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African Film Fest Of Cordoba Kicks Off 10th Anniversary w/ Abderrahmane Sissako's 'Life of Earth'

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  • October 14, 2013 9:57 AM
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The curtains of Góngora Theatre were raised on the 11th for one of the most important platforms in Europe showcasing cinema of Africa and the Middle East. Over six hundred people gathered together at 8.30 pm to join the beginning of the celebration of the tenth anniversary of the African Film Festival of Cordoba. The ceremony included the screening of the making of the FCAT poster, in the presence of its artist, the young Sudanese Dar Al Naim Mubarak-Carmona, the interpretation of the Malagasy musician, Kilema, the awards for the winners of the children’s drawing competition and the screening of the African masterpiece, La vie sur terre (Life of Earth, 1998) by one of the fathers of African cinemas, Abderrahmane Sissako. The ceremony was presented by acclaimed journalist Marta Jiménez, a Córdoba native. After a friendly chat with the director of the festival, Mane Cisneros, Marta Jiménez and the Delegate Comptroller for Citizen Participation of the Council of Cordoba, Blanca Córdoba, invited Dar Al Naim Mubarak-Carmona on stage for the presentation of the awards to the winning children. The artist, originally from Khartoum (Sudan), but with a multicultural professional and personal career, has been responsible for the creation of the image of the poster of the festival, filmed by Julio Castaño, from Yunaki Films, and whose Director of Photography has been the graphic designer of the FCAT, José Wela. Dar Al Naim joked about the ‘African hot weather’ at the terrace where she painted the poster at Cordoba, implying how similar these two lands are.

International Black Film Festival of Nashville Announces 2013 Official Selections

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • October 11, 2013 1:20 PM
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The 2013 International Black Film Festival of Nashville (IBFFN), the 6th annual edition, takes place Thursday, October 31 through Sunday, November 3, 2013.

3rd Annual Gary (Indiana) Int'l Film Fest Set To Roll 10/18-20 w/ 'Blue Caprice,' 'Mother Of George'

  • By Sergio
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  • October 9, 2013 7:07 PM
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The Third Annual Gary International Black Film Festival (GIBFF) is all set to take place this month, running Oct. 18th to the 20th..

Reel Sisters Of The Diaspora Film Festival & Lecture Series Celebrates 16th Year, Oct 12-13

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • October 9, 2013 10:34 AM
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The Reel Sisters of the Diaspora Film Festival and Lecture Series, celebrating its 16th year, returns to downtown Brooklyn, at Kumble Theater, on October 12th and 13th with a lineup of feature films and shorts, both fiction and documentary, made by women of color from all over the world.

Ethiopia's Colours Of The Nile Int'l Film Fest Appoints New Director, Announces Call For Entries

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • October 8, 2013 11:11 AM
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We have long been champions of filmmakers giving their films (and themselves as filmmakers) international exposure (specifically our USA-based readers, who make up the bulk of this site's readership) - especially at Diaspora film festivals around the world, where your films are desired and in-demand. So take advantage of opportunities like this one - a festival we've previously highlighted over the years..

Modern-Day 'Romeo & Juliet' Tale Will Open African Diaspora International Film Festival (Trailer)

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • October 8, 2013 10:46 AM
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Director Norry Niven’s directorial debut, Chasing Shakespeare, will open the 21sth edition of the African Diaspora International Film Festival on November 29th, as a New York Premiere at the Symphony Space in Manhattan.Chasing Shakespeare is described as a love story for the ages, replete with disapproving families and the bonds of culture and tradition - a modern-day tale that parallels Romeo & Juliet.Here's an official synopsis:Danny Glover plays William Ward, a man dangerously close to giving up after losing the love of his life. From her deathbed, William recounts his history with Venus, the Native American beauty descended from the mystical Lightning Clan, and all of their challenges and triumphs. William’s current state of mind is becoming of great concern to his son, whose present path is strikingly similar to that of his father‘s. Beautiful visuals and a poignant score highlight this emotionally charged story. Their journey culminates with the two men witnessing a miraculous event that proves love’s eternal connection.

African Movie Academy Awards (AMAA) Opens Its Doors To Caribbean Filmmakers

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • October 3, 2013 6:27 PM
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The African Diaspora International Film Fest & Black Spectrum Team Up For ADIFF 2013

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • October 3, 2013 3:39 PM
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Another year, another African Diaspora International Film Festival. How time flies...

Slavery/Civil War Set Drama 'The Retrieval' Wins Best Film at Montreal Int'l Black Film Fest

  • By Vanessa Martinez
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  • September 30, 2013 1:08 PM
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We're glad to know that Chris Eska's powerful drama The Retrieval garnered the top honor - the Best Narrative Feature that is - at this year's Montreal International Black Film Festival, during its closing night ceremony at the Imperial Theater last night.

TONIGHT: Post-Screening Q&A w/ Melvin Van Peebles At Black Panther Film Fest 'Sweetback' Event

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • September 27, 2013 6:09 PM
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The 5th annual Black Panther Party Film Festival, produced by the Black Panther Commemoration Committee, in conjunction with Maysles Cinema here in NYC, opens its doors this evening, running in 2 sections - first from September 27th-28th, and then from October 3rd-5th.Included in the festival's lineup this year is a special (and very fitting) screening of Melvin Van Peebles'Sweet Sweetback's Baasasssss Song, TONIGHT at 7pm, which will be followed by a Q&A with Mr Van Peebles himself, who'll be present, live.I'm only just finding out about this (the email announcement was buried in my spam folder), so sorry for the short notice! If you're in NYC, and you're looking for something to do this evening, head on up (or down, depending on where you live) to Harlem, for tonight's screening and Q&A with the man himself.Without further ado, here's the full festival schedule, courtesy of Maysles:NOT TO BE MISSED. GET YOUR TICKETS HERE.