You may download the 2024 poster/viewing schedule here. The youth matinee will take place on Saturday, March 23 at 3:00pm.

Friday, March 22 | 7PM


In Swahili with English subtitles
Maisha Maene, Democratic Republic of Congo, 2022, 14 minutes 

An ‘afronaut’ emerges from the wreckage of a spaceship in the volcanic crater of Mount Nyiragongo. Descending into the city below, encountering the people of Goma, he begins to understand what he must do.

Aspen Shortfest, Best Drama-Special Recognition, 2023


In French with English subtitles
Baloji, Democratic Republic of Congo, 2023, 91 minutes

After spending years in Belgium, Koffi, a young Congolese man, returns to his birthplace of Kinshasha to confront his family and homeland culture. Using magical realism to paint a portrait of “undesirables” and “sorcerers,” the film delves into the intricacies of identity, culture, and belief systems through a deeply rich and visually captivating lens.

Un Certain Regard – New Voice Prize, Cannes Film Festival 2023

Saturday, March 23 | 7PM

Father’s Day

In Zulu and English with English subtitles
Tumelo Luekna, South Africa, 2023, 26 minutes

Alakhle, a 12-year old boy, is selected to give a speech for a Father’s Day school event. He decides to go against his mother’s wishes and sets out to find the father he’s never met, which opens a can of worms.

Best Short Film, Chicago International Children’s Festival, 2023

Banel et Adama

In Fulani and French with English subtitles
Ramata-Toulaye Sy, Senegal, 2019, 87 minutes

Banel and Adama are fiercely in love. Longing for a home of their own, they have decided that they will live apart from their families and that Adama will not accept his blood duty as future cheif. When Adama informs the village council of his intention, the whole community is disrupted. Banel and Adama will learn that where they live, there is no room for passion, let alone chaos.

Bright Horizons Award, Melbourne International Film Festival, 2023

Sunday, March 24 | 7PM

On The Surface

Fan Sissoko, Iceland/Mali, 2021, 4 minutes

A young Black woman goes swimming in the Iceland Sea and meditates on raising a child in a country where she remains a foreigner. As she enters the icy waters, she relives periods of her traumatic pregnancy and postnatal depression before her swimming becomes more fluid. Surrounded by nature where she faces her fears, she can now embark on a process of healing her wounds.

This film is made possible by Quartiers Lointains, Season 7.

Special Mention of the Jury, Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival, 2021


In French with English subtitles
Johanna Maabi, France/Senegal/Congo, 2022, 14 minutes

Grace, 8, hates her neighborhood, she hates cheerleading, and today, she decided to join her father in space.

Dent Pour Dent

In French and Wolof with English subtitles
Ottis Ba Mamadou, Senegal, 2022, 84 minutes

Idrissa, civil servant, lives in the suburbs of Dakar, Senegal. Due to IMF budgetary restriction measures, he loses his job. When his wages dry up, he is forced to live at the expense of his wife. He strives to regain his manly pride.