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African cinema is virtually ignored by American commercial distributors, but this series is the third survey of African film that Washington has been fortunate enough to see in the last year. Linked to the Kennedy Center’s “African Odyssey” program, the minifest presents five features culled from recent editions of the New York African Film Festival. The most prominent of the directors represented is Idrissa Ouedraogo, whose Kini and Adams (Saturday, May 22, at 6 p.m. and Sunday, May 23, at 4 p.m.), filmed in the inherently epic CinemaScope format, follows two friends who try to build a car, hoping the vehicle will be their escape from poverty. The relationship between two brothers—one an aspiring boxer, the other an aimless womanizer—provides the dramatic framework for Jose Laplaine’s Macadam Tribu, a portrait of African society that’s both comic and poignant (Friday, May 21, at 8:30 p.m. and Sunday, May 23, at 8 p.m.). The other films are When the Stars Meet the Sea (Saturday, May 22, at 2 p.m.; pictured), a magical-realist fable from Madagascar in which a crippled protagonist rejects his tribe’s belief in destiny to create his own future; Wariko, the Jackpot (Saturday, May 22, at 8 p.m. and Sunday, May 23, at 2 p.m.), a comedy from the Cote d’Ivoire about a woman who wins the lottery but can’t find the ticket; and Haramuya (Friday, May 21, at 6:30 p.m., Saturday, May 22, at 4 p.m., and Sunday, May 23, at 6 p.m.), a tale of conflict between modernity and tradition in a Muslim family. At the Kennedy Center’s American Film Institute National Film Theater. $6.50. (202) 785-4600. (Mark Jenkins)