African films to be showcased in Silicon Valley, Again.

Looking for an entertaining event to attend this weekend? The 8th Annual Silicon Valley African Film Festival (SVAFF) will be held at the Historic Hoover Theatre in San Jose from Friday, September 29 through Sunday, October 1, 2017. Admission is $20 for a day pass and $50 for all three days.

The annual showcase includes a mix of feature films, shorts, documentaries and animations from seasoned and emerging African filmmakers. Presented by Oriki Theater, the Silicon Valley African Film Festival is the only film festival in California that focuses exclusively on films made by African filmmakers and provides audiences with a lens to the real Africa. The mission of the Festival is to promote an understanding and appreciation of Africa and Africans through compelling storytelling and breathtaking cinematography.

The SVAFF celebrates its eight anniversary with a brilliant line-up of over 70 films from 26 African countries, all sharing the true stories, hopes and dreams of Africa. This year’s Opening Night Feature Film is Potato Potahto, directed by African Movie Academy Award winner, Shirley Frimpong-Manso from Ghana. Starring African Movie Academy Award Best Actress, Joke Silva, and African Movie Academy Award Best Actor, OC Ukeje, Potato Potahto makes its North American premiere at SVAFF 2017. Other notable selections include: Zawaja Gali – Marriage is Expensive by the South Sudanese director, Sam Lukudu, the laugh out loud comedy Lodgers from Nigeria, brilliant animation Kura from Kenya, political satire Yenegen Alwoldem – I won’t Bear No More from Ethiopia, The Road to Sunshine from Malawi, Ayanda from South Africa, Occupation Killer from Morocco, etc.,

“Our festival has indeed come of age and its popularity continues to grow on the African continent. This year, we received over 500 submissions from 36 African countries and I am excited about the quality, range of genres and diversity of voices represented in the films we have selected,” said Chike C. Nwoffiah, Festival Director of the SVAFF. “It is an honor to offer the Bay Area community an unfiltered access to the richness, diversity and vitality of Africa’s creative expressions and provide a forum for cultural exchange.”

The festival has become a destination event in Silicon Valley that draws an international following of distinguished guests, Silicon Valley high tech executives, cinema buffs, academics, civic officials and diverse community leaders. Hollywood actor Danny Glover attended SVAFF 2016.

A centerpiece feature of the festival is the Diaspora Spotlight, a program that honors and celebrates Africa’s ancestral footprint in a country or region of the African diaspora through film screenings, exhibitions, performances and panel discussions. The Diaspora Spotlight program at SVAFF 2017 features USA and will be on Saturday, September 30 at 2:00PM.

The festival will honor five Bay Area residents with a special “Africa Cultural Icon Award” at the opening ceremony on Friday, September 29. According to Chike Nwoffiah, “These honorees have been instrumental in showcasing and uplifting the image of Africa through creative expressions. It is an opportunity to celebrate, honor and thank them as Africa’s cultural ambassadors for their inspiring work and pioneering role in sharing Africa with a wider audience.” This year’s honorees are Dr. Zak Diouf, Naomi Gedo Diouf, Hana Baba, CK Ladzekpo and Emmanuel Nado.

For the full Silicon Valley African Film Festival listing, including screening times and film descriptions, visit www.svaff.org, call 415-774-6787 or email office@svaff.orgHistoric Hoover Theatre is located at 1635 Park Avenue, San Jose, CA 95126.

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