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ADIFF Presents Double Bill Film Series This Weekend In NYC - 2 Films For The Price Of 1

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by Tambay A. Obenson
July 26, 2013 5:34 PM
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More weekend options for New York City readers, courtesy of the African Diaspora International Film Festival (ADIFF).

A weekend screening series, called The Double Bill Film Series (2 films on one ticket), of recent and not-so recent, some you might recognize (like A Man's Story, La Pirogue, La Playa DC, and The Next Day) taking place at Teachers College, Columbia University, 525 W 120th St. – 263 Macy.

Tonight's 6pm screening is FREE. For the rest of the weekend, it's $10 per screening ($8 for students and seniors). Or you can buy a pass to see all the films for $30. 

And if you have a valid Teachers College ID, all screenings FREE.

Buy tickets online HERE.

The lineup follows below. Trailers where available:

FRIDAY, July 26 @ 6PM

A FAMILY CALLED ABREW

This documentary profiles a fascinating family that has been based in Scotland since the end of the 19th century. It also traces the history of people of African descent living in Europe before the great migrations of the 1950s and 1960s. The Abrew family worked in Vaudeville, theatre, and later, in film made throughout Europe where they faced racial discrimination and exoticization as performers for primarily white audiences. Interviews, family photographs and archival footage weave a poignant story of the endurance and solidarity of a growing Black community in an isolating and hostile land.

Directed by Maureen Blackwood, 1992, 42 min, UK, Documentary, English

A MAN’S STORY

Tailor to Hollywood’s A-list, and a superstar in his own right, Ozwald Boateng is a dynamic force of energy, passion and color. 1998: already celebrated as one of the most talented menswear designers in the world, Ozwald Boateng is about to go bankrupt and divorce his first wife. Through luck and circumstance director Varon Bonicos is able to switch on a camera. It continues to roll for the next twelve years. What emerges is a groundbreaking film that takes us on an exhilarating behind-the-scenes ride into the world of high fashion with one of the most influential menswear designers of his generation.

Directed by Varon Bonicos, 2011, 98 min, UK, Documentary, English

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SATURDAY, JULY 27 @ 1PM

PAPA NATIONAL OYE

A wicked political satire about African dictators, this film tells the story of the president of a fictitious African nation who spends a sleepless night playing checkers with a pot-smoking vagabond who is claimed to be the “all-around champion”. However the rules of the game entail opponents howling vulgar and foul obscenities at one another. The Champion proceeds to insult, and trounce the President. His reward – and fate – are not exactly unexpected in this hilarious send-up of living under tyranny.
Directed by Bakupa Kanyinda Balufu, 1996, 40 min, Democratic Republic of Congo, Comedy, French w/ English subtitles

KINSHASAMBOKA TE  (Kinshasa, WickedLand)

Kinshasa mboka té… This expression sums up the paradox of the Congolese capital, a place of excesses of all kinds. We want to understand this popular saying, give it a meaning. In a road movie scenario, we go from street to street in search of the locals.

Directed by Douglas Ntimasiemi, 2013, 52 min, Democratic Republic of Congo, Documentary, French w/ English Subtitles

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SATURDAY, JULY 27 @ 3PM

SILENT MONOLOGUE

In a voice-over, we hear the thoughts of Amy, a girl from a rural area ofSenegalwho works as a domestic for a well-to-do family inDakar. She complains about her employer, who continuously criticizes her and gets on her case, and she talks about her dream of one day opening her own eatery. Meanwhile, we see her sweep the pavement, prepare the food and clean the house. The contrast with her vast and barren native region is enormous. InDakar, some 150,000 young women work as housekeepers for families whose daughters can go to school.

Directed by Khady Sylla and Charlie Van Damme, 2008, 48 min, Senegal/Belgium, Docu-drama, French and Wolof w/ English subtitles

THE PIROGUE
In Moussa Toure’s powerful epic fiction film, Baye Laye is the captain of a fishing pirogue. When he is offered to lead one of the many pirogues that head towards Europe via the Canary Island, he reluctantly accepts the job. Leading a group of 30 men who don’t all speak the same language, some of whom have never seen the sea, Baye Laye will confront many perils in order to reach the distant coasts of Europe.

Directed byMassa Toure, 2012, 87 min, Senegal/France/Germany, Drama, French and Wolof with English subtitles 

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SATURDAY, JULY 27 @ 6PM

PROSPECT

After a chance encounter with a mysterious woman at ProspectPark, a Brooklyn photographer is drawn into a world that may or may not be all in his head.

Directed by Derrick Perry, 2012, 12 min, USA, Short, English

THE NEXT DAY

Will and Desire’ meet at a bar and have a one night stand. That first night Will won’t know that Desire’ is a little crazy or that she’s been abused by men in the past. She won’t tell him that she never had a relationship with her father and as a result she feels a little empty and may look to a man to fill that void. Will is never going to tell Desire’ that he doesn’t really know how to be in a relationship because his parents divorced when he was young and he’s never seen a relationship work other than on television or in movies so he avoids relationships. Three months after the initial hookup Desire’ shows up at Will’s house to tell him that she’s pregnant.
Directed by Alfred Robbins, 2012, 84 min, USA, Drama, English

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SUNDAY, JULY 28 @ 2PM

SONS OF BENKOS

An entertaining documentary that explores the African culture of Colombia through music. The film presents the music of the Sons of Benkos, one of the most important Black leaders in the fight for freedom during the times of slavery in Colombia. The film also shows the evolution of Afro-Colombian music over time through the fusion of Cuban and contemporary African rhythms with traditional Afro-Colombian music.

Directed by Silva Lucas, 2003, 52 min, Columbia/France, Documentary, Spanish w/ English subtitles


LA PLAYA D.C.

Tomas,an Afro-Colombian teenager who fled the country’s Pacific coast pushed out by the war, faces the difficulties of growing up in a city of exclusion and racism. When Jairo, his younger brother and closest friend disappears, Tomas plunges in the streets of the city. His search becomes an initiatory journey that compels him to face his past and to leave aside the influence of his brothers in order to find his own identity. Through this journey, Tomas reveals a unique perspective of a vibrant and unstable city that, like Tomas, stands on the threshold between what once was and what might be.

Directed by Juan Andres Arango Garcia, 2012, 90 min, Columbia/Brazil/France, Drama, Spanish w/ English subtitles


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SUNDAY, JULY 28 @ 5PM

CATCH A FIRE

Catch a Fire tells the story of Deacon Paul Bogle, often described as a 19th century Malcom X. 30 years after the end of slavery in Jamaica, the Morant Bay Rebellion of 1865 provoked outrage in Victorian Britain shaping race and land attitudes. The story is constructed using extensive interviews with Paul Bogle’s grandson as well as archive material.

Directed by Menelik Shabaz, 1995, 30 min, Jamaica and UK, Docu-drama, English

THE FIRST RASTA

Thirty years after Bob Marley’s death, it is time to pay tribute to Leonard Percival Howell, The First Rasta.  At the beginning of the last century, the young Leonard Percival Howell (1893- 1981) left Jamaica, became a sailor and traveled the world. On his way, he chanced upon all the ideas that stirred his time. From Bolshevism to New Thought, from Gandhi to Anarchism, from Garveyism to psychoanalysis, he sought to find his promised land. With this cocktail of ideas Leonard “Going” Howell returned toJamaicaand founded Pinnacle, the first Rasta community.

Directed by Helene Lee, 2010, 85 min, France/Jamaica, Documentary, English

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SCHEDULE AT A GLANCE

FRIDAY, July 26 @ 6PM
Family Called Abrew
A Man’s Story

SATURDAY, JULY 27 @ 1PM
Papa National Oye
Kinshasa Mboka Te

SATURDAY, JULY 27 @ 3PM
Silent Monologue
The Pirogue

SATURDAY, JULY 27 @ 6PM
Prospect
The Next Day

SUNDAY, JULY 28 @ 2PM
Sons of Benkos
LaPlaya D.C.

SUNDAY, JULY 28 @ 5PM
Catch a Fire
The First Rasta

Again, tonight's 6pm screening is FREE. For the rest of the weekend, it's $10 per screening ($8 for students and seniors). Or you can buy a pass to see all the films for $30. 

And if you have a valid Teachers College ID, all screenings FREE.

Buy tickets online HERE.

This series is made possible thanks to the support of the African Diaspora International Film Festival, the Office of the VP for Diversity and Community Affairs at Teachers College, Columbia University, New York Cities Department of Cultural Affairs and WBAI.

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3 Comments

  • eh | July 29, 2013 8:33 PMReply

    Oswald's documentary is already on Netflix (which I enjoyed)

  • Mr.Blackman | July 26, 2013 7:13 PMReply

    Oswald's documentary should be free. I wouldn't spend a DIME to catch a glimpse of his EGOTISTICAL story. His clothes are fiyah, but he is BEYOND annoying

  • msloupe | July 29, 2013 11:08 AM

    Yes he is very egotistical but my talented people who reach his level of success are the same!!!

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