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THE NEW YORK AFRICAN FILM FESTIVAL RETURNS TO THE FILM SOCIETY OF LINCOLN CENTER MAY 7-13 FOR ITS 21st EDITION

Centerpiece film is the much-anticipated Half of a Yellow Sun,directed and adaptedby Biyi Bandele and starring
Thandie Newton, Chiwetel Ejiofor and Anika Noni Rose

NEW YORK (March 31, 2014)—The Film Society of Lincoln Center (FSLC) and African Film Festival, Inc. (AFF) will present the 21th New York African Film Festival (NYAFF) May 7-13. Organized under the banner theme “Revolution and Liberation in the Digital Age,” the initial leg of the festival includes eleven features and eight short films from various African nations and the Diaspora. The NYAFF continues throughout May at the Cinema at the Maysles Documentary Center and the Brooklyn Academy of Music’s BAMcinématek.

NYAFF audiences will get a sneak peek before the May 16 theatrical release of the critically acclaimed film Half of a Yellow Sun, based on the internationally best-selling novel of the same name by National Book Critics Circle Award–winning Nigerian author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. Directed by Biyi Bandele, the Centerpiece selection stars Thandie Newton and Anika Noni Rose as glamorous twins navigating life, love and the turbulence of the Biafra (Nigerian Civil) war in 1960s Nigeria. The Monterey Media release also includes a powerful performance by recent Oscar-nominee Chiwetel Ejiofor. Directly following the New York premiere of the film on Friday, May 9, the Centerpiece Gala will be held at the DiMenna Center for Classical Music’s Mary Flagler Cary Hall (450 West 37th Street, between 9th and 10th Avenues). Regular festival prices apply for the movie, and tickets can be purchased on FilmLinc.com. Tickets for the screening and benefit are $200 and available online at www.africanfilmny.org.

Harvey Keitel and Gerard Depardieu star in A FAREWELL TO FOOLS. Opening Friday, April 4th at Downtown Independent Theatre in LA.

GIRL ON A BICYCLE is now available on DVD, Netflix, iTunes, Amazon and Vimeo on Demand. 

On Top: THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN

Bottom: A FAREWELL TO FOOLS

The stunning and brilliant Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie talks about writing, the “Half of a Yellow Sun” movie, her latest novel Americanah and a yet be announced collaboration with Lupita Nyong’o!

Top image from the New African Film Festival’s screening of “Half of a Yellow Sun”, Q&A and book signing.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hYYjeb0odqg&list=UUdPdRVbp-2jLTMNZqMXtM8A&feature=share

Bottom image from Arise Entertianment 360’s interview with Chimamanda at Chic Rebellion. http://chicrebellion.tv/video/global/chimamanda-ngozi-adichie-and-lola-ogunnaike-books-films-and-future

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