More selections from Asia Africa Film Festival (AAFF) 2019, produced by Globetrotter Lab.
Unbeknownst to many, Asia and Africa actually share a lot in common and are connected in ways both culturally as well as historically, and, at Asia Africa Film Festival (AAFF), we plan on highlighting these commonalities through film.
With AAFF, we hope to expand taste and knowledge beyond our own cities and continents while bucking stereotypes, economic, class and racial barriers.
To do that, we have assembled a carefully curated selection of movies, ranging from feature films, documentaries and shorts from the two continents.
See our first batch of movies here.
Director: Robby Ertanto Soediskam
Indonesia | 73 Min | Feature
Sister Maryam spends her days taking care of the residents in a home for elderly nuns. One day, the arrival of a handsome priest awakens a feeling inside that she had put aside long ago. It begins with quick glances on the sly, but when quiet flirtations turn into secret dates, Maryam finds herself forced to make a choice between staying true to her vow or abandoning everything for the pursuit of personal happiness.
KADO (A GIFT)
Director: Aditya Ahmad
Indonesia | 15 Min | Short
Isfi wants to prepare a special gift for Nita’s birthday, but to be accepted at Nita’s house, she has to wear the hijab.
GAZA SURF CLUB
Director: Philip Gnadt, Mickey Yamine
Palestine | 87 Min | Feature Documentary
In a country locked between Egypt and Israel, Gaza's youth are drawn to their beaches. Weary of the daily 'state of emergency' they seek meaning and perspective to their lives through surfing.
Director: Christopher Kirkley⠀
Mali | 83 Min | Feature⠀
In a genre defying film, Zerzura follows a young man from a small village in Niger who leaves home in search of an enchanted oasis. His journey leads him into a surreal vision of the Sahara, crossing paths with djinn, bandits, gold seekers, and migrants. Zerzura is a modern folktale transposed onto an acid Western, equal parts Jodoroswky and Jean Rouch. Written and developed with a local Tuareg cast, Zerzura mixes ethnofiction with the genre picture, exploring themes of migration and exoticism through a collaborative approach.
ABOUT A WOMAN⠀
Director: Teddy Soeriaatmadja⠀
Indonesia | 83 Min | Feature
A widow of 65 lives alone but denies she is lonely. Her family sends the teenager Abi, to help around the house. The two begin to change their perception of each other, from awkwardness to attraction. ⠀