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2019 Asmara Indie Film Festival

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The New Parkway Theater

474 24th Street

Oakland, CA 94612

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AIFF 2019 presents curated short films and a tribute to Nipsey Hussle at The New Parkway Theater, followed by an after party at Au Lounge.

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2019 THEME: "LIFE’S A SHORT [FILM]"

The 2nd edition of the Asmara Indie Film Festival is many things. It’s a victory lap back home to the Bay Area after an inaugural 2018 at Seattle’s historic Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute. This year, we’re proud to present at the New Parkway Theater in Oakland, CA.

It’s also the year that visionary Eritrean/ African American artist and serial entrepreneur Nipsey Hussle (born Ermias Asghedom)was murdered. The world lost a brilliant mind, and countless creatives lost a peer and inspiration-- including the people behind AIFF. We honestly almost didn’t have a festival this year. We run it, we own it, but we were not on it. Finding a way to produce a top notch program amidst this tragedy, and our own creative projects, and the regularly scheduled madness of life, and the buffoonery of...well, buffoons that we see in a media ecosystem that takes no days off. It made us want to take a day off! A year off, you get the idea. But with Nipsey’s death (and with how fast this year is going by), this summer we were reminded of what we thought we already knew and often forget when we are fatigued: life is short. And so one evening sitting on the roof of Oeste talking about this, we said “JIMINY CRICKET! That can be the theme!” (maybe Sephora said that out loud and maybe Elilta just said it with a twinkle in her eyes). And AIFF makes it to year two. Careening towards you with the velocity of two friends, some sparkling rose, and nothing to lose.

This year’s program presents a series of curated short films, a tribute to Nipsey Hussle featuring videos and interviews, and an after party at Au Lounge. We hope to see you there.

Elilta Tewelde and Sephora Woldu

Co-founders, Asmara Indie Film Festival

ABOUT ASMARA INDIE FILM FESTIVAL

Asmara Indie Film Festival (AIFF) is a traveling showcase of independent films with groundbreaking, diverse representations in visual storytelling. Born from the human experience of duality, our motto [You are here...You are from here] is inspired by countless narratives from diaspora journeys, and more broadly applies to that indescribable pursuit of finding one’s place in the world. We pride ourselves in sharing films that ignite provocative thinking and highlight unique narratives, especially those that come out of the diaspora experience-- defined as the movement, migration, or scattering of a people away from an ancestral homeland.

Asmara is the east African capital of Eritrea. Inspired by a shared vision to connect with parts of their identity through film, AIFF was founded in 2018 by Eritrean American filmmakers Sephora Woldu and Elilta Tewelde. AIFF will travel to a new host city each year to engage audiences in the various destinations of “here”, with the ultimate goal of the Asmara Indie Film Festival being held in Asmara.

Learn more at www.asmarafilmfest.com and follow us at @asmarafilmfest.

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