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African Film Festival ready to kick off

Boubacar Coulibaly’s 12-year dream of seeing a festival of films from his native Africa play in Auckland will become a reality on Thursday night when Andrew Mudge’s The Forgotten Kingdom opens the week-long African Film Festival NZ.

African FIlm Festival title Hear Me Move

African FIlm Festival title Hear Me Move

Coulibaly has worked long and hard to bring the idea to fruition since immigrating here several years ago.

The festival is running a no-second-chances programme with each of its 10 titles getting only a single outing each. While the festival will get little benefit from word of mouth, it’s an appropriately cautious approach for a first edition which adheres to the old showbiz principle: leave ’em wanting more. The opening night has already been bumped into a larger theatre at Rialto, and is sold out.

Opening night feature The Forgotten Kingdom

The AFFNZ runs 9 – 15 April at Rialto, Auckland. The festival programme is online here.

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