By Tambay A. Obenson | Shadow and Act October 3, 2013 at 3:39PM
Another year, another African Diaspora International Film Festival. How time flies...
The details from the press release... the Black Spectrum Theatre in Queens (NYC) - a space conceived to stimulate social and cultural consciousness through the production and presentation of message-oriented theatre and films - and The African Diaspora International Film Festival (ADIFF) - conceived in 1993 by current Co-Directors Reinaldo B. Spech and Diarah N’Daw-Spech with the intention of showcasing quality national and international cinema giving a voice to people of color all over the world - are teaming up for the 21st Annual African Diaspora International Film Festival, which will take place from October 19 to December 15, 2013.
Expect the lineup to include films from across the African Diaspora, and will be screened at Black Spectrum on October 19, November 30, December 7 and December 14 - including Maia Wechsler's Melvin & Jean: An American Story, on the airplane hijacking that led two former Black Panther Party members to relocate permanently to Europe, 40 years ago; and 2 feature films by NY-based filmmaker Patrice Johnson: NY's Dirty Laundry, a dramedy set in the weeks after 9/11; and Hill And Gully, described as an urban Cinderella love story set during 2008, the historic election year of Barack Obama.
The 21st Annual New York African Diaspora International Film Festival is made possible thanks to the support of the following institutions and individuals: ArtMattan Productions; the Office of the Vice President for Diversity and Community Affairs, Teachers College, Columbia University; the New York City Council in the Arts; New York City Council Member Inez E. Dickens; the French Cultural Services; The Consulate General of Switzerland in New York; The International Organization of La Francophonie, Black Spectrum, Thalia Cinema at Symphony Space and public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, a state agency.
ADIFF is a proud member of the Harlem Arts Alliance.