SEMBÈNE – 2017 – 2018 Program Partners



The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh – Homewood, located at 7101 Hamilton Avenue and is one of SFAF’s venue.  A three-story building, that library has been restored to its original grandeur and is fully accessible.

This 93-year old library includes a self-checkout service, new elevator and other conveniences. In addition, the Library’s meeting rooms, available for public use, can accommodate small and large groups. A fully equipped 300-person auditorium is available for larger conferences and stage productions.  Here’s a link to the library and directions to get there.

ftuyuoCity of Asylum creates a thriving community for writers, readers, and neighbors. We provide sanctuary to endangered literary writers, so that they can continue to write and their voices are not silenced. We offer a broad range of literary programs in a variety of community settings to encourage cross-cultural exchange. We anchor neighborhood economic development by transforming blighted properties into homes for these programs and energizing public spaces through public art with text-based components.

City of Asylum’s new program venue, Alphabet City, is one of the venues for screening films.  All films screen free of charge.  Check out COA’s new home – City of Asylum @ Alphabet City.



Just Films, a social justice film series, is a collaboration of four organizations in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania committed to women, girls, gender equity, and social justice: the Chatham University Women’s Institute, New Voices Pittsburgh, the Women and Girls Foundation, and the Women’s Law Project. Just Films screens monthly through June 2017 and all screenings are free and open to the public. Visit the website to learn more.



Kente Arts Alliance’s goal is to expose the community to art that reflects the best in human ingenuity and creativity. In doing so, Kente Arts Alliance aims to raise the consciousness of its audiences in order to help them understand the world around them. In the end, Kente asserts that audiences will develop tastes for an art alternative outside of popular culture and gain a heightened awareness of non-mainstream cultural choices. By consistently setting a high standard, Kente is eroding the myth that high quality art does not take place in community settings. 



Founded in 1979, the National Black Programming Consortium (NBPC) develops, produces and funds media content about the Black experience for public media outlets, including television, digital radio and online. Since 1991, NBPC has invested more than $10 million dollars in iconic documentary content for public media outlets mentored and supported a diverse array of producers who create content about contemporary black experiences; and emerged as a leader in the evolving next-media landscape.

NBPC distributes engaging content online at and via broadcast through its AfroPoP: The Ultimate Cultural Exchange documentary series. Please visit NBPC’s website to learn more.


Founded in 1999, Partnership for Minority HIV/AIDS Prevention (PMHAP) is a nonprofit, community-based organization with offices in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. PMHAP’s mission is to work with community partners, in the USA and abroad, to prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS through prevention efforts, education and resources.


Project Zula/Projeto Zula

Project Zula is the official site and home to the work of filmmaker Donna Carole Roberts, the director of Yemanjá: Wisdom from the African Heart of Brazil. Robert’s projects to date have focused on documentary film, education and engagement in diverse communities, centers of higher learning and non-profit organizations in North and South America, with a particular focus on issues targeting women, the natural world and social justice.


Established in 1972 to address the under representation and misrepresentation of women in the media industry, Women Make Movies is a multicultural, multiracial, non-profit media arts organization which facilitates the production, promotion, distribution and exhibition of independent films and videotapes by and about women. The organization provides services to both users and makers of film and video programs, with a special emphasis on supporting work by women of color. Women Make Movies facilitates the development of feminist media through an internationally recognized Distribution Service and a Production Assistance Program. Visit Women Make Movies for more information.