THE AFRICAN DIASPORA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2017 HIGHLIGHTS
Friday, November 24 – Sunday, December 10, 2017
NEW YORK - The African Diaspora International Film Festival (ADIFF) celebrates its 25th anniversary with a total of 64 films from 31 countries including 31 World, US and NY Premieres.
Screenings will be held in three venues in Manhattan: Teachers College, Columbia University, Cinema Village and MIST Harlem.
FILMS in ADIFF 2017:
Some titles come directly from important national and international film festivals such as Sundance, Toronto, the Pan African Film Festival, FESPACO and Berlinale. Others illustrate the diversification of the global film industry, from portraits of trailblazers of yesterday and today (Winnie, Sammy Davis Jr., Mama Africa: Miriam Makeba) to intimate stories that will touch the audience in many ways (The Last Revolutionary (Opening Night Film),The Citizen, Foreign Body, Rosa Chumbe). National and international award-winning actors and filmmakers are celebrated in ADIFF this year including Bill Duke, Mika Kaurismaki, Hiam Abbass, Raja Amari, Roland Vranik, and Sam Pollard.
SOME OF ADIFF 2017 HIGHLIGHTS INCLUDE:
"Mama Africa: Miriam Makeba", Directed by Mika Kaurismäki (2011, 90 min South Africa/Germany)
This powerful documentary retraces the life, music and activism of international star Miriam Makeba, one of the first African musicians to win international stardom.
"Silas" by Anjali Nayar, Hawa Essuman (2017, 80min, Liberia/Canada/ South Africa/ Kenya )
Liberian activist Silas Siakor is a tireless crusader against illegal logging. He's watched multinational corporations wreak havoc on the environment while enriching themselves and impoverishing Liberians.
"Winnie" by Pascale Lamche (2017, 98min, France/South Africa)
Supremely controversial, Winnie Mandela has been labeled a woman condemned for her radical role in the liberation of her South African people under apartheid and beyond.
"Black Cop" by Cory Bowles (2017, 91min, Canada)
A Black police officer (Ronnie Rowe Jr.) seeks revenge after being egregiously profiled and assaulted by his colleagues, in this searing political satire by actor-director Cory Bowles (Trailer Park Boys).
"Foreign Body" by Raja Amari, (2016, 92min, France/Tunisia)
After a dangerous passage from Tunisia, Samia finds refuge at her old friend Imed’s (Salim Kechiouche, Blue is the Warmest Color) apartment in Lyon. Hungry for independence, she finds work with wealthy Mrs Bertaud (Hiam Abbas, Insyriated).
"The Citizen" by Rolad Vranik (2016, 109 min, Hungary)
In his late fifties Wilson, whose family was killed during an outbreak of civil war in Guinea-Bissau, enters Europe as a political refugee and settles for a sedate life as a security guard in a Budapest shopping center. The story follows Wilson as he attempts to find his place in Hungarian society in his daily life, at work, with Mari, a history teacher who helps him study for the citizenship and falls in love with him.
"Transit Havana" – New Heroes of the Cuban Revolution by Daniel Abma, (Cuba/Germany/Netherlands, 2016, 86min)
In Havana, transsexuals Odette, Juani and Malú wait for sex reassignment surgery - performed by European top surgeons and organized by the president's daughter, Mariela Castro. Castro is leading a sexual revolution combined with classic state socialism.
"Created Equal" by Bill Duke (USA, 2017, 91min)
This later drama by acclaimed filmmaker Bill Duke (Hoodlum, Sister Act II, Dark Girls) follows a cocky, upand- coming attorney who begrudgingly takes on a case to sue the Archdiocese of New Orleans for sex discrimination; after a woman, who's desperate to become a priest, solicits his help.
"The Last Revolutionary" by Michael Brewer (USA, 2017, 75min)
Mac Perkins is in his Los Angeles throwback hideout, plotting to stop an attack from the far right and racist groups around the country.
"Woven" by Salome Mulugeta and Nagwa Ibrahim (USA, 2017, 96min)
The story of an Ethiopian-born woman in Brooklyn torn between two cultures.
"Sammy Davis, Jr.: I've Gotta Be Me" by Sam Pollard (USA, 2017, 100min)
Directed by Peabody Award-winning filmmaker Sam Pollard, Sammy Davis, Jr.: I've Gotta Be Me is the first major film documentary about the legendary Harlem born entertainer.
"Rosa Chumbe" by Jonatan Relayze (Peru, 2016, 75min)
Peru's 2018 official foreign language Oscar submission, Rosa Chumbe is about Rosa Chumbe, a mature police officer with both a gambling and a drinking problem who needs a miracle to save herself and her grandchild.
"The Invisible Color: Black Is More Than A Color" by Sergio Giral (USA, 2017, 47min)
This latest documentary by the Dean of Afro-Cuban Cinema Sergio Giral investigates the black Cuban exile community in South Florida, since the first wave of political refugees in the 1959 revolutionary aftermath, to today.
"Sins of the Flesh" by Khaled el Hagar (Egypt, 2016, 125 min)
From one of Egypt's most controversial and taboo-breaking filmmakers comes a drama of betrayal, passion and political upheaval set against the backdrop of the Egyptian revolution.
"Gurumbé: Afro-Andalousian Memories" by M. Angel Rosales, (Spain/Mexico/Portugal/Senegal, 2016, 72min)
Flamenco is synonymous with Spanish culture. But the truth is that, since its inception, theorists have sidelined the fundamental contribution of Afro-Andalusians to that art form. In Gurumbé, that story is finally told!
"Papilio Buddha" by Jayan K. Cheria (India/ USA, 2013, 108 min)
Inspired by actual events, Papilio Buddha is a drama that focuses on the atrocities committed against landless Dalits, women and the environment in Kerala, South West India and the politics of suppression of their struggle against the upper castes and other powerful local forces.
"KA Bodyscapes" by Jayan K. Cherian (India, 2016, 99 min)
Three young people, Haris, a gay painter; Vishnu, a rural kabaddi player and their friend Sia, an activist who refuses to conform to dominant norms of femininity, struggle to find space and happiness in a conservative Indian City.
For more information about the 25th Annual African Diaspora International Film Festival, to receive the complete line up, screeners and high resolution images please contact Diarah N’Daw-Spech at (212) 864-1760/ fax (212) 316-6020 or e-mail email@example.com. Festival web site: www.nyadiff.org.
The African Diaspora International Film Festival is a 501(c)(3) not for profit organization.
The 25th Annual New York African Diaspora International Film Festival is made possible thanks to the support of the following institutions and individuals: ArtMattan Productions; the Office of the Vice President for Diversity and Community Affairs, Teachers College, Columbia University; The Harlem Community Development Corporation, the New York City Council in the Arts; L’ International Organization Of La Francophonie New York, New York City Council Member Bill Perkins; The Guadeloupe Islands Tourist Board, TV5 Monde, The Urban Movie Chanel (UMC), The South African Tourist Office, Ethiopian Airlines, The Délégation générale du Québec à New York, Columbia University Institute for Research inAfrican-American Studies, Consulate General of Barbados at New York, ProductionHUB, and WBAI. ADIFF is a proud member of the Harlem Arts Alliance.
ABOUT THE AFRICAN DIASPORA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
Described by film critic Armond White as “a festival that symbolizes diaspora as more than just anthropology,” ADIFF has managed to increase the presence of independent Afrocentric films from all over the world in the general American specialty movie scene by launching films such as The Tracker by Rolf de Heer (Australia), Kirikou and the Sorceress by Michel Ocelot (France), Gospel Hill by Giancarlo Esposito (USA), Darrat/Dry Season by Mahamat-Saleh Haroun (Chad), The First Rasta by Helene Lee (France/Jamaica), The Story of Lovers Rock by Menelik Shabazz (UK) Scheherazade, Tell Me a Story by Yousry Nasrallah (Egypt), and The Pirogue by Moussa Touré among others.
Attracting a wide cross-section of cinephiles and audiences of African-American, Caribbean, African, Latino and European ethnic backgrounds who share a common interest for thought provoking, well crafted, intelligent and entertaining stories about the human experience of people of color, ADIFF is now a national and international event with festivals held in New York City, Chicago, Washington DC, and Paris, France.
ADIFF 2017 FACT SHEET
WHAT: 25th Annual African Diaspora International Film Festival
WHEN: November 24 to December 10, 2017
* MILBANK CHAPEL, TEACHERS COLLEGE, CU - 525 W 120th St.- 125 Zankel & 177GD/179GD
* COWIN CENTER, TEACHERS COLLEGE, CU - Entrance between 120th and 121th St. On Broadway
* CINEMA VILLAGE - 22 E 12th St (between 5th Ave. and University Place)
* MIST HARLEM - at 46 W 116th St (at Malcolm X Blvd)
TICKETS: From $11 to $50 depending on screening/event.
6 SPECIAL EVENTS:
Opening, 3 Gala Screenings, 1 Centerpiece, Closing
Celebrating the Art of Ben Jones, A Conversation with Raja Amari, Caribbean Program, Celebrating the African Roots of Flamenco, Spotlight on South African Cinema; ADIFF Cinematheque; Afro-Latino Program; Public Award for the Best Film Directed by a Woman of Color; ADIFF School Program.
64 FILMS IN 31 COUNTRIES:
Barbados, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Cuba, Curacao, Democratic Republic of Congo, Egypt, Ethiopia, France, Guadeloupe, India, Haiti, Hungary, Jamaica, Kenya, Liberia, Luxembourg, The Netherland, Peru, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Senegal, South Africa, Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia, Uruguay, USA.
5 world premiere, 7 US premieres and
47 SPECIAL GUESTS
THE AFRICAN DIASPORA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2017 HIGHLIGHTS