Visit San Jose hosts the Silicon Valley African Film Festival to celebrate the African diaspora, storytelling and diversity

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SAN JOSE, California., September 26, 2023 /PRNewswire/ — Visit San Josethe official destination marketing body for City of San Josewelcomes back the 14th edition Silicon Valley African Film Festival (SVAFF) at the historic Hoover Theater in Friday October 13 through Sunday October 15, 2023.

Visit San Jose is the official destination marketing organization of San Jose, California.  (PRNewsfoto/Visit San Jose)

Visit San Jose is the official destination marketing organization of San Jose, California. (PRNewsfoto/Visit San Jose)

From gripping dramas to heartwarming documentaries from veteran and emerging filmmakers, the film festival is a testament to the incredible talent that resides on the African continent and its diaspora. The festival’s mission is to promote understanding and appreciation of Africa and Africans through moving images. A well-chosen themeAfrica Through the African Lens”, the film festival celebrates the vast richness of the African continent and, above all, offers audiences an exquisite perspective on reality. Africa and its diaspora.

SVAFF celebrates its fourteenth year with a brilliant lineup of 94 films from 38 countries, all sharing the true stories, hopes and dreams of Africa and its diaspora. This year’s opening night feature film is Nakupendadirected by the talented young Tanzanian director, Jouma Saada. Nakupenda do his North America premiere at SVAFF 2023 and Jouma Saada will be on hand for a discussion after the screening. Other notable selections include Cameroon official Oscar entry filmPlanting the planters directed by Eystein Young Dingha, the inspiring documentary Homeland: a song for refugees Since South Africaawesome animation Gromonmon from Reunion, social justice film White but black Since Zimbabwe, White Nanny Black Child Since United Kingdom, Under the hanging tree Since NamibiaAndThe Messenger of God Since Niger. More than 50% of the films will be from the world or North America firsts.

“We received approximately 1,300 submissions from 50 countries this year and I am excited by the quality, genre diversity and diversity of voices represented in the films we have selected,” said Chike C. Nwoffiah, SVAFF Festival Director. “It is an honor to offer our community unfiltered access to the richness, diversity and vitality of Africa creative expressions and provide a forum for cultural exchange.

John LaFortunePresident and CEO, Visit San Josethe company that manages the San Jose Convention Center and arts and entertainment venues, said: “We are honored that the Silicon Valley African Film Festival will San Jose their house. We thank them for celebrating these important filmmakers and films, and we invite all to stay and discover the cultural treasures we enjoy year-round in our remarkable city. »

The Silicon Valley African Film Festival has become a destination event and attracts a passionate international audience of distinguished transcontinental visitors, entrepreneurs, technology executives, film buffs, academics, civic officials, celebrities and supporters from the community. The festival welcomed ambassadors and senior government officials South Africa, Rwanda, Zambia, Nigeria, Ghana, Egypt, Franceetc., as well as celebrities like Danny Glover, Susan L. Taylor, Isaiah Washington, Ntare Guma Mwine, Jimmy Jean Louisetc.

Visit the Silicon Valley African Film Festival website at for full event schedules, showing times and film descriptions.


Visit San Jose is the city’s destination marketing organization (DMO) to increase the economic impact of tourism San Jose through destination development and branding. Its parent company, Team San Jose, is an innovative partnership unifying the San José Convention and Visitors Bureau, hotels, arts, labor and venues to deliver an exceptional tourism experience. TSJ operates the San Jose McEnery Convention Center, California Theater, Center for the Performing Arts, San Jose Civic, Montgomery Theater and South Hall. For more information, visit

Frances Wongdirector of communications, Visit San Jose (510) 396-8367

Dami OyefesoAgile PR (718) 902-7285

Chike C. Nwoffiah, Festival Director, Silicon Valley African Film Festival (408) 886-0049

San Jose hosts the Silicon Valley African Film Festival, which celebrates the African diaspora, stories and diversity.

San Jose hosts the Silicon Valley African Film Festival, which celebrates the African diaspora, stories and diversity.



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