The third Maine African Film Festival (MAFF) begins on Tuesday, November 1st with a community forum at the Portland Public Library.  This is the third series on the topic of “Being African In Maine”. Wednesday, November 2nd, kicks off the festival with an opening night reception and art exhibition by our guest artist, Nyugen Smith, followed by the opening film First Grader. Film screenings will be in Portland (Nickelodeon Cinema) and Brunswick (Frontier Café) and will run through Sunday, November 6th.  All MAFF movies and associated events are open to the general public.  The majority of the films shown throughout the festival were selected through the New York African Film Festival’s Traveling Series.

In our increasingly diverse society, MAFF is committed to using African-themed films to accomplish the following goals:
  • Develop knowledge, understanding and appreciation of the richness, complexity and diversity of African peoples and their cultures;
  • Promote cultural literacy, tolerance and diversity by bridging the divide between post-colonial African culture and the American public through the art of film;
  • Build our community by bringing people together to view African-themed films, meet established and rising African filmmakers, participate in after-film discussions, and debate issues of personal, local and global significance in an open, tolerant environment; and
  • Provide ongoing cultural education by allocating a percentage of total revenue to fund the MAFF Museum Tour program benefitting children in underserved and rural communities throughout Southern Maine.