african culture

Mahen BonettiMr. Seymour Fliegel is the author of the book, Miracle in East Harlem. It is the story of how Mr. Fliegel took the lowest performing school in New York City's public school system and turned it into a model school. He currently heads the Center for Educational Innovation. Mr. Fliegel has twice been invited to the White House to be honored for his work in public education.

Ms. Mahen Bonetti is the Founder and Executive Director of the African Film Festival, Inc (AFF), New York. Born in Sierra Leone in 1956 and sent into exile in 1970, Mahen received her Graduate degree in communication from New York University. In 1993, concerned by the lack of understanding and appreciation of African culture, Ms. Bonetti, founded the AFF. The main goal of the festival is to use African cinema to promote and increase knowledge and understanding of African arts, literature, and culture. In addition, to develop a non-African audience for African Films and to expand the opportunities for the distribution of African films in the U.S. In recent years, the Festival has been hosted by the Film Society of Lincoln Center and the Brooklyn Academy of Music.