After spending years in Belgium, Koffi (Marc Zinga), a young Congolese man, returns to his birthplace of Kinshasa to confront his family and homeland culture. Secrecy and sorcery erupt when a nosebleed is mistaken for a curse, and Koffi is shunned from his family. Using magical realism to paint a portrait of “undesirables” and “sorcerers,” Augure (Omen) delves into the intricacies of identity, culture, and belief systems through a deeply rich and visually captivating lens.
Apr 25: Intro by curator Fegor Obuwoma
Through an elegiac journey set in a surreal Kinshasa, Congo, we follow several characters as they move between altered space and time, influencing each other’s lives and stories. Grief, duty, and family entangle to create a space of longing for what has been taken away. Koffie’s journey home sparks a series of events that take us through glimpses of the various characters’ family lives and dynamics, taunting time, reality, and even death. We are called to consider what it means to be obligated to communities that refuse you, intentional or not.
Fegor Obuwoma, …to glimpse: African Cinema Now! Curator
A remarkable accomplishment and a thrilling glimpse into the work of a truly visionary filmmaker.
Alexandra Heller-Nicholas, AWFJ.org
Omen announces its writer-director as an artist of significant formal imagination and daring.
Guy Lodge, Variety
Marc Zinga, Lucie Debay, Eliane Umuhire, Yves-Marina Gnahoua, Marcel Otete Kabeya
In French and Swahili with English subtitles
Thursday April 25
This Is Not a Burial, It's a Resurrection
In this, the first of a new monthly series, ...to glimpse: African Cinema Now!, Mantoa, an 80-year-old woman who has lived her entire life in a small Lesotho village, is forced to venture out into the world and fight for what is right.
When Morning Comes
Nine-year-old Jamal (a radiant Djamari Roberts) is getting bullied at school and his mum -- a widow -- decides she needs to get him out of Jamaica and educated in Canada, with his grandmother. Only one problem: Jamal is not on board.
Oscar® Shorts 2024: Live Action
This year's nominees for Best Live Action Short Films include a mini-masterpiece from Wes Anderson and French Canadian entry, Invincible.
Oscar® Shorts 2024: Animation
The best animated shorts of the year, according to the Academy... films from Iran, Israel, France and the USA. This program will also feature a handful of "best runners-up".