Last night Rialto Cinemas Newmarket was graced with the presence of the vibrancy of the African community. As I walked up the escalator I couldn't help but do a wee hip jiggle as my feet fought the urge to two-step to the beat of the drum. When I arrived to the cinema I was greeted by the beautiful aroma of Ethiopian coffee, delightful smiles and the buzzing of everyone who came out to support the initiative.

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Dedicated to advancing an enhanced understanding of African cultures through film and increasing visibility and recognition for African film makers in New Zealand, the African Film Festival New Zealand is the first of its kind.We thoroughly enjoyed the launch of the event and are inspired by the dedication and passion the committee have for the African film industry. The festival will be running till the 15th of April. 

Apart from the film, my favourite moment from the festival was when we observed a moment of silence for the innocent students who lost their lives in Kenya. 147 is not just a number. 

In the spirit of capturing the moment we managed to take a few snaps, but trust us these do not do any justice to the energy that was present last night. 

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