Shades of Love: Romance in Contemporary African Cinema
A Love During the War

The Museum of Fine Arts Houston and The Menil Collection present
Shades of Love: Romance in Contemporary African Cinema

January & March 2013

This film series has been organized in collaboration with The Menil Collection and its exhibition The Progress of Love, on view December 2, 2012-March 17, 2013. Guest film curator for the series is Ms. Mahen Bonetti, Founder and Director of the New York African Film Festival. Her curatorial statement is as follows: “When thinking of Africa, the definition of love is vague or absent. The word love is always overshadowed by crisis – AIDS, drought, warfare. So when thinking of the continent of Africa, one does not think of the word love in relation to the emotions and tension that accompanies the concept. The films in this program cover passion, jealously, revenge, yearning, scheming, intimacy, courtship, gallantry, sexual encounters – with a definite African flavor.”

This film series begins Friday, January 11, 2013.

For more information, showtimes, and tickets visit:
MFAH Films | Shades of Love: Romance in Contemporary African Cinema

The MFAH is located at 1001 Bissonnet between Main and Montrose. Films are shown in the Brown Auditorium Theater located on the lower level. Tickets are available a month in advance. Advance tickets can be purchased online or in the museum lobbies during regular hours. Auditorium doors open 30 minutes before show time. For recorded film information call 713-639-7515 or visit for details on our year-round film program. Join the film mailing list or sign up for our weekly emails at!