Like many things filed under the heading of "African"—one talismanic word to contain a continent's worth of history, language, culture, basic bodily morphology, and possibility—Lincoln Center's 6th African Film Festival scans with disturbing ease as both ode and elegy. Besides the familiar array of fragile folkways wilting under the hot lamps of modernity, Africans telling stories on film is probably the main endangered local culture on view. Every year fewer movies are shot by Africans about Africa or Africans and less funding is devoted to the production of African film. Festivals like the AFF, much like the long-term survivors of disease, inspire mainly by... More >>>