The Houston Museum of African American Culture (HMAAC) and the Silicon Valley African Film Festival (SVAFF) have partnered to bring Houston a weekend film festival that promotes the understanding and appreciation of Africa and Africans through moving images. The weekend showcase of films from various African countries will take audiences of all ages across the continent, presenting a mix of feature films, shorts, documentaries and animations from Africa’s seasoned and emerging first-voice filmmakers.

HMAAC is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to collect, conserve, explore, interpret, and exhibit the material and intellectual culture of Africans and African Americans which includes a monthly film series of critically acclaimed films reflective of the African Diaspora. Our story in Texas informs and includes not only people of color, but people of all colors. As a result, the programming and exhibitions that HMAAC is bringing to Texas are about the indisputable fact that, while our experience is a unique one, it has been impacted by and continues to impact numerous races, genders and ethnicities.

The Silicon Valley African Film Festival is produced by Oriki Theater, a Mountain View, California based nonprofit performing arts company. Founded in 1992, Oriki Theater provides opportunities for our local communities to have a shared experience of the real Africa, its people, and their way of life through a unique combination of dance, drama, music, poetry, and more. From outreach programs in schools to theatrical productions and workshops, Oriki Theater is dedicated to the promotion of Africa’s culture and heritage.