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Africa USA International Film Festival

Our Purpose: To provide a venue to showcase films from across the African and North American continents. in the hope of promoting mutual respect and understanding through cultural exchange.  Indeed, we believe that only mutual respect and understanding can save the world from endless conflict, misery, waste and destruction.

Today, more than ever, it is important that we understand that we are all a part of the vast human family -- all the with the same cares, trials, and aspirations regardless of our continent, nationality, race, language, socio-economic status, gender, age, or sexual orientation.

The African-USA Film Festival is all about inclusion and representation, giving voices to the voiceless, bringing the invisible to the light, and promoting the universality of love and compassion.  We recognize that films present a unique way of telling stories to cut through our differences and to find our commonalities as humans existing on this planet at this particular time in history.

Our Aim is to do our part ot empower filmmakers to share their stories of strife, reconciliation, growth, mutual effort and achievement.  Won't you join us in this effort? We welcome your film submittals at AfricaUSAIntFilmFest.com.

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The Child with a Child on her Back (10:25)

An 12 year old girlchild is left with a struggle to survivef or her next meal with her 1 year old sister while the community judges her after her whole family is wiped out by COVID-19. She looks for all avenues to survive waiting for a miracle.

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Samukele Deborah Khumalo- Dludla

33 Wandale Place Newlands West

Postal Code: 4037

Cell : 0656033018

Email : makhumalo@hotmail.com

 

In Government :She is very passionate with her work with over 20 years experience in Women Empowerment and Gender Activism . A Gender Specialist by proffession who holds a Masters in Gender - GBV with the University of Natal and a Phd Candidate with University of Pretoria. She walk the talk and for years have been in forefront of the fight for Gender Based Violence as a professional , contributing to the development of the province of KZN 5 year plan. Ms Khumalo worked in the eThekwini Municipality since 2004 to 2012, in that space she pioneered the Mens program to assist with aligning with the Women’s Programs in the province , pushing for the birth of the Men’s Month in 2007 . She has helped many victims of violence through various placements, Gender Advocacy on court cases, and multitudes of women empowerment projects around the province. She is hands on and very passionate with her work and she is an exemplary government official who understand Batho Pele.

Ms Khumalo - Dludla is an active Human Rights Activist and Community Developer in her own right. She contributed in the Health Care of Zululand by facalitating donation for 6 Mobile Clinics which were donated to the Department of Health in 2017. She was ultimately honoured by the late Zulu King , King Zwelithini for her contribution in the Community Development. During start of the Corona Pandemic , She create a cyber space for people save their money to build houses to be more independent , creating a space for upcoming young women in the construction sector. Her cyber space, as a project has attracted over 262 000 members where she has empowered more than 57 000 members to build or contribute directly or indirectly, creating a space for job creation and flow for black business nurturing and growing smaller businesses to big businesses because of her space she created. She constantly encourage people to support each other in business and community upliftment. Her cyber space which houses over 260 000 stakeholders in construction has seen many small businesses grow in about two years since march 2020. She was also acknowledged by Cash Build for her indirect contribution to job creation in KZN through the cyber space she created to empower and build the communities. On her personal time , she mentors women from all walks of life and empowers then to stand for themselves , teaching them ways to empower themselves and also empower others. With her group, her group and space has indirectly built over 95 000 homes and houses in KZN, and neighboring provinces and countries where the service providers get the opportunities. Samke is not new in community upliftment, she has built homes for people in need. She would physically be involved in the building of the houses and lobby to assist those in need. In 2018 she lobbied to assist two women who had no homes with one staying in tent for over 3 years. She has a special passion is creating a smile in peoples faces, with her natural charisma and love for the people. She is also a Unionists who was currently elected Secretary for the NEHAWU at OTP Harry Gwala Branch, an avid fighter for the workers rights.

Currently editing two films: Convulsion Film (Feature)and A Child with a Child on her back(Short Film)

Director Statement

I make inspirational films and stories about rural women and girls on their day to day plight, myths, challenges and victories to inspire other women

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The Cool and the Strong (26:30)

Magic Strong, a bright, but struggling new 5th grade student, navigates his first day of school and makes friends with classmates, Rex and Reva. Their enchanting teacher, Mr. Gray encourages them to dream big and uses his magic powers to help the three kids soar.

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Sheldyn 'SAM" Moore

Filmmaker
Perry Moore Entertainment, COO

770-570-9538 sheldynmoore@gmail.com Sheldyn Moore Youtube Channel

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Sheldyn 'SAM' Moore is an emerging filmmaker. She is a 2022 graduate of University of Georgia’s inaugural Master’s in Film class. She has a concentration in Directing and has a Bachelors of Science also from the University of Georgia in Communications. She is the Production Coordinator for Rockdale County, Georgia, where she oversees film, tv, and web projects. She is the COO of Perry Moore Entertainment. She has done several film projects and has worked on film projects for WB, NFL and Amazon. She aims to tell stories that inspire, uplift and entertain. Her Thesis Project, Little Drummer Boy, received rave reviews getting in over 10 film festivals and winning several.

Director Statement

Creating projects that help youth become their best selves is my life's mission. I am honored to have directed The Cool and the Strong, as it's a story that gave so many hope. May all who view leave the experience feeling like - You Can!

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The March for Freedom '1963' (11:58)

In the 60's ordinary brave Americans followed the very strong leadership of MLK Jr. and others to make the March for Freedom a reality. This movement changed the nation forever; yet work remains as the torch of freedom and equality passes to our newest generation--our children.

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Davon E. Johnson

Award Winning Film Director Filmworks Production
P.0. BOX 7492
Denver,Co 80207
E-Mail:dejfilms@gmail.com

Davon E. Johnson is a 58-year old director,producer,writer,film festival director and actor. He has directed numerous films and has two feature films under his belt.


Davon started his production company, Davon E. Johnson Filmworks Production, in 1989. Four of his films have aired on PBS television and he has won numerous awards in film festivals in the United States, Europe, and Asia including First Place in New Zealand for his short film ‘Portrait of a Soul”


My Work of late has been on the 1963 Peaceful Protest in Washington D.C. And this work has been Awarded, and honour'


Davon organized two film festivals and his fall film festival is mentioned by Film Festival Guide, written by Adam Langer.


Davon has high hopes for his work! He think filmmaking is a art!


www.davonfilmdirectorproducer89.info

Director Statement

This new film production is for the world! It show the power of a peaceful movement by ordinary people. This short doc is very educational and for all age group! We all can see that the world still cry out for 'Peaceful Protests! in 2020!

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Melita (29:56)

Mother and son become victims of adult sexual exploitation and underage sexual molestation respectively. Death and Imprisonment are the ultimate destinations for the perpetrators preceded by the grim reality of a normalized culture of sexual demands at the workplace as reintegration into society beckons

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Daniel Mwendwa Muindi, Samuel Kariuki

72418-00200

+254701333984 |  dantezmpaps@gmail.com
@Dantezmwendwa

Dantez Mwendwa Dexter 

@dantezmwendwa1

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Started professional acting in 2005 under Foresight Sterling Theatre productions. Worked with over 10 set book productions
at the Kenya Cultural Centre/Kenya National Theatre which involves travelling to schools to stage artistic performance of set
books. First appearance on TV was on Guy Centre but for only one episode (extra with lines)-2010. Later joined Wash and set
as an actor. The lack of extras in many TV shows got me thinking I could help get them because of my network in the set
book world where many talented artists are but they do not have a link to TV and thus my interest in crew was born. Since
then, have doubled up as an actor and crew. I have been involved in casting for TV series, feature and short films, and even
music videos like Eko Dydda's Beautiful People, Size 8's Mateke, Yule Yesu, and many others

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Ti Toya (10:28)

"When a stranger crosses the path of Ti Toya, a young country girl. He wishes to take advantage of her as an easy prey, he quickly learns that she is not who he thinks she is, and this was the worst mistake of his life."

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Michael Dessources Jr.

Anacaona Motion pictures

+1(845)729-5002

6 Dorothy Dr
Monroe, NY 10950
United States

anacaonafilms@gmail.com

Director Biography - Michel Dessources Jr

 

Michel Dessources Jr. is a native Haitian born and raised in Port-au- Prince, Haiti. Michel Currently resides in NYC. As a young boy he was exposed to the arts where he developed an appetite for photography and film and music production.  Subsequently, Michel attended Katherine Gibbs School in NYC where he received an Associate degree in Applied Science in Visual Communications. And he attented the SVA School of Visual Art NYC for Cinematography. He has since become a photographer, graphic designer , cinematographer. And the CEO of his own record label Anacaona Records.

Michel has been a photographer, graphic designer and a filmmaker for over a decade. Everything he has learned and done has come through trial and error and it has made photography interesting and fun. As a result of fulfilling his heartfelt passion for the arts through formalized education and training.

Michel has received notoriety in his brief career through the following assignments: Photography for Tommy Hilfiger clothing lines, Art director and still photographer for Kat de Luna by Sony/Epic. He worked as an Art Director with Danny Glover at Lincoln Center NYC.  In addition, two of Michel Dessources ‘photographs were chosen by National Geographic to be part of a diverse group of images on their website. Last but not least, Mr. Dessources directed and produced multiple music videos and commercials for various independent artists and Companies.

Michel Dessources’ goal as a professional photographer and a filmmaker is to travel the world and capture nature’s beauty one frame at a time. 

Director Statement

I made a vow to keep my grandmother legacy alive by sharing her stories as they were told to me to the world.

https://fokal.org/.../1584-festival-nouvelles-vues-haiti...

06

Undervalued Women in the Workplace 'She's Acting for Change" (14:39)

In this short documentary, two college-educated women from different professions - one from the nonprofit sector and the other from cybersecurity - share their experiences with gender discrimination, workplace stereotypes, and Microaggressions. Despite their different career paths, both women have faced similar challenges in their respective industries, and they offer powerful insights into the ways in which sexism and bias can impact professional growth and success. Through their personal stories and candid reflections, this film shines a light on the ongoing struggle for gender equality in the modern workplace.

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Davon E. Johnson

Award Winning Film Director Filmworks Production
P.0. BOX 7492
Denver,Co 80207
E-Mail:dejfilms@gmail.com

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Davon E. Johnson is a 58-year-old director, producer, writer, film festival director and actor. He has directed numerous films and has two feature films under his belt.

Davon started his production company, Davon E. Johnson Filmworks Production, in 1989. Four of his films have aired on PBS television and he has won numerous awards in film festivals in the United States, Europe, and Asia including First Place in New Zealand for his short film ‘Portrait of a Soul” Of late my work been on the 1963 Peace Protests, My short doc The March for Freedom 1963 receive ‘A Special Award for the Best Short Film: ‘Recommended for School” Festival ‘A Film for Peace” Italy. Davon feature film ‘Color Blind gain a distribution deal with Maverick Entertainment”

My Work on the 1963 Peaceful Protest in Washington D.C. has been Awarded. My two new shorts doc on Ira Aldridge and my lasted based on Gender equality. Title: Undervalued Women in the Workplace ‘She Acting for Change” Davon organized two film festivals and his fall film festival is mentioned by the Film Festival Guide, written by Adam Langer.

Davon has high hopes for his work! He thinks filmmaking is an art!

www.davonfilmdirectorproducer89.info

Director Statement

Undervalued Women in the Workplace, Is like a beautiful poem.

To date it's my strongest production. The production has everything right going for it. For the world need to see and understand this short documentary.

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Don't Watch the Movie (4:38)

A ordinary night turned spooky when advised not to watch a certain movie.

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Jonny Jazz

Los Angeles California

A Filmmaker based out of Los Angeles California

08

Who is God  (3:05)

Humanity is a wonderful race. With amazing creativity. With the ability to create great empires and destroy itself. Human beings can create life. In its eternal solitude, humanity engendered its son. The technology.


The human as well as God will look for the creation to become the image and likeness of the creator.

The first short film created by artificial intelligence.


🛑Images generated entirely with artificial intelligence.

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Oscar Adan Lopez Parres

Humanity is a wonderful race. With amazing creativity. With the ability to create great empires and destroy itself. Human beings can create life. In its eternal solitude, humanity engendered its son. The technology.

The human as well as God will look for the creation to become the image and likeness of the creator.

This is for the cinephiles. I ask you to believe in this project. It's a different project. Created with a lot of love .

You could be pioneers in a new age of making movies where the hand of man and machine come together to create the most beautiful works of art. Let's elevate cinema. Trust in this project, and I assure you, you won't regret it.

With all the love in the world for cinema.

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Director Statement

This project was created with the intention of being a LOVE LETTER TO HUMANITY.
In a world where we are constantly searching for meaning and purpose, "Who Is God?" invites viewers on a profound exploration of the human experience. This groundbreaking short film, created with the innovative use of Artificial Intelligence, delves into the complexities of our existence, challenging conventional beliefs and perceptions.

Through captivating imagery, we take the audience on a visceral journey through the spectrum of human emotions. From moments of profound joy and love to those of sorrow and death, we aim to encapsulate the essence of the human condition. By juxtaposing these contrasting experiences, we invite reflection on the duality of life and the interconnectedness of our shared human experience.

"Who Is God?" also delves into the heights of human achievements. We showcase the brilliance of our creations, from the wonders of time and space exploration to the depths of destruction and creation itself. By celebrating our ingenuity and exploring our collective potential, we highlight the capacity for both incredible creation and devastating consequences that lie within us.

The climax of the film challenges the very nature of our existence. We witness a human transformed into a machine, symbolizing the creation becoming the image and likeness of its creator. This provocative visual serves as a metaphorical exploration of the blurred lines between creator and creation, leaving audiences questioning the boundaries of human potential and the repercussions of our technological advancements.

"Who Is God?" is a thought-provoking and visually stunning piece that seeks to ignite a dialogue about our place in the universe and the profound impact we have on our own destiny. With a desire to push boundaries and challenge preconceptions, this film is poised to captivate audiences and provoke introspection long after the credits roll.

We humbly submit "Who Is God?" for consideration, hopeful that it will resonate with viewers, stir their souls, and contribute to the ongoing conversation about the nature of our existence.

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Mirrorty (10:59)

"Mirrorty" is about the mysterious disappearance of a man who lives alone in a city where people are vanished mysteriously, who is alienated from society and ignorant to social tragedies.

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Serkan Aktas

Istanbul, Turkey

University-1 : Anadolu University Faculty of Business Administration Department of Business Administration (2008-2013)

University-2 : Dokuz Eylül University Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics (2009-2014)

Certificate : Istanbul Cinema Academy Film School (2015-2016)

Master Degree : Beykent University Institute of Social Sciences, Film and TV Master of Arts (2015 - 2017)

Doctorate Degree : Beykent University Institute of Graduate Studies, Film and TV, Doctor of Arts (2017 - 2022)

 

FILMOGRAPHY
Mirrorty (2017) (Short Film)
Resurrection under the Ocean (2021) (Short Film)
The Librarian (2022) (Short Film)
The Death Ox (2022) (Short Film)
Lucky Coin ! (2022) (Short Film)

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