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2013 Hollywood Black Film Festival Presents Inaugural Film Diaspora Sidebar Roster

by Tambay A. Obenson
September 25, 2013 11:07 AM
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Still from "Flower Girl"

It's always good to see Stateside black film festivals celebrate films from the rest of the African Diaspora... details via press release below:

Hollywood, CA (September 23, 2013) – This year the Hollywood Black Film Festival (HBFF) has integrated a new sidebar, Film Diaspora, into its programming slate. Film Diaspora will showcase independent films and filmmakers from the African Diaspora. The sidebar will screen Thursday, October 3 from 11am-9pm at the Ricardo Montalban Theatre, 1618 Vine Street, Hollywood, CA. The Hollywood Black Film Festival runs October 2-6 in Hollywood, CA.

Andrea Meshel, the programmer for this year’s Film Diaspora, is hoping to create an awareness of stories being told by filmmakers outside of the United States. “Film Diaspora is proud to present a vast array of cinematic voices from the African Diaspora.” says Meshel.

The Film Diaspora lineup will showcase 11 films -- three features, six shorts, and two documentaries from 8 countries -- Nigeria, Haiti, Cameroon, United Kingdom, New Zealand, Madagascar, Burkina Faso and South Africa


Flower Girl (Nigeria)

Writer: Jigi Bello, Director: Michelle Bello

Malagasy Mankany (Legends of Madagascar) (Madagascar)

Writer/Director: Haminiaina Ratovarivony

Ninah’s Dowry (Cameroon)

Writer/Director: Victor Viyuoh


Midnight Scorpian (Burkina Faso)

Writer/Director: Tony Amara

NHAMO (South Africa)

Writer/Director: Eunice Chiwesha Goldstein

Ogondah (Nigeria)

Writer/Director: Willis Ikedum Sunni Man (New Zealand) Writer/Director: Hamish Mortland

Touch (London)

Writer/Director: Shola Amoo

Unspoken (Nigeria)

Writers: Edith Nwekenta and Ola Laniyan


Adopted ID (Haiti)

Writer: Andrew Togobo 

Director: Sonia Godding Togobo (London)

Writer/Director: Adeyemi Michael


To register for the festival and see a full line up of events, visit

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