A Strong Lineup Of Films At 21st Annual New York African Diaspora International Film Festival

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by Tambay A. Obenson
November 5, 2013 1:27 PM
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Still From 'Tula, The Revolt'

Scheduled to run from November 29 to December 15, 2013, the 21st annual New York African Diaspora International Film Festival (ADIFF) has unveiled this year's lineup, which includes 73 films - 35 of them being World, US and NY Premieres - from 35 countries.

Highlights this year include: director Norry Niven’s directorial debut, Chasing Shakespeare, which will open this year's edition of the festival on November 29th, as a New York Premiere at Symphony Space in Manhattan; Yidnekachew Shumete's Nishan (or Medal Of Honor) will also make its New York City premiere as a Centerpiece film; and Pratibha Parmar's documentary feature film about writer and activist Alice Walker, titled Alice Walker: Beauty In Truth, which will be a Gala screening at this year's event.

In addition, attendees will be treated to other titles S&A readers should be familiar with, like the Curacao-set slave uprising epic drama Tula, The Revolt by Jeroen Leinders - also a NY premiere; Micheal Beach stars in the new drama Scrapper, directed by Brady Hall - a film that follows a man who makes a living by collecting discarded metal "scraps" or pieces, who meets a runaway teen, who becomes his work partner; Andrew Dosunmu's acclaimed Mother of George, Alexandre Moors critically-lauded drama Blue CapriceSaid Ould-Khelifa's Zabana! - account of the short life of Algerian freedom fighter Ahmed Zabana, and Algeria's selection for the 2013 Best Foreign Language Oscar; the documentary RAÇA (RACE), from Brazilian filmmaker Joel Zito Araújo and American Megan Mylan, which tackles racial inequality in Brazil, via the lives of three black Brazilians; and more, including the once-banned Jews of Egypt by Amir Ramses, Fatal Assistance by Hatian filmmaker Raoul Peck; and The Stuart Hall Project  by John Akomfrah.

ADIFF 2013 will also present the World Premiere of Al Robbins' Raltata drama based on a true story of mistaken identity case post-9/11, in a cross-continental effort, taking place in both the New York and Morocco. The narrative follows the trials of a Moroccan woman living in the United States who is detained at JFK Airport in New York days after 9/11 because her husband has the same name as the lead hijacker.

I will return to highlight individual films from this year's strong lineup of films - some I've seen; others I haven't, like Legends of Madagascar by Haminiaina Ratovoarivony, The Miscreants by Mohcine Besri; Tango Negro: The African Roots of Tango by Angolan filmmaker Dom Pedro, Spies of Mississippi by Dawn Porter, Reflections Unheard: Black Women in Civil Rights by Nevline Nnaji, and I Don' Been Through The Snake's Skin & Come Out Clean by Ada Babino.

In the meantime, for the festival's full lineup, visit http://nyadiff.org, where you'll also find out how to purchase tickets to individual screenings or passes.

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