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Akosua Adoma Owusu’s BUS NUT starring MaameYaa Boafo has New York Premiere at The 22nd New York African Film Festival on May 12

MaameYaa Boafo in Bus Nut. Credit: Obibini Pictures

MaameYaa Boafo in Bus Nut. Credit: Obibini Pictures

On Tuesday, May 12th, The 22nd New York African Film Festival is presenting the New York premiere of Bus Nut, a 7-minute film by award-winning Ghanaian-American filmmaker and arts activist Akosua Adoma Owusu (Kwaku Ananse) starring MaameYaa Boafo of “An African City,” at the Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center, Film Society of Lincoln Center, 144 West 65th St., (between Broadway and Amsterdam Ave., upper level) in New York at 6:00 pm.

Produced by Obibini Pictures, Bus Nut captures the story of Rosa Parks, the 1950s African-American civil activist often referred to as the “mother of the freedom movement.” Bus Nut re-articulates the 1955 Montgomery Bus Boycott, a political and social protest against US racial segregation on the public transit system of Montgomery Alabama and its relationship to an educational video on school bus safety. An actress re-stages a vintage video while reciting press conference audio of Rosa Parks on a recreated set in New York City.

Bus Nut is among seven shorts that will be shown including —The Summer of GodsBurkina, All About Women;Handmade in ThamagaSister OyoCholo; and Panic Button—by and about women.

MaameYaa Boafo and Nova Scott-James will introduce the films.

General Admission $14, Students & Seniors (62+) $11, FSLC members $9.

Click here for more information and here to purchase tickets through Film Society of Lincoln Center.

In Person: Film Society box offices.

For more information please e-mail AFF at or call 212-352-1720

Esosa E, Maame Adjei, Maameyaa Boafo, Nana Mensah and Marie Humbert in “An African City".

Esosa E, Maame Adjei, MaameYaa Boafo, Nana Mensah and Marie Humbert in “An African City”.

Last fall, MaameYaa Boafo, who stars as Nana Yaa in the international hit web series, “An African City,” made her Off-Broadway debut as Tina Pardon in the New York premiere of acclaimed novelist Walter Mosley’s first full length play LIFT at 59E59 Theaters. She originated the role in the world premiere at Crossroads Theatre, with Marshall Jones, III, at the helm, in Spring 2014.

Biko Eisen-Martin and MaameYaa Boafo in Crossroads' production of Walter Mosley's LIFT. Photo by Carol Rosegg.

Biko Eisen-Martin and MaameYaa Boafo in Crossroads’ production of Walter Mosley’s LIFT. Photo by Carol Rosegg.

MaameYaa Boafo. Photo by Lia Chang

MaameYaa Boafo. Photo by Lia Chang

Boafo hails from Ghana, West Africa and was raised in Europe and East Africa before moving to the States for college. After obtaining a double Bachelor’s in Broadcast Journalism and French at Hood College in Frederick, Maryland, MaameYaa was then awarded the Levin Scholarship from Rutgers University, and received her MFA in Acting from the Mason Gross School of the Arts.

Her regional theater credits include Ophelia in Hamlet (The American Globe Theatre tour, dir. Dennis Turney); Circle Mirror Transformation (u/s George Street Playhouse, dir. Anders Cato); Educational Tour Company (George Street Playhouse, David Saint/Jim Jack/Gail Howard, dir.); Shakespeare Alive! (Maryland Shakespeare Festival, Becky Kemper, dir.); a Courtesan in Comedy of Errors (Maryland Shakespeare Festival, Drew Kahl, dir.). She originated the role of Biftu in Antu Yacob’s Mourning Sun as well as Akosua in Cori Thomas’s Akosua means Sunday (4th Street Theatre, Lisa Peterson, dir.). Her film and TV credits include The Family Fang (Jason Bateman, dir.), When It All Falls Down, Exposure, Breathe, Asa, Azure II, New York I Love You, Bus Nut (Rosa Parks), “Madam Secretary” (CBS) and commercials. She was also featured in the documentary Black is Beautiful and stars in a music video for musician ABIAH, which she also co-directed. As a print model, Boafo has worked with photographers such as Matt Furman, Jamel Toppin, Hannan Saleh, J.Quazi King and Baron Claiborne and models for uber-pop women’s brand, Rue107. She is currently finishing her first screenplay to be filmed later in the year and is set to shoot the second season of “An African City.”


Marva Hicks Taha, Selena Evans, MaameYaa Boafo, Lia Chang and Denise Burse Fernandez at The 52nd Street Project's Fancy That Benefit at The Edison Ballroom in New York on May 4, 2015. Photo by Lia Chang

Marva Hicks Taha, Selena Evans, MaameYaa Boafo, Lia Chang and Denise Burse Fernandez at The 52nd Street Project’s Fancy That Benefit at The Edison Ballroom in New York on May 4, 2015. Photo by Lia Chang

Lia Chang is an actor, a performance and fine art botanical photographer, and an award-winning multi-platform journalist. Lia has appeared in the films Wolf, New Jack City, A Kiss Before Dying, King of New York, Big Trouble in Little China, The Last Dragon and Taxman. She has guest starred on “One Life to Live,” “As the World Turns,” and “New York Undercover.” Lia starred as Carole Barbara in Lorey Hayes’ Power Play at the National Black Theatre Festival in Winston-Salem, N.C., with Pauletta Pearson Washington and Roscoe Orman. She is profiled in Jade Magazine.

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