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Review: 'Stones in the Sun' Is A Gripping and Observant Tale About Haitian Immigrants in the U.S.

  • By Vanessa Martinez
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  • December 3, 2012 8:22 PM
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It’s seldom we get to see authentic, complex and tactful character representations from the West Indies on the screen, especially in cinema. In her compelling and heartfelt feature film debut, Haitian filmmaker Patricia Benoit follows three Haitian immigrant families seeking refuge in Brooklyn NY from the sociopolitical upheaval surrounding them in their native country during the 1980’s. 

ADIFF 2012: Reflections On Alí Allié's & Ruben Reyes' Thoughtful, Enlightening 'Garifuna In Peril' (US Premiere Tonight!)

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • December 2, 2012 2:45 PM
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One S & A Reader's Take After Seeing 'Django Unchained'

  • By Sergio
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  • December 2, 2012 10:51 AM
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  • 53 Comments
As I mentioned last week media and award consideration screenings for Django Unchained start later this week, but there have been a few advance screenings of the film already for special invited audiences

Review: 'Elza' - Touching Tale On Caribbean's Complex Racial Prejudices, Family & Forgiveness (Opens This Week)

  • By Vanessa Martinez
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  • November 30, 2012 11:40 AM
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Another Diasporic film opening in limited release this week, at the new MIST Harlem Cinemas in NYC; a film that we also highly recommend, so if you're in NYC, see it while you can, before it leaves.

Review: Conquering 'Otelo Burning' Finds Joy And Freedom Amidst Turmoil (Opens This Week)

  • By Vanessa Martinez
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  • November 30, 2012 10:37 AM
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It opens this week in a limited theatrical run at the new MIST Harlem Cinemas in NYC, and gets an enthusiastic thumbs up from S&A, meaning you really SHOULD see it if you're in New York, while it's available.

ADIFF 2012: Reflections On Juan Andrés Arango's Quietly Absorbing 'La Playa D.C.'

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • November 27, 2012 8:11 PM
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The 20th annual African Diaspora International Film Festival (ADIFF), here in New York City, kicked off  its 2012 edition (also its 20th anniversary, a milestone year), last Friday, November 23rd, and continues through December 11th.

Thoughts On 'Bad 25' (Spike Lee's Michael Jackson Doc, Which Made Its Broadcast Debut Last Night)?

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • November 23, 2012 9:59 AM
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So it finally aired on ABC last night - Spike Lee's Michael Jackson documentary, made in collaboration with the estate of Michael Jackson and Sony Music, titled Bad 25.

ADIFF 2012 Review: 'La Pirogue' And The African Struggle

  • By Zeba Blay
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  • November 20, 2012 10:39 AM
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A vast expanse of ocean. A small boat, bobbing with uncertainty amongst looming waves. It’s an image that’s been created many times in many iterations across the cinema landscape - in Alfred Hitchcock’s Lifeboat, in The Perfect Storm, more recently in Ang Lee’s opus Life of Pi. And now, also, in Senegalese director Moussa Touré’s latest film, La Pirogue.
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Experimentation In Arab Cinema From The 1960s To Now: Intimate, Inquisitive, Informative 'Fidai' (Algeria)

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • November 13, 2012 11:07 AM
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Currently running at MoMA (Museum of Modern Art) here in NYC is a three-part film exhibition titled Mapping Subjectivity: Experimentation in Arab Cinema from the 1960s to Now, which aims to highlight a largely unknown heritage of experimental cinema from the Arab world.

'Scott Joplin' The Movie (How Not To Make A Film About A Black Composer)

  • By Sergio
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  • November 10, 2012 4:01 PM
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With all our recent articles of late regarding films about black classical composers such as Julius Eastman (HERE) and George Bridgetower (HERE), it immediately got me thinking about that Scott Joplin film starring Bille Dee Williams with Margaret Avery, Clifton Davis and Art Carney.