NYAFF Youth Matinee Program



Since 1994, AFF’s Youth Matinee Program has brought together New York City middle and high school students to a special matinee program during the annual New York African Film Festival. An age appropriate selection of one feature length or two to three short films are screened with themes relevant to African history, geography, politics, and culture. AFF provides the participating teachers with materials for student orientation before the screenings, and then facilitates a discussion afterward with the filmmakers. Discussion topics after the film often include how African folklore and traditional storytelling techniques were used in films, the relationship of traditional African values to contemporary African and Western culture, as well as the similarities and differences between African and American culture. The programming continues back in the classroom, where teachers will ask frequently students to write critical essays. Occasionally, AFF will ask students to fill out a questionnaire to aid evaluation of the program.

If you are interested in this program or for more information, please contact us: education@africanfilmny.org


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