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Best Docs Of ADIFF 2011 Screening Series This Month (The Lineup)

Photo of Tambay A. Obenson By Tambay A. Obenson | Shadow and Act January 2, 2012 at 9:19AM

The basics: Screenings of the Best Docs Of ADIFF 2011, from January 13 - 15, at Teachers college, Columbia Univesity, 525 West 120th Street – Room 263 Macy (take the 1 Train to 116th Street; FREE PARKING on Saturday and Sunday; Picture ID required to enter the building). Tickets are $11 general; $9 for seniors and students. For more info, call (212) 864-1760 or visits: http://www.NYADIFF.org.
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Lovers Rock

The basics: Screenings of the Best Docs Of ADIFF 2011, from January 13 - 15, at Teachers college, Columbia Univesity, 525 West 120th StreetRoom 263 Macy (take the 1 Train to 116th Street; FREE PARKING on Saturday and Sunday; Picture ID required to enter the building). Tickets are $11 general; $9 for seniors and students. For more info, call (212) 864-1760 or visits: http://www.NYADIFF.org.

The full lineup, dates, times and synopses follows:

Friday, January 13, 7PM

THE STORY OF LOVERS ROCK

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. Live performance, comedy sketches, dance, interviews and archive shed light on the music and the generation that embraced it. Lovers Rock allowed young people to experience intimacy and healing through dance- known as 'scrubbing'- at parties and clubs. This dance provided a coping mechanism for what was happening on the streets. Lovers Rock developed into a successful sound with national UK hits and was influential to British bands (Police, Culture Club, UB40) These influences underline the impact the music was making in bridging the multi-cultural gap that polarized the times. The film sheds light on a forgotten period of British music, social and political history.  UK, 2011, 96mins, documentary, English, Menelik Shabazz, dir.

Saturday, January 14, 

1:30PM

THE STORM THAT SWEPT MEXICO
A fascinating story of the Mexican Revolution of 1910, its causes and its legacy. Fueled by the Mexican people's growing dissatisfaction with an elitist ruling regime, the revolution was led by two of the most intriguing and mythic figures in 20th century history - Emiliano Zapata and Francisco "Pancho" Villa.  At stake was Mexico's ability to claim its own natural resources, establish long-term democracy and re-define its identity. More than ten years in the making the film offers a thorough exploration of the beliefs and conditions that led to the revolution, influenced the course of the conflict, and determined its long term consequences in Mexico, the USA and beyond. US, 2010, 120 min, Doc, English and Spanish with English subtitles, Raymond Telles, dir.

4PM

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 to Jamaica and founded Pinnacle, the first Rasta community. France/Jamaica, 2011, 90 min, Doc, English, Hélène Lee, dir.

6PM

THE STORY OF LOVERS ROCK (see Friday, January 13)

8PM

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. Driven by the remote Yolngu of Northeast Arnhem Land, one of the last strongholds of traditional Aboriginal culture in Australia, as well as the voices of national indigenous leaders, historians and human rights activists, the film explores the ongoing clash of cultures that is threatening to wipe out the oldest continuing culture in the world. With music by John Butler Trio, Yothu Yindi, Xavier Rudd, Gurrumul, Archie Roach, Goanna, Saltwater Band and more. Australia, 2010, 73min, Doc, English, Sinem Saban & Damien Curtis, dir.

SUNDAY, January 15, 

2PM

FILLING THE GAP

Conceived as an effort to alter the way African-American children see themselves and their ancestors, this docu-drama    highlights the inventive and inspired  contributions of African-Americans in the 1840s, the period leading to the Civil War in American History. Developed in  collaboration with Florida-based historian Mary Fears to produce a historically accurate portrayal of the brave, compelling lives of African American skilled craftsmen, artists, inventors, and Union spies, the film is certain to enthrall young audiences with this overlooked facet of history.  USA, 2010, 83 min, docu-drama, English, TyroneYoung, dir. Q&A after screening.

4PM

THE BIG BANANA
This new film exposes multinational corporations culpability in the land grab of Africa, which makes us reconsider where we get our fruit from. Banned in Cameroon, The Big Banana illustrates the poor working conditions in banana plantations and exposes the adverse impact of corporato-cracy government on the people while reaping super profits for corporations. The side effects of plantation corporations on the people of Africa - and everywhere else in the world - are abject poverty and environmental degradation from chemical fumigation.Cameroon, 2011, 85min, Doc. in French with English subtitles, Franck Bieleu, dir.

6PM

A LOT LIKE YOU
Seattle based Filmmaker Eli Kimaro is the daughter of a Tanzanian father and a 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. There, she discovers powerful stories of community, and shocking stories of violence against women, that she artfully weaves into her own life story as an abuse survivor, anti-violence advocate, and mother to a young daughter. As the story unfolds, Eli's Tanzanian father and Korean mother serve as colorful, humorous cultural liaisons to her past. USA, 2011, 80 min, Doc, English and Swahili with English subtitles, Eliaichi Kimaro, dir

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