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Watch Preview Of Picturesque Colombian Drama "Chocó" Heading To Berlin Panorama Debut

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • January 31, 2012 1:12 PM
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It's titled simply Chocó, a film set in Colombia, which centers on the struggles of a 27-year-old mother of 2 (the titular Chocó), working a poorly-paid job in a gold mine, living in a tiny wooden hut, who's married to a reckless and abusive man named Everlides, a marimba player who gambles away their life savings.

Teaser Trailer For Ensemble Brazilian Drama "Let's Make a Toast" ("Vamos Fazer um Brinde")

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • January 30, 2012 9:37 PM
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The short story goes... On New Year's Eve six friends reunite to celebrate the new year; As the night progresses, the revelry soon gives in to long-seated conflicts as well as joys and hopes for a better future.

"Venus Noire" ("Black Venus" - Controversial Hottentot Venus Film) Will Screen At Pan African Film Fest

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • January 30, 2012 5:40 PM
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It's been over a year since I saw Venus Noire (Black Venus) at the New York Film Festival in the fall of 2010, and it never received a stateside release; actually I'm not sure it got much of a release outside of the international film festival circuit and a few European territories.

"Yelling To The Sky" Will Screen At The Pan African Film Festival In Los Angeles

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • January 30, 2012 4:55 PM
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Thsoe of you in the Los Angeles area... if you haven't seen Victoria Mahoney's impressive and, dare I say, *controversial* (given some of the reactions to it I read as it toured the film festival circuit) feature film debut, Yelling To The Sky, you will have an opportunity to do so when it screens (twice) at the upcoming Pan African Film Festival which starts next week!

Anthony Mackie And Dee Rees Announced As Sundance Film Festival Jury Members

  • By Cynthia Reid
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  • January 10, 2012 3:33 PM
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It's only a few weeks away before this year's Sundance Film Festival kicks off and it's just been announced actress Parker Posey will be hosting this year's awards ceremony on January 28.  Jury members were also revealed and Anthony Mackie along with director Dee Rees made the list among others.

A Nollywood Film Festival Grows In Brazil With Tunde Kelani Retro + Trailer For His Latest "MAAMi"

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • November 18, 2011 6:01 PM
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I really love this actually, despite the international perception of the quality of Nollywood films (even though that's changing, slowly but surely); I'll almost always applaud any efforts that unite instead of divide across the diaspora.

Hal Hartley's "Meanwhile" (Featuring Angolan Actor Hoji Fortuna) Trailer + World Premiere Date

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • November 3, 2011 3:03 AM
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I've never been a big fan of the films of hermetic indie filmmaker Hal Hartley, even though he was once considered one of a handful of young trailblazing auteurs back in the late 80s/early 90s, along with the likes of Gus Van Sant, Todd Haynes and others, who were producing esoteric, smart, cheaply-made arty films that appealed to a small, tightly-knit, proud subculture of young (mostly white) film lovers; films that defined his auteurist style, like The Unbelievable Truth and Trust, which featured some of the earliest performances by actors like Eddie Falco, and Henry Fool years later.

New Directors/New Films Now Accepting Submissions For 2012 Festival

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • November 2, 2011 3:30 AM
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The well-regarded New Directors/New Films - the nation's foremost showcase for emerging filmmaking talent, where the likes of Pedro Almodóvar, Spike Lee, Richard Linklater, John Sayles, Steven Spielberg, Wong Kar Wai, Dee Rees and many other, were all featured early in their careers - is currently accepting submissions for ND/NF 41, which will run from March 21-April 1, 2012.

African Diaspora Film Festival 2011 Preview - "A Lot Like You" (Identity Investigations)

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • November 2, 2011 3:12 AM
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A film we profiled earlier this year will be making its NYC premiere at the upcoming African Diaspora Film Festival, which runs from November 25 - December 13.

2011 African Diaspora International Film Festival Will Run From Nov 25 - Dec 13 w/63-Film Lineup

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • October 31, 2011 5:58 AM
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"63 amazing films from 37 different countries... From Jordan to Australia, from Kenya to Mexico, from Guadeloupe to Canada and from Cuba to the USA, a rich selection of dramas, comedies and documentary films will have their US and NY premiere in ADIFF 2011," says the press release, some we've covered previously on S&A, like The Story of Lovers Rock (this year's opening night film), An African Election, David is Dying, and even Machete Maidens Unleashed!.