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Representing Africa and the Diaspora at TFF2015, Tickets Available

OkayAfrica has the buzz on four noteworthy titles representing Africa and the Diaspora at the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival, including:

Body Team 12

Body Team 12 workers have one of the most dangerous and gruesome jobs in the world: collecting the dead from the streets of the Ebola zone. Told through the eyes of a female body, this film explores the philosophy of Time magazine's persons of the year: The Ebola workers of West Africa.

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In the wake of Robert Mugabe’s highly criticized 2008 presidential win, a constitutional committee was created in an effort to transition Zimbabwe away from authoritarian leadership. With unprecedented access to the two political rivals overseeing the committee, this riveting, firsthand account of a country’s fraught first steps towards democracy plays at once like an intimate political thriller and unlikely buddy film.

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Necktie Youth

The debut feature of twenty-three-year-old South African wunderkind Sibs Shongwe-La Mer, Necktie Youth follows Jabz and September, two rowdy, rebellious Johannesburg millennials drifting through a life of sex, drugs, and half-baked philosophizing, until a sudden tragedy unexpectedly shakes them out of their own apathy and forces them to grow up. Necktie Youth is a raw, unique, and surprising portrait of self-obsessed youth facing adulthood in an increasingly divided city.

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Stranded in Canton

Deliciously blurring the lines between fact and fiction, Måns Månsson’s Stranded in Canton follows the exploits of one of the most fascinating and utterly winning screen characters in years. Lebrun is an ambitious wannabe entrepreneur from the Democratic Republic of Congo who relocates to China with plans to make it big by hawking political T-shirts, only to find his trip taken in a completely unexpected direction in this fascinating chronicle of expatriation, romance, and karaoke bars.

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