Two decades ago Mahen Bonetti set out to create an artistic hub for African voices - enabling creatives from the diaspora to narrate and star in their own stories. Now in its 24th year, the New York African Film Festival she founded continues to do just that, this year taking on the theme, "The People's Revolution."
This year's theme is born from the activist climate percolating worldwide. As explained by Sierra Leone-born Bonetti, the festival "taps into the pulse of protest and the calls for change bubbling up throughout the peoples of the world, a reform charge championed by a new wave of artists throughout Africa and its diaspora."
Bonetti describes the plethora of young people in Africa, dubbing them "vibrant human beings" who are the "engines driving today's societal transformations."
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