Film Screening

This year, the ASA will screen The Wound, which will be followed by a discussion with actor Niza Jay Ncoyini. The ASA will also screen An Opera of the World, featuring a discussion with filmmaker Manthia Diawara.

The ASA Annual Meeting Film Screening event is an annual event where films by renowned African producers are showcased during the Annual Meeting. These films typically engage major social and/or political issues on the African continent past or present, and are related to the theme of the conference in that given year. At the 2013 conference three films were shown at the Reginald Lewis Museum in Baltimore, entitled Tey by Alain Gomis, Something Necessary, by Judy Kibingeand Pumzi by Wanuri Kahiu. The screenings were followed by Q & A sessions with producers Alain Gomis and Judy Kibinge, who attended the event. The 57th Annual Meeting Film Screening featured two films, Half a Yellow Sun, and Confusion Na Wa. Both screenings were held at the historic Madame Walker theatre in Indianapolis, IN. Kenneth Gyang, director of Confusion Na Wa joined the screening and participated in a Question and Answer session with Annual Meeting participants after the screening. The 60th Annual Meeting Film Screenings at the 2017 conference in Chicago, IL included a screening of Felicite with Alain Gomis at the Chicago Cultural Center, and a screening with Reed Brody and Dohkot Clement Abaifouta of Hissein Habre: A Chadian Tragedy.

Films are currently not being accepted for the film screening events. If you would like to submit an application to have your film(s) tabled in the video marketplace, you may complete the tabled film application form and follow the instructions to submit your film(s) for display. 

If you are interested in a mini film screening in the conference exhibit hall, this opportunity is available with a donation. Other sponsorship benefits specifically for film distributors are outlined below.

On-Demand Film Library

The tabled film application form is intended for film distributors, wishing to submit films to be viewed in the exhibit hall on-demand film library only. Requests for major film screenings are not being accepted at this time. Please send an email to [email protected] if you require additional information.

Sponsorship Opportunities

Film distributors now have the opportunity to make voluntary donations to support the Annual Meeting. Donations will be considered as sponsorships, and the following sponsorship benefits will apply:

– Donations of $250 – $500 will receive complimentary advertising in the conference programme

– Donations of $500 – $1000 will receive poster advertising at the conference venue

– Donations of $1000+ will receive 1 “mini film screening” opportunity in the exhibit hall

You may make a voluntary donation to the Annual Meeting using the tabled film application form. You will be contacted regarding your sponsorship benefit(s) when your application is received.

Sending in your film(s)

**Please note that films must be sent to the ASA Secretariat no later than November 1, 2018. Films can be sent via regular or courier mail, and must include a return label and packaging so they can be returned after the conference.

Please send films to:

Lori Ann Chitty Ray
African Studies Association
Rutgers University-Livingston Campus
54 Joyce Kilmer Avenue
Piscataway, NJ 08854

The  deadline to receive tabled film applications is September 30, 2018 or while applications are being accepted. Click here to submit an application for a tabled film.