As DanceAfrica enters into its 38th annual edition, BAM — in association with the New York African Film Festival — has compiled FilmAfrica, a companion program of contemporary cinema to accompany the main festival. Highlighting movies from across the African diaspora, the program opens tonight with Shield and Spear, in which the documentarian Petter Ringbom examines post-apartheid South Africa through the lens of a selection of vibrant young artists. Gems abound elsewhere in the series: Abderrahmane Sissako’s recent Oscar nominee Timbuktu returns to theaters for a pair of showings on May 23, while Marcel Camus’s 1959 Black Orpheus screens on 35mm on May 24. Writing about the latter work in 2006, the Voice‘s Michael Atkinson deemed it “irrationally infectious…and feverish with hip-swiveling hustle, exploding local color, and sleeve-worn heart.”

May 22-25, 7 p.m., 2015

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