By Tambay A. Obenson | Shadow and Act October 31, 2011 at 5:58AM
"63 amazing films from 37 different countries... From Jordan to Australia, from Kenya to Mexico, from Guadeloupe to Canada and from Cuba to the USA, a rich selection of dramas, comedies and documentary films will have their US and NY premiere in ADIFF 2011," says the press release, some we've covered previously on S&A, like The Story of Lovers Rock (this year's opening night film), An African Election, David is Dying, and even Machete Maidens Unleashed!.
The African Diaspora Film Festival, now in its 19th year, runs from November 25 – December 13, 2011, starting off right here in NYC.
Stay tuned for individual highlights; but, in the meantime, for more, visit the festival website at www.NYADIFF.org.
Watch the festival preview/promo below, and read the full press release that follows underneath:
New York, October 18, 2011 - From November 25th to December 13th, in four venues in New York City, film lovers in the tri-state area will be able to discover 63 amazing films produced in 37 different countries. This is the 19th annual edition of the African Diaspora International Film Festival (ADIFF), coming soon with one of the most daring, thought provoking, and eclectic film selection of its genre.
From Jordan to Australia, from Kenya to Mexico, from Guadeloupe to Canada and from Cuba to the USA, a rich selection of dramas, comedies and documentary films will have their US and NY premiere in ADIFF 2011.
ADIFF this year has moved its downtown screenings to Quad Cinema on 34 West 13th Street. ADIFF Co-Director Reinaldo Barroso-Spech talking about the move says: “The Quad Cinema is a great venue to have theatrical releases of foreign and specialty films in New York City. We are delighted that the QUAD will be the host of ADIFF 2011.”
Special presentation of films at Quad during ADIFF 2011:
ADIFF 2011 Opening Night film and NY Premiere The Story of Lovers Rock, a sweet musical documentary which is currently having a very successful theatrical run in the UK. Lovers Rock, often dubbed 'romantic reggae' is a uniquely black British sound that developed in the late 70s and 80s against a backdrop of riots, racial tension and sound systems. In the film, live performances, comedy sketches, dance, interviews and archives shed light on the music and the generation that embraced it;
The First Rasta, a fascinating, very well researched documentary which presents a thorough investigation of Leonard Percival Howell's life (1893-1981), the initiator and catalyst of the Rastafari Movement and the man considered by many as the founder of that movement. The film will have its NY Premiere in the context of the festival.
The New York Premiere of official Sundance Film Festival selection “An African Election” which will have Oscar-qualifying screenings in the context of the festival. This fascinating film presents an unprecedented insider’s view of the political, economic and social forces at work in Ghana during the 2008 presidential elections and lets us witness the implementation of democracy in Africa.
Back by popular demand, Scheherazade, Tell Me a Story, which opened to rave reviews uptown at the Riverside Theatre last summer;
In response to famine in the Horn of Africa, ADIFF has curated a documentary film program entitled Globalization, Health and the Environment that will address such topics as corporate privatization of natural resources and farm land grab world wide, among others. Two of the films in the program are:
The New York Premiere of a documentary that was banned in Cameroon, The Big Banana, which illustrates the poor working conditions in banana plantations and exposes the adverse impact of corporatocracy government on the people while reaping super profits for corporations.
The New York Premiere of Greening the Revolution, a stunning documentary that explores the far-reaching effects of international food injustice by using food as a symbol of inequality to explain and expose the corrupt cycle of globalization that perpetuates systems of poverty and oppressive social control.
Indigenous Australians have made significant contributions to the Australian cinematic landscape in recent years with films like Samson and Delilah (winner Golden Camera, Cannes 2009) and Bran Nue Dae. ADIFF 2011 will showcase these films as well as two new releases by Indigenous Australian filmmakers:
· The US premiere Our Generation, a powerful and upfront documentary on the Australian Aboriginal struggle for their land, culture and freedom – a story that has been silenced by the Australian Government and mainstream media.
· The NY premiere of Here I Am, a moving and hopeful story about the strength and resilience of Indigenous women in Australia.
Other highlights of ADIFF 2011 include:
· The Gala screening of US Premiere of award winning film Buried Secrets from Tunisia about three women, a mother and two daughters, who live isolated underground the servant’s quarters of a deserted mansion and see their daily life shaken by the arrival of a young modern couple who move into the main house.
· The Centerpiece screening of award winning British film David is Dying, a complex multidimensional story of a man torn between love and sex in contemporary London.
· The Women Indies Night program selection A Lot Like You by Seattle based filmmaker Eli Kimaro, the daughter of a Tanzanian father and Korean mother. When her father retires in Tanzania to re-establish ties to his native Chagga tribe, Kimaro, who felt she never developed a strong kinship with the African side of her family, decides to follow him and document his life journey.
· The Storm That Swept Mexico, the fascinating story of the Mexican Revolution of 1910, its causes and its legacy.
· Machete Maidens Unleashed! a hilarious feature documentary that explores filmmaking in the Philippines during the Marcos era, when miniature James Bonds, karate-kicking soul sisters, snake-loving babes, anorexic Rambos, sexy revolutionaries and gun-toting nuns were the rage.
· The NY Premiere of Africa, Blood and Beauty, a revealing documentary that explores ancient traditions still practiced today by the Bushmen of Botswana, the Baka of Cameroon, the Hamers and Surmas of Ethiopia, the nomadic Berbers of Morocco, the Himba in Namibia and the Dogon of Mali.
· The New York Premiere of the beautifully shot independent feature “Mother Country” about a young African-American man, an unwilling criminal on the run, who searches for his inner worth and soul.
The African Diaspora International Film Festival is a 501(c)(3) not for profit organization that presents an eclectic mix of foreign, independent, classic and urban films representing the global Black experience through an extraordinary range of subjects and artistic approaches. Created in 1993, ADIFF has long been delighting audiences with U.S. and world premieres of independent films, including features, documentaries, animation, and shorts.
The 19th 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; TV5 Monde; the New York City Council in the Arts; New York City Council Member Inez E. Dickens; the French Cultural Services; The Consulate General of Switzerland in New York; The Institute for Research in African-American Studies at Columbia University; Québec Government Office in New York; WNYC and public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, a state agency.