When most Americans think of Africa, images of the Serengeti, starving children and minimalist living often come to mind. In actuality, Africa is made up of approximately 54 sovereign states, a few independent territories, and thousands of languages. It is a continent full of varied cultures, traditions and ways of living. One of the few ways to experience the multitudes Africa contains is to let the nations speak for themselves. The African Film Festival at Washington University this Friday through Sunday (March 28 through 30) features a host of voices from all corners of the continent. At 1 p.m. Saturday, the youth matinee features Sierra Leonean Hawanatu Bangura's animated shorts "Imprint" and "Money Tree." The latter chronicles the missteps and adventures of a little boy who thinks he can make money grow from trees by planting a stolen coin. (Ugh, if only, right? Kid's a genius.) At 7 p.m. Senegalese director Alain Gomis' Tey is screened; it follows the the protagonist, Satche, for the entire duration of his last day alive and what he decides to do with the precious time he has left. All films screen in Room 100 in Brown Hall on the Washington University campus (Forsyth and Skinker boulevards; 314-935-7879 or www.wupa.wustl.edu/africanfilm). Admission is free.
March 28-30, 1 & 7 p.m., 2014