and the representation of the female gender. This past Fall 2013 semester the films screened were: Tey, Mère-Bi, Moi Zaphira, and All Is Well with the directors present. The idea is to give students, faculty, as well as the larger New York metropolitan communities, a rare opportunity to view and discuss with the films’ directors the works that stand out, not only through the contemporary social issues they address, but also in the innovative and cutting edge manners they engage the medium in the fields of documentary, experimental and narrative. Directors for this fall semester include Alain Gomis, Pocas Pascoal, Ousmane William Mbaye, and Apolline Traoré. Space is limited and will be given on first come first serve basis. More films will be added to this series in this spring semester. Subject to change. Please check for updates at: