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TO OCT. 2
At the heart of most of New Visions of Africa’s six features are three iconic relationships: men and women, money and the penniless, and France and its former colonies. The story of Kirikou and the Sorceress (pictured; at 1 and 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 27, and Sunday, Sept. 28) is folkloric: A boy with special powers is born into a village plagued by an evil witch. More common, however, are films that shape cultural concerns into the form of mysteries or thrillers. Madame Brouette (at 7:20 p.m. Monday, Sept. 29) flashes back from the killing of an abusive, philandering cop to show the status of women in Senegal. In The River (5:10 and 9:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 26, and Sunday, Sept. 28), a young man kills a Parisian drug dealer to avenge a friend and then flees to Guinea, aided by the beautiful cousin who loves him despite his moodiness. The narratively similar but more comedic Me & My White Pal (at 5:10 and 9:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 27, and Tuesday, Sept. 30) follows a graduate student from Burkina Faso and his new French friend, who snatch two Paris dealers’ cash and abscond to the student’s homeland. Money also drives Wariko, The Jackpot (at 7:20 p.m. Friday, Sept. 26, Wednesday, Oct. 1, and Thursday, Oct. 2), in which an Ivorian traffic cop hits the lottery but then can’t find the winning ticket. And one womanthe director’s mothertriumphs over Benin’s patriarchy in the documentary Si-Gueriki: The Queen Mother (at 7:20 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 27, and Tuesday, Sept. 30; at 5:10 and 9:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 2). The festival runs to Thursday, Oct. 2 (see Showtimes for a full schedule), at Visions Cinema Bistro Lounge, 1927 Florida Ave. NW. $9. (202) 667-0090. (Mark Jenkins)